Monday, 27 March 2023

Sunshine for a change

Sunny, 10°, light S.

A fairly quiet couple of days. Alan found a Wheatear up near Silly Bridge yesterday but little else evident.

Today, Bunk line, Lollingdon and the River covered but again very little happening.

Most of the wintering Gulls have dispersed now and only a couple of Common Gull, a handful of Lesser Blackback Gull and Black-headed Gull and a couple of Herring Gull noted today.

2 Lapwing still in the area and hoping that they may stay and breed as one seen in display flight over the weekend.

A concern is that we have not recorded Bullfinch in the parish this year. Usually 4 sites where we find them but nothing noted yet.

Other species noted: many Chiffchaff, a Raven, Treecreeper and Nuthatch.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Butterflies: Brimstone and Peacock.

Raven & Peacock courtesy Alan

Friday, 24 March 2023


Rain, hail and sunshine, 12°, breezy SW.

A quieter day than of late. Lollingdon hill was deserted which was not surprising considering the wind was blasting the southern face. Just 6 Red Kite and 2 Buzzard taking advantage of the sunny spells and gusting wind.

Nearby a flock of 100+ Fieldfare, Redwing and Starling, 3-4 Yellowhammer, several Chiffchaff and a flock of 30-40 Goldfinch.

After all the rain recently some of the fields are beginning to flood again and approx. 12 Pied Wagtail taking advantage.

A Sparrowhawk in the garden again.

Bunk line and river still fairly quiet. A few Yellowhammer and Chiffchaff.

One I forgot was Alan saw a Barn Owl hunting up near Westfield road earlier in the week.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Frogs in Alan's pond

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

March Hares & Butterflies

Bright at first then clouding over, 13°, fresh SW.

Much the same as yesterday covered.

4 Wheatear still present out at Lollingdon and Chiffchaff everywhere, obviously a big influx over the last few days.

2 Lapwing, Kingfisher, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Yellowhammer, several Redwing and Fieldfare plus the regulars.

Mammals: Brown Hare.  

Butterflies: several Brimstone, first ones of the year as far as we know.

Mad March Hares ↕

Brimstone courtesy Alan
Wheatear (f) courtesy Alan
Linnets ↕

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Wheatears again

Sunshine and showers, 14°, breezy SSW.

I covered Lollingdon today whilst Alan covered the Bunk, River and Lollingdon Hill.

4 Wheatear (3m & 1f) still present at Lollingdon. Whether these are the same birds as in previous days?

Nearby I only saw 1 Fieldfare whereas Alan had a flock of several hundred Fieldfare, Redwing and Starling along the Bunk.

Good numbers of Chiffchaff also present with 6 singing birds on the walk out to Lollingdon and Alan had 10+ along the Bunk.

Other birds noted: 1 Goldcrest, 3 Mistle Thrush, 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker, Little Owl and 1 Sand Martin.

River area, very quiet.

Mammals: Muntjac in the garden.

Pics 4, 5 & 6 courtesy Alan



Monday, 20 March 2023


Overcast with rain, 13°, light SSW.

Up to 6 Wheatear on Lollingdon hill. Per Alan Dawson & Michael Pocock.
courtesy Alan ↕

Sunday, 19 March 2023

North of the Wall

Mainly cold and wet.

Have spent the last week up in Huddersfield visiting Loren's family.

Managed to get out a few times along the river Colne and Huddersfield Canal area.

not a lot going on but managed to find a pair of Dipper and a good number of Grey Wagtail.

Thursday, 16 March 2023

A few arrivals

Cloudy with some light rain, 13⁰, breezy S.

A few migrants arriving with 3 Wheatear and 4 Stonechat on Lollingdon Hill today.

Plus a Chiffchaff, several Corn Bunting and Skylark. Per Alan.

Monday, 13 March 2023

Spring, maybe?

Light rain showers, 12⁰, breezy SSW.

Bunk line: up to 6 Chiffchaff today near CSW with one or more in song and 3 Sand Martin flew over heading north.

Usual Fieldfare and Redwing plus a Grey Wagtail and Goldcrest. Per Alan.

Chiffchaff courtesy Alan

Friday, 10 March 2023

A bit cold but no snow

Mainly cloudy and drizzly with some sunny spells, 4°, light W.

Both out along the Bunk line today at different times.

Lots of Gulls still around with 4 Common Gull, several Herring Gull, 100+ Lesser Blackback Gull, 150+ Black-headed Gull (most sporting their dark heads now) and a single Yellow-legged Gull.

Several hundred “Winter Thrushes”, mainly Fieldfare and fewer Redwing.

3 Lapwing flyovers, 3 Chiffchaff, several Pied Wagtail, a single Grey Wagtail, Kestrel and Grey Heron.

Great Tit ↕

Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Nothing happening

Cloudy with light rain, 4°, light NW.

Well I can’t recall a quieter start to a March than this year. Alan and I have been out most days and apart from the usual there is very little to report on.

It also looks as though winter is attempting a comeback with snow and ice forecast. Whether we get it here or not is another matter though.

Just about the only thing I noticed today was 3 Yellowhammer back along the Bunk line. They had been mainly absent for the last couple of months.

Monday, 27 February 2023

Lollingdon to Winterbrook

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 8°, light NE.

Lollingdon fairly quiet today. There were 5 Stonechat noted on Saturday by Michael Pocock but they appear to have moved on.

A scattering of Fieldfare, Redwing and Starling and a possible Merlin seen distantly.

A Little Egret out near Little Lollingdon and a Goldcrest singing at the Bullshole.

Alan and I also covered the Bunk line area: A Raven overhead and several more flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing, plus several Herring, Lesser Blackback and Black-headed Gull.

Little Egret ↕

Blue Tit
Redwings ↕

Thursday, 23 February 2023


Overcast, 8°, light NNE.

3 Stonechat on Lollingdon Hill today and a flock of c80 Chaffinch on the north side.

Elsewhere a scattering of Gulls and Winter Thrushes.

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Stonechats ↕

A Hellebore sp in flower (poss Orientalis)

Wednesday, 22 February 2023


Cloudy, 9°, light NW.

The usual species seen along the Bunk area today, several hundred Gulls of 3 species, a single Lapwing flew east and several Fieldfare and Redwing present but little else of note.

A pair of Stonechat yesterday but not present today. Per Alan.

Gulls ↕

Black-headed Gull

Monday, 20 February 2023

False Spring

Sunny spells, 12°, breezy WSW.

Very mild lately but is it a false spring?  

Lollingdon still somewhat quiet. 2, possibly 3 Little Egret present and around 500 Fieldfare scattered around and approx. 50 Redwing plus a handful of Gulls. Little else of note.

Alan added a flyover Raven, a Sparrowhawk and a Chiffchaff plus many Gulls along the Bunk line.

A few Skylark in good song at both sites.

Alan had a flyover Oystercatcher yesterday.  

Mammals: Brown Hare.

Kestrel courtesy Alan
2 Little Egret
Lesser Blackback Gull
Siberian Chiffchaff courtesy Alan
Herring Gull courtesy Alan
Feasting Red Kite courtesy Alan
Brown Hare courtesy Alan