Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bingley to Saltaire

Saturday 25th April a.m.
 We met other members of BOG for a riverside walk from Bingley to Saltaire the weather was poor with spells of rain & a temperature of 10°C but plenty birds were seen during the walk.We started off with a walk to Ireland Bridge seeing a Grey Wagtail on the way, at the bridge a Dipper,Grey Heron & a second Grey Wagtail were seen.We then headed back through Myrtle Park hearing a Mistle Thrush & then spotting it singing high in a tree, a couple more were seen later in the morning.Also on leaving the park a Chiffchaff was heard & then a Blackcap was singing which we managed to get a good view of.
 Heading towards Cottingley a couple of male Goosanders were on the River & soon after we saw a Goldcrest, other common species were seen as we walked along.It was also good to see some of the flowers which were in bloom in particular Wood Anemone,Bluebells & Celandine.A couple of broods of Mallard chicks were seen along the route as we made our way to Hirst Wood.There were a good number of Sand Martins over the River near the water works with a Mute Swan on the River &
A Jay on the opposite bank.Through the woods Nuthatch & Treecreeper were seen & a GSW was heard .At the other side of the wood another Dipper was seen along with Swallows,Sparrohawk & a Song Thrush.Approaching Roberts Park an Oystercatcher rounded off a good morning.


Grey Wagtail

Mistle Thrush

River Aire at Myrtle Park

River Aire looking towards Saltaire


  1. Looks like the Dipper might be feeding young?
    Nice Jay shot.

  2. That's possible John with it carrying food, thanks Danny.

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