Saturday, 9 December 2017

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Saturday 9th December a.m.
A cold start with a temperature of -1 °C as I headed along the icy footpaths to Hewenden Viaduct from where I could see c50  Canadas on the water along with four Cormorant and c50 BH Gulls.As I walked along the footpath across a snow filled field I got a distant view of a Goldeneye which is always a delight to see.It wasn't until I got to my viewing point around the other side of the reservoir that I was able to see the full range of wildfowl on the reservoir, parts of which were frozen over. There were 8 Tufteds,4 Wigeon,Teal,Goosander,Gt C.Grebe, Mallard,Moorhen,Coot and a site first a male Shoveler. When I started birding with Danny back in 2011 I never thought I would see such a good range of Wildfowl in one morning so close to home on Hewenden Reservoir, great birding even though it was bitterly cold.I added a Nuthatch to my list which landed in a tree near from my viewing point, on the way back home the Canadas had moved in to the snow covered field which I passed through and a Robin came to say hello as I headed home to thaw out.




Mallard,Coot & Shoveler



A good selection of Wildfowl

Hewenden Viaduct

Hewenden Reservoir 9/12/2017

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 3rd December a.m.
A cloudy start to the day with a temperature of 8°C at Yeadon Tarn where it was a good start with Goldfinch feeding in the trees at the car park.On my way to the Tarn I saw Long-tailed Tits feeding in the trees, the water level was low due to work being carried out on the jetty.There were the usual birds Canadas,Tufted Ducks,BH Gulls, two Commons,Three Cormorants and four Mute Swans but nothing out of the ordinary to report.
Mute swan

BH Gull

Common Gull

working on the jetty

Yeadon Tarn 3/12/2017

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 26th November a.m.
 A bitterly cold morning up at Redcar Tarn with a temperature of 2°C and a biting wind blowing but some sunshine to start off with.It was good to bump in to BS with his birding team, who reported a Yellow Legged Herring Gull being present, however he was not having the best of mornings with other problems to contend with, sorry I couldn't help.
I just did one circuit of the Tarn with high numbers of BH Gulls being present along with Common, Herring and LBB Gulls.In the top corner there were a few Chaffinch,Goldfinch and Dunnock feeding on the seeds others included Moorhen,Muscovy,Jackdaws and just one Tufted Duck.
male Chaffinch

female Chaffinch

Common Gull


Herring Gull



Tufted Duck

BH & Common Gulls

LBB and BH Gulls

Redcar Tarn 26/11/2017

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Stockbridge NR

Saturday 25th November a.m.
 A cold morning at just 3°C and a light covering of snow as I set off to the BOG members reserve at Stockbridge near keighley.There were a good selection of birds around seen from the hide which included Coal Tit,Cormorant,Jay,Kestrel,Pheasant and Reed Bunting.

male Pheasant

female Pheasant

male Reed Bunting

female Reed Bunting





BOG Members Stockbridge Reserve 25/11/17

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lister Park

Sunday 19th November a.m.
As I walked to the Lake at Lister Park in the sunshine it was just 1°C after an overnight frost.The Lake was full of Gulls, c250 BH Gulls,15 Commons,10 Herring and 2 juvenile LBB Gulls with the usual Mallards and Tufteds. As I was walking round I heard the sound of approaching Canadas then they came down to the Lake c100 of them a great sight as they came down past me to land on the water.It was also good to see a single Goosander and in the stream area with the Blue,Great and LT Tits I spotted at least one Goldcrest, others included c50 Feral Pigeons,Song Thrush and Chaffinch.
Herring Gull


Tufted Duck

Feral Pigeon

Common Gull

BH and Common Gull


Coming in to land

just passed me

Lister Park 19/11/2017