Monday, 21 May 2018

Bolton Abbey

Monday 21st May a.m.
 There was a lot of mist about this morning but fortunately it had cleared by the time I got to Bolton Abbey where the temperature started off at 13°C in the sunshine.From the Cavendish Pavilion I headed upstream hearing a Cuckoo which got me off to a good start.Looking down at the water I saw a Goosander with seven chicks which was great to see, only fleeting glimpses of Dippers as they flew past which was unusual.Several Grey and Pied Wagtails were seen and also Nuthatch,Treecreeper and Oystercatcher. A couple of Common Sandpipers were also seen as were Sand Martins,Swallows and later five Swifts near the Priory.A male Mandarin looked his usual colourful self and later a female was seen with eight chicks, another great sight.
 I went as far as Barden Bridge then headed back on the other side going down stream and it wasn't long before I heard a Pied Flycatcher singing which i was fortunate to locate on his perch and get a couple of pictures.I caught up with the Mandarin and Goosander families again and completed a very enjoyable and productive walk.
Nigel.
Pied Flycatcher



Common Sandpiper


Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

male Mandarin

female Mandarin with eight chicks


female Goosander with seven chicks




Bolton Abbey 21/5/2018

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Harden Moor

Saturday 19th May a.m.
 A sunny start with a temperature of 10°C, overhead flew five Oystercatchers heading towards Leeshaw Reservoir.Another two were seen in the quarry area later on, there were Willow Warblers and Whitethroats up singing and flying around were Sand Martins,House Martins and Swallows.A pair of Bullfinches were seen but the regular yaffling call led me to two Green Woodpeckers.
Nigel.
Green Woodpecker




Oystercatcher

Whitethroat


Bullfinch

Dunnock

Willow Warbler




Green Woodpecker on Harden Moor 19/5/2018

Monday, 7 May 2018

Harden Moor

Monday 7th May a.m.
A warm sunny start with a temperature of 14°C as I started by checking out the Little Owl sat on its favourite wall with a second bird on the wall at the other side of the field.As I was watching them the distinctive sound of the Curlew was overhead as three went past.
 The Sand Martins were making frequent visits to their nesting site and there were several Willow Warbles and Whitethroats seen as they sang from prominent positions.A Chiffchaff was in full voice and I got a good view although I was too slow with the camera.It was also good to hear the melodic sound of the Garden Warbler with at least two birds singing and I got glimpses of both birds.The Cuckoo also made a couple of appearances during my visit with brief views on both occasions and of cause the distinctive call.I also briefly saw a couple of Red-legged Partridge for the first time at this location and also for the first time the Skylarks were up singing as they soared in to the sky.
 Other birds seen were Kestrel,Goldfinch,Chaffinch,Swallow,Rook and Meadow Pipits.
Nigel.
Willow Warbler


Whitethroat


Chaffinch

Curlew

Goldfinch

Little Owl

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 6th may a.m.
Another sunny start with a temperature of 12°C as I set off on my walk seeing House Martins overhead and a Mistle Thrush as I made my way to the viaduct.Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were heard and good to see the Swallow numbers building.There were two Mute Swans on the Reservoir and a pair of Canadas had some young Goslings.A quiet but enjoyable walk with other notable birds a GSW and a couple of Pied Wagtails.
Nigel.
Swallow

Mistle Thrush

Mute Swans

Pied Wagtail

Canadas looking after one of their goslings

GSW

Hewenden Reservoir 6/5/2018

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Harold Park

Saturday 5th May a.m.
A warm sunny start with a temperature of 13°C, it was good to see five House Martins over Cullingworth this morning.The birds kept returning to their nests maybe feeding the adult that could be on eggs.
 On arrival at Harold Park I headed for the Lake where the numbers of birds was well down on the usual numbers.I saw one Mute Swan,two GC Grebes, plus the usual Mallards, Canadas, Coots, Moorhens, there was a Herring Gull and a Mistle Thrush was in the field.I had a walk round the Park and saw another Herring Gull on top of one of the lights for the next door Horsfall Stadium.
 On the way home I stopped off at the Raggles flood where there was a single Redshank, the water will soon go over the next few days of hot weather.
Nigel.
Herring Gull



GC Grebe


Mistle Thrush

Mute Swan

Redshank at Raggles Flood


Harold Park small pond

Harold Park 5/5/2018