Monday 31 March 2014

What's been around lately.

Might be a bit longer than usual. Where to start?
All the usual suspects have been around, Tits, Bullfinches, Chaffinch, Woodpeckers have gone quiet, both Song & Mistle Thrush calling near Feeding station on Sunday, hence recognising calls is important. We still have a few Redpolls around & quite a few "Zorro Buntings". Plenty of Chiffchaffs about + a good number of Goldfinch.

The Original Zorro! (Reed Bunting) Grahams got snaps of some other similar ones.
Great Tit - One I super glued on Ed!!
 Nice male Lesser Redpoll.
 Almost normal female Reed Bunting.
 Female Lesser Redpoll.
Smart looking Blue Tit.
On Saturday Three of us were "annoying" a Toad at the Lagoon! It was pretty chilled actually.
Here's a few of my snaps - No flash, so displays actual colour. Quite important to leave colour as is seen for ID purposes.

Again on Sunday I very, very, nearly stood on these 2 on the path near the Lagoon:

I moved them into the scrub Lagoon side after a few snaps!
Now then - Here's a good example for not altering colours:
Little Quiz for everybody :- Based on above shots, the single Toad we saw on Saturday ...... was it male or female?
Assuming you all agree it's a Toad?
After this I noticed a few coupled Toads around soggy bits in the denser tree cover!
Allan was asking whether we had seen any toads lately - It would appear this weekend was time for them to come out - So watch your step, It would be so easy to squish them if your not looking!

Saturday 29 March 2014

Yellowhammer - Not far away

Report and nice picture of Yellowhammer from David Sutcliffe, just east of Brighouse yesterday LINK

Friday 28 March 2014


There were two Woodcock on the lagoon all this afternoon.  Having watched them most of the afternoon I went back for my camera and a scope. I took a number of pictures for the record (which I now have on my computer) with an iso of 3600 and it is heavily cropped so is very poor but you can see they are Woodcock.

The only time I've seen them at Cromwell previously is when I've accidentally flushed them from cover so it was great to see them out in the open for so long and a bonus to see two together.

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Osprey Flyover

                                         Apologies for the poor quality photos, but I saw this today flying over the canal just outside of Cromwellbottom. I have my own thoughts on what it is but would appreciate ID. Thanks

Monday 24 March 2014

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group
Will be holding its 3rd
Annual General Meeting
On Wednesday the 9th April
Click for Full Details

Another bird quiz. Answer later

Mick Sharpe sent these pics, any ideas to the identity of this this little brown job (Reed Bunting)
but not the usual markings

Everybody seems happy now. It's a Reed Bunting

Friday 14 March 2014

Summer Visitors

Several Chiffchaff and a white throat at Cromwell this morning (Graham Haigh)

Monday 10 March 2014

Saturday March 8th Work Party

15 volunteers were on site on a really warm morning. We formed two groups, one planted some more trees around one of the meadows while the rest of us built a much needed fence near the canal. There were: in alphabetical order, Allan, Bella, Bruce, David, Diane, Graham, John, Julian, Luke, Mike, Richard, Robin, Shelagh, Simon and Stu.

These pictures show the progress of the fence build. Thanks to both parties for a fantastic turnout on a really pleasant day.

Sunday 9 March 2014

Mar 11th Talk.

 Steve Blacksmith on Falklands Wildlife (part 2), continued from 2013. See "Walks and Talks" for all details. (Calderdale Wildlife)