Monday, 16 October 2017

Migrant Moth and Sun

Not seen a Vestal since 25th September  2006 here in Northowram . had 5 Juniper Carpet which is also a record for here...

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Pink Footed geese on the move today with 600 over Northowram during the day , 28 Swallows , 2 Teal and  700 + Meadow Pipits..........

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Baird's Sandpiper

                                           Baird's Sandpiper (pic Dave Franz)
                                               Haworth's Minor
                                                  Pink Footed Geese (67 )
Well , well , well what a brilliant week , Wednesday night I got in late and looked at my phone small wader at Whiteholme , ??  and then another message  possible Baird's Sandpiper ?? after looking at some photos , I could not tell what it was but it had some very long primarys and if NCD and DFranz  think its a Bairds it probably is...
 Arrived at Whiteholme  at 7.50 and was surprised to see no cars. The long walk to the reservoir produced 3/4 Wheatear , 30 meadow pipits , 3 Pied Wagtail and a skien of 32 Pink Footed Geese. arriving at the res not a single birder looking. After an hour not a single wader had been  seen , Alan Nuttal turned up and we both gave the area a good scoping , but nothing , we then headed for the old twite feeding station to see if was in that corner....nothing. With now nearly 2 hours looking it was looking like the bird had moved on . Another scope of the mud banks , and in the far northern corner a small dot was picked up, I pointed it out to Alan ,,,he immediatley said we are going to have to walk all the way back round.
  Finally we made it to the back corner and there it was a stunning Baird's Sandpiper in all its glory with brilliant autumn sunshine picking out the birds beautiful plumage. It called twice 'prrrrt ' very similar to Dunlin  ,  white flanks , straight black bill, black legs with a slight greenish tinge in the sunlight, long primary projection , dark rump , scaly above with a slightly buffish   breast and head with the pale indistinct pale area between the eye and bill. Hope everyone gets to see it and well done to NCD and DFranz for there hard work in finding it ...Also it was great to meet up with Allan Nuttal we had a real morning re finding it and going through all the id features... (just to make sure)  That makes 3 American waders in land locked Halifax over the years ....
  With a busy week I did not make it back to see it again and by all accounts it gave most people the run around  . Saturday was a real vis - mig morning  with House Martins (1200 +) and Swallows 900 + pouring south west all morning ,  at one point about 250 House Matins and 150 Swallows were feeding low to the ground in the local fields, a great feeling stood in the middle of that was good to get  one of these days , as when vis - mig is good its brilliant .Looking back best day counts are as follows
House Martin           1240.... 16 Sept
Swallow                    956.......16 Sept
Whooper Swan          239.......22 March
Pink Footed Goose   1554.......2 .Nov
Meadow Pipit           1784.......30..Sept
Redwing                   5447.......15 Oct
Fieldfare                  1975........16  Oct
Swift                         491..........20 May
Woodpigeon          50,434........10th Nov
Alba Wagtail                 87.......28th Sept
A poor week for moths with Brown Spot Pinion being the only moth of note, it has been the best year for Red Admiral I can remember with them being seen all over Calderdale . Haworths Minor  Fly Flatts   19.09.17

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Last of the Hairstreaks

Caught up with Brown Hairstreak at Chambers farm wood today (UK species 54) , 1 as above and 2 flying areound.
So that is all the British Hairsreaks seen , Purple , Green , Black  and  White Letter .....: ))
Also in the area
Brimstone Butterfly x 30
Brown Argus x 2
Red Admiral x 50 +
Purple Hairstreak x 20
Small Tortoiseshell x 3
Peacock x 5
Migrant Hawker x 50 +
Small White x 20
Comma x 3
Large White x 2

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Shibden Head circular walk

Just getting ready in the back garden to go for a walk to Shibden and a wader call was herd , then again very close just over the house, I did not see it but Julia did.  I was sure it was a Grey Plover on call alone ,  listening to calls on tinterweb could not put it down to anything else.
   Then off to Shibden Head via Shelf trailer park , 40 + Lapwings and 20 Linnet  in the field and up to 20 Gulls  on the way to Shibden Head , 10 LBBGulls , 2 Common and 8 BHgulls , might be worth keeping an eye on this. The sky was full of House Martins all over Shibden Valley at least 70 +  , a flock of Blue and Long tailed tits held 2 Willow Warblers,.Bare head tunnel had 2 Herald moths but no Tissue moths which was the target.
12 Mistle Thrush ,  Jay , Great Spotted  and Green Woodpeckers and 1 male Kestrel......

Monday, 21 August 2017

Devon Carpet

Great to catch up with Devon Carpet at the Craggs on Sat 19th 2017 (photo D Sut)

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Northowram Gulls

Had 110 BHGulls , 4 Common Gulls adults and 2juvs , 5 LBBGulls and 1 Juv , 1 adult and 2 Juv Herring Gulls in the horse fields. 20 Goldfinch , 1 Whitethroat , and 2 adult calling Buzzards ...30 Lapwing back on Shelf moor.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Ben Nevis

Hell of a walk up Ben Nevis , going up the tourist route , 10.7 miles taking 8 hours......

Sunday, 6 August 2017


                                                            Catoptria  margaritella
                                                                 Dotted Carpet
                                                       Garden Tiger in the garden
                                     Good to get Scotch Argus along the Caladonian Canal (UK species 53 )
                                                                Scottish Grayling 'atlantica'

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Recent bits

                                                   Gold Spangle
                                                     Brown Hawker
                                                Old lady

Monday, 24 July 2017

Gulls ID

A brilliant pic from Sweden ,,,,for all you gull freaks............

Friday, 21 July 2017

Red Kite

Had a very lucky Red Kite on the 20th at Jay House lane , I had been there at lunch time looking for Med Gulls with no luck and then I had to drop my lad off at Golf just up the road and just as I drove along jay house lane one flew low south..☺☺☺Also had my first Buzzard over the local wood for a few weeks which is a good sign..................

Monday, 17 July 2017

Scarce Silver Y and White Satin

                   The good run of new moths continues with these two beautys ............SSY on the 16th and 19th and White Satin on the 19th.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sabine's Gull

 Went to Nosterfield CP with Nick D to catch up with this beauty , also present breeding Avocet , 3 Black tailed Godwit , 100 + Curlew / Lapwing  , LRP , RP , Common Sand , 2 Common Tern , Redshank and Brimstone butterfly...... (picks by NCD above and Glyn  Sellors below thanks guys)

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Varied Coronet x 2

This was a smart moth from last nightand another first for me here  , also on the garage wall were 6 Swallow -tailed Moths.

Sunday, 9 July 2017


                                                        Marbled White and Burnet
                                                                 Juv Kitiwake
                                                                Balck tailed Skimmers

Sunday, 2 July 2017

House Sparrows

An excellent year for House Sparrows with a flock of 25 (mainly juvs ) on a bird table behind our house and up to 15 in and around Hedge top lane.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Last week of June early July 2017

                                                   Common Emerald
                                                                   Clay -triple Lines

Four  new moths for Northowram recently with  Beautiful Hook Tip , Clay triple lines , Common Emerald and Pine Carpet , nice to have a bit of time at home. Also very good news from the Mull moth recorder confirming that the Catoptria furcatellus was the first confirmed record for Mull....One old record is mentioned but with no details................
Beautiful Hook Tip
Pine Carpet