A cold frosty start with a temperature of just -3°C on our arrival at Dowley Gap where we walked
along the canal.It was good to see a Jay again & there was also a Nuthatch in the same area.Walking
along by the water works there were good numbers of BH Gulls & Pied Wags with others including
Robin,Dunnock & Wren.We looked through the Wagtails & soon found a couple of Greys, we also
saw a couple of Mipits.
We walked a short way by the river Aire seeing Mallards & Goosanders before turning back.As we
went passed the locks we saw a couple of Mute Swans were now on the canal.As we were looking at
these my dad noticed a bird at the other side of the canal on the ground among the trees.He looked
through the bins & said Sparrowhawk it then flew out glided across the canal just a couple of meters
in front of us then rose up over the trees and away.What a thrill being so close to a great bird like the
Sparrowhawk, it happened so quick though we were too slow with the cameras.Another good finish
to our morning birding.
|Canal up to Dowley Gap Locks|