Sunday, 19 May 2013

Redcar Tarn

Sunday May 19th p.m.
 With still some late evening sunshine we decided to have a trip up to Redcar Tarn high
above Keighley, we've neglected it a bit recently, 16°C on arrival but soon clouded over
& the temperature fell.It didn't disappoint with a good selection of birds and firstly we noted
a pair of Mute Swans, nice to see Swans back among the Canadas,Greylags,Mallards,Coots,
Moorhen & Tufted Ducks. There were good numbers of BH Gulls and more than usual LBB
Gulls of various ages, some arguing with a number of Rooks,Jackdaws were also present.It was
also good to see Swallows feeding  & a couple of Swift overhead,these now seem to be back in
all their usual spots.There were several Coots nests,one pair were feeding very young chicks.
  As we were walking round a bird was disturbed by a dog going into the edge of the water, it flew
across onto the island, a Common Sandpiper a first for us at this site.My dad went to the edge of the
water to get a snap of the bird, he managed a couple when the previous noted dog came bounding
up & nearly knocked him in the water.Then as the owners tried to get this large dog under control it
decided to shake & got water all over the camera lens & the bins, thanks for that!
 After drying things off as best we could we had a look round the surrounding area seeing Curlew,
Redshank,Oystercatcher,Pied Wagtail,Meadow Pipit & Lapwing a good selection to finish on.
Mute Swan

Coot feeding some very young chicks

Common Sandpiper on the island


Pied Wagtail



Tufted Duck

LBB Gull

LBB Gulls Adults & sub adults

Mute Swans on the island

1 comment:

  1. If you,ve any more photos of the LBBs check them out, the pale bird looks good for a 3rd summer Yellow Legged Herring gull to me.