Sunday, 15 October 2017

Cullingworth and Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 15th October a.m.
A cloudy start but the sun soon came out with another mild temperature of 12°C it was very pleasant walking.The reservoir held Mallards, Canadas and Tufted Ducks that I could see from the viaduct with BH Gulls on the dam wall and a Common Gull on the buoy in the water.Pied Wagtail and Coal Tit were good additions at Station Road and walking through the wood I was pleased to catch up with a GSW, not seen many this year.The top end of the reservoir had five each of Wigeon and Teal,Grey Heron, Cormorant and a very distant Little Grebe which was a site first for me.Then coming back I got my first Redwing of the Autumn,it quickly disappeared into a tree full of berries where no doubt it had some chums keeping out of the way of a Mistle Thrush protecting its berries.Also here were Chaffinch,Greenfinch and Goldfinch.I saw another two Pied Wagtails by the farm as I made my way home.
Nigel.
Cormorant

Grey Heron

Redwing

Mistle Thrush guarding the berries

Chaffinch


Greenfinch

Distant Little Grebe

Pied Wagtail

Wigeon

Teal

Hewenden Reservoir 15/10/2017

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Redcar Tarn

Saturday 14th October a.m.
A cloudy start to the day but very mild up at Redcar Tarn with a temperature of 16°C as I walked round.The usual birds were present Mallards,Canadas,Tufteds,Muscovys,Pied Wagtail,Coot,BH Gull and LBB Gull.It was good to see a Herring Gull and the highlight was a shy Shoveler at the back of the island not wanting to put its head up for a picture.The Lapwings on the banking in contrast were very obliging letting me get within 5m of them for a picture.
Nigel.
Lapwing


Mallards


Muscovy

Shoveler


Tufted Ducks

BH Gull

Canadas coming in to land

Herring Gull

Pied Wagtail

Redcar Tarn 14/10/2017

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Redcar Tarn

Saturday September 30th a.m.
 A cloudy start to the morning with a biting wind making if feel much colder than the 9°C temperature. There were c50 Lapwings in the field next to the Tarn and as I walked round I caught sight of two returning Goosanders.Then a real bonus as I spotted a Shoveler, a site first for me here at the Tarn and on the island there was a Grey Heron.Others included 15 Tufted Ducks, c75 BH Gulls,5 LBB Gulls and a Common Gull and also eight Pied Wagtails were flitting about.Another bonus came as I was looking through the Mallards on the banking when I spotted a Wigeon with them.
Nigel.
Wigeon



Shoveler


Shoveler & Goosander

Goosander

Grey Heron

Lapwing



Pied Wagtail Juv

Pied Wagtail

Common Gull


Redcar Tarn 30/9/2017

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Cullingworth to Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 24th September a.m.
 A bright start with a temperature of 11°C as I walked through the village seeing several Goldfinch eating Thistle seeds in a field before going on to the Great Northern Trail footpath.This took me on to the viaduct where I could see c50 BH Gulls,Canadas,Mallards and a couple of Tufted Ducks.At the edge of the water it was good to see nine Wigeon and a Common Gull was on a buoy in the water.As I headed towards the wood around a dozen Mistle Thrush flew from a Hawthorn Tree full of berries, also four Linnets could be seen in the distance.In the wood a Chiffchaff was singing loudly in a tree above me but I couldn't see it a Jay also flew past.On the other side of the reservoir there was another singing which I saw and was able to get a record picture of. Two Cormorants were drying out there wings on a tree in the water and several Jackdaws were around.
  No Swallows or House Martins were seen so it looks like there gone locally until next spring.
Nigel.
Chiffchaff

Common Gull

Cormorants

Goldfinch

Jackdaw

Linnet

Mistle Thrush

Wigeon





Hewenden Reservoir 24/9/2017