Saturday, 7 April 2012

Leeshaw Reservoir and Damems

Saturday April 7th a.m.
A dull start to the day again with the odd bit of drizzle, a chilly 4°C as we made our way to Leeshaw
Reservoir near Oxenhope. There were Lapwings displaying and a couple feeding in the fields, there
were also Oystercatchers flying around and we spotted a couple feeding in a field where a Curlew
approached them and was quickly chased off. On the water just a couple of Mallards with a few
Canadas in the fields and then as we were about to leave 30 or so came flying in landing on the water.
c40 - Canadas
2 - Cormorant
2 - Curlew
2 - Grey Heron
14 - Lapwing
4 - Mallard
6 - Meadow Pipit
2 - Pheasant
4 -Pied Wagtail
6 - Oystercatcher
  From here we decided to go back to Damems near Keighley and explore a little more, it was still
cloudy with the temperature up slightly to 5°C. There were plenty Chiffchaff singing again and we
managed to spot a couple of them in the trees. We went down to Damems Station which is part of the
Worth Way Railway where they regularly run steam trains. Further along the line is Oakworth Station
where the film the Railway Children was filmed. We spotted the entrance to the Nature Trail which is
next to the station, this wooded area takes you between the railway line and the River Worth to a
picnic area. Also here is a viewing platform for steam train enthusiasts to watch the trains and take
some snaps. It was good to see a Jay in this area a bird we've not seen for a while.
3 - Chaffinch
4 - Chiffchaff
3 - Jay
4 - Mallard
1 - Mistle Thrush
plus other common species.



Pied Wagtail


Canadas coming in to land

Mistle Thrush

Damems Station

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