Thursday 31 January 2013

Feeding Station

Blue Tit and Long Tailed Tit hanging around and a male Siskin coming into breeding plumage and the whole area was alive with birds this morning.

No Publicly Owned Forest Sell Off

Linda has just sent me this.

Dear Bruce,

I thought you might be interested to know, as someone who contacted me about this issue two years ago, that the Government has today announced it will not be selling off publicly owned forests in the UK. I am delighted at this news which is a victory for the campaign that was launched to stop the Government plans to sell of our forests.

I have attached the news link, which sets out more information. I hope that is helpful.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you require any further information.

Yours sincerely,                        Link to story here.

Linda Riordan

Member of Parliament for Halifax

Egg Collector

Keep your eyes open for this fellow.
Terrence Potter from West Yorkshire.
He is a convicted egg collector and you may well see him on your travels. This follows an earlier report on the Bird Blog - we now have his picture.

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Just a reminder there is a meeting tonight

The meeting is at SPRING HALL from Halifax past the football ground (the shay ) after the trafic lights 1st LEFT from Brighouse past the hospital on the left after that there is a speed camera on the left and its first RIGHT after that, and its sign posted Registry Office yours Graham

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Weekends Birdies

Managed to get down at weekend - very nice in the snow.
Quite a few birds were very adaptable & quick to take advantage of any food source, like the buzzing Robin on the fat bell - in Allan's pictures.
A few different feeding habits:

Robins were quick to get onto the fat balls

Bullfinches tried the peanuts

Blackbirds always try out any fruit

Siskin cleaned the nyger off the lid

& the vacuum cleaners came back on Sunday
Other Bird pictures from lurking around the station:

We seem to have a very healthy population of Bullfinches!
A very nice Saturday was had by all - good bird numbers & nice bit of sunshine on the snow.

Help Save The Bees

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Saturday 26 January 2013

Short Notice Meeting, Wednesday 30th January

An indoor meeting has been arranged by Graham at Spring Hall Mansion ie (Halifax Registry office HX3 0AQ) Huddersfield Road, Halifax. 7-30 pm start on Wednesday January 30th 2013. Directions are: As you come down the drive to the left hand side of the house is a gate and ramp at the top of the ramp is a door to the right press the button marked "Safer and Cleaner" and we will let you in, tea and coffee making facility's are available.

This replaces the cancelled meeting scheduled for last Monday.

All Welcome

Wednesday 23 January 2013

A Few from this week in the snow and a few for Mike


Ring of Confidence

Bleach Background

Mrs Poser



Give me 5 or was it bye bye

for Mike

fantastic to watch up close                        yours Graham

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Useful Freeze?

I know Robin promised a boat for doing the work in the lagoons, but if they freeze hard enough, couldn't the work be done on foot ?

If so, I'd recommend large polypropelene builders sheets (tarpaulins or tarps) for dragging the stuff off.

Golf shoes would give a better grip for the pullers.

Monday 21 January 2013

Meeting Cancelled

Hi All

Due to the bad weather conditions the meeting scheduled for

tonight the 21st of January at the Fire Station has been cancelled.

We will keep you all informed when the next meeting will be held.


Saturday 19 January 2013

Next Indoor Meeting

Hi All

A reminder that there is an indoor meeting at the Halifax Fire Station, King Cross this Monday the 21st at 7:15 pm.

Everyone is welcome. Refreshments. Please observe the One Way System at the car park.

Monday 14 January 2013

One from last week and the rest from today

Reed Bunting last week

Yours Graham

Thursday 10 January 2013

New on bird feeder

A new species on the feeders today 2 reed bunting feeding on and off but kept coming back so they may become regulars yours Graham

This Saturday 12th January

Saturday 12th January 2013. Workday on the Reserve. The steps from the lagoon to the river need assessing,  also we have some bat boxes to erect.  Meet at 9:30am - 3:00pm in the car park.

All Welcome

Wednesday 2 January 2013

Daedaleopsis confragosa tricolor

This bracket - at Newt Corner, now examined in detail, is Blushing Bracket Daedaleopsis confragosa tricolor

(original post 15/12/12)

Many thanks Alison and Steve for sorting this.



The pores are gill like. Seems a mix of the two?

The spore print produced white spores overnight