Sunday, 18 February 2018

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 18th February a.m.
 A cloudy morning with a temperature of 3°C so I was surprised to see most of Yeadon Tarn frozen over.The usual birds were seen with the additions of Reed Bunting and Song Thrush, a raptor was on the fence by the airport but too far away for me to ID.
Blue Tit

Canada struggling to land on the ice



Mute Swan

Reed Bunting


Song Thrush

Yeadon Tarn 18/2/2018

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Redcar Tarn

Saturday 17th February a.m.
 I arrived at Redcar Tarn with heavy rain and a temperature of 2°C, the advantage here being you can view the birds from the car. There were 83 Canadas, 21 Tufteds and good numbers of BH Gulls, Mallards and Coots.After a while the rain eased so I had a walk along Tarn Lane seeing 83 Lapwings with 20 Starlings feeding in the field with them.I then had a walk around the Tarn adding Muscovy Duck, Chaffinch, Moorhen, Common Gull and Herring Gull. The rain started heavier again so I rushed back to the car and resumed my watch from there. A Pied Wagtail came close and so I was able to wind down the car window and get a decent pic. I then noticed a smaller goose which looked a bit different, through the bins I could see it was a Pink-footed Goose, a first for me at Redcar Tarn. It was still raining but I was able to get some pictures with the car window down, after a while it came out of the water for some more pics, sending me off home happy.
Pink-footed Goose

Coot with leg ring C14

Herring Gull

Pied Wagtail

Tufted Duck

Redcar Tarn 17/2/2018

Lower Laithe Reservoir

Saturday 17th February a.m.
The morning started off with some light drizzle and a temperature of 2°C, so I decided to head off to Lower Laithe Reservoir.By the time I arrived at the parking spot giving a distant view of the reservoir it had turned from light drizzle to heavy rain.A scan of the valve tower showed four Oystercatures but with no chance of any pics I decided to give Redcar Tarn a try (Report to follow with a good surprise).
 On my way home from Redcar Tarn there was an improvement in the weather so I returned to Lower Laithe and walked down to the narrow road.There were two Oystercatures still present along with BH,Common and Herring Gulls.At the top end of the reservoir there were some noisy Canadas.As I headed back a couple of birds flew from the edge of the res, I got my bins on them which revealed a pair of Dippers.That gave my a lift as I headed up the steep slope back to the car.

Herring Gull

Herring Gull and BH Gulls

Lower Laithe Reservoir 17/2/2017

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 4th February a.m.
 Some early morning sunshine as I headed for Hewenden reservoir with a temperature of 1°C, on the way I saw five Collared Doves.Looking at the Reservoir from the viaduct it was good to see three Mute Swans at the top end along with three Goosanders, on the dam wall were c50 BH Gulls with six Commons.At the far end of the viaduct I saw a Drake Goldeneye in the corner of the reservoir, then as I walked further along it was good to see M.D. who had just arrived.
  As I walked towards the top end of the reservoir there was a snow shower to contend with which soon cleared and I was able to take a couple of pictures of c50 Canadas grazing, by the time I reached my viewing point it was clear again.From here I saw four Teal another Drake Goldeneye and a female,five each of Tufteds and Moorhen with a Grey Heron well camouflaged in the shrub on the other side of the reservoir.There were ten Cormorants on their favourite fallen tree in the water, another two were fishing near the dam wall.
 I carried on the footpath past the Canadas and further along saw a flock of c25 Lapwings fly over before heading home.It wasn't until I looked through my pictures that I noticed a different bird among the Canadas, on closer inspection it was a Barnacle Goose! Its a bit frustrating that I missed it when I was out but thankfully it shows taking plenty pictures can pay dividends.
Drake Teal

Drake Goldeneye

Mute Swan

unusual to get three Mute Swans here


Lapwing Flyover


Canadas with Barnacle Goose bottom left

Canadas with Barnacle Goose

Hewenden viaduct and reservoir 4/2/2018

Friday, 2 February 2018

Cononley Ings

Friday 2nd February p.m.
A sunny afternoon with a temperature of 7°C as I made my way along the track towards Cononley Ings. Along the way seeing Coal Tit,Dunnock,Wren,Blackbird,Blue Tit,Robin and Magpie, the track was not as wet as my usual trips here when I'm often wading through a foot of water in my wellies.
As I approached the low lying fields between the River and the railway track there were c300 Lapwings flying around, one Lapwing was in the long grass at the other side of the river.In the distance I could also see seven Shelduck and Mipits along with Pied Wagtails milling around.A Peregrine was on a fence keeping an eye on proceedings, also in the distance were some small ducks but I couldn't make out what they were.I took some pictures of them and back home on the PC was able to ID several Teal.A Grey Wagtail landed on the fence in the distance along with a Mipit then it was time to go after seeing some good birds and enjoying a pleasant walk in the Winter sunshine.


Pied Wagtail


seven Shelduck


Grey Wagtail & Mipit


Lapwings at Cononley Ings

Cononley Ings 2/2/2018