Sunday, 21 August 2016

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 21st August a.m.
 We were back on the local area this morning with a trip up to Redcar Tarn high above Keighley, it was cloudy with some sunshine trying to get through with a temperature of 15°C.The highlight of the visit was seeing three Snipe fly around the nearby fields and the Lapwing flock up to c200 birds.Others included Tufted Duck,Grey Heron and Swallow.The clouds were building though as a Rainbow showed the rain had started so off we went as the rain increased.

Gulls and Lapwings

Lapwings in the gathering clouds

Redcar Tarn 21/8/2016

Saturday, 20 August 2016


Wednesday 17th August
Our final instalment from our recent holiday comes from Bridlington on a lovely sunny day around the harbour area.There were a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls one of which was trying to eat a crab, the other was having a paddle in the sea.There were of course numerous Herring Gulls and a good number of Turnstones along with Redshanks in the harbour mud.
 It was good to see a report from BS of three Turnstones at a local reservoir yesterday and a Ruff today well done to him.
GBB Gull

GBB Gull having a paddle in the sea

It's Crab for lunch

Herring Gulls

Redshank in the harbour mud

15+ Turnstones seen

Turnstone, a great little bird

Bridlington 17/8/2016

Filey Dams

Wednesday 17th August a.m.
We paid a second visit to Filey Dams on another sunny morning with a temperature of 15°C where we were rewarded with twelve Ruff some coming close to the hide for a snap or two.The Green Sandpiper made another appearance along with Dunlin and Teal.There was also an unusual Duck probably a hybrid, we also saw a couple of Tree Sparrows among other common species.


Tree Sparrow

Green Sandpiper

Four of the twelve Ruff seen

Filey Dams 17/8/2016

Friday, 19 August 2016


Tuesday 16th August a.m.
We have been on holiday to Filey on the Yorkshire East coast enjoying some great weather and some wonderful Trips to Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington.I was also able to celebrate my 18th Birthday during our stay, but did do some birding too.
 We first went to Filey Dams a good little Nature Reserve where we saw Green Sandpiper, Dunlin Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Tree Sparrow and other common species.
We then went the short distance to Filey Brigg where we saw Fulmar, Kittiwake, Oystercatcher, Mipit, GBB & Herring Gull, Linnet, Cormorant, Swallow and Sand Martin.It was also good to see plenty Butterflies such as Peacock and some which we have not seen in the Bradford area like Painted Lady and Wall Brown.
Black-tailed Godwit

Green Sandpiper

distant Greenshank

distant Greenshank and Spotted Redshank

Painted Lady


Wall Brown

Black-tailed Godwit


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Harden Moor

Sunday 14th August a.m.
 A cloudy morning with the sun not breaking through until near the end of our visit, the temperature was 15°C.We struggled for birds at the start of our walk around Harden Moor there was no sign of the Sand Martins in the quarry but a Little Owl got things moving soon followed by four Whitethroat who refused to pose for a snap.Moving around we picked up several Willow Warblers,Jays,Kestrel and some other common species.The vegetation is high now so snaps of anything was difficult as was getting some species in the bins as they dived for cover.Swallows were now overhead and a party of 15 House Martins moved through as we back tracked to try for another go at a Whitethroat snap, which we failed to get.We then went to the spot where we found a couple of Redstarts a fortnight ago and to our delight two appeared possibly the same birds.We moved off seeing a bird in the distance which had a different look, we got a bit closer and the bird stayed in the same area so we were able to get some snaps.We felt it was a Spotted Flycatcher but as we rarely see them were not positive but a look through the snaps we got confirmed the ID, the first local bird we've seen for several years the last being at Ogden Water in May 2011.On the way back to the car we saw a couple of butterflies and got a snap of a red Admiral.
 As we set out in the car this morning there were 15 Swifts over the village the latest we've seen them in Cullingworth.
Spotted Flycatcher


Little Owl

Meadow Pipit

Red Admiral


Redstart hiding behind a flower

Willow Warbler

Our first Spotted Flycatcher on Harden Moor

Harden Moor 14/8/2016