Friday, 7 July 2017

Staveley to Adel Dam

   Set off to Staveley in high hopes this morning hoping for sunshine
   and plenty of Wildlife and got neither apart from half an hour of
   some sun and good lighting but after that it was just cloudy and dull,
   and the bird & wildlife were in hiding or miles away although they
   could be heard well enough, anyway after 3 hours of nothing I decided
   to call it a day which is a shame as its the first time this reserve has let
   me down as it is one of my favourites.

   On the way home I had a brainwave and decided to pop into Adel Dam
   as this is another of my favourite reserves and I'm so glad I did as the
   Birdlife was on form and on show, 3 Kingfishers, 3 Heron, Nuthatch,
   5 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpecker flypast but alas no
   Mandarin Ducks, hope they're ok or they might have moved on as a Mink
   is on the warpath, it has been seen everyday for the last two weeks so I
   think its time for traps to be put down to help the local wildlife.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Fairburn Ings in the Sun

    Finally got out and about today after all my hospital visits
    for me and then my daughter but all ok now.
    Anyway decided to venture down to Fairburn Ings after
    hearing about the Spoonbills breeding there, I think it must
    have been too hot for the birds as there wasn't much about really
    or any that stood around long enough for a photograph apart from
    a young Bittern that had been seen close up by a lot of people
    including DP who I bumped into down there, but guess what I
    missed it but I did get to see 3 Spoonbills from about a mile away
    it was just one of those days especially after I ended up crashing
    into the car in front on the way home, how there was no damage
    to either car I'll never know.
    Lots of Little Egrets were about on the reserve, 2 Buzzards were
    seen and a Green Woodpecker in flight and a couple of Willow Tits
    and all the regular birds that visit the reserve, it was nice to see a
    Greenshank at Lin Dyke and two Kestrels dancing about over the
    fields, I also bumped into Steve C and his wife who go on the Hudds
    & Halifax bird trips both very keen birders and a lovely couple.
    I then drove up to St Aidans at Swillington but it looked very quiet,
    I asked a few birders if they'd seen owt but all said not much seen, so
    with being roasted under the sun decided to have a coffee in the hut
    and then set off home.

    Garden has been fantastic for bird life the last couple of weeks, its
    been really busy, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tits
    and Linnet all visiting regular and a daily Sparrowhawk fly through, one
    of which nearly hit my arm as it swooped past me. I find it kind of strange
    with the Linnet visiting regular, one visited a few months ago for a couple
    of days but now theres 2 a male and a female and they seem to be hanging
    around with the Goldfinch all the time, also had Deer and a Frog in the
    So bye for now, I think I'm gonna try Staveley tomorrow weather permitting.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Sunday Delight

      My gardens been chocka with finches these last few weeks all
      coming for food for there young along with the Tit family and
      6 Collared Dove and believe it or not a regular Stock Dove and
       a racing pigeon, Bullfinch and Greenfinch are popping in everyday
      now which I'm always glad to see, I was out in the garden on Sunday
      at around 1.30 when high up in the sky were 2 birds one of which I
      thought was a large Gull at first glance but I went and got my
      binoculars anyway just to make sure, and how wrong I was as it
      was a Red Kite being harassed by a Crow it had flown from over the
      town centre over Claremount and was heading towards Shibden Valley,
      I was like a kid in a sweet shop when I realised and dashed in the house
      for the camera its just a shame it was so high up but great to see around
      here at anytime, also last week I had a Tawny Owl in the garden tree but
      flew off before I could get the camera. Also had a young House Sparrow
      which was nice as not had one in the yard for ages.