Sunday 3 March 2013

Dowley Gap

From Saturday March 2nd a.m.
 No birding today so here is our report from Dowley Gap yesterday where the sun
shone with clear blue skies & a temperature of 6°C.With the sun out Blue Tits,Wrens
& Dunnock were all singing well and some long enough for a snap.Mallards & Greylags
were on the canal & there were good numbers of Pied Wagtails along with a couple of
Grey Wagtails in the water works area, although difficult to make out in the filter tanks
with the bright sunshine.With the Aqueduct closed for repairs we just observed the River
Aire for a while, soon being rewarded with a group of four Grey Wags on the opposite
bank & a flash of blue as a Kingfisher flew past towards the Aqueduct.We then headed
back along the track towards the canal when all the Pied Wagtails lifted giving us chance
to estimate there were around 30.We didn't spot what had caused them to lift but as we
walked along the canal there was a Kestrel perched in a tree which was the likely culprit.
2 - Dunnock
20 - Greylag
6 - Grey Wagtail
1 - Kestrel
1 - Kingfisher
7 - LT Tits
12 - Mallard
30 - Pied Wagtail
10 - Wren
plus other common species.

Blue Tit



Pied Wagtail

Grey & Pied Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

Four Grey Wagtails

The view upstream into Hirst Wood


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