Monday, 6 May 2019

Green withens

up at dawn but fannying about meant I got there around 830
Great selection of birds today

Wren 1
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail
Red grouse
Carrion crow
Canada goose
Common sandpiper
Little ringed plover
Reed bunting

Monday, 22 April 2019


a lovely visit this weekend
Parked the van up opened the chairs and sat

Peregrine 1
Yellowhammer 2
Willow warbler
Sand Martin 23
Fulmar 6
Gannet lots
Grey partridge 2
Jessie bear happy

Sunrise at cloughton  

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Thorp Arch

Work has brought me to Thorp Arch near Wetherby
Today my first singing chiffchaff of the year which caught me off guard cos it was so cold, plus 3 red kites 4 buzzards 1 curlew and lots of pied wagtails

Sunday, 6 January 2019


Foggy but mild here this morning
I was joined by a nice guy called boothe my memory is lacking so cannot remember the chaps first name sorry

Kestrel 1
Red grouse 7
Meadow pipit 1
Carrion crow 3
Twite 9 still at the far end
Goosander male and female circling just disappeared into the fog good 2nd record
No sign of the water pipit 

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Water pipit

first light still cold but a pleasant morning
A kestrel as I pulled up was a good start then a meadow pipit flew over, a dipper in the channel was a surprise, usually a November bird
6 red grouse and the usual crows
At the boat house a pipit flew off no call and striking white outer tail feathers and wing bars, it flew off behind the containers and lost to view. Soon found it feeding on the banking by the boats, a brilliant water pipit! A couple of dogs appeared and it flew off out of sight
The twite were still by the pump house so put some seed down for them

Friday, 4 January 2019

Freezing cold

absolutely freezing up here this morning 
After Tuesdays visit it seemed back to a normal winter up here with only 1 carrion crow seen after half hour 
Nothing on the res , got to the pump house tree nothing then 2 small birds flew up and landed 2 twite after a while they flew and fed on the ground brilliant views one was ringed red above white and orange above a bto ring a quick investigation revealed it was ringed in 2014 nearby that’s quite a old twite! Then 7 more joined so 9 in all 
Also 2 raven over and a b h gull 

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

New Year’s Day up green withens

Very mild but windy at dawn
Many years ago I recorded no birds on New Year’s Day how things have changed!

Peregrine 1 male
Red grouse 2
Fieldfare 1
Redwing 3
Reed bunting 1 male
Meadow pipit 1
Wood pigeon 22 west
Herring gull 16 east
Gbb gull 2 east
Carrion crow 6