Saturday, 17 November 2018

Hollingworth Lake Gulls

A grotty morning here at Bradshaw with fog and dampness.
We took Abi, Emma, Wheelchair and bike to Hollingworth Lake hoping for better weather.
Things looked grim until we left Calderdale at the White House Inn, where the sun began to shine.
It turned out to be a good day with some good sunshine and not too cold.

We enjoyed lunch at the Beach Inn - a good family pub with good grub - and Abi enjoyed riding here bike all around the lake.


 Not a lot of time for birding, but I did sneak off while the others were on the 2p slots.

c60 Teal were by the bird hide.
A few Cormorants.
A Great Crested Grebe.
Lapwing, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Canada Geese & Mallard.

A 'multitude' of Gulls.
Possibly 320 by the bread lobbers area and looking to the far shore, more than 500 there.

90% were Black Headed Gulls with a few Lesser Black Backed and Common Gulls.

I've yet to check out all of my 200 pictures to see if there is anything 'special'.

I thought I'd got a Ring Billed Gull at one point - wishful thinking. The Iris was the wrong colour for a start!

Friday, 16 November 2018

Bradshaw Area

13:40 - 15:00

A short outing this afternoon, along the Bradshaw Farm Track to Ned Hill bottom and back via Ingham Lane.

A really dull, damp misty afternoon with little light.


6 Mistle Thrush by Eastview Farm.
c120 small Gulls in the farm fields - mostly Common Gulls as far as I could tell in the gloom.

Wren and a few Goldfinch and a few Small Gulls in the park with 3 Herring Gulls hereabouts.

Sowerby Bridge:

We had to take Emma for a blood test, to Dewsbury hospital this morning - a long do.

On our return to White Windows at Sowerby Bridge, I managed to spot a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the White Windows grounds.

Bradshaw Farm Track

Ringby Top Swalesmoor from Bradshaw

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Bradshaw, Soil Hill, Ogden,Bradshaw

9:55 - 12:30

The usual walk today on a 'Smokin' hot sunny November day.

After arriving at Ogden I had just time to go long along the Ogden prom. before heading home via the Moorlands Area.

A Kestrel and a Little Owl were seen from Taylor Lane.

3 Meadow Pipits were hanging on, on Soil Hill.
15 or so Gulls were 'miles away' on the Shay Fields.

Ned Hill Track: 2 Herring Gulls and a Meadow Pipit.

Coal Lane: Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Wren, Robin!

Plantation Area: Moorhen, Pheasant.

Ogden Prom: C15 Gulls and a few Blackbirds.

Moorlands Area:  A sighting of a Little Owl in a new location for me!!

Homeward Bound: Pr. Greenfinch.

Nowt new alas!!

We had the early bird meal at the Moorlands early evening and a Kestrel was sitting on a lamp post watching us!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The grass is always greener

I was looking forward to seeing some 'good birds' in the Halifax area this morning.

I had 4 hours to kill while my Hyundai I10 was given a once over to try and diagnose an intermittent fault with its starting  system, while the car is still under warranty.

Alas, the computer scratched it's head, ummed and aahed but could not make a decision.

I'll 'have to keep and eye on it' apparently.

I went to Peoples Park to start with. 

A first time here for me, and a pretty place it is too.

Then a stroll up to Kings Cross and down the moor and through Scar Wood to the Birdcage Lane area.

My return journey took me through Manor Heath Park, across Saville Park and eventually back to the Pellon Lane Garage.

It was wild and windy throughout the outing.

I was surprized by the strength on the wind here, especially on Saville Park and the Birdcage Lane Area.


Pretty disappointing, the wind a major factor no doubt.

People Park:

Double figure Blackbirds.
2 Mistle Thrush.
1 Bullfinch.
Goldfinch, Starlings.
A Brown Rat scurried under the bushes.


Saville Park had a 10 Pied Wagtails at one side and a group of 33 Pied Wagtails on the other side.

Scar Wood and Birdcage Lane were very windy with not a lot about.

A detour around Old Crossleyands R.U. Club found a pair of Jay.

Not a lot to show for a long outing.

Just goes to show that when you think the grass is greener - it aint!!

A case of mistaken ID:

Part way through my walk, I made a visit to a shop for a Kit-Kat for elevenses.
The shopkeeper told me that she had caught a poorly looking bird in Halifax town centre,in the middle of the food show, 2 weeks ago.

She said that she rang the vets and then took the bird to them.
The vet told here that the bird was:-
'A fledgling Goldfinch' and if she released it in the same area, once the 'food crowds' had gone - it would find it's 'parents'

She showed me a picture of the bird taken on her phone.

A adult Goldcrest!

Monday, 12 November 2018

Bradshaw Area

9:40 - 11:30

The usual stroll around the Bradshaw and Holdsworth areas this morning.
Bright and breezy with the odd spot of light rain and plenty of birds moving about to keep me occupied.

The fields near the Calderdale Way path from Holdsworth to above Oats Royd had 20 or so Thrushes in them.
2 Redwing, 5 Mistle Thrush and 13 or so Fieldfare were here.
(I did not venture down to O.Royd).

A stroll in the copse here found a flock of Long Tailed Tit flitting through the trees - 12 or so (Tits not trees).
They all made an alarm call in unison as a Sparrowhawk came zooming through the trees.

The fields on the way up to Bradshaw had 20 or so Black Headed Gulls, a few Common Gulls with 3 calling Herring Gulls circling low overhead and a very distant Gull with a dark back, was to far away to ID.

A Rook was near O. Royd and a Little Owl called from there also.

As I was walking through the park c10 Fieldfare flew overhead.

A Mistle Thrush was in the sunshine, in the fields behind Brandy Hall.

A very lengthy scan of the field walls beyond Carpet Micks eventually got me a Little Owl in the bins.

2 Crows were taking a dislike to a third Crow type.

An interesting outing but no Black Redstart this year, so far.
The Laurels that I've been resting on are a bit squashed now though... 
ah... those heady days of November 2014.

Early Evening:
A Keighley Church


Gulls flying very erratically to roost