Thursday, 23 February 2017

Bird Survey


The February bird survey on the 18th enjoyed far better weather. The sun shone, there was only a light wind and it was mild. The birds obviously enjoyed it because there were larger numbers of birds, though not species. ( 31 rather than30 )
Rather more of the reserve was covered even though there were only 5 participants. However we still did not see a jay; but Mike Henshaw and Steve Midgley did see a MALE HEN HARRIER passing through; the first time one has been seen on the reserve (we think) After several texts it was confirmed as a Calderdale sighting to enter the record book,
Rather mundane, the flocks of redwings were not seen, possible left on their journey north.
Song thrushes were starting to sing as where wrens, dunnocks and robins, who were in full song.
As many as 13 grey herons were ‘put-up’ by something and were all seen together in the sky. Several of them were seen earlier carrying nesting material. The great spotted woodpecker made an appearance at the feeding station, as did 6 reed bunting. Good views of 3 wigeon were finally had on the river
Mike and Steve also spotted a mink cowering under the metal bridge.
Roy who came with us for the first time said he had learnt a lot from his visit and had thoroughly enjoyed it.

List of species displayed in the cabin


Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Hen Harrier? Wow!

Steve Midgley said...

Glad it was confirmed we were in shock I think

Margaret C - birdbox said...

Good to have a systematic look at what's on the reserve - and what a lucky moment to spot the Hen Harrier!
Could we have the full list on the blog or perhaps on the website? It's easy to lose track of historical information and it can be useful years later.

Margaret C

Dave Brotherton said...

Great find with the Hen Harrier lads and also the Wigeon that are also nice to have around.