Friday, 4 May 2012

Local Walk

Friday May 4th a.m.
 It was a cold overcast morning as we set off to take the dog for a walk round Hewenden
Reservoir, the temperature was just 3°C. It was good to see three House Martins back above
the houses in Cullingworth near some of last years nest sites, hopefully they will be OK on the cold
nights forecast for this weekend. The usual species were all present along the walk but good to see a
Great Spotted Woodpecker flitting about the trees and hiding so we couldn't get a snap and a Mistle
Thrush after some berries among the Ivy. There were good numbers of Jackdaws about and we saw
three Grey Herons fly over us,Chiffchaff were singing and we saw Blackcap and Willow Warbler. The
Swallow numbers have steadily increased and we saw several on over head wires, others over the
Reservoir feeding and more checking out barns for nest sites.On the water were 9 - Canadas, 
6 - Mallards, 2 - Greylags, 2 - Mute Swans and 2 - Great Crested Grebe. Near the Reservoir we
spotted a single Oystercatcher and along with the other usual species we saw we had a good walk
with some good birding.



Grey Heron

Greylag Geese

Canadas,Greylags and Mute Swans

Hewenden Reservoir and Viaduct

Taken on a brighter day from Denholme

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