The introduction of the new licencing system must be counted as been a great success.This was very noticeable on my most recent trip to the Gambia from thec 15th to 22nd of March
Anyone walking from Kololi down towards Kotu severl months ago would undoubtably have been surrounded and presssurised by any number of giudes fo their buisness.On my most recent walk in this area I came across only one guide who was very pleasant and informative and after a very brief exchange I was continuing my walk to Kotu.
At Kotu itself only 4 or 5 guides were in the office and these people too conducted themselves in ac ver polite and more orderly manner.It has to be said that ther is now a much more noticeable military prescence in the area and this is no doubt contributing to thesituation.We saw at least 1 unlicensed giude being removed from the site very positively indeed.
So lets hope this more orderly approach will continue asd it will undoubtedly bring about more buisness for the local licensed guides and will createa much more relaxed environment for the birder and casual tourist.
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...
A female Sparrow Hawk was hunting around the brewers Pride public house this morning at 07:15 for abpout 10 minutes.2 Kestrels where on the wires at the bottom of Healy Road before chasing off towards Mill Bank Thornhill.
48 Herring Gulls where on the filter beds at Dewsbury Sewage Works along with...
There was good movement of Swifts and House Martins in my part of the Calder Vakkey this morning.
The engineering yard at the bottom of Healy Road Ossett held about 100 s wiftscontinualy moving Westerly and being replaced by other birds coming in from the East.This move,ment carried on up the...
Its nice to see good numbers of certain Summer Visitors gathering to feed even if weather conditions feel mor like February than May.
Good numbers of House Martins were feeding on and around Dewsbury Sewage Works and Mill Bank Thornhill this moning with one party of some 128/30 birds feeding on and...
A Common Sandpiper is on the rivers banking oppositte Dewsbury Sewage Works this morning.For about 2 minutes it was feeding alongside a Green Sandpiper before moving off slowly towards Dewsbury at around 07:40.
Whitethroats are quickly getting up to strength with 8 singing males in the lower...
A White Stork flew over Dewsbury this morning at 11:15.It came in from the East and carried on North West.It was first reported flying over Ossett Spa at 11:05.
Despite overcast and damp conditions there was still quite a bit of bird song in my part of the Calder Valley this morning
There are 2 singing Sedge Warblers around the area bordering Dewsbury Sewage works border fence and in the same area 4 singing Common Whitethroats and 5 singing Willow...
A Reed Warbler was singing this morning in Lower Pildacre Ossett at one of the recognised breeding sites.Conditions early this morning where rather heavy and slightly overcast not very indusive to birds singing their best but no doubt as the morning progresses this will improve.
A Common Swift was hawking around the area by the railway embankment of Mill Bank Thornhill just adjacent to the Networl Rail office block.
The bird made several passes as it slowly made its way Eastwards at around 07:20
A single Yellow Wagtail is still feeding on the easterly filter beds...
A stunning male Yellow Wagtail is feeding on a filter bed on Dewsbury Sewage Works this morning.The birds is keeping company with 4 Pied Wagtails and a single Grey Wagtail on the central beds adjacent to the compost storing area in lower Pildacre and although a little flighty is pretty sedentery in...