Sunday, 15 July 2018

Cullingworth and Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 15th July a.m.
Th warm sunny weather continues with an early temperature of 15°C as I took the dog for a walk through the village.Overhead was c30 Swift, juveniles building up along with adults ready for the long journey South in a couple of weeks. There were several groups of House Martins also feeding for their later journey.
 I then walked on to the viaduct overlooking Hewenden Reservoir where there were more Swifts,Swallows and House Martins.A Kestrel was in a tree looking for food and a Sparrowhawk flew down to the reservoir overflow where there was a couple of Moorhen.There were ten BH Gulls on the dam wall and at the other side were Canadas and Mallard plus a Mute Swan.A walk round the reservoir produced GSW,Linnet,Bullfinch,Goldfinch,Jay and Willow Warbler.
Swallow Juv

Canadas & Mallards




Mute Swan

Mute Swans

distant Sparrowhawk

Peacock Butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell

Hewenden Reservoir 15/7/2018

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Harden Moor

Saturday 14th July a.m.
 Another sunny start to the day with a temperature of 15°C on Harden Moor which has escaped the nearby fires on Catstones moor on the edge of Cullingworth.The Sand Martins are still in the quarry also overhead a few swallows.I was kept occupied during the morning by a pair of Green Woodpeckers and their two juveniles, interesting watching them as they flew around making plenty of noise.Others seen were Whitethroat, Blackcap feasting on the wild Raspberries, Willow Warbler,Goldfinch,Robin and Song Thrush.
Green Woodpecker Juv 

Geen Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker with Juv


Bullfinch Juv



Song Thrush

Warbler after the Rasperries

Whitethroat Juv

Willow Warbler

Harden Moor 14/7/2018

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 8th July a.m.
The great weather continues and a starting temperature of 19°C was recorded when I arrived at Yeadon Tarn.It was great to see a pair of Mute Swans have successfully bred here and the proud parents were showing off five Cygnets.There were 26 Canadas and the other usual birds including Coots,BH Gulls and overhead were Swallows,Swifts and House Martins.
Mute Swan Cygnet

Five Cygnets with mute Swan parents

BH Gull Juv

Blue Tit

Coots with chicks

Yeadon Tarn 8/7/2018

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Harold Park and Park Dam

Saturday 7th July a.m.
Another bright sunny start with a temperature of 18°C as I headed for the Lake at Harold Park where it was good to see a pair of Mute Swans (yellow 468) with a Cygnet.A pair of GC Grebes also had at least two chicks and Coots had young chicks and some older juveniles.Others included Tufted Duck, Canadas and Chaffinch.
 Then I moved down the road to Park Dam where it was quiet on the water with just Tufteds,  Mallards, Coots and GC Grebe.Overhead were Swifts and House Martins and I got a bonus of a Kestrel close to me on the ground until it flew when a dog approached.

BH Gull

Coot Juv

Coots with chick

GC Grebe with chicks

LBB Gull Juv

Mute Swan with Cygnet

Tufted Duck

Harold Park 7/7/2018