A cold frosty start with temperatures below zero but brightening to a sunny morning with
clear blue skies & rising temperature.Back to school for me but my dad had a days holiday so
he made the most of the weather for a days birding. Here's the first of his reports...
I took the dog for a walk on the Northern Trail over Hewenden Viaduct seeing Four Gt C Grebes
on the reservoir below.These disappeared as a fisherman moved along side the reservoir into his spot. At the other side found a pair of Treecreepers, always hard to get a picture of these as they keep moving but managed a few today.It was good to see some early blossom on some trees & a Dunnock was singing making for a good picture.A Chiffchaff was also singing in this area briefly but I
couldn't locate it.
Moving near the reservoir there was a pair of Goosanders sunbathing on the banking at the edge
of the water & four Cormorants were on the water with a Mute Swan & several Canadas.Also here I first heard & then saw a Curlew fly over which was repeated on my way back.Into the wood where
I saw a couple of GSWs, at the other side there were plenty Jackdaws about & also another
Chiffchaff singing.I managed to locate it this time but it wouldn't keep still long enough for a good picture but I did get a record shot among the "PussyWillow". The Cormorants were now perched in the trees at the top end of the reservoir, some distance away but I got a record shot of one of them.
We, me & the dog that is,retraced our steps & went under the viaduct where some Jackdaws were making a fuss.They were upset by a male Kestrel perched high on the side of the Viaduct on what
looked like a large bolt.They pestered it & off it flew.
Very quiet on our way through the wood to Hallas Bridge only Chaffinch,Wren & a Grey Heron flyover was seen.No Dipper today but can't complain many birds seen during a great walk, home for a short rest then off to find some different birds.
|male Kestrel perched high on the Viaduct|
|Cormorant moved to a perch in the trees|
|Goosanders on reservoir banking|
|Hewenden Reservoir & Viaduct|