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.

















Friday, 2 June 2017

Yesterdays Wanderings


     Took a walk down Coach Rd and Sutcliffe Wood Rd yesterday
      in the sunshine but I think the midday heat had kept the birds
      hiding in the shade as not a lot to see but still an enjoyable walk
      its not easy to see anything while all the leaves are on the trees
      and Coach Rd was very dark down the bottom of the track, Blue
      Tits, Dunnocks and Chiffchaff seen and heard.
      Sutcliffe Wood had Kestrel high overhead and Grey Heron down
      by the stream, also drumming in the trees which I thought could be
      LSW but I couldn't locate it.

      Next I decided to drive up to Cold Edge Road to have a look in the
      fields around that area, the Nolstar produced Starlings and Swallows
      with a few flighty small birds that could of been Wheatear or Mipits.
      I then parked up by the mast where there were plenty of Lapwing with
      young and Pied Wagtails one was on the wall with a beak full of flies
      it would of been a cracking shot but a lorry came past and scared it off
      just as I was lined up but thats the way the cookie crumbles. I then went
      up to Fly Flatts in the hope of something special, 2 Oystercatchers were
      feeding, 3 Shelduck flew from the lake down toward the Dams and there
      was at least 6 Curlew about and lots of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks.

       My garden had Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Sparrowhawk in the tree,
       and Kestrel over the back field.

 























Sunday, 28 May 2017

Tonights Outing


      Sorry I've not written on here for a while because of
      Illness but a call from JL got me to get off my butt and
      get out there and do something and I'm glad I did as I
      got to see my first Long Eared Owl of the year at a
      location I won't divulge but it was a fantastic sight
      seeing it flying about and passing by me as close as
      5 yards and that happened a few times, and then it
      got even better as another one flew by and then a Roe
      Deer ran in front of me about 20 yards away, it was just
      a shame it was so dark and my lens isn't that clever in the
      dark so pics are very grainy, but it was good to be out &
      about again so thanks again to hawk eye JL and the grapevine
      for getting me motivated.
      Birds and Animals seen were -:

      2 Long Eared Owl
      2 Kestrel
      6 Linnet
      10+ Meadow Pipit
      10+ Skylark
      1 Pheasant
      1 Stoat
      1 Roe Deer
      Rabbits galore.