Sunday, 26 February 2012

Lister Park, Bradford

Sunday 26th February a.m.
 An overcast morning with a temperature of 6°C as we went to the pond area where there were
c300 BH Gulls.There were large numbers of Canadas and Mallards, and Tufted Ducks. The Bar-headed
Goose was still present along with Coots,Moorhens  and it was good to see the return of four
Goosander two male and two female. We carried on walking round the Park seeing thousands of
Crocuses flowering, walking past Cartwright Hall we saw a good bronze statue of a Stag. We first
heard a Greenfinch with their distinctive call and then we saw it high in a tree, we saw a Treecreeper
again and a Jay flew into a large tree with all its leaves on, maybe an Olive, so no chance of getting a
a better view. A couple of Mistle Thrush went past cackling as they went and a Wren Briefly broke
cover, there were Blackbirds,Chaffinch,Robin,Blue Tits,LT Tits,Woodpigeons and Corvids also on show.
Goosander 1

Goosander 2

Canadas & male Goosander


Well camouflaged Treecreeper




Grey Squirrel

Cartwright Hall

Statue of a Stag

Lister Park Pond

Lister Park

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Denso Marston Nature Reserve

Saturday 25th February a.m.
 After our visit to the Yeadon Tarn we went to the Denso Marston NR in Shipley where it was
more sheltered from the wind. There were Goosanders on the River Aire and there was a Grey
Heron by the pond which we had a good view of until it moved off into a tree, where we also had
a good view.There were plenty Robins and Dunnocks around the bird feeding area and back along
the river bank we spotted a Grey Wagtail and a pair of Bullfinches.
8 - Goosander
5 - Robin
4- Dunnock
1 - Grey Heron
1 - Grey Wagtail
2 - Bullfinch
plus others
Grey Heron 1

Grey Heron in tree

Robin 1

Robin 2

male Bullfinch 1

male Bullfinch 2


Goosanders 1

Goosanders 2

Goosanders 3

Grey Heron 3

Yeadon Tarn

Saturday 25th February a.m.
 A stong wind was blowing at the Tarn this morning, but it was dry with a temperature of 5°C.
Walking round we saw BH Gulls,Mallards,Canadas,Coots,Moorhen,Pochard and Tufted Ducks.
There were House Sparrows in the trees and bushes and in the car park area we saw Goldfinch,
Blue Tits,Chaffinch and Woodpigeon.
Tufted Duck


Canadas and Pochard


Chaffinch 1

Chaffinch 2

Chaffinch 3

Friday, 24 February 2012

St. Ives,Bingley

Friday February 24th p.m.
 A sunny St.Ives this afternoon with the temperature at 9°C as we walked round the Coppice
Pond. There were good numbers of Mallards along with the usual Canadas,Coots and Moorhen
with 33 BH Gulls on the water. We spotted a Treecreeper and a feeding flock of Tits went through
of Blue and LT Tits. There were a number of Jackdaws feeding in the field with Magpie and
Carrion Crows around. We then went to the hide to watch the birds on the recently filled feeders,
with of course the Grey Squirrels joining in. Here we got good views of Nuthatch,Great Tit,Blackbirds,
Chaffinch,LT Tit,Coal Tit,Robin and Dunnock.They were also joined by a pair of Stock Doves our
first of the year which rounded off an enjoyable afternoon.
Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long Tailed Tits

Nuthatch 1

Nuthatch 2

Stock Dove

Pair of Stock Doves and Grey Squirrel

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Lister Park, Bradford

Sunday 19th February a.m.
 A cold start to the day with the temperature 0°C, but a bright blue sky and sunshine at Lister
Park. We started off at the pond where there were Mallards,Canadas,Tufted Ducks,Coots,BH
and Common Gulls,Moorhen,Feral Pigeons and the Bar Headed Goose is also still here.There
was an additional 80 Canadas feeding on the grass above the pond, as we walked round a pair
of Blackbirds were in the hedges and then a Grey Wagtail flew from their direction and landed at
the side of the pond.
 We then went up to the steam which has a open wooded area where we saw various Tits,Magpie,
Carrion Crow,Dunnock,Wren,Chaffinch,Woodpigeon and House Sparrows. At the top end we saw
a pair of Jays which flew off, then a Nuthatch landed above us and there was a Robin in a tree full of
berries. There were a few Grey Squirrels about as we walked back down and then to finish a great
mornings birding off we saw a Treecreeper. We don't see many of these and we even managed a few
blurry snaps.

Bar-headed Goose

BH Gulls

Common Gull


Tufted Ducks

Grey Squirrel



Blue Tit

Nuthatch Collage

Treecreeper Collage

Lister Park, Bradford 1

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