A bright & sunny start to the day with a ground frost as we went the long way
round to Leeshaw Reservoir via Cold Edge Dams with a temperature of 1°C. We
were hoping to see a Grouse but were dissapointed & we saw no sign of Curlew yet
either.We did see Canadas,Greylags,Mallards and a Robin singing merrily.Another
couple of birds were also singing and showing briefly from time to time among the
Conifers which we struggled to ID, however we did get a snap of it which helped us
see surprisingly it was a Goldcrest,there were also a pair of Chaffinch singing.We moved
on passed Fly Flats where there was a good number of Canadas onto Leeshaw Reservoir.
Here it was good to see a pair of returning Oystercatchers fly over the water & land on a
distant wall.There were BH Gulls on the water with Greylags,Canadas & Pink-footed Geese.
The Cormorant was in its usual spot on top of the tower & some Lapwings had returned to
the surrounding fields.
11 - BH Gull
19 - Canadas
13 - Greylag
9 - Pink-footed Geese
2 - Oystercatcher
1 - Cormorant
6 - Lapwing
Here there were Mallards,Greylag,Common Gull,BH Gull, on the water & we were also
treated to a male Goldeneye which was unexpected. A Pied Wagtail appeared near the
overflow channel quickly followed by a Grey Wagtail which gave us the run around as we tried
to get a snap. A Jay flew over the water & landed in a distant tree & a bird soared above us,
we were unsure about what this was. It was quite high we decided on a Kestrel although we
don't normally see them soar like this one did,maybe it was enjoying the rare blue skies & warm
Later in the morning we went to Dowley Gap,report to follow.
|Canadas & Greylag at CED|
|Canadas coming in to land at Leeshaw|
|Greylags with Pink-footed Geese behind|
|male Goldeneye at Leeming|
|Kestrel we think soaring high|
|A distant Leeshaw|