Friday, 28 April 2017

Harden Moor

Friday 28th April a.m.
After a dull start it brightened up a bit with a temperature of 5°C, plenty birds up singing including Blackbird,Dunnock,Chaffinch,Robin,Willow Warbler and Wren.A couple of Oystercatchers were moving around as was a Curlew and a Kestrel briefly passed by and a Song Thrush posed for a picture.The Sand Martins were in their usual spot and good to see the Redpolls again, the highlight of the morning was a close view of a Green Woodpecker flying in front of me.
Song Thrush

Willow Warbler




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 23rd April a.m.
 Another bright sunny morning with a temperature of 7°C, the Tarn was quiet with 20 Tufteds the usual Mallards ,Coots and five Mute Swans(Red 201Y,Yellow 225 & 227).There were several Willow Warblers giving me the run around as I tried to get some pictures as well as a couple of Reed Buntings.Also in this area was the constant reeling of a Grasshopper Warbler deep in the undergrowth, where it was not to be seen.Good to see two returning Swallows,two Sand Martins and my first House Martin of the year.Others seen included Linnet,Starling,Mistle Thrush,Goldfinch, Dunnock and Wren.
Reed Bunting


Willow Warbler




Mute Swan


Canadas,Mallards and Mute Swans

Yeadon Tarn 23/4/2017

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir

Saturday 22nd April a.m.
 A bright sunny morning with a temperature of 5°C at Leeshaw and feeling mild with no wind blowing.I could hear Oystercatchers and Redshanks pipping Lapwings displaying and Curlews passing by with their distinctive upland call. In all I saw four Redshanks and four Oystercatchers, there was a Grey Heron prowling on the far bank and I saw my first Common Sandpiper of the year making use of the small amount of shore showing at the waters edge on the far bank.A Moorhen showed briefly next to a Lapwing and a pair of LBB Gulls landed on the water, a Wren was singing loudly and there was the usual Cormorant, then the morning was rounded off with a Little Owl on a fence post.
Little Owl




Grey Heron


Lapwing & Moorhen

LBB Gulls


Redshanks at Leeshaw 22/4/2017

Monday, 17 April 2017

Cullingworth and Hewenden Reservoir

Monday 17th April a.m.
 A temperature of 4°C as I set off but feeling much warmer in the absence of a strong wind with a dull sky above making my way to the viaduct seeing a Willow Warbler and GSW on the way.The reservoir was quiet seeing just Canadas,Mallards and a couple of distant Cormorants.Others seen as I made my way round the reservoir were Pied Wagtail,Coal Tit,Grey Heron flying over,a couple more GSWs and Kestrel.As I made my way back on the other side of the res a couple of Oystercatchers flew past then near the farm it was great to see my first Swallows of the year and a single Linnet.A Song Thrush was belting out a tune which I could hear all morning and I finished up with a couple of Mistle Thrushes.

Pied Wagtail


Blue Tit



Mistle Thrush

Willow Warbler

Distant Cormorants Hewenden reservoir 17/4/2017

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Swillington Ings

Saturday 15th April a.m.
 I had a run out to Swillington Ings this morning where it was 9°C but feeling bitterly cold in the strong Northerly wind.There were plenty of birds around but most kept their distance meaning not too many pictures today.It was good to hear a Bittern booming again and to see three Black-necked Grebes, there were c100 Sand Martins flying around with c 250 BH Gulls.Other birds seen were Gadwall,Pochard,Redshank,Lapwing,Oystercatcher,Read Bunting,Linnet,Goldeneye,Gt C. Grebe, Skylark,Wigeon and Wren.

Black-necked Grebe



Redshank and BH Gull


Read Bunting

Redshanks at Swillington Ings 15/4/2017