Sunday, 4 December 2016

Harold Park and Park Dam

Sunday 4th December a.m.
Another cloudy start to the day but brightening up as the morning went on, there was a temperature of 5°C as I parked up at Harold Park.Here there was the usual mix of birds with the addition of three Goosanders on the main Lake.Two of these flew up to the smaller pond higher up in the park where I caught up with them and two Juvenile Mute Swans(red tags Y277 & 278Y).Near here there was also the unusual sight of a pair of Collared Doves building a nest.
 From Harold Park I went down the road a short distance to Park Dam where there were nine Goosanders, four Little Grebes,a Cormorant and c50 Canadas arrived.
Juv Mute Swan

male Goosander

female Goosander

Little Grebe


male Tufted Duck

Canadas arriving at Park Dam 4/12/2016

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Dowley Gap and Hirst Wood

Saturday 3rd December a.m.
A dull morning with a temperature of 5°C as I pulled up at Dowley Gap where the bird life was also the same as I walked along side the canal.A couple of Goosanders kept their distance and Moorhen among the trees were the best I could do.Walking back down to the water works things livened up a bit with c30 Pied Wagtails & a couple of Greys.Through into Hirst Wood and down to the River Aire where there was a Grey Heron then a Dipper arrived and soon after a Kingfisher flew by.The Dipper kept moving around but stayed in the same area so I could get some pictures.Walking back a flock of c30 Redwings were flying around a couple in the trees  stayed long enough for a picture.Then the Goosander was near the road bridge so i had another go at a picture following it for a short distance but it was too camera shy.Then a flash of blue as a Kingfisher flew past and into the trees on the other bank of the canal.Then after playing hide and seek if finally came out and posed for a few pictures sending me home with a smile.


Grey Heron


River Aire through Hirst Wood 3/12/2016

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Yeadon Tarn

Saturday 26th November a.m.
A bright sunny morning with some fog in the valley bottoms as I took Danny to Yeadon Tarn where the temperature was 0°C.In the trees near the car park there were a good number of Goldfinch, we then headed for the Tarn where there were Mallards,Coots,Moorhen,Mute Swans,GC Grebes,BH & Common Gulls.We walked round the Tarn which was still frozen after the overnight frost,parts of the footpath were also bottle ice so we had to be careful.As we walked we spotted a Pochard which was good to see, there were several House Sparrows which posed briefly for a picture.Near the model boats area we saw a Goosander and a first for us here a Wigeon, an enjoyable walk with some decent birds to see.
House Sparrow



GC Grebe


Common Gull

Mute Swan

Mute Swan Juvenile

Yeadon Tarn 26/11/2016

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Redcar Tarn

Saturday 19th November a.m.
 I had a quick visit up to Redcar Tarn where there was a covering of snow and it was feeling cold at 2°C.There were good numbers of Lapwings and Gulls with the usual Canadas,Mallards,Tufted Duck,Moorhen & Coots.At the top end Goldfinch,Chaffinch and Dunnock were seen and there was a Muscovy on one of the benches, back at the car a Pied Wagtail made a brief appearance. A quick scan around then led me to a Kestrel on Tarn Lane which was on top of a pole and luckily stopped long enough for a couple of pictures.

Common Gull

Herring Gull


Mallard & Tufted Ducks

Pied Wagtail


Redcar Tarn 19/11/2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 13th November a.m.
 A bright morning with a temperature of 3°C as we headed towards Hewenden Reservoir through the village.When we got to the viaduct we could see BH Gulls on the Dam wall and on the water were Mallards & Tufteds with a Dipper in the overflow area.We saw a Kestrel in a distant tree and through the wood we got a GSW,Goldcrest and five Bullfinch.As we came back round the other side of the reservoir we saw Fieldfare and Redwings which were scattered by a Sparrowhawk.We also spotted a couple of Cormorants in some trees and three Teal on the water with a couple of Moorhen as well.At the farm we caught up with Pied & Grey Wagtails along with Robins.






Pied Wagtail


Tufted Duck

Redwing & Fieldfare


Hewenden Viaduct

Hewenden Reservoir 13/11/2016