My dad had some shopping to do in Halifax and on his way back decided to have a walk round Ogden Water, here is his report.
Another sub zero night with a deep frost this morning making conditions difficult,the car park at Ogden was bottle ice, the temperature just 1°C.As I walked across the car park I saw one chaps legs go from under him & fall on his backside,he was all right but a reminder of how much care was needed to keep up right.Still there were plenty of people about walking their dogs & some out with young children enjoying the Winter sunshine.
So to the birds starting at the promenade there were Mallards,BH & Common Gulls & at the top end of the reservoir I could see a drake Goldeneye. I headed off to do a lap of the reservoir seeing Robins on the way then nearing the top end a bird was in a tree.I thought Kestrel, as I walked round to it I was surprised to see it still there, it was eating its breakfast, possibly a pigeon.By now the
Goldeneye was heading along the opposite bank, the top pond had a few Mallards on it & was looking very picturesque.I headed up to the Duck feeding area getting chance of a picture or two of Robins & Dunnock.The Goldeneye of course was now on the opposite bank, but then it headed into the middle & towards my bank so a quick back track & I managed a couple of pictures before it was off again.Then it was off to the bird feeders by the shop where I saw Nuthatch,Coal Tit,Blue Tit & Great Tit before braving the bottle ice in the car park & off home for dinner.N.P.
|Kestrel with something in its claws|
|Top pond looking a picture|
|Ogden Water 29/12/2014|