Recent un-employment and no car means i am now having to stay very local!!!! so decide to concentrate on southowram, using the parish boundry which is Red Beck in the east, River Calder to the south,the Hebble in the west and the A58 to the north, for ease i have ammended it slightly.............
1st November 2012
common gull 64 in fields around coal pit lane
pink footed goose 200apx flew se from wainhouse tower
fieldfare 5 east
redwing 23 east
meadow pipit 4
grey wagtail 1over the house warbler sp
in the few trees at Pit House Farm, picked up on call which to my ears sounded 'whoeet' like but squeaky, i managed to see the bird briefly feeding in the tree,an obvious phylloscopus warbler,feeding on the outer most leaves,in size it was between a blue tit and goldcrest( blue tit present) very active constantly moving from leaf to leaf before flying off to the trees nearer the lane,after looking for 20 minutes it became obvious it had moved on.
i only noted plumage wise it had green upperparts, pale greyish underparts, one obvious wing bar the head pattern could not be made out due to it moving and being above me.
well i was fucked!!! got to bed at 04:30 after doing the midnight walk for Overgate Hospice 13 miles and we did it in 3 1/2 hours! which is not bad. so a quick hotdog and home to bed...............up at 9 and on the road at 10.
Teeside is only up the road and easier to get to than anywhere on the yorkshire coast...............ive seen a lot of good birds up here over the 30 years....................anyway gets to seaton snook just after 11:20 walked across some sand and saw the Bairds,because i was fucking knackered i cheekily put a group of birders on a dunlin!!! they were made up.
then the unspeakable happened!!!!!! someone walking their dog flushed them!!!! the horror!!!! its was like a scene from Apocalypse Now.............i saw no signs tell people this was a birders only beach?
went to try and have look for the little egret seen yesterday on lower walshaw but looking at the photos on the calderdale blog look like it was flushed off by the photographer!!!
walked all 3 of the walshaw res saw fuck all just 6 willow warblers and 2 tufted ducks!! god its crap
then bumped into mr hayes who ive not seen for years so had a walk over widdop / gorple no surprise fuck all 1 whinchat 3 stonechats 2 grey wagtails