Sunday, 8 July 2018

Soil Hill

20:00 - 21:00

A leg stretcher up to Soil Hill where there was a cooling breeze. The walk up there, however, was a muggy slog.

Not a lot about.

Swallow, Swift, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, 2 Stock Doves, Woodpigeon, Kestrel, Greenfinch.
Large Gulls drifting by, very distant.
A moorland fire, looking north, beyond Well Heads Road.

A bit of a mystery bird - miles off - as per.
Thought Lapwing when I took the photo.
Looking at the photo it may just be a Golden Plover.
But the photo is nowhere good enough for a positive ID.


Shibden Park

The usual visit to Shibden Park this morning with Abigail and Emma.
Abigail enjoyed a good zoom around on her bike.

Not many birds to talk of, with this boiling hot summer continuing apace.

A few pics:-

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Local Stroll

18:45 - 20:00

Another scorcher and the usual stroll up Taylor Lane and over Soil Hill - Ned Hill Track and home.

A lady on a horse, riding along Ned Hill Track, remarked how beautiful 'The Hill' was - I wondered if she has been up here in February.

Nice to bump in to Lenny for a chat.


Some very distant Gulls on the ploughed fields opposite the Raggalds (seen from Taylor Lane).
There looked to be Lesser Black-backed Gulls with one Herring Gull.

Skylark, Meadow Pipit, 2 Stock Doves.
Lots of Woodpigeon and c30 Starling.
2 Kestrel, 6 Lapwing.
2 Pheasant.
A few Swift and Swallow.
Little Owl.

A frequently diving,  'diving duck' , on the lower NK Pond with 3 other sp. Too distant to ID with confidence.

Mistle Thrush.

Greenfinch were calling regularly along the way as well.

Not a lot to report really, but a stunningly beautiful evening up on The Hill.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Leeshaw - Bird on a Wire


After a poor do at Skipton Woods earlier,I had an hour or so at Leeshaw Reservoir late evening.


Little Owl.
Meadow Pipit - c30
Linnet c10
Herring Gull passed by.
A lone Large Gull, distant,on the east banking - probably a Lesser Black Backed Gull.
Curlew Calling
Oystercatcher calling
26 Greylag Geese.
8 Canada Geese.

An ungainly bird balancing / or not / on the telephone had me thinking Cuckoo. The bird was very dark - against the bright sun.
But it's a Carrion Crow or maybe a Blackbird!



Skipton Woods

After some shopping in Skipton were enjoyed a short walk through Skipton Woods today.
The temperature was once again in the high 20's. In fact when we got back to the car (the car was parked in the sun), the car temperature showed 32 deg.

As expected the bird life was minimal.
A Kestrel passed high over head, not staying long.
A couple of Grey Wagtail were on the small stream.
The pond was very yucky with just a few Mallard on it.
It looked at one point as if I'd eyeballed the Kingfisher (that I've seen here on previous occasions) , in a tree - but it turned out to be the back of a Male Mallards head!

Swifts were zooming about the town centre calling - reminding me of a Greek holiday long ago.

A few Black Headed Gull were here and there.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Hot Strides

15:00 - 19:00

Foreside Lane , Ogden, Rocks Road, Bradshaw

A tough walk today on another scorcher.
Sue dropped me at Foreside Lane and I had a meander about for a good while.
At least the huge boggy field on the way across to Ogden has dried up completely.


With the afternoon heat, the birds understandably are keeping  a low profile, so any sightings are to be appreciated.
John chapter:1 verse: 29.

Foreside Lane to Ogden:

Swallow, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Curlew, Meadow Pipit.
A Reed Bunting, calling, remained incognito.
Pr. Partridge, flushed, left hurriedly. with very Red/Brown end of tail feathers, were probably Red Legged Partridge.
5 Linnet, c6 Goldfinch on Thistles.

Ogden Area:

Disappointing really.I can never understand why, given copious deciduous woodland in places, there is such a lack of woodland birds here.

Approaching Ogden I crossed Back Lane and arrived at the perimeter wall where a faint call greeted me.
It sounded like a distant hunger call of a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
I went down to the stile, through the wall, and up the other side, following the path in the woods to its demise at the beginning of the moor, but , I never heard the call again.

The Ogden circuit had a calling Willow Warbler and the reservoir area held c100 Gulls (I counted 98!).

There were 18 Lesser Black-backed Gulls out on the water

The remaining Gulls were on the Gazza Strip or west bank in bright sunshine.

The bright reflection was such that it was very difficult to ascertain the number of Black Headed and Lesser Black-backed that were here.

A Chiffchaff sang as I walked down to the golf course.

I headed off up to Rocks Road (giving the Mixenden footpath area a miss today).

A Mistle Thrush watched me aim the camera towards it before sodding off during shutter press

A Great Spotted Woodpecker called from here as well.

Moan, moan, moan - this weather is too hot - I've been hearing from the chaps in the Moorlands Inn.

Not for me though - there will be lots of rain, wind and snow, soon enough.

Looking about me now, even the fields mown!