Saturday, 14 June 2014

Cullingworth Catch Up

from Friday13th June a.m.
 This report is from yesterday when I took a morning stroll around the outskirts of the village with
the dog,its late due to being busy with other jobs but better late than never.It was a good start to the
day with some sunny spells & feeling warm at 14°C.Good to see Swifts & House Martins over the
village as we headed out we took a footpath with now long over grown grass. This led us to Willow
Warbler,Whitethroat & Goldfinch.We then doubled back seeing a distant GSW & Swallows were overhead.We then took a path on the Eastern side of the village below Harden Moor.Here we saw
a Curlew,Mipits,Chaffinch & a Grey Heron fly over which looked good in the morning sunshine.
The highlight of my walk came here as I Stopped & listed to a Cuckoo calling for some time, it was
coming from a group of trees, I couldn't spot it but pleased to get the tick for Cullingworth.We walked
on with a spring now in my step I don't think the dog was too bothered about the Cuckoo.We then
spotted the pale coloured Deer that we saw a couple of weeks ago which had a good set of antlers growing.Further along we saw a Curlew land on a distant wall giving a chance of a picture.This was
soon followed by a Pied Wagtail carrying food for its young.Another Deer was seen near Manywells,
then we headed for Hewenden Reservoir where there was a Mute Swan & the pair of Great Crested Grebes were still present with their two chicks.Then it was off home so the dog could have a well
earned drink & rest,me I was only just starting a busy day.I'll put a few pictures on quickly as Dannys
chopping at the bit to do his report from this morning.N.P.


male Chaffinch singing his song


Willow Warbler

Pied Wagtail carrying food


Cullingwoth with Hewenden Viaduct to the left & Soil Hill in the background

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