Birding Diary for 1979

Thursday, 4th January @ Redmires

Reservoir frozen, snow covered, little wind.

Magpie

Pied Wagtail

Robin

Wagtail not very "pied": probably a juvenile.
Walk on Ash Cabin Flat revealed a few red grouse towards Redmires but nothing else seen.

Saturday 6th January @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Snow covered, no wind.

First redwing since last year.
Lots of chaffinches and greenfinches and occasional song thrush.
First ever fieldfare arrived: brief visit in beech tree then visited garden later.

Sunday 7th January @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Snow all gone, no wind.

Fieldfare back in beech tree again.

Saturday 3rd February @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Snow covered, cold.

Visit by a willow tit! Feeding on suet. Assume not a marsh tit because of relative scarcity; seemed quite green.
Possible fieldfare. Very scrawny and grey on head not well defined. Feeding off a round of bread.
"Strange" robin appeared while ours was next door. Quite small.
First mistle thrush of the year. Primaries very clear compared to song thrush.

Sunday, 4th February @ Boston Point

Not too much wind, some sun, cool.

Blackbird

Brent Goose (>200)

Common Gull (4)

Common Sandpiper

Cormorant

Curlew

Eider (4)

Fieldfare

Golden Plover

Goldeneye (3)

Great Black-backed Gull

Grey Heron

Grey Plover

Hen Harrier

Herring Gull

Knot (>100)

Lapwing

Long-eared Owl

Mallard

Meadow Pipit

Pink-footed Goose

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-throated Diver

Redshank

Reed Bunting

Ringed Plover

Robin

Shelduck (>100)

Short-eared Owl (4)

Skylark

Starling

Turnstone

Wigeon

Woodcock

Sheffield Bird Study Group field trip.

Sunday 11th February @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Cold, windy.

Pair of robins feeding together on ground. Both about same size.
Redwing hopping about on ground. Hops quicker than other thrushes (but maybe this was to keep out of the way of the blackbirds...?).
Great spotted woodpecker! Briefly feeding on nuts. Red at back end was very noticeable, so female.

Wednesday 14th February @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Freezing, snowy.

Albino blackbird noted: pied about 50-50.

Saturday 17th February @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Cold, snow covered.

Pair of bullfinches: first this year.
Albino blackbird again. Or is it? At times, it looks like snow rather than feathers!
Great spotted woodpecker back again. Didn't have much success with the nuts. It hopped slowly up the clothes prop, seemed confused, made a tentative peck at a blue tit, then flew off eastwards.

Saturday 3rd March @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Mistle thrush just started building nest nearby. Collecting tufts of grass from the lawn.
Heard two tawny owls at night in wood along the road. Female very loud.

Sunday 4th March @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Sunny, windy.

Male blackbird noted at old mistle thrush nest up the road. The nest must be two years old unless it was used last year.

Saturday 17th March @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Snow back as heavy as ever.

Redwing still here, feeding on scraps.
Three woodpigeons together.

Saturday 24th March @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Cool, slight wind.

Blue tit back in usual nesting site.
First wren of the year.

Sunday, 22nd April, morning @ Whiteley Woods

Chilly, W wind, some sun.

Blackbird

Blue Tit

Bullfinch

Canada Goose

Carrion Crow

Chaffinch

Collared Dove

Dunnock

Great Tit

House Martin

House Sparrow

Jackdaw

Magpie

Mallard

Mandarin Duck

Mistle Thrush

Robin

Rook

Song Thrush

Starling

Swallow

Tawny Owl (heard)

Treecreeper

Willow Warbler

Woodpigeon

Wren

Two wheatears by the brook.
Also a pair of mallards.

Monday 21st May, morning @ Redmires

Sunny, strong SW wind.

Blackbird

Blue Tit (heard)

Carrion Crow

Chaffinch

Cuckoo (heard)

Magpie

Mallard

Mistle Thrush

Rook

Skylark

Starling

Monday 21st May, morning @ Wyming Brook

Sunny, strong SW wind.

Blackbird

Chaffinch

Cuckoo (heard)

Great Tit

House Martin

House Sparrow

Jackdaw

Magpie

Mistle Thrush

Redstart

Rook

Skylark

Starling

Swallow

Swift

Yellowhammer

My first redstart. Noted orange-red breast, black head with white top, shivering of tail reminiscent of wagtail. Suspected another redstart: call foo-et.
Second cuckoo was towards Rivelin Valley.

Tuesday 29th May, afternoon @ Wyming Brook

Sunny, strong SW wind.

Blackbird

Carrion Crow

Chaffinch

Collared Dove

Great Tit

House Sparrow

Lapwing

Magpie

Mallard

Robin

Skylark

Starling

Swallow

Swift

Willow Warbler

Woodpigeon

Lapwing and mallard were on Soughley Lane.
Call of willow warbler is very faint, a whistling hoo-et. Sounds far away even when overhead.
At least two warblers unidentified. One sang from exposed perch, sort of ch-ch-ch-choo--choo-choo-choo. Had rounded head and large bill. Flew up and dived down. Suspected it to be a whitethroat.
Another warbler (also singing from exposed perch) with brown speckles on breast. Suspected blackcap or garden warbler but only got an underneath view.

Sunday 3rd June, evening @ Wyming Brook

Hot, humid, NE wind.

Blackbird

Carrion Crow

Chaffinch

Coal Tit

Goldcrest

Great Tit

Jay

Lapwing

Magpie

Mistle Thrush

Robin

Skylark (heard)

Song Thrush (heard)

Swallow

Sunday 10th June, morning @ Wyming Brook

Sun, no clouds.

Blackbird

Carrion Crow

House Sparrow

Lapwing (9 in flight)

Starling

Swallow

Whitethroat

Woodpigeon

Yellowhammer

Pretty sure about the whitethroat now. On exposed perch again. On taking off, it flew upward, singing until it reached the peak, then parachuted downwards - often to its original perch.

Saturday 30th June @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Overcast.

Three blue tits in garden. Generally dull plumage, but all had quite bright blue on tails. Normal sized. Moulting or juveniles?
Family of four robins out front: two adults and two young. All speckled with no hint of red.

Saturday 7th July, evening @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Sunny, dark clouds approaching.

Group of about 20 swifts.

Sunday 8th July @ Sheffield, 547B Crookesmoor Road

Overcast.

Group of 6 blackbirds in garden.

Monday 30th July, morning @ Padley Wood and Toad's Mouth

Sun, clouds.

Blue Tit

Chiffchaff

Dipper

Fieldfare

Great Tit

House Sparrow

Magpie

Meadow Pipit

Mistle Thrush

Pied Wagtail

Robin

Swallow

Swift (>20)

Wheatear

Willow Warbler

Sunday 2nd September, afternoon @ Redmires

Hot, very windy.

Meadow Pipit

Pied Wagtail

Tufted Duck

Yellow Wagtail

Sunday 2nd September, afternoon @ Wyming Brook

Rain.

Blue Tit

Chaffinch

Collared Dove

Great Tit

House Martin

Magpie

Red Grouse

Swallow

Woodpigeon

Sunday 7th October @ Hilbre Island

Changeable, strong S wind. High tide @11:42.

Bar-tailed Godwit

Blackbird

Cormorant

Curlew

Dunlin

Grey Plover

Herring Gull

Kestrel

Knot

Lapland Bunting

Lapwing

Oystercatcher

Redshank

Ringed Plover

Rock Pipit

Sanderling

Turnstone

Wheatear

Field trip with Sheffield Bird Study Group.

Sunday 14th October, afternoon @ Redmires

Sunny, W wind.

Chaffinch

Greenfinch

Mallard

Meadow Pipit

Snipe

Song Thrush

Tufted Duck

Woodpigeon