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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Jays at the viewing station:

                                             Jay looking for the peanuts I put down.
                                                                    Notice the ring on left leg.

Christmas at Cromwell

Well we went down for a quiet visit Christmas day & Boxing day & saw the most amount of visitors ever. Nice to see so many new faces & Doggies!
all the usual suspects Tit's, Robins, Dunnock's, Chaffinches, etc.

We have a Lonesome female Lesser Redpoll pops down now & again:

 Usually the stars are the bullfinches up to 6 males & 5 females sometimes, here's one of the males on the table:

Great Spotted Woodpecker's struggled to get down to the feeders with our many visitors, still a bit shy & like it quiet:

But the new stars are the Jays - enjoying raiding any peanuts they can find:

Looking for the next ones:
 Who looks sulky?
 Swear this ones smiling:
 Struggling to get any more in:
A lot of people enjoyed their first close encounters with Jays on Saturday, but they can get through a lot of peanuts!
Also - One has some Jewellery! (leg ring) - I wonder where it got it?

Sunday, 22 December 2013

From the undergrowth

A few from today and a new one for me on the feeders, a pair of Treecreeper's Pictures are not brilliant as it was coming up to 3pm and the light had almost gone so very grainy.

Blue Tit with a peanut

Tree Rat

Reed Bunting


Coal Tit

Coal Tit







Saturday, 21 December 2013

Five Reasons to Love Elland

This has just appeared in my email. A nice boost for Elland and our fantastic reserve.

Friday, 20 December 2013

From the last few days


Cormerant fly past

Reed Bunting

Long Tailed Tits

Great Tit

                              Coal Tit                                


Thursday, 19 December 2013

 Tues 17th  Dec
Grey Wagtail seen resting by the river, off the path between canal and footbridge. Also my first sight of a Redpoll this season taken by feeding area.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Indoor Meeting - A Reminder

Wednesday December 18th

An indoor meeting will be held at Spring Hall Mansions, Huddersfield Road, Halifax at 7:30pm. All welcome.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

G.N.D. Mirfield.

Couple of shots on Offsite! Be quick if you want to see it, may be gone tomorrow!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Dipper seen on recent visits

Thursday, 5 December 2013

From the undergrowth

A few from the last few days.

Nuthatch on the car park feeders


Nuthatch and Robin's talking about the food quality

Bullfinch with no table manners


One of 2 Dippers on the weir

Grey wagtail on the weir


2nd Dipper

m&f  Gooseanders

GSW on the car park feeders

Gull flyover

Flock of 100+ Lapwing and 50ish Fieldfare heading towards Southowram

Click on the image for a better view. gwh

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Halifax Scientific Society Xmas Social. Tuesday the 10th of December

All the members of the CBWG are welcome to join us for our Xmas Social on Tuesday 10th December at 7.15pm at Halifax Central Library, even if you're not a HSS member.

You might want to look at some of our books and collections before we have to drastically reduce them (by 50% it has been said by the Council ) in readiness for moving to the new library when it is built.

There will be bring-and-share cakes, biscuits etc to go with the tea and coffee. Some of it will hopefully be home baking.

 "Old Tag" -  I have found the page in volume 8 of the Halifax Naturalist that repeats the story of the headless man driving the chariot with a two-headed horse who gave his name to Tag Cut.
 ( Very scientific ! :-)

Steve - Chair HSS

birds on the reserve today

                                             Coal tit
                                            Bullfinch (male)
                                      On the river, a little grebe with a fish that seemed to be as big as it was.
                                      Other birds around were jay, blue tit, great tit, robin, and long tailed tit.