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23/04/2021 11:01

Whitethroats back on local breeding sites

There are 2 singing Whitethroats this morning on local breeding sites.Both sites are in lower Pildacre with one bird in full song on the edge of the margerine factory just off Healy Road Ossett and the other just before the security gate to Dewsbury Sewage works. Also this morning now 5 singing...


22/04/2021 12:57

Peregrine Falcon hunting over Horbury Bridge Marshalling Yards

A Male Peregrine Falcon was circling high over Horbury marshalling Yards this morning for about 30 minutes before going into a  sudden stoop and stayoing out of site. A single Little Egret is still in residence on the river Calder just below Earlsheaton and there are still 3 singing Willow...


21/04/2021 07:57

Little Egret returns to my part of the Calder.

A Little Egret was feeding on a pebble bed on the Calder at Ossett yesterday.Its the first time in almost a year one was seen here and hopefully it will stay around and be joined by a second bird  as in previous years. On a rather cold and grey day bird song was much subdued though there was...


20/04/2021 01:52

Sand Martins on the increase though local migrants still slow to appear.

Numbers at my local Sand Martin colonies appear to be on the up with nearly 50 pair of birds either digging or entering holes yesterday.feeding birds on the filter beds of Dewsbury sewage works totalled som38 birds along with 8 Swallows but as yet no House Martins. There are now 3 singing Willow...


19/04/2021 22:13

A brief call in at Far Ings Lincolnshire

It was nice to have a couple of hours to spare to call in at Far Ings Nature Reserve at Barton upon Humber this morning. For anyone wanting to see Bitterns this is as a likely as place to see them and out of seven visits so far Iv been lucky every time on one occassion even recording one flying...


16/04/2021 11:13

Sand martins not yet up to full strength but signs encouraging.

a good walk over the local patch this morning showed most migrants still slow to arrive in significant numbers but none the less encouraging. Sand Martins have now established another new breeding colony on the banks of the Calder although total numbers are so far much decreased on previous...


09/04/2021 11:05

Good to see Common Sandpiper making an appearence this morning

A Common Sandpiper is frequenting the River Calder at the bottom of Healy Road Ossett this morning.The bird flew down river from about 400 yards from the footbridge over the River and landed for a few moments on the pebble beds oppositte the industrial complex before continuing downstream. A Willow...


08/04/2021 22:30

Swallows return to local sites

2 Swallows where in the Asda car park in Dewsbury yesterday hawking with around 9 Sand Martins at around 9:30.% Swallows where with 11 Sand Martins around the border fence of Dewsbury Sewage works at around 10:20. There was 6 singing Chiff Chaffs around the kerries Foods factory area this morning...


30/03/2021 21:46

Getting back to business after a Horrible Year.

It is nice to get back into the field proper after many false starts and not knowing what places are accessible with some places completely blocked off from the public for different reasons. Some footpaths are still closed due possibly to too many members of the public walking with dogs  close...


30/05/2020 12:52

Return of the Egret

A Little Egret flew up the river Ca;lder below Earlsheaton this morning at 07:30.The river calder water level has dropped considerably over the last few weeks making feeding for a lot of birds more easy with regular sightings of birds catching fish more commonplace.Kingfishers are now more numerous...