Friday, 28 November 2008
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Friday, 21 November 2008
The Waxwings eventually dropped onto some ornamental Rowans between The Bear Hotel and the nearby traffic lights at Oakdale but were unfortunately flushed back into the tall trees by the usual agressive attendant Mistle Thrush and some flushed Starlings before I could attempt any more photos. There are several ornamental Rowan-types on adj estates both sides of the traffic lights here so hopefully they will linger and perhaps increase in number. Once in Blackburn Town Centre, yet another check of Weir St. Pay and display car park drew a blank for this species. There must be some Waxwings in Blackburn Town Centre, but time was pressing so I had to jettison Pam back home and rush to Fishmoor.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
31/12/2008 Update: Details kindly supplied by Kane Brides. The metal ring was placed on the bird at Bowness-on-Windermere on 02/10/2005. The bird remained at Bowness-on-Windermere during 2006 & 2007 but disappeared in the spring and summer of 2008. The bird did however fly back into Bowness on 01/11/2008. I caught this bird on 03/12/2008 and added a yellow darvic ring - U7Z.
Saturday, 15 November 2008
The 1stw Iceland Gull was at Whinney Hill from at least 10:30-12:00 when last seen landing atop a raised plateau, out of view. Thirty Fieldfare overflew the Tip and two Ravens were seen distantly over Gt. Hameldon.
Enroute to my parents for a meal, Pam and I called in at the JJB car park at Fishmoor at 19:05 on the offchance of seeing the Long-eared Owl I saw a few days ago. Time was short as we were running late, but within 5 seconds of turning off the car engine, the LEO drifted past and showed well as it hunted the rough grassland right by the car park under illumination from the car park lighting for a full five minutes before I had to leave. Absolute magic! - Lets hope this bird remains a feature of Fishmoor birding for much/all of the winter.
I've spent quite a bit of time walking around Blackburn Town Centre looking for Waxwings in the past few days, but to no avail......They will come.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
A potential, and if so extremely rare, three-tick day for me started with the amazingly confiding first-winter Steppe Grey Shrike at Grainthorpe Haven, Lincolnshire, which absolutely enthralled all observers present. This was followed by the superb male Two-barred Crossbill at Garfitts Farm, North Yorkshire (with a Red Kite seen from the car enroute over A1 Jcn 47), and finally the putative drake Canvasback at Nosterfield Gravel Pits, N. Yorks. Hoping for close views of the latter it was unfortunately distant, but looked rather convincing with the exception of a pale subterminal area on the bill.
Woodcock are one of my favourite of the common migrants and it was great to enjoy regular sightings of birds either coming in-off or inadvertantly flushing them as we worked the area. We probaly saw 30+ Woodcock during the two days.