Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fuerteventura 20th October

Well the 3rd day of the holiday its a bit like Halifax for birding....hardwork 
3 lifers so far 

Bertholots pipit
Trumpeter finch 
Plain swift 

Other good stuff seen 

Hoopoe 
Southern grey shrike
Spanish sparrow
Osprey 
Kentish plover 

Osprey 

Trumpeter finch


Monday, 22 September 2014

Erringden moor sunday

After moving to mytholmroyd last year I have been looking for good areas to go birding and apart from the garden, erringden moor seems as good a place 

So off I went with the dog up and over the moor

Very few birds about a five mile walk produced 

Snipe 1
Chiffchaff 2
Willow warbler 1
Wheatear 1 

Stoodley pike 


Mytholmroyd



Friday, 12 September 2014

Nearly 2 years


Well it's been a while! 

So time for a catch up 

Way back just before my last post I met a wonderful woman and her son jake, to cut a long story short..... I moved in to her house in the little village of Mytholmroyd. In February this year I proposed she said yes and we got married in June! At the end of June we went on honeymoon to Spain, the birding was crap! No lifers apart from a few monk parakeets in Barcelona.

Not been to Green Withens In nearly 2 years, I miss the place, it's only 8 miles away as the crow flys but nearly a 20 mile drive!! Wtf 

Oh I forgot to mention the daft dog we have...............jessie 





Thursday, 1 November 2012


Recent un-employment and no car means i am now having to stay very local!!!! so decide to concentrate on southowram, using the parish boundry which is Red Beck in the east, River Calder to the south,the Hebble in the west and the A58 to the north, for ease i have ammended it slightly.............

The Patch



1st November 2012

common gull 64 in fields around coal pit lane
pink footed goose 200apx flew se from wainhouse tower
fieldfare 5 east
redwing 23 east
meadow pipit 4
skylark 2
grey wagtail 1over the house
warbler sp
in the few trees at Pit House Farm, picked up on call which to my ears sounded 'whoeet' like but squeaky, i managed to see the bird briefly feeding in the tree,an obvious phylloscopus warbler,feeding on the outer most leaves,in size it was between a blue tit and goldcrest( blue tit present) very active constantly moving from leaf to leaf before flying off to the trees nearer the lane,after looking for 20 minutes it became obvious it had moved on.
i only noted plumage wise it had green upperparts, pale greyish underparts, one obvious wing bar the head pattern could not be made out due to it moving and being above me.


Sunday, 21 October 2012

mytholmroyd to siddal

walked the canal from mytholmroyd to home about 8 miles.

very quiet expected more

chiffchaff 1
grey heron 1
jay 7
meadow pipit 2
skylark 1
goldfinch 30
bullfinch 4

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

the with this afternoon

just a quick hour up here around mid afternoon

swallow 7 sw
skylark 4
meadow pipit 21
pied wagtail 2
carrion crow 1

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Bairds Sandpiper Seaton Snook

well i was fucked!!! got to bed at 04:30 after doing the midnight walk for Overgate Hospice  13 miles and we did it in 3 1/2 hours! which is not bad. so a quick hotdog and home to bed...............up at 9 and on the road at 10.
Teeside is only up the road and easier to get to than anywhere on the yorkshire coast...............ive seen a lot of good birds up here over the 30 years....................anyway gets to seaton snook just after 11:20 walked across some sand and saw the Bairds,because i was fucking knackered i cheekily put a group of birders on a dunlin!!! they were made up.
then the unspeakable happened!!!!!! someone walking their dog flushed them!!!! the horror!!!! its was like a scene from Apocalypse Now.............i saw no signs tell people this was a birders only beach?