Monthly Archives: May 2010

Bempton Cliffs


Bank Holiday usually brings jobs to do at home and bad weather but with the prospect of a reasonable weekend weather wise I managed to get some jobs done to get some brownie points then it was off to the coast for the day.

We ended up at Bempton which for me always seems to be windy and today was no exception but the birds were about which gave me a chance to practice my in flight shots. All the usual species were about Gannets, Razorbills, Guillemots, Puffins (you can tell were the Puffins are they always draw a crowd), Kittiwakes, Herring Gulls, Tree Sparrows, and we also chanced on Corn Bunting, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler no unusual birds for us today

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A Night of Owls

It was Owl watch night one time of the year when I go out specially looking for the nocturnal dwellers. First call was around Whitley Common and Little Owl, this  individual was along the roadside which gave me good views and a chance for some photos there was little else of note around here except the one or two Lapwing. On then to the next site and a wait for the next one Tawny Owl and then lastly when it was nearly dark not to see a Long Eared Owl made it self known as it flew past the car

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Langsett Area

Not very much to report this week things seem to have gone quiet, or the weather could be playing it’s part. I went around the Langsett area to try and find a site for Tree Pipit but didn’t succeed birds in the area that I did see were a very pale phase Buzzard a day flying Woodcock which took me a litte bit by surprise and of course the woodland species of birds in support mainly Siskin ♂, Blackcap ♂, Goldcrest, Jay, Garden Warbler, House Martin, Swift and Swallow to name a few

New Birds

 The day started early once again this time 7:30am at Horbury Wyke and once again within the Huddersfield/Patch area after parking up and getting set to move off I was greeted to day by a singing Garden Warbler didn’t show himself after five minutes so I moved off. The birds on the river were Mute Swan, Mallard, Moorhen with a couple of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff singing on the the other side.  I made it to the filter beds finding a stunning Male ♂ Pied Wagtail and then a Whitethroat, whilst watching the whitethroat the hoped for bird made itself known firstly by its song and then its flight display before settling on top of a bush Sedge Warbler (150), a new bird for the patch making it now 150, target meet. Afetr watching it and taking some very disappointing photos because of distance and poor light I left and moved off further down river to find more Whitethroat and a single Lesser Whitethroat, Common Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow overhead. Just to stop there has anybody else noted a lack of Swallows this year? or is it just me? anyway more birds Oysetcatchers (2) Grey Heron and more Moorhens on the river

Oystercatcher Horbury

Oystercatcher > Horbury

Enough of Horbury and after taking to another HBW member and catching fleeting glimpses of Kingfisher I decided to go for new bird number 2 at Potteric Carr, this one would make to the British and Yorkshire list. Arrived at Potteric Carr an hour later to here the bird was still there but at the other end of the reserve, things are never easy so off I set set finding more Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Garden Warblers and a couple of Reed Warblers on the way thro to finally view the other new bird of the day Iberian Chiffchaff, if you want to know the in and outs of this Chiffchaff to Common Chiffchaff read this at Surfbirds., well that was about my day apart from a Male Reed Bunting on the way back and heres the attempt of taking a photo of it and then theres the Day List at the end :-

Reed Bunting ♂

Male Reed Bunting > Potteric Carr


Day List

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Kesterl, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black headed Gull, Leseer Black Backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Swift, Kingfisher, Sand martin, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Leseer Whitethroat, Whitethroat,Chiffchaff, Iberian Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Rook, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting

A Couple of days birding in Italy

Well it didn’t quite go as planned but nothing never does what with a few days of rain when we got there and a sick family member things were changed. Thursday the 6th was Urban Birding day David Lindo style taking in a few parks and river side walks as we made our way to the hospital. Birds inclued my first lifer of the trip in Italian Sparrow other birds of note in Padova were plenty of Serins, Common Swifts, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher and a Kingfisher.

Friday was our day off so we went to “The Caves of Gaggio” a LIPU reserve near Venice here I saw my second lifer of the trip Pygmy Cormorants these were easier to see than I expected but what I thought would be easy wasn’t and never did see that was Pendulie Tit but the beautiful Male Golden Oriole more than made up for it and along with Cettis Warblers and Reed Warblers it wasn’t such a bad day 🙂

A full report can be seen at the LINK

Italian Sparrow  


Yellow Legged Herring Gull