Sunday, 24 March 2019

Rodley Nature Reserve

Sunday 24th March a.m.
 With the sun out and warming up to 9°C I arrived at Rodley Nature Reserve, where I had a walk round visiting the hides and viewing screens.Not high numbers of birds but still there were Tufteds,
Gadwall, Canadas, Greylags, Grey Heron, Teal and Oystercatcher. It was again good to hear Chiffchaff and I saw a bird which wasn't singing but I think this early it was a Chiffchaff. Three Snipe flew from cover one landing on the opposite bank so I could get a picture.There was a flock of fifteen Linnets on the newly ploughed field and overhead a Red Kite drifted by.A walk to the River produced a Kingfisher flying past also seen were Goosander, Little Grebe and Gt Crested Grebe.
Oystercatcher


Red Kite

Snipe

Chiffchaff

Gadwall

Goosander


Grey Heron

Linnet

Little Grebe

Rodley NR 24/3/2019


Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 24th March a.m.
 A sunny morning although chilly at just 6°C during a quiet visit to Yeadon Tarn.There were twenty one Mute Swans, ten Tufteds and seven Canadas, others were Song Thrush and Wren.
Wren

Mute Swan


Yeadon Tarn 24/3/2019

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Cullingworth

Saturday 23rd March a.m.
A cloudy morning with a temperature of 5°C as I walked down to Hallas Bridge and alongside Hallas Beck through Goit Stock Wood to the caravan park.It was good to see three Dippers en route one sporting a leg ring A50. Others seen were Mallard, Cormorant,Canadas,Goldcrest and a noisy Song Thrush.As I headed back it was good to see the flash of blue as a Kingfisher flew past, and coming back on the other side of the Beck a group of seven Jays were seen and I also heard and then saw my first Chiffchaff of the year.
Dipper with leg ring A50



Chiffchaff

Goit Stock waterfall 23/3/2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

Redcar Tarn

Monday 18th March a.m.
 I paid a quick visit to Redcar Tarn in hope of a site first with a pair of Gadwalls as reported by J.L.
It was still cloudy on arrival with the temperature at 7°C, the usual species were present were then I spotted the Gadwalls for a site first so a worthwhile visit.Also good to see a pair of Oystercatchers on the island, Lapwings nearby,a few Curlews, one dropped in to the next field 25 Tufteds and a singing Dunnock. The visit was rounded off with a singing Skylark which I got a brief look at as it came down.
Gadwall



female Gadwall


Gulls

Oystercatchers

Curlew


Dunnock


Redcar Tarn 18/3/2019

Leeshaw Reservoir

Monday 18th March a.m.
A cloudy morning with a temperature of 5°C at Leeshaw where there were at least twelve Oystercatchers, five Curlew and pleased to get four Redshanks, my first this year.There were c75 Lapwings, Cormorant,Pied Wagtail,Pheasant,Grey Heron,Canadas,Greylags,Red-legged Partridge and, Mipits making for some good birding.
Redshank




Oystercatcher


Oystercatcher & Redshank

Curlew


Lapwing


Pheasant

Leeshaw Reservoir 18/3/2019

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Harold Park and Park Dam

Sunday 17th March a.m.
 After yesterdays washout it was good to wake up with some sunshine this morning although cold at just 2°C as I set off to Harold Park.At the Lake it was quiet with BH Gulls, Canadas, Coots and Tufteds present in small numbers.There was just one Gt Crested Grebe and I was pleased to see a Grey Wagtail through the bins on the island, by now it had clouded over and the rain started.I retreated to the car and drove the short distance to Park Dam.
  After the rain and sleet had cleared I ventured out to the Lake at Park Dam where there were two Mute Swans(Red Tag 514Y & Yellow Tag 468), there were also two Gt Crested Grebes.In the distance I saw two Little Grebes, others were Canadas, Tufteds, Coots and Moorhen.
Tufted Duck


Mute Swan


Gt Crested Grebe




Park Dam 17/3/2019