Monday, 26 May 2014

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Monday 26th May a.m
 Well the Bank Holiday turned out well after some pessimistic weather forecast we ended up with
a lovely sunny day.We set off with a start temperature of 7°C in the sunshine heading for Hewenden
Viaduct taking the dog for a walk.Over the village there were several House Martins & Swifts both
of which we saw more of during our long walk around Hewenden Reservoir.Approaching the
viaduct we witnessed a competition between a Blackcap & a Willow Warbler to see who could sing
the loudest,our vote went to the Blackcap for a better tune.We saw more of these birds during our
journey we also saw Tufted Duck for the first time in the area & some Canadas with five young.
Coots looked to have a nest on the reservoir but we couldn't tell if they had young, we did see a
pair of Great Crested Grebes with two chicks,good to see they have bred locally.A Grey Heron was
also in the vicinity, at the other end of the viaduct we caught up with the first of five Pied Wags & a
Greenfinch posed with the Wagtail for a couple of snaps.Plenty Swallows were around,Chiffchaffs
were singing,as were Chaffinch & a Kestrel made a brief appearance making for a wonderful morning
walk in the local countryside.
male Blackcap



Great Crested Grebe with chicks

House Martin

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler with food

Pied Wagtail

Blackcap singing a good tune

Hewenden Reservoir