Saturday, 10 November 2012

Dowley Gap & Hirst Wood

Saturday November 10th a.m.
 We had a great start to the day at Yeadon Tarn & so decided to go to Dowley Gap
& Hirst Wood near Bingley on the way home.Our expectations weren't high as we
didn't think we good repeat our earlier success,or could we? The sun was out and the
first birds we saw after getting out of the car were Redwings enjoying the plentiful berries
on the trees.We looked in the nearby field where there was a group of Greylags and with
them to our surprise was a drake Mandarin Duck.Walking along the canal we saw a small
flock of Long-tailed Tits and BH Gulls flying overhead.At the sewage works we saw Pied
Wagtails & a Grey Wagtail around the settling tanks.Into Hirst Wood & on the Island in
the River Aire we saw Mallards & Goosanders,we then walked back to the canal and
suddenly there was a flash of blue as a Kingfisher flew past and perched on a fallen tree in the
canal.Our luck was in and out came the cameras to get some snaps before it flew off.We carried
on back towards the car and another Kingfisher flew past,could have been the same one, which
then perched near the road bridge giving us a second chance of a snap.What a way to finish off
a great mornings birding.

Second chance of a snap

LT Tit

Drake Mandarin

Redwing enjoying the berries

female Goosander

Mandarin with Greylags

looking downstream from Hirst Wood

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