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

Sunday, 19 August 2018


after about 20 years I went back to cloughton
Parked up the camper and chilled out, it was wonderful peregrine flew over then the wife saw a barn owl we laid in the middle of a field watching the stars total bliss

Sunday, 14 May 2017

shearwaters and whales


july 2016 17 years since  i was last in tarifa the towns got bigger
booked a whale tour 3 hours
it was fantastic
corys shearwater

 fin whale

the star of the trip

Monday, 8 May 2017

Mytholmroyd weekend

Out around the village on Saturday

Warblers seen were whitethroat blackcap chiffchaff and willow warbler
4 swifts back
Grey wagtail dipper and a kingfisher along the calder