Saturday, 14 January 2017

Park Dam

Saturday 14th January a.m.
 As the sun got brighter I made my way the short distance over to Park Dam where there were nine Goosanders, 3 Cormorants, 3 Little Grebes, 1 Gt C. Grebe and 60 Canadas which were grazing in the field.There were also BH and Common Gulls among the other more common species, one bird stood out which I thought was a Teal it was at full range of the bins so I wasn't 100% sure, the picture I took of it later confirmed my original ID of a male Teal.
Great Crested Grebe

Little Grebe

male Teal

BH Gulls

Common Gull



Cormorants & Goosanders


Park Dam 14/1/2017

Harold Park

Saturday 14th January a.m.
Another cold start with a temperature of 3°C on arrival at Harold park with icy conditions and some lying snow but the sun got brighter as the morning went on.The usual birds were at the lake with a Grey Heron in the trees, good numbers of Coots two of which had white tag numbers DX3 and A4R.
There were two adult Mute Swans with three juveniles I noted four of their Tags(Red 222Y ,374Y, 375Y and Yellow 468).Others noted among the common species were Collared Dove, Common Gull and Tufted Duck.
Coot with white tag A4R

White tag DX3

Collared Dove

Grey Heron

female Mallard

Mute Swans

male Tufted

female Tufted

Harold Park 14/1/2017

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Lister Park

Sunday 8th January a.m.
 A dull cloudy morning with a temperature of 8°C on my arrival at Lister Park where I headed for the lake with an unexpected surprise.I still hadn't got the camera out of its case as I approached the lake hearing Geese but it wasn't the Canadas on the water as I looked up the sky was full of Pinkies what a magnificent sight they were.Now it was a mad rush to get the camera set up to get some record shots which thankfully I did before they disappeared.
 After calming down I concentrated on the Lake where there were the usual species I counted 29 Tufteds,there was just one Greylag and three Goosanders.There were plenty of Coots some of which were fighting a sign the breeding season is not so far off.I headed up to the stream where I saw some small birds scurrying around in the tree tops,they were Goldcrests which gave me the usual run around as I tried to get a picture.Also here there were Siskin,Bullfinch,LT Tit ,Coal Tit and other common species.It was good to see a Grey Wagtail in the stream but it was shy and didn't want its picture taking.Near here there was a flock of c25 Redwing feeding on the ground and there was a brief drum from a GSW but the bird was not seen.
 I went back down to the Lake where the Gulls had built up to c200 BH, 10 Commons and 3 Herring Gulls.Nigel.



Grey Squirrel


Coots squaring up

A bitter fight ensues

Herring Gulls


Pinkies fill the sky over Lister Park 8/1/2017

Monday, 2 January 2017

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Monday 2nd January a.m.
 A much better start to the day this morning with early morning sunshine but still chilly at just 1°C.
I made my way through the village on to the Great Northern Trail to Hewenden Viaduct where there were twelve Cormorants.Heading through the wood it was good to see Goldcrest again and soon after Bullfinch and a Jay.At the top end of the reservoir I could pick out Moorhen,Mallards,Tufteds, Goosander and a pair of Wigeon and I was surprised to see a Goldeneye. Coming back I picked up more common species including a Greenfinch then a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwings flew over.As I approached the farm there were three Mistle Thrush on overhead wires and a Pied Wagtail at the farm.Nigel.
Mistle Thrush


Seven Cormorant doing a circuit of the Res

Nine Cormorants in the water

Record shot of distant Goldeneye


distant male Wigeon

distant female Wigeon

Blue Tit

Fieldfare and Redwings


Goldeneye and Wigeon

Hewenden Reservoir 2/1/2017