Sunday, 22 January 2017

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 22nd January a.m.
As I walked round Yeadon Tarn there was a chill in the air with a temperature of just 1°C and dull skies making difficult conditions for photography.The path was icy in places after an overnight frost, the bird numbers were down too with just common species on view.The most notable being a couple of Juvenile Mute Swans (Red 511Y & 515Y), Tufted Ducks, Moorhen, BH and Common Gulls.The Coots did have a good number of forty which was higher than usual and as I headed to the car park there was a charm of c25 Goldfinch and five Greenfinch.
Juvenile Mute Swan

male Tufted Duck

female Tufted Duck

BH and Common Gulls




male House Sparrow

female House Sparrow


Yeadon Tarn 22/1/2017

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Dowley Gap & Hirst Wood

Saturday 21st January a.m.
A dull morning with a temperature of 4°C as I walked alongside the canal at Dowley Gap with the sound of a Song Thrush giving an excellent tune.Also nearby was a couple of Jays but little else so an about turn heading back towards the water works where there were BH Gulls and c75 Pied Wagtails in the filter tanks with three Grey Wagtails also seen.Further along through Hirst Wood and down to the River Aire where there were three Goosanders and a Dipper which stayed around giving chance of some pictures.Also nearby a Goldcrest and Coal Tit were seen before heading back again to the water works where there were Wrens,Robin and a Reed Bunting could be seen in a distant tree.As I went back along the canal a Kingfisher was seen perched but as I began to move the camera it was off into a nearby Holly tree.


Pied Wagtail

Robin singing

Song Thrush singing


Goosanders at Hirst Wood 21/1/2017

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Park Dam

Saturday 14th January a.m.
 As the sun got brighter I made my way the short distance over to Park Dam where there were nine Goosanders, 3 Cormorants, 3 Little Grebes, 1 Gt C. Grebe and 60 Canadas which were grazing in the field.There were also BH and Common Gulls among the other more common species, one bird stood out which I thought was a Teal it was at full range of the bins so I wasn't 100% sure, the picture I took of it later confirmed my original ID of a male Teal.
Great Crested Grebe

Little Grebe

male Teal

BH Gulls

Common Gull



Cormorants & Goosanders


Park Dam 14/1/2017

Harold Park

Saturday 14th January a.m.
Another cold start with a temperature of 3°C on arrival at Harold park with icy conditions and some lying snow but the sun got brighter as the morning went on.The usual birds were at the lake with a Grey Heron in the trees, good numbers of Coots two of which had white tag numbers DX3 and A4R.
There were two adult Mute Swans with three juveniles I noted four of their Tags(Red 222Y ,374Y, 375Y and Yellow 468).Others noted among the common species were Collared Dove, Common Gull and Tufted Duck.
Coot with white tag A4R

White tag DX3

Collared Dove

Grey Heron

female Mallard

Mute Swans

male Tufted

female Tufted

Harold Park 14/1/2017