Saturday, 5 July 2014


Saturday 5th July a.m.
 After over night rain the morning started dull & overcast gradually brightening up through the
morning, the temperature was 12°C on at our arrival at Leeshaw Reservoir near Oxenhope.
There were Canadas & Greylags on the edge of the shore & a Grey Heron was on the dam wall
being mobbed by Oystercatchers. There were six Oystercatchers seen during our visit along with
Common Sandpiper,Lapwings,Mipits,Goldfinch & Blackbird.Whilst we were looking over the
reservoir a couple of Snipe came from behind us & landed out of sight at the edge of the reservoir,
always good to see these birds.There were also BH & LBB Gulls moving through & Swallows were
feeding over the water.
 You can't help but notice all the preparations for Stage Two of the Tour De France which started in
Yorkshire today & comes to West Yorkshire tomorrow.It will pass near to Cullingworth as it goes
through Keighley then up to Crossroads, just a couple of miles away.It then goes in to Haworth then
passes Lower Laithe & Leeshaw Reservoirs as it heads for Oxenhope & then away to Hebden Bridge.
There is plenty artwork to see including one picture of David Hockney on his bike at Crossroads.
Good luck to all the riders as they pass through West Yorkshire.
Common Sandpiper


Grey Heron

Meadow Pipit


plenty Lapwings around


Blackbird with breakfast

An artist getting into the spirit of Le Tour Grand Depart

Some artwork looking across towards Keighley

A Welcome message near Leeshaw

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