Sunday, 19 February 2017

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 19th February a.m.
 A visit to Yeadon Tarn this morning with cloudy conditions and the odd spell of sunshine with a temperature of 7°C.There was a Song Thrush giving a tune high in a tree and further round a second which was low enough to take a picture. There were 30 Coots with quite a few of them fighting as they do at this time of year, a good number of 23 Tufteds were counted. There were two adult and one Juvenile Mute Swan (Red Tag 024Y, 520Y, Yellow Tag 886). The highlight here though was four male Pochards and one female, always good to see these birds.
 Driving back passed the airport and on to Carlton Road a Red Kite flew low in front of the car giving a good view if only brief.
Mute Swan

male Pochard

female Pochard

4 male and 1 female Pochards

Song Thrush

BH Gulls

Coots fighting

Yeadon Tarn

Juvenile Mute Swan at Yeadon Tarn 19/2/2017

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Lower Laithe & Leeshaw Reservoirs

Saturday 18th February a.m.
 A cloudy start but feeling mild with a temperature of 7°C as I headed for Leeshaw Reservoir. I decided to take the slightly longer route through Haworth so I could check the Lower Laithe Reservoir first. I was glad I did as there were three Oystercatchers on the valve tower area, so I parked up and walked down the hill to get some pics.The bad bit is walking back up the hill, there were Canadas, Mallards and Greylags on the water and in the surrounding fields I saw a Kestrel,Pheasant,Jackdaws and eleven Rooks.
 I moved on to Leeshaw where there was also three Oystercatchers but on a distant wall so no pics, there was a pair of Goosanders and a Cormorant on the water.In a nearby fields were c25 Canadas, c50 Starlings and 68 Lapwings.It was also good to see ten Mipits and three distant Curlew fly past, then in flew 47 Greylags some going to the water and the rest joining the Canadas.As it was time to go I but the camera back in its case and was about to get into the car when nine Curlew flew past just in front of me, Doh!
Oystercatcher at Lower Laithe Res

Mipit at Leeshaw

Cormorant and Goosanders

Distant Curlew over the Moors


Here come the Greylags

Three Oysterctchers at Lower Laithe Res

Lower Laithe Res 18/2/2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Leeming Common Gull

On the 4th February I saw a Common Gull with what I thought was leg ring 1811, however this proved to be wrong as Brian from West Yorkshire Birding has been on the case.He has found out the leg ring was actually J811 and that it was ringed at Stavanger in Norway when it was one year old on the 9/12/13.The bird was sighted six times around Norway over the next two years then a gap until it reappeared when I saw it at Leeming.
Many thanks to Brian for taking the time to find out about this Common Gull giving an insight in to its history and origin.
Common Gull J811

From Stavanger in Norway to Leeming on 4/2/2017

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Harold Park and Park Dam

Sunday 12th February a.m.
 A Bitterly cold morning with frequent snow showers and a biting wind and feeling a lot colder than the 1°C temperature reading.On the lake at Harold Park was a Goosander along with the expected Coots, Canadas,Tufteds,BH and Common Gulls.Higher in the park was a charm of c20 Goldfinch by the smaller pond.
 Down the road at Park Dam the more exposed spot made it feel even colder so I didn't hang around for long here.There were a male and female Goosander,Little Grebe, GC Grebe,Tufteds,Canadas and three Cormorants braving the wind on the over head Pylon wires.The Starlings were on another wire huddled together to try and keep warm.


Cormorant hanging on in the strong wind



Harold Park 12/2/2017

Monday, 6 February 2017

Cononley Ings

Monday 6th February p.m.
 A rare visit to Cononley Ings this afternoon with cloudy skies and a temperature of 5°C. Cononley lies between Keighley and Skipton and is surrounded by low lying area near the river that often floods during the Winter which makes it a good spot for wildfowl and waders.I parked up in the village and took the track down to the the river which was very muddy and often covered with water so wellies are a must for this mile or so walk.After my trek I was rewarded with c750 Lapwings, c250 Wigeon, c100 BH Gulls, 60 Golden Plover, 4 Shelduck and at least 2 Teal.They were still a long way off so pictures were difficult but a great site when they all took to the air after being spooked by something, maybe a passing train.On my way back I added Goldcrest, LT Tit, Pheasant, Robin and other common species.

muddy track to the river

male Teal

BH Gulls,Lapwings and Golden Plover having a wash

Golden Plover


Good to see Golden Plover again

Wigeon some distance away

Wigeon at Cononley Ings 6/2/2017