We met other members of BOG for a riverside walk from Bingley to Saltaire the weather was poor with spells of rain & a temperature of 10°C but plenty birds were seen during the walk.We started off with a walk to Ireland Bridge seeing a Grey Wagtail on the way, at the bridge a Dipper,Grey Heron & a second Grey Wagtail were seen.We then headed back through Myrtle Park hearing a Mistle Thrush & then spotting it singing high in a tree, a couple more were seen later in the morning.Also on leaving the park a Chiffchaff was heard & then a Blackcap was singing which we managed to get a good view of.
Heading towards Cottingley a couple of male Goosanders were on the River & soon after we saw a Goldcrest, other common species were seen as we walked along.It was also good to see some of the flowers which were in bloom in particular Wood Anemone,Bluebells & Celandine.A couple of broods of Mallard chicks were seen along the route as we made our way to Hirst Wood.There were a good number of Sand Martins over the River near the water works with a Mute Swan on the River &
A Jay on the opposite bank.Through the woods Nuthatch & Treecreeper were seen & a GSW was heard .At the other side of the wood another Dipper was seen along with Swallows,Sparrohawk & a Song Thrush.Approaching Roberts Park an Oystercatcher rounded off a good morning.
|River Aire at Myrtle Park|
|River Aire looking towards Saltaire|