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.
|BH Gull on the ice|
|GT Crested Grebe|
|Skein of Geese|
|Yeadon Tarn 28/12/2016|