Saturday, 26 September 2009

Flyflatts today

Posted this, not so good, shot of the Whinchat as is it a first for me. Pity I couldn't get a little closer.Wheatears were showing well.

St Ives Bingley

Another two male Black Darter Dragonflies, this time in bowl of Kettlewell res', today.
Several newt tadpoles, or Efts, in water showing they bred successfully. I don't think there is a way of telling the Smooth Efts from the Palmate.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Altar Lane area Bingley

Lots of Siskin feeding in Larch east side of Hollins plantation next to footpath from Altar lane
Big flock of House Martin feeding west of Altar lane, River Gorge to Druids Altar, since Monday at least.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

St Ives today

Black Darter dragonfly, first one I'ne seen at St Ives.

Common Darter

Red admiral blackberrying

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Australian Black Duck?

Is this an Australian Black Duck at Dowley Gap?
One of a pair

Red shank stop, Green shank go.

Eric Morecambe pool Leighton Moss

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

A male Common Darter at Raw Nook NR Low Moor

Monday, 14 September 2009

Juvernile Kingfisher at Raw Nook NR, Low Moor

An interesting puzzle for me in that I have noted over the years an increase in Kingfisher sightings here usually in the Winter period as birds move N from the Calder valley areas.

However, in the last couple of years birds have been arriving earlier and this bird is a female juv indicating local breeding.

There is no suitable habitat in South Bradford for Kingfisher so I can only guess that maybe some birds are moving more N and finding new habitats in the areas around Brighouse and Heckmondwike areas and then visiting the rich Stickleback populations swimming in Raw Nook Nature Reserve!!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Canal Crossflats

Pair of Mute Swans with 5 well grown Signets
Black Swan near to Micklethwaite swing bridge