Another overcast day with temperatures around 5°C,back to school today but my dad has
a couple of days holiday so he took the dog for a long walk this morning; here are the birds
he saw along the way.Before they set off there were a flock of 17 Siskins who were joined by
2 Lesser Redpolls in the Cherry Tree at the bottom of the garden.
First we had a look at the bush nearby to see if the Waxwings were back, not this morning but
still plenty berries waiting for them.We headed off towards Hewenden Reservoir seeing House
Sparrows,House Martins,Wren,Collared Dove,Goldfinch,Greenfinch,Blue & Great Tits plus
other common species along the way. Also good to see & hear Willow Warbler in the trees as
we went along the Great Northern Trail,as we approached the Reservoir there was a few
Swallows overhead & a Pheasant at the bottom of the field. By the water were 3 Oystercatchers,
Canadas and 4 LBB Gulls were in the middle of the Reservoir.With them was another Gull which
I struggled to ID ,looked like a first year bird, slightly bigger than the others but I couldn't be sure
what it was.At the far end of the reservoir there was a Cormorant & a couple of Mallards, as we
turned back along the track a Pied Wagtail appeared on a nearby roof.
We went across the viaduct and took the path alongside Hewenden Beck,across the road heading
towards Hallas Bridge, here was a Bullfinch & more Willow Warblers & a singing Chiffchaff was
heard.We walked up the hill to Bents Lane and headed towards Wilsden & Tan House Lane,here
I saw more Willow Warblers,Swallows,Robin,Chaffinch & Wren.
I think at this point the dog was fed up with me stopping to try & take some snaps & dug her heels in,
time to go home.On our way back we saw a Moorhen on a small pond leading down to Hallas Bridge
and a Grey Heron flew over.It was very quiet on Hallas Beck we just added Starlings to the list on the
way home, still plenty berries on the bush as I passed.
As I was editing the pictures I had a glance out of the window where a pair of Bullfinch were on the
feeders in the garden so I took another snap through the window.
A couple more Waxwing pictures from yesterday have been added to today's pictures.
|LBB Gulls with first year Gull ?|
|Pair of Bullfinch in the garden|
|Waxwing from yesterday|