It was a cloudy but mild start to the day with a temperature of 8°C on our arrival at
Leeshaw Reservoir where things looked promising with 27 BH Gulls on the Dam wall
& a Kestrel on top of a telegraph pole.A male Pheasant was strolling across a field and nine
Canadas flew across in front of us.We then moved position around the track next to the reservoir
& walked along looking for birds on the water.We were in for a shock as we saw a tightly
grouped flock of black & white geese on the water,no not canadas but 35 Barnacle Geese what a
fantastic sight they were too.We off course got the cameras out and took some snaps, a
Cormorant landed in its usual spot on top of the tower and we saw another four male Pheasants
in the surrounding fields.
We then went to Leeming Reservoir on our way home seeing another Kestrel here and two
Dippers where the reservoir overflow enters the stream.We walked round the reservoir seeing
Long-tailed Tits,Blue Tits,Great Tits,Mallards,Common Gull,Robin & other common species.
Then we went home and passed on the Barnacle Geese sighting to Brian,who managed to catch
up with them later in the day and had a great day, read his full report on the West Yorkshire Birding
Then later in the day going through Denholme on our way to Queensbury at 12:15p.m. in the car
we spotted two skiens of Pink-footed Geese overhead, they were very close together 50+ in each
group as they went over TMR.
|Correction 36 Barnacle Geese counted on this snap|
|Kestrel at Leeming|