Saturday, 18 March 2017

Harold Park and Park Dam

Saturday 18th March a.m.
A blustery dull morning with intermittent drizzle made conditions difficult as I made an early start at Harold Park with a temperature of 10°C.It was good to see a Great Crested Grebe here again and there were a couple of Mute Swans (Red 222Y & Yellow 468), also four Herring Gulls with the BH Gulls.Apart from the other usual species that were down in numbers that was my lot here.

     Down the road at Park Dam I didn't do much better again with low numbers of birds the highlights being a Goosander, a Great Crested Grebe, 4 Common Gulls and 8 Tufteds with a few other common species.
Great Crested Grebe

Herring Gull

Mute Swan

Great Crested Grebe at Harold Park 18/3/17

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 12th March
A lunch time visit up to Redcar Tarn with sunshine and a temperature of 12°C and hopes of spotting the Iceland Gull which is still being seen sporadically.There were a couple of other birders hoping to see it and another bird that was reported here yesterday but we were unlucky today, which is how it goes sometimes.There were still plenty other Gulls around along with Oystercatcher,Tufted Ducks, Lapwings,Pied Wagtail and other common species.A number of Coots were fighting as the mating season is upon us and migrants should soon be coming through.


Coots fighting

Herring Gull

Different ages of Herring Gull and BH Gulls

Redcar Tarn 12/3/2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Morning Tour

Saturday 11th March a.m.
 A dull cloudy morning with a temperature of 7°C as I set off to Mixenden Reservoir from where I went to Cold Edge Dams finishing up at Leeshaw Reservoir.

Mixenden Reservoir.
A good start here with a female Goldeneye which was later seen with a second bird, others seen were Grey Heron,Mistle Thrush,Moorhen,BH,Common and LBB Gulls,Robin and other common species.
female Goldeneye

Cold Edge Dams
In the surrounding fields were ten Canadas and two Greylags, the walk on to the Lake produced Chaffinch,Mistle Thrush,Curlew,Grouse and Dunnock.At the Lake there were two Curlew, Goosander, Cormorant, Oystercatcher and Tufted Ducks. As I was checking these out and getting some record pictures up popped a Redshank calling as it flew off towards Fly Flatts.


Goosander and Curlew


Mistle Thrush


Leeshaw Reservoir
The drive from Cold Edge dams took me passed Fly Flatts which was shrouded in fog so no chance of any birds here.As I dropped down to Leeshaw the fog had cleared.It was good to see BV who had seen two Redshanks here before I arrived. I got my first Little Owl of the year and a Reed Bunting, others here were Lapwing,Oystercatcher,Curlew,Cormorant and the usual common species.


Little Owl

Reed Bunting

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Redcar Tarn

Wednesday 8th March p.m.
A sunny day but a strong wind blowing up at Redcar Tarn with a temperature of 9°C as I had a quick look for the Iceland Gull reported a couple of days ago.Needless to say I didn't spot it among the BH,Common,Herring and LBB Gulls.Others I did see were Oystercatcher,Pied Wagtail, Lapwing, Dunnock, Rook,Greylag and Tufted Duck.
Pied Wagtail




Herring Gull

Redcar Tarn 8/3/2017

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Lister Park

Sunday 5th March a.m.
 A good sunny early morning start at Lister Park with a temperature of 5°C and a good variety of birds to see.On the Lake were the usual Tufteds,Canadas,Coots and Moorhens with the addition of two Goosander and eight Greylags some of which moved to the surrounding area to tip toe through the Crocuses.A walk on past the play area provided Goldcrest,LT Tits,Nuthatch,Redwing and a Jay.
 Back to the Lake where the Gull numbers had risen to c100 BH a couple of Commons and what I think were a couple of first Winter Herring Gulls one of which had a yellow tag with the number Y747.There was also an adult Mute Swan Yellow Tag 900 with three Juveniles Red Tags 373Y,374Y and 375Y, I have seen two of these at Harold Park before.
 A walk up to the stream area added another Nuthatch along with a Treecreeper,Chaffinch,Robin, Wren and a few other common species.The clouds had blotted out the sunshine by now and it was time for me to head home.


Tufted Duck



male Goosander

female Goosander



I think this is a first Winter Herring Gull Yellow Tag Y747

BH and Common Gull


Greylags tip toe through the Crocuses

Mute Swan

Tag 900 or 006? metal tag W36706

Lister Park 5/3/2017