As I come to the end of my second year of birding I thought it a good time for
a review.In this second year my list of species seen in the BOG area came to 92,
with an additional 33 seen on trips to Nature Reserves outside the area.This leads me
to think a total of 100 species is a realistic target for the BOG area in my third year.
There have been a number of high points and as a young birder the number of 1st
sightings or lifers has grown over the last year.I was particularly pleased to see a
Green Woodpecker two days running on Harden Moor,hopefully that will be
repeated this year and who knows maybe I'll even see a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker to
complete the set.I was interested to see the report of seven Green Woodpeckers and a
LSW being seen in Regents Park in London,see on my blog list, I don't think that will happen
in the local Bradford area.
Kestrel is always a great bird to see, and Red Kite generally in the Otley area,Sparrowhawks
I still have difficulty in seeing although was pleased to see one at Dowley Gap,Bingley
recently.Other than these, raptors seem to be thin on the ground, for me anyway, but my ID
skills continue to improve and hopefully as I gain more experience I'll see more raptors.
Apart from Little Owls this species seems to elude me but again hopefully that will change as
I gain experience.One thing I have learned is the more you know you understand how much
more about wildlife & birds there is to find out and it is an on going process.
Here again as I did last year for a bit of fun is my second years top 10.
10. Little Gull - I saw these for the first time in September on a visit to the East coast of
Yorkshire at Hornsea Mere,it was clear how they got their name when I saw them next to
|Little Gull 1/9/12|
of these elusive birds.
see one on Harden moor in August and get a snap as well.
|Green Woodpecker 4/8/12|
|Slavonian Grebe 3/2/13|
the RSPB Nature Reserve in October.
|Green Sandpiper 21/10/12|
we were able to get some close views of a normally flighty bird and some good snaps.
Harold Park in the early summer.It was good to watch each adult looking after a chick each
and feeding them.
|Gt Crested Grebe with chick 7/5/12|
Europe in the Winter.After an ordinary mornings birding on a local walk we spotted three of these
birds within a hundred metres of home,thankfully they hung around long enough to get some decent
perched on a fallen tree in the canal and Dowley Gap,Bingley.
flock of 36 Barnacle Geese on the water in a tight group.This proved to be one of the
largest flocks to be seen in the local BOG area, it was great to see these birds.We were
also able to pass the word on so others had chance to see them during their short stay.
|Barnacle Geese 5/1/13|