Saturday 17th April a.m.
A bright sunny morning which started off chilly at 3°C but soon warmed up as I walked round Harden Moor. It was good to see Willow Warblers back in good numbers with ten counted and a couple of Chiffchaffs gave them some vocal competition. There were plenty others singing with Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, Skylark and Song Thrush all making it sound like Spring. In the fields below nearer to Cullingworth there were c150 Gulls, Curlew, Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge, Coal Tit, Jay, Meadow Pipit and Bullfinch were also seen. A Green Woodpecker was making plenty of noise some distance away which I finally spotted at the top of a tree about 200 yards away, which the camera did well to get a record picture of. Finally a flock of ten Redpolls were moving around settling in a conifer after seeds in the Pine Cones.
It looks like the nesting site for the Sand Martins is a thing of the past with the quarry being filled and regular large fires directly under their old nesting site, sad to see!
|Green Woodpecker 200 yards away|
|Redpoll on Harden Moor 17/4/2021|