After an early morning visit to Harden Moor we were compiling our report when we looked at Brian's West Yorkshire Birding blog which said there were over 200 Whooper Swans at Mixenden Reservoir.Since we started birding in 2011 we have been trying to get some of these on passage during Spring or Autumn.We have rushed off to Ogden & Mixenden in the past after seeing reports only to miss them so we were beginning to think we were not going to get some local birds.This meant after reading the report from Brian we dropped everything & raced to Mixenden Reservoir which is six miles from home.As we approached Mixenden we stopped to look across the valley at the reservoir below to see if they were still there, the answer was YES!
We drove down to the reservoir & made our way quickly to the banking to be greeted with the sight of 244 Whooper Swans as counted by Brian, WOW!!We made our way down the plantation side to a good viewing spot and enjoyed this amazing spectacle Whooper Swans honking, splashing around bathing in the water & some occasionally flapping their wings.
Hope you enjoy the snaps we took & a special Thank You to Brian for his prompt report which gave us this once in a life time opportunity to experience this spectacle.
|View of Mixenden Reservoir with 244 Whooper Swans 22/3/2015|