Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Yeadon Tarn

Wednesday 28th December a.m.
 A cold frosty start to the day but by mid morning when I arrived at Yeadon Tarn the temperature was up to 1°C and the sun was out.As I went down to the Tarn walking was tricky with the footpaths frosted over and icy in places where water had been on the path.There was a glare on the water from the sun making it difficult to see the birds but a good count of thirteen Mute Swans could be seen with just one yellow Tag 131 noted.The Mallards now back in breeding plumage looked good when the sun caught them, Tufteds mostly kept their distance as did two Great Crested Grebes staying in the centre of the Tarn.There were c100 BH Gulls with just four Commons seen as I did a circuit of the Tarn seeing Coots and Moorhens as I went.
 As I went past the model boat area a flash of  blue caught my eye and I watched a Kingfisher fly to the other end of the Tarn in to a corner.Then high in the trees three Greenfinch could be seen,also Blue Tit and Goldfinch then further along three LT Tits.As I approached the corner where I saw the Kingfisher fly to a skein of Geese went over but I could not be sure of ID maybe Pinkies.Further round I looked back and saw the Kingfisher perched I got a record picture but could not get close enough for a good view.On my way back to the car I added Blackbird,Robin and a Song Thrush showed well rounding off the visit well.
male Mallard

Mute Swan

Tufted Duck

BH Gull on the ice

Common Gull

GT Crested Grebe


LT Tit


Song Thrush

Skein of Geese

Yeadon Tarn 28/12/2016


  1. Pinkies Nigel, been a big move east to west this morning.

  2. I've spent all my life visiting Yeadon dam and never seen a Kingfisher there, very nice!

  3. Thanks Brian, good to know they were Pinkies.
    Keep looking Pam, now is the best time to spot one with no leaves on the bushes.

  4. Cracking photo's and well done with the Kingy

  5. Great photos, as always, Danny. I also saw that skein of geese from work at the airport. I was hoping they were pinkies but had no way of id-ing them. Nice to have it confirmed.

    Happy Birding for 2017, keep up your great blog.

    Cheers, Dan