This was my last days holiday so I decided to make the most of a gloriously sunny day & headed off to Bolton Abbey.I set off from the Cavendish Pavillion with a start temperature of 8.5°C which rose rapidly to the high teens as I headed along side the River Wharfe up stream to Barden Bridge coming back along the other side of the River.
I had a great start bird wise seeing Dipper,Grey Wagtail,Pied Wagtail & a Kingfisher from the bridge near the Cavendish Pavillion.The Dipper was collecting nesting material as was the Pied Wagtail, further along the River I got a nice surprise when I found three Common Sandpipers which were displaying.It was a wonderful walk & many birds were seen along the way including Mandarin Duck,
Goosander,GSW,Green Woodpecker heard,Nuthatch,Curlew,Buzzard,Treecreeper,Coal Tit,Willow Warbler ,Redshank, Chiffchaff heard,Sand Martin & others.The highlight for me though was seeing a Pied Flycatcher which is not very common in our area along with the marvellous scenery. N.P.
|Dipper with nesting material|
|Pied Wagtail - anything a Dipper can do...|
|River Wharfe above Bolton Abbey 21/4/2015|