Overall I've not been able to get out as much as I would have liked and as a result my list for the BOG area has just fallen shy of the 100 mark, with a further dozen added from Nature Reserve visits outside the area.
Some of the old favourites were seen and I've put together my top 10 for 2017, with no specific criteria, could be a rare bird with a record picture or a more common bird with a good picture, hope you like it.
Happy 2018 to all and if you're able to get out enjoy your birding during the coming year.
10. Whitethroat - June is a quiet birding month with many of the migrant visitors busy rearing chicks, I saw this one on Harden Moor carrying food back to the nest.
|Whitethroat, Harden Moor 4/5/2017|
They feed quiet high with a distinctive flutter of their wings and then a glide showing their white rump as they do.As a result its not easy to get decent pictures of them, so in May near Hewenden reservoir I was delighted to stumble on a few of them collecting mud and get those elusive pictures showing their blue feathers.
|House Martin, Hewenden Reservoir 26/5/2017|
|Shoveler, Yeadon Tarn 26/3/2017|
I had a great time watching them fish for half an hour and occasionally resting on a post for a picture.
|Common Tern, Yeadon Tarn 16/7/2017|
6. Garden Warbler - This is an elusive migrant that you may hear singing but do not always see, I've caught up with them on Harden Moor.
|Garden Warbler, Harden Moor 4/5/2017|
|Little Egret, Leeshaw Reservoir 8/7/2017|
|Hawfinch, Sizergh Castle 8/4/2017|
3. Spoonbill - On a trip to Leighton Moss in May I was delighted to see several Spoonbills and to get the bonus of reasonable pictures as well.
|Spoonbills, Leighton Moss 5/5/2017|
2. Whimbrel - On a rainy Saturday morning back in May I went to Leeshaw Reservoir hoping to turn something up.After a look round the main interest was up to three curlew in a field.As I approached the closest one to me looked different with a shorter bill and darker eye stripe plus head markings.I began to think Whimbrel not a species I've seen before so despite the rain the camera came out for some pictures.After posting these on the blog confirmation came back from a fellow birder MC that I had found my first Whimbrel.
|Whimbrel, Leeshaw Reservoir 13/5/2017|
|Dotterel, Cold Edge Road 2/5/2017|