for us & plenty old favourites seen again.In the local BOG area we managed to see more
than a 100 different species for the first time along with a good number on our Nature
Reserve visits out of the area.
The year started wonderfully well when on January 5th we visited Leeshaw reservoir &
found 35 Barnacle Geese on the water.Soon after we stretched our wings & went to the
RSPB reserve at Hodbarrow where we saw Red-breasted Mergansers for the first time.
On Feb 3rd we visited Knotford Nook after seeing reports of a visiting bird, here we got
another first when we saw the Slavonian Grebe for ourselves.
Things warmed up well in April as the migration season was upon us & we were able to
catch up with the Wheaters coming through at Leeshaw & Paul Clough, here we also had
another first when we saw a couple of Stonechats.
Moving into June we joined fellow BOG members on a walk through the washburn valley
& seeing several Redstarts & Pied Flycatchers for the first time.Later in August we also saw
a Redstart on nearby Harden Moor, we also saw a Garden Warbler here which B.S. gave us
the ID for from our pictures.
On another walk on August 25th we saw a couple of Ravens fly over near Doe Park reservoir
with Ringed Plover & Teal at the reservoir.On a visit to Leighton Moss in late September we saw
a Curlew Sandpiper & Bearded Tits or Readlings for the first time.
In November we got good views & some snaps of a Water Rail at the BOG members reserve at
Stocksbridge.Also on Nov 16th after following local reports we saw a pair of Common Scoters at
Mixenden Reservoir yet another first.Also in November we were able to see good numbers of
Golden Plover with the lapwing flock at Redcar Tarn.
More recently we have been seeing the return of Redwing & Fieldfare, with Kingfishers showing
well at Dowley Gap & even getting a winter Chiffchaff just yesterday.
There have been many highlights in 2013 we have mentioned just a few above, below we have put
together our top ten, which can be looked at in many ways but its just a bit of fun.
We now look forward to a 2014 where we hopefully will see a few more firsts a see all the old
favorites.Happy New Year to all that read & contribute to the blog & enjoy your birding.
10. Peregrine - Seen several times this year at an undisclosed location.
with a great back drop.
after several attempts on the grit trays.
|Bearded Tit 29/9/2013|
close enough for some decent snaps.
|Golden Plover 23/11/2013|
see it & get a snap.
|Common Tern 7/7/2013|
on walls, this one moved to a fence post giving a great view & snap.
|Little Owl 27/7/2013|
elusive water rail & got a few snaps.
|Water Rail 2/11/2013|
in the BOG area we thought we had missed the boat.Then in April right on our door step
my dad saw a flock of 13 birds.Hastily going back home for his camera he was able to
get some great snaps of the wonderful Waxwings.
stayed perched on a branch in the canal with good light long enough for several snaps.
on this occasion there was a pair of birds with one displaying which we managed
to capture in this picture.
|Common Sandpiper 11/5/2013|