Tuesday, 28 April 2020


Well my mental health is struggling the black dog always wants to walk! I give it stroke and send it packing I want a yellow lab,wife,camper-van, freedom
A bad nights sleep meant I was up the with at 0530, even in the gloomy dawn you can still make out the wheatears
A swallow went east and pheasant on the east dam was 110 for the list very little else of note apart from 2 ravens and a male blackbird

Take care keep safe

Monday, 27 April 2020

Classic visit

Well did a hours work painting,dropped off some firewood at the wife's keeping our distance and a quick visit saw the bear aka Jessie
So straight up the with

Parked up a tatty marsh harrier went low north 2nd record brilliant, 6 wheatears in the drain plus the usual m pipits and skylarks
No sign of yesterday's greylags but 2 teal and a pair of tufted ducks!!! 2nd record 6 dunlin including some in stunning plumage 8 common sandpipers and 4 curlew
The reed buntings added some real class to the moors the males look amazingly smart now
A pair of wheatears by the pump house and a buzzard drifted west not bothered by the crows

Sunday, 26 April 2020


After 4 weeks of no visits I decided to head up green withens my reasons were
I live alone
The drive is quick on the motorway 15 minutes
The walk is long

Was it worth it? YES

I checked all the main areas

Red grouse 2
Meadow pipit
Pied wagtail
Canada goose
Greylag 2
Mallard 7
C crow 6
Lbb gull 5 west
Wheatear 6
Stonechat 1 male
Reed bunting 3
Twite 1
Goldfinch 1
Dunlin 5
Little ringed plover 2
Curlew 6
Common sandpiper 8
Snipe 1
Golden plover 1
Oystercatcher 1

Because it's so quiet I was finally able to check the plantation at the motorway junction
Willow warbler 1
Blackbird 1
Fieldfare 1

I don't think I've ever seen a fieldfare so late
Great visit

Thursday, 26 March 2020

26 march 2020

Green withens

Lapwing 2
Curlew 2
Golden plover 1
Goosander m/f
Mallard 6
Canada goose -
Reed bunting 7
Meadow pipit  -
Skylark -
Wood pigeon 2 sw
Pied wagtail 9
Carrion crow 1
Twite 1

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Middle of nowhere perfect

Typical yorkshire spring morning clear skies beautiful sunrise but we all woke to a new way of life
My boss called me at 7 saying don't come in so what to do? "The with"
After pegging out the washing I set off

Really nice visit

Carrion crow 4
Meadow pipit 23
Skylark 7
Wren 2
Pied wagtail 4
Twite 2
Canada goose /
Goosander 2 m/f
Curlew 2
Golden plover 3 singing in flight so close for around 10 minutes fantastic

Didn't see another person love it

Take care everyone and be responble for yourselfs and others especially

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Spring arrives

Interesting a dog walk this morning around mytholmroyd resulted in a very nice singing chiffchaff on the allotments by redacre wood 
Whilst driving through pike end near the shooting hut 2 wheatears 
Green withens had 2 ring ouzels at the rear of the depot but very little else though nice to skylark singing 

Saturday, 28 December 2019

You never know when

Had an eye test this morning and had arranged to meet my wife (separated) and go round the charity shops in Shipley
With a hour to kill I thought I would drive to the with and then pick her up
Pulling off the m62 lots of crows flying around seemed to be mobbing something,all of sudden a female sparrowhawk  is diving into the plantation
One of the most common raptors finally on the list