Saturday, 28 February 2015

Leo at burdon

Brief views around 6.00pm this evening around the wooden section of the path.
Not much else around.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Plenty of willow tit

More willow tit today than any other bird really, apart from a flock of redwing i believe the causey area really has a healthy willow tit population and it really would be a shame if the open cast mining plans went ahead. but time will tell.

1)Redwing
2)fieldfare
3)red kitex1
4)buzzardx3
5)kestrelx2
6)willow tit (had about 10 different birds sighted)
7)great titx2
8)common snipex1
9)goldcrestx5
10)wood pigeon
11)blue titx4
12)crow
13)magpie
14)blackheaded gull
15)herring gull
16)robin
17)dunnock
18)mallard
19)song thrush
20)blackbird
22)goldfinchx5
23)chafinchx3
pheasant x1

other than the willow tit and the clear sky a very quiet evening indeed.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Fall on your ass and flush a Tawny.

My Route(.crossed section is propsed opencast)
Walked to causey today.

Birds seen were as follows
1)redwingx40
2)crow
3)blackbird
4)common gullx4
5)black headed gull
6)kestrelx5
7)starlingx50
8)red legged partridge x10
9)skylark lots the sky was alive with them
10)linnetx20
11)fieldfarex20
12)grey heronx1
13)wren
14)herring gull
15)lapwingx3
16)meadow pipitx2
17)blue tit
18)great tit
19)willow titx5
20)long tailed titx20
21)chaffinchx4
22)bullfinchx3
23)goldfinchx20
24)Greenfinch
25)GREEN WOODPECKER x1 got good view as it was clung to a tree
26)great spotted woodpeckerx1
27)goldcrestx5
28)treecreeperx1
29)buzzardx2(was perched about 20ft in front of me only seen it when it flew and scared the crap out of me)
30)TAWNY OWL(having slipped on my ass I spooked it and it flew from an oak over to the other side of wood followed it and got it again) YEAR TICK !
31)jackdaw
32)rook
33)wood pigeon
34)pheasantx1
35)collared dove
36)reed buntingx1
37)mallard x2 
38)magpie                 also 2 hare were seen which was nice

Also dead two foxes with partridge and another animal which I couldn't identify, had been wrapped in wire fence and left to rot probably by the local game keeper.
2 Fox, pheasant and another animal

dead sheep


also a dead sheep near the marley hill mast

Birds heard but not seen
nuthatch and curlew and yellow hammer

Friday, 13 February 2015

the fog without the pirates

Sled lane
Held 7 goosander

Marley hill football pitch

1)Greenfinchx15
2)Common gullx1
3)Black headed gullx10
4)Rookx4
5)Jackdawsx20+
7)Dunnock
8)Blackbirdx3
9)Magpiex2
10)Crowx4
11)Wood pigeons x20
12)Bullfinch x2
13)Blue tit
14)Chaffinch.
15)Great tit.x2
16)robin
17)Collared dove x5
18)willow titx1
19)Herring gull x2
20)tree sparrowx1
20)goldfinchx1
21)sparrowhawk x1 male failed kill, perched by feeders orange buff 3:15pm

Thursday, 12 February 2015

signs of spring

Dunnock singing today

Also quite a a good number of species seen from the bedroom windows this morning
Dunnock
Blackbirdx3
Robin
Rookx6
Crow x5
Jackdaw x10
Willow titx1
Chaffinch x2
Tree sparrow x4
Greenfinch x5
Great tit x1
Magpie x3
Black headed gull x10
Herring gull x3
Blue tit x2
Kestrel x2 both perched
Wood pigeon
Redwing x1
Red kite x2 circling over field
Pheasant x1
Bullfinch x2 my/f
Song thrush x1 on football pitch

Not bad for 30minutes
Hoping to see goldfinch,
Wren maybe a common gull taking it up to around 24 species.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

marley hill feeders

Greenfinchx3
Chaffinch x2
Goldfinchx3
Bullfinchx1
Blue.tit x1
Great titx1
Willow titx1
Tree sparrow x2
Robinx1
Redwingx1
Blackbird.x1

Monday, 9 February 2015

marley hill feeders

Yellow hammerx1
Willow titx1
Tree sparrowx2
Redwingx1
Blue tit
Greenfinchx2
Chaffinchx2
Robin

Sunday, 8 February 2015

the short eared owl still at burdon

A quick trip to lamesley and burdon this evening.
Lamesley held pretty much the same as yesterday although I was told a Shelduck was there earlier

Burdon was windy,and cloudy so light wasn't too good, making.it hard to get a good view when light was gone.
That being said as I was up the top end of the moor in stubble field behind some gorse looking for the shorty, it did show very briefly as it took flight from the ground(around 5:20pm) about 60feet in front of me then landed in some more thick gorse right of the silver gate
I think another birder had just been standing next to the gate and was walking back down to the path just as it showed so whether he seen it I dint know.

Also around 40 meadow pipits,and skylarks and a grey heron.
A possible little owl flying towards the gorse/rocks in stubble field but not 100% as it was too datk


marley hill feeders

Quite a bit of activity today, with 2 willow tits, 5 green finch, Chaffinch,blue tit,Rook,Jackdaw, Crow,bullfinch,song thrush all feeding on or around feeders.
Lots of black headed gulls over field.
A kestrel hunting.
And a pheasant

Saturday, 7 February 2015

long eared owl burdon moor

Stopped by lamesley this evening where there were quite a few birds more than my last visit.
Lapwingx60
Curlew x60
Moorhenx30
Mallard
Woodpigeon
Tree
Sparrowx2
House.sparrow
Buzzard x2 which were both perched at the back on the fence post
Tealx40
Wigeonx2
Greylag gooseX30+
Mute swan
Pied wagtail
Coal tit
Blue tit
Great tit
Starling
Jackdaw

And a stop off at burdon moor
Blackbird
Robin
Great tit
Kestrel
Crow
Wren
Magpie
Goldcrest
Pheasant x10
Tealx6
Snipe x3
Possible woodcock
And a long eared owl which showed briefly
Flying close to the top of the pines on the right if the path I believe it had just caught something as it legs were dangling and they were a few crows harrasing it
Also little owls were calling.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Short eared owl action still at burdon moor

After last nights disappointment of no owls, i thought id give it another go, got there when is was still light about 4;30pm not much about really and it was freezing, i went over to the pile of rocks and waited, apart from crows a kestrel and a few fieldfare it was quiet, although two roe deer were on the edge of the woods which was nice, around 4;50 i spotted which i thought were two shortys far left of the silver gate however it turns out it was a shorty and a buzzard, it was obvious the shorty didnt want the buzzard on its patch and they both flew towards me, then the buzzard perched in a hedge up from where i was standing while the shorty kept swooping down to it, eventually the buzzard took off and started flying high SE(towards hedley) with the shorty chasing it, following it thru the binos once the buzzard was far enough away, the shorty flew back towards the moor and came down to perch on a post right of the stubble field, for a few moments i watched it perched then it flew down where i lost it. while this was happening it had gotten dark so i decided to walk back to the path to the car park where i waited to see if it would start hunting but it didnt.but there were tawnys calling in the woods behind me.
I believe the shorty is a male as I think I heard it calling.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

no sign of seo

Went to burdon more just before it got dark but didn't spot any owls although heard a tawny in the wooded area.