Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Lytham St.Annes Holiday.


With Abi breaking up from school before Easter we took her 
and Emma to Lytham St. Annes.

Sunday 14th April 2019.

The cold north easterly wind was very strong here today.

On the way to our Caravan site we stopped near the Slots, 
Pier and RLNI shop. 
Managing to get a handy disabled parking spot.
In the slots Abi hit the jackpot on a 2p machine – winning 150 
tickets in one go!
In the ticket shop these  are probably worth a packet of 
Spangles, but it's good fun on a bitterly cold day!

There is a wooden walkway that goes out a hundred yards
 or so. 
At the end  of this it was difficult to stand up in the wind. 
However there were some distant Waders here, albeit 
in very poor light.

Great Black-backed Gull,Redshank with many Dunlin 
were here with a good few Ringed Plover. 

We were staying at Eastham Hall Caravan Park a 
couple of miles out of Town.
  • Late evening I left the girls watching Moanna Disney DVD and had a stroll about.
There are some flooded fields here, and although there has been little rain for a while, there were still 2 large ponds. The main pond was very distant alas. I was hoping for a Harrier or a Barn Owl but no joy
 tonight although I hung about till dark.

Although the weather wasn't brilliant it was 
noticeably colder here in Bradshaw this evening.

Birds:

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapwing, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler,
Mute Swan, Redshank.
Many Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Canada Goose, 
Coot.Moorhen, Mallard.

A large Crow-like Raptor with a small bill?? almost passed by, before 
I realised it was not a Corvid.

Thornton Cleevelys 

Monday 15th April 2019.

We had a trip to YMCA Thornton Cleeveys to do some 10 
Pin Bowling.
Afterwards we had a short walk along the massive beach here.
Dull again and quite windy.

Sanderling and Ringed Plover were dashing about.

At the top of the beach where the tide drops the seaweed
and other detritus, a real gem of a find.

3 Turnstone were asleep here, barley discernible, 
great camouflage.

Lytham:

Thornton Cleevelys
Leg Ring
Masters of disguise

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Bradshaw - Ned Hill - Soil Hill - Bradshaw

14:30 - 16:20

A couple of hours walk about this aft.
A bitter North East wind again making it feel cold.
The climb up Ned Hill Road warmed me up ready for a cooling on Soil Hill top.

Birds:

Nothing much see along the Bradshaw fields path, which is usual.
Ned Hill Lane had a Mistle Thrush fly by and a very distant Linnet on a wire.

From Ned Hill Track a Pr. Stock Doves were by the Soil Hill farm, Loads of Woodpigeon, 3 Pheasant.

Approaching Soil Hill from Ned Hill Track a pr. Grey Partridge flushed > S.
Later on the North side of Soil Hill a second Pr. Grey Partridge flushed > N. Shay Fields area.

c10 Meadow Pipit, 5 Skylark, 2 Curlew.
One Curlew mobbing a Kestrel (If one can be a Mob?).

A few  Lapwing in the Shay fields was about it.

A Little Owl was seen from Taylor Lane.

It all happens Wednesday along with Free Beer!!





Unusual Sight on Soil Hill


Friday, 12 April 2019

Ogden - Some excitement at last

14:00 - 16:15

A couple of hours at Ogden this aft.
Cold with darker skies to start with some brightness as I left.

Ogden Water:

Quiet again.
Moorhen, Mallard, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull.
8 Herring Gull over, later.

A circuit of the water produced a 'chuckling' Jay - a first for me.
2 Treecreeper, a second Jay.
3 Song Thrush.

Ogden Woods:

A walk along the North East main path brought some rewards.

First up was a calling Green Woodpecker that then flew past at speed to land nearly out of sight.
I fired a photo off, and managed to catch it, just!

A Great Spotted Woodpecker called and later one was seen.

Also about Mistle Thrush, Curlew.

Passerine Alley was very lively for a change, with a real bonus for me, a pr. Siskin - one of my bogey birds!


Owls:

A pair of 'large Owls' entered the woods from the North East to land high in the dark conifers.
They seem displeased with each other, calling loud and very raucously.  
Then pandemonium broke out with every bird in the vicinity mobbing the Owls.
One left immediately, flying towards the water pursued by Magpies and Crows.
The other stayed a short while, but it too left.

3 mins later all was as quiet as a mouse.

Still, some great excitement.

I tried to get some photos, but the Owls remained hidden and very high in the dark conifers.

Long Eared Owl must be the favourite option for ID.
My impression of LEO is of a longish Owl in flight.
These Owls seen large but 'dumpy'.
Anyway I'll never know.

Thanks to JM for your text -  I'm beginning to agree with you!!


Great to get another Buzzard over Bradshaw this morning.








Spot the Green Woodpecker.










Speedy Gonzales



Thursday, 11 April 2019

Skipton and Foreside Lane, Denholme to Bradshaw

2 Curlew over the house was a nice surprize as we left home for Skipton this morning.

Skipton:

A visit to the Skipton shops this morning but first we had a short walk through Skipton Woods.

Another very sunny, but cool, day.

Birds:

2 Pr.Grey Wagtail, A few Nuthatch, Song Thrush and a Song Thrush on a nest was about it.

Oh! and Maid Marrion.

Foreside Lane to Bradshaw:

14:30 - 17:00

Sue dropped me at Foreside Lane on our way home from Skipton.
Cool but very sunny. I thought I'd noticed some South in the wind direction at one point, but maybe I was imagining it?

I went home via Back Lane, The Plantation, Coal Lane, Ned Hill Track, Percy and Taylor Lane.
I enjoyed a brief chat with Larry D. on Taylor Lane.

Birds:

Always something interesting on the Foreside Lane to Ogden Back Lane path.

First bird up was a mega distant Wheatear.
A good number of Curlew about including a pair mating.
Lots of Meadow Pipit, Lapwing, Skylark.
Pr. Reed Bunting - always great to see.
A Snipe flushed silently as I negotiated the big bog field.

I'm just designing some lightweight, bio-degradable, disposable Galoshes to lob over me boots for my next visit here after rain.

Partridge:

A pr. Partridge flushed from nearby, early on, fairly silently without a call.
A second pr. Partridge ran away to hide in the reeds a little further along.
I guess I got both Grey and Red Legged here, but they are off too quick to get a photo, alas.

Ogden Back Lane, Plantation:

Coal Tit, Stock Dove, Curlew.

Coal Lane - Ned Hill Track - Home:

Pr. Pheasant, Stock Dove, c10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Kestrel, Greenfinch.
Little Owl.

At the bottom of the Bonnet I eyeballed a very distant pr. Buzzard. very high > West, leisurely.

So a Pr. Curlew to start the day and a pr. Buzzard to end - not bad for Bradshaw Lane.

Skipton:







Foreside Lane to Bradshaw:






Spot the Snipe

















Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ogden and Cromwell LNR Brighouse

Ogden:

Another cold start to the day and I took a drive to a busy Ogden (Easter hols for some).
I had a long traipse through Ogden woods for a change.
I got a bit off piste at one point, clogging through some tufted grassy stuff, very aware of the illegal deer traps that I might come across.

A good long slog but with scant reward - nothing new there then.

Birds:-

2 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 1 Common Gull, Moorhen, Song Thrush.
Coal Tit.
A Great Spotted Woodpecker(or 2) drumming, then calling then seen in fight was about me lot!!

Brookfoot Canal and Cromwell L.N.R. Area.

After lunch I had a drive down to Brighouse where the weather was really sunny and pleasant.
Always guaranteed a bird or three here at least. 

A Grey Wagtail was by the weir behind the Avocet building.
Long Tailed Tits in good numbers.
4 Singing Blackcap were difficult to photograph.
Many singing / calling Chiffchaff.
2M 1F Goosander on the river.
Mistle Thrush, Coot, Moorhen, Heron.

A Buzzard flew over but was soon gone.
Likewise a Peregrine was briefly high overhead in the clear blue sky.
Herring Gull.

It was pleasing to see 2 very young birders , with bins and their parents at the feeding station.

There were Bullfinch everywhere more that 12 at one time!
Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and a few others.

The afternoon made amends for the poor morning.

Ogden:




Cromwell LNR Area:








Cropped from above.