Sunday, 25 May 2014

St Ives

Sunday 25th May a.m.
 A rainy start to the day so we set off to St Ives near Bingley later in the morning when the rain
had stopped leaving overcast conditions with a temperature of 9°C.The Coppice Pond had the
usual Mallards,Canadas & Moorhen,one of the Mallards had seven chicks.The hide was our next
stop but only Grey Squirrels & a Stock Dove were on show here.We moved on to the Coppice Bog
area where we heard several birds singing & we got a few views of a male Blackcap, although we
couldn't get a decent snap of it.We then walked through the wood seeing a couple of Mistle Thrush
& there was a Chiffchaff making plenty noise, we came out to the area known as Heather Park.In this
area we saw Willow Warbler,Meadow Pipit,Chaffinch,Jay,LT Tits,Robin,Wren & Swallow.This area
also gave us the highlight of the morning when a Green Woodpecker flew into a distant tree giving us a reasonable view before flying off.A Coal Tit was also seen carrying food, no doubt to some nearby
young,we also saw what we initially thought was a red butterfly.We got some snaps of it & later looked
it up,we found it was actually a Moth called The Cinnabar.We headed back down the hill to the car &
by the time we got home the rain had started again so we were lucky to have a dry walk.
Green Woodpecker

Coal Tit carrying food


Stock Dove

The Cinnabar Moth

Grey Squirrel

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