A good sunny morning with a temperature of 15°C on our arrival at Dowley Gap this morning.
Its been a month since our last visit & it was good to see the Greylag Goslings growing well but
there did seem to be fewer in each brood.There were also a few broods of Mallard chicks on the
canal & we also saw a couple of Grey Wagtails.The water works area was quiet with just a couple
of Oystercatchers & plenty Magpies.We saw a Jay which was probably up to no good, a Chiffchaff
was making plenty of noise & a female Blackcap showed for a few seconds.We walked on to Hirst
Wood where the River Aire was fast flowing after the recent rain,we just managed to get a snap of a
pair of Canadas & their Goslings as they sped past.Walking back along the canal the morning finished
on a high note as a Kingfisher went past then dived into the cover of the tree lined canal side.
|Greylags with four Goslings|
|Canadas with five Goslings|
|Mallard with seven chicks|
|proud parents with their Goslings|