Sunday, 25 January 2015

St Ives

Sunday 25th January a.m.
 A milder start to the day with a temperature of 5°C but a blustery wind making it feel colder as we headed to St Ives near Bingley. Here we were sheltered from the wind in the woodland, we went to the Coppice Pond where there were Mallards,Canadas & BH Gulls. Also good to see a Mute Swan & the Greylag which seems to have taken up residence.The bird hide had  Coal Tits visiting the feeders with Dunnock & Robin on the ground.This area is not as good for birds as it used to be a couple of years ago when we would be guaranteed a visiting Nuthatch.We did see one later as we took the path through the woods also seeing Treecreeper & LT Tits.Higher still where the area opens out to heather we saw a few Bullfinch before we headed back down the hill to the Coppice Pond & home.

Greylag & Canada


BH Gull 1st Winter

Mute Swan & Canadas

male Bullfinch

A watchful eye in the woods

St Ives 25/1/15


  1. This swan, yellow Darvic 101 was ringed at Horton Country Park on 12/11/14 by the Sorby Breck Ringing Group.It only stayed there for 1 day but there is a resident breeding pair there.

  2. Thanks Judy, Is there a scheme to ring all Mute Swans in the local area?

  3. Yes I suppose there is along with Dan Sidley of Yorkshire Swan and Wildlife Rescue and the ringing group. My function is to find mute swans without rings in the Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield area, especially breeding pairs then Dan can ring them and monitor their movements etc. Any you see would be useful to me and of course any ring numbers too. You can contact me directly at if you wish.