Wednesday, 30 March 2011

More Garden Visitors

Wednesday 30th March
Since setting up our bird feeder we have had many birds visiting the feeder and
the surrounding area of our garden. In the last couple of days the Goldfinches
have continued to feed regularly and today I saw some Greenfinches for the first
time.Other visitors feeding from the ground have been a Dunnock and
Woodpigeon, they were all frightened off when a Crow landed on top of the
feeder. There have also been Magpies in the nearby tree.

Green and Goldfinches





Monday, 28 March 2011

Set up Bird feeder in our garden

Monday March 28th p.m.
We have now set up a bird feeder in our garden to attract the birds and hopefully
get some good pictures and help the birds.
Our first visitors are Blue Tits,Goldfinches,Bullfinches, Collard Dove and even a
female Siskin,a great start!

Blue Tit and Goldfinches


Collard Dove

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Cold Edge and Ogden

Sunday 27th March a.m.
Chilly overcast start this morning around 5°C as we set off to Cold Edge Dams.The
Oystercatchers we saw on our last visit were still there along with a couple of Canada
geese. We saw Brian on the far side of the dam taking a snap of the Oystercatchers. We
saw a Heron fly over as we went back to the car where we caught up with Brian and his
crew of three dogs. Good snap Brian on your blog, he was please to have sighted a
   We then moved on to Ogden water in hope of seeing a Goldeneye, it was very busy when
we got there with people out walking. By now it had brightened up as the sun broke through,
we saw the usual Mallards and Canadas. We sat for a while near the birdfeeder and saw
several Tits, Long-tailed, Blue and Coal with a Chaffinch in a nearby tree and a Dunnock
feeding on the ground. We went to have another look at the water and to our delight spotted
a female Goldeneye, well worth our visit.

Long-tailed Tit

Long-tailed Tits

Blue Tit

Coal Tit



Female Godeneye

Female Goldeneye

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Spring flowers blooming

Thurday 24th March p.m.
In the last few days the tempeature has been around 15°C with good spells of
sunshine. This has brought on the spring flowers to bloom namely Daffodils, Hellebores
and Pulmonaria.



Sunday, 20 March 2011

St. Ives Goosander

Sunday March20th a.m.
Had a quick trip to St. Ives this morning, cold and overcast with  a chilly wind blowing.
Saw 10 Coots, 2 Moorhen,and alot of Canada Geese and Mallard Ducks. Inamongst all
these I saw a female Goosander which quickly swam away as I tried to take its picture.

Female Goosander

Goosander swiming away

Goosander swiming away

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Cold Edge and Ogden

Saturday mid morning.
After my early trip to Oxenhope travelled round to Cold Edge Dams where I was
pleased to see another Oystercatcher,a pair of Lapwings and 4 Greylag Geese.
Also in a nearby field were around 40 Geese mainly Canada and a Curlew, what a good
morning so far.
Moved on to Ogden Water, plenty of Mallards and Canada Geese in and out of the water.
Elsewhere Great Tits were making use of the feeder along with a Dunnock below. In a
tree near the car park was what looked like a Brambling. No sign of the Goldeneye yet will
have to try another day, but can't complain about todays sightings.

Cold Edge Dams

Oystercatcher and Greylag Geese

Pair of Lapwings

Curlew and Canada Geese

Ogden Water

Canada Goose

Great Tit


Bunting maybe


Early Trip to Oxenhope

Saturday March 19th a.m.
It was a bright sunny start to the day although a little chilly about 4°C.
Got to Oxenhope early and was rewarded by seeing some Oystercatchers for the first time.
There were two on the wall I also saw one in a nearby field.
There were about 6 Lapwings flying about in nearby fields. Another first as I also
caught sight of two Curlews feeding in a nearby field, a really good start to my day.

Oystercatchers on wall

Oystercatchers on wall,view from other side

Lapwing in nearby field

Curlew in neaby field

Curlew in nearby field

Monday, 14 March 2011

Trips to St. Ives and Oxenhope

Monday 14th March 15:45 to 16:30 at St.Ives.
After a cold frosty morning it turned into a bright sunny day around 8°C.
Went to St. Ives and saw amixture of birds incuding a couple of Robins
and Magpies. There were around 20 Canada Geese, Mallards, Gulls, a
couple of Moorhens and 6 Coots.Even what looks like a Farmyard Goose.
17:15 to 18:00 Oxenhope.
We moved across to Oxenhope where there were more Canada Geese,
Mallard Ducks and a couple of Gulls on the water.We also caught sight of
a couple of Lapwings in the nearby fields. 

Moorhen on the move
Moorhen thinking about going in the water

Looks like a Farmyard Goose going for a swim

Reservoir at Oxenhope
Lapwing in nearby field

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Visit to Ogden Water

Saturday 12th March 9am - 10:30am
Chilly overcast morning 5°C but dry. Went to Ogden Water and walked
round the lake. Saw quite a few different birds, Tits,Robins,Blackbird,
Thrush,Magpie,Crow and on the water Canada Geese,Gulls and Mallard
Ducks.A suprise on the way home as we caught sight of some Waxwings
in Denholme.
Female Mallard Duck

Ogden Water

Duck, not sure what kind
Waxwing in Denholme

Waxwings in Denholme