Sunday, 21 October 2018

Park Dam

Sunday 21st October a.m.
 From Harold Park I travelled the short distance over to Park Dam where the temperature remained at 11°C but I was blessed with some sunny spells.Here there were three Great Crested Grebes and four Little Grebes along with 25 Canadas and an impressive count of 61 Coots.Additionally there were Tufted Ducks,Moorhen,Mute Swans and a Grey Heron flew across moving some of the Coots before it landed.
G.C. Grebe

Little Grebe

Blink and there gone

Mute Swans

Grey Heron arriving

Coots keeping out of its way

Park Dam 21/10/2018

Harold Park

Sunday 21st October a.m.
A cloudy start but was beginning to brighten up by the time I got to Harold Park on the Southern side of Bradford where there was a temperature of 11°C.The Lake was a good starting point with a single Goosander, a Mute Swan had one of this years juveniles in tow. Always good to see a Great Crested Grebe although I only spotted one of them others on the Lake included BH Gull,Tufted Duck, Canadas and Moorhen.Elsewhere in the park a good count of eight Collared Doves were seen.

Collared Doves

Great Crested Grebe

Tufted Duck

Mute Swans

Harold Park 21/10/2018

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Cullingworth and Hewenden Reservoir

Saturday 20th October a.m.
A mild start to the morning with a temperature of 9°C and some good spells of sunshine on my walk up to and around Hewenden Reservoir.The highlights of the morning came from the top end of the reservoir where there were eleven Wigeon and six Teal.Also near here I spotted my first Redwings of the Autumn and saw around 25 birds pile into a Holly Tree but not showing for a picture. Then a flock of c50 Fieldfare appeared some being more obliging for a picture before the flock flew in to the distance.A good number of other species were seen including Blue Tit,Canada,Collared Dove, Coot, Cormorant,Kestrel,Mistle Thrush,Tufted Duck,Grey Heron,Moorhen,Pied Wagtail and Mute Swan.
Grey Heron

Blue Tit


Collared Dove




part of Fieldfare flock


Mistle Thrush

Record shot of distant Redwings


Tufted Duck


Hewenden Reservoir and Viaduct 20/10/2018

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 7th October a.m.
A frosty start to the morning with the temperature at 3°C when I arrived at Redcar Tarn with the early morning sunshine soon being covered by cloud.There was c75 Lapwings in the nearby field and it was good to see two returning Goosanders and a Grey Heron was fishing but otherwise just the usual stuff.
Grey Heron



LBB Gull

Muscovy Duck

Pied Wagtail

Redcar Tarn 7/10/2018

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Lister Park

Sunday 30th September a.m.
 A dull cloudy morning with a temperature of 10°C as I made my way to the Lake at Lister Park where the usual birds were present.This included c100 Canadas mainly feeding on the surrounding park grass,27 Tufteds,Mallards,Moorhen,Coots and BH Gulls.The walk higher in the park to the stream and gardens was proving very quiet with just Robins on show until I reached a spot where I could hear birds but not see any.I was able to follow a path behind the tree which proved to be a good move as a small stream also runs down here.I stood and watched for a while and then noticed birds coming to bathe here including Blue Tits,Gt Tits,LT Tits, Coal Tit,Goldfinch,Chaffinch and Song Thrush.Pictures proved difficult in poor light and overhanging vegetation, a Grey Wagtail also appeared then went to the main stream where I followed and was able to get some decent pictures in better light.It was good to see plenty of Cyclamen flowering brightening up the dull morning a couple of Nuthatch were also seen.
Grey Wagtail

Tufted Duck

BH Gull Juv

Blue Tit having a Bath



Grey Wagtail at Lister Park 30/9/2018