Monday, 1 December 2014

Bolton Abbey

Monday 1st December p.m.
  With an afternoon to spare & Danny at college I thought I would try some birding & decided to head for Bolton Abbey.A dull overcast day with low cloud & a temperature of 9°C as I parked up near the Cavendish Pavillion & headed upstream alongside the River Wharfe. The first bird I saw briefly was a Dipper soon followed by a Chaffinch & a Grey Heron flying down stream & several parties of BH Gulls flew over during my afternoon walk. I soon found some Mandarin Ducks & during my visit I totalled 51 of them.Mallards & Goosanders were also on the river,with Nuthatch & Treecreeper seen as well, but the highlight came when I started watching some Chaffinch on a leafy bank.As I was scanning the flock I started to find Brambling amongst them, which is the first time we have seen this Winter visitor.I could only get a couple of record pictures of them due to the distance & poor light but delighted to finally see some Bramblings.N.P.
Mandarin Ducks

male posing




selection of Bramblings

Total of 51 Mandarin Ducks seen 

River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey


  1. A lovely area and a good selection of birds. Could do with some of those Brambling over this area.

  2. Stunning shots on such a dull day.