I have heard through numerous channels now that we had a visiting Green Sandpiper & also water Rail was seen.
Sometimes people can be sceptical at times especially with Water Rail sightings.
But thanks to modern technology especially digital cameras, positive ID's can be shown to all.
Over on the Calderdale Bird Blog they have some more than adequate record shots of both species, displaying clearly, all the necessary features to ID both species without a doubt.
Please have a look! - I hope they don't mind me linking in so we can enjoy them.
As someone who is unable to help with any of the physical work in maintaining Cromwell Bottom, I'd like to thank all those who have recently worked on the developments at the Bird Viewing Area. It is much improved from both a photography and bird-watching point of view, in my opinion.
I'm looking forward to some very productive visits with my camera over the next few months, and will post the better images on here in due course.
19 of us assembled in the car park on another glorious October day. Robin gave us the customary safety talk as we were itching to get started. Present were:- Alan, Allan, Barry, Bella, Bruce, Colin, David, Graham, Joe, John, Julian, Lucy, Mike, Paul, Richard, Robin, Shelagh, Simon, and Susan, with apologies for any omission. We had various tasks to do. Bruce, Lucy and David did some survey work (very technical) at the dipping pond. One of the long fences was repaired and made firmer by Robin and his team. Hay was collected and stacked from one of the meadows and the Bird Feeding Station was upgraded and improved. Pictures below mainly of the feeding station.
One of several skeins of Pink-footed goose that flew over. Click on image and count them. I made it 116 ish. Spider (Linyphia) webs were everywhere.
Some of these old stumps were pretty heavy. They will be rich in invertebrate life and help feed many of the birds that will visit the feeding station during the coming months. Barry drilled holes for seeds to attract various species.
I know it is a work party Saturday, but if anyone looking in would like to learn more about our local rock, the millstone grit, you are very welcome to attend a walk with us led by West Yorkshire Geology Trust on 11th Oct at 1.30pm. See Calderdale Wildlife blog link for more details.
This is followed by a talk on the Lake District's geology on Tuesday 14th at 7.15pm. Again see the other blog linked above.