A keen over night frost with the temperature well below zero, but a bright sunny start & the temperature was up to 0°C when we arrived at Yeadon Tarn.The paths had patches of bottle ice so we had to be careful as we walked round the Tarn.Some of the water in the Tarn also was covered in ice with some Mallards doing ice skating along with BH Gulls.A record number of 25 Goosanders for us with the males doing some displaying.Some of the females were very low in the water which we have not seen before, we thought this might be part of the courtship.
One of the Mute Swans was also in a boisterous mood seeing off one of the other Swans, also plenty House Sparrows around but just one Pochard which was dosing. After a full circuit we stopped to watch some of the birds being fed, there were several Tufteds diving then up popped a drake Goldeneye. This was a surprise & a great thrill being our first of the Winter, these dabbling Ducks are certainly one of my favourites.This sent us off back to the car with a spring in our step & here we had another bonus as a male Bullfinch was feeding in a nearby tree.
|Yeadon Tarn List|
|Mute Swan on the charge|
|BH Gull on the ice|
|Female low in the water near the male|
|Great to see a Goldeneye back on the Tarn|
|Yeadon Tarn 13/12/14|