Saturday, 27 August 2016

Harden Moor

Saturday 27th August a.m.
 We followed on from our visit to Leeshaw to Harden Moor where the temperature had risen to 14°C, it was still sunny but later in the morning some cloud developed.As we made our way along the footpath near the quarry there was a charm of c30 Goldfinch feeding on the thistle seeds we also had a first as a Snipe flew past us from the quarry area.Up above were Swallows and House Martins as we walked round we soon heard the call of a Redstart but it was a while before we located the bird, we heard another bird call but only got one bird to snap.The bird was a bit flighty and so it took a while to get some snaps.Other birds were around too including Blackcap,Chiffchaff,Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Little Owl,Linnet and Mipit.The morning was rounded off when we saw a Spotted Flycatcher as we headed back towards the car.
female Redstart

Spotted Flycatcher


Juvenile Goldfinch


Redstart on Harden Moor 27/8/2016


Saturday 27th August a.m.
 A sunny start feeling warmer than the temperature of 9°C with no wind blowing making the reservoir very calm.We saw 30 Canadas in the top field and there was a Cormorant on the valve tower, a Grey Heron was looking for food at the waters edge.At the top end of the reservoir were some Mallards and a Goosander, there were also a couple of waders behind them but out of range to get an ID.A walk up the hill provided Collared Dove,Robin,Mipit and Starling, we also chased a Green-veined White Butterfly in order to get a snap.We also saw Pied and Grey Wagtails and a few Swallows were feeding over the water and the surrounding fields.

Collared Dove


Grey Heron


Green-veined White Butterfly

Leeshaw 27/8/16

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 21st August a.m.
 We were back on the local area this morning with a trip up to Redcar Tarn high above Keighley, it was cloudy with some sunshine trying to get through with a temperature of 15°C.The highlight of the visit was seeing three Snipe fly around the nearby fields and the Lapwing flock up to c200 birds.Others included Tufted Duck,Grey Heron and Swallow.The clouds were building though as a Rainbow showed the rain had started so off we went as the rain increased.

Gulls and Lapwings

Lapwings in the gathering clouds

Redcar Tarn 21/8/2016

Saturday, 20 August 2016


Wednesday 17th August
Our final instalment from our recent holiday comes from Bridlington on a lovely sunny day around the harbour area.There were a couple of Great Black-backed Gulls one of which was trying to eat a crab, the other was having a paddle in the sea.There were of course numerous Herring Gulls and a good number of Turnstones along with Redshanks in the harbour mud.
 It was good to see a report from BS of three Turnstones at a local reservoir yesterday and a Ruff today well done to him.
GBB Gull

GBB Gull having a paddle in the sea

It's Crab for lunch

Herring Gulls

Redshank in the harbour mud

15+ Turnstones seen

Turnstone, a great little bird

Bridlington 17/8/2016

Filey Dams

Wednesday 17th August a.m.
We paid a second visit to Filey Dams on another sunny morning with a temperature of 15°C where we were rewarded with twelve Ruff some coming close to the hide for a snap or two.The Green Sandpiper made another appearance along with Dunlin and Teal.There was also an unusual Duck probably a hybrid, we also saw a couple of Tree Sparrows among other common species.


Tree Sparrow

Green Sandpiper

Four of the twelve Ruff seen

Filey Dams 17/8/2016

Friday, 19 August 2016


Tuesday 16th August a.m.
We have been on holiday to Filey on the Yorkshire East coast enjoying some great weather and some wonderful Trips to Whitby, Scarborough and Bridlington.I was also able to celebrate my 18th Birthday during our stay, but did do some birding too.
 We first went to Filey Dams a good little Nature Reserve where we saw Green Sandpiper, Dunlin Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Tree Sparrow and other common species.
We then went the short distance to Filey Brigg where we saw Fulmar, Kittiwake, Oystercatcher, Mipit, GBB & Herring Gull, Linnet, Cormorant, Swallow and Sand Martin.It was also good to see plenty Butterflies such as Peacock and some which we have not seen in the Bradford area like Painted Lady and Wall Brown.
Black-tailed Godwit

Green Sandpiper

distant Greenshank

distant Greenshank and Spotted Redshank

Painted Lady


Wall Brown

Black-tailed Godwit