Friday, 31 October 2008

re upped the slender billed curlew video

only because most of the birdforum nutters have not seen it.

having had a peak at dude forum i found this 'stuff that happens while twitching'

so i will add my own(if anyone wants to post it then feel free)

way back in 1991 i got my first car,i picked it up at 9 by 1400 i was watching the nutcracker in staff's.the next week after telling my parents i was going to fiely,which was a little white lie!
we headed straight north for the chimney swift,as we got to catterick we pulled off the A1 for the franklins gull,but dipped,i tried to get back on the A1 but some how got lost and ended up inside the military base at catterick!
as we tried to look at the map,we saw a convoy go past,(which i found out was heading for a remembrance day parade)so all 3 of us are in a white escort dressed in green watching a army convoy go past us while in the base.
10 minutes later on the A1 we pass the convoy at speed 'pointing and saying 'we just saw them leave'

many hours later after dipping on the swift,i arrived home to an angry mother who told me the police had been round,and wanted me to ring the police with regard to my movements that day.
i rang the number under the watchful eye of my mother as i explained i was not a IRA terrorist but had just being birding, i found out i had been reported as 'suspicious' by a driver of the convoy then tracked by every camera along the A1 and then the M8 and M6.

Monday, 27 October 2008

right fuck it

ok sorry i went mad after spending the weekend looking in the mirror,not self reflection but a big bag of coke;)

firstly if you have this blog on rss then oops,tell your mum im sorry!

i never knew it was that popular(honest)

you see modern birding is crap.and thats a big full stop.
thanks to bill oddie,who's stupid fucking 'autumn watch' has started where's the photo of kate humble with her tits out?........................

any fucker with a £1000 can become a 'top lister' the pager is a must for those without clue.the recent run of 'unconfirmed' and 'probable's' is now becoming a joke eg northern flicker and siberian thrush,not hard birds to identify!
pager companys should vet people before sending them one.

glad the vid of the slender billed curlew was liked,but i would like to see more?

anyway its not PC but heres the picture' what you will not see on 'autumn watch'...................................................................................................

'is that bill oddie'

Friday, 17 October 2008

fucking westerlies

yep the wind has so far killed october for the 'with'.in a week it will be too dark to go birding after work!
2 hours today 4-6

peregrine 1 male
kestrel 1
carrion crow 4
meadow pipit 2
wren 3
pied wagtail 3 at the m62 pool roost
grey partridge 7

my 100-400 is broke so no pics

Sunday, 12 October 2008


ok it may be a fews years out of date but its been out for a few months now.having been involved since the beginning in 1991,i think this is the best report to date and can only get better.for a club with very limited resources and readership,nick dawtrey the recorder has done a great job.
as usual the map by gordon is quality,the colour photos are much better reproduced than previous years,even nicks purple sandpiper looks better than sean's!(digiscoped vs' canon mk2 500mm)
articles on goshawk sighting's are a good read,as is the 'target 200' which is the mythical number to see on your halifax list!
the calderdale bird conservation group has an article on twite(what else) but no mention of the £10000+ they have yet to spend!

if anyone would like a copy drop me an e-mail as its great for stuff southern birders who need twite and redgrouse;)

beware of gypsy's when twitching

Monday, 6 October 2008

potteric carr sunday

this place is fast becoming my favorite reserve,my fave is still leighton moss which was the first place outside halifax i ever went birding way back in 1985.
ok its a bit of a dudes place,but it is now so large you seem to have the place to yourself(unless you want to see bitterns the hides always packed)very friendly people which makes a change from the 'top' bird sites on the east coast,most are bit clique,though spurn is ok as i know a few of the birders.maybe the only other top birding area with decent locals is..............well,north of the tees (Cleveland,Durham and Northumberland) everytime ive visited the locals are great.
anyway back to potteric carr
loads of wildlife still around.birds were on the quiet side so i photographed some of fungi around,out of the 4 pics here i only know the 'fly agaric' so any help please.

great tit

the last butterflies of the year i think


lots of the fungi were dead or dying.i had a look in my very cheap book but im at loss,i think the yellow one maybe 'yellow brain fungus'

Saturday, 4 October 2008

the results are in

ok the suggestions are

frog 2#
meadow pipit

all wrong,she was actually eating the leftovers of a red grouse!
i think the grouse committed suicide by ripping itself apart

Friday, 3 October 2008

the 'with' a kestrel's teatime

can anyone guess what she is eating?

ps i know.

more clues

its a moorland bird and she did not kill just picking up the leftovers