Sunday, 31 August 2014

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 31st August a.m.
 A good start to the day with some pleasant sunshine & a temperature of 13°C on our arrival at
Redcar Tarn.Always plenty birds to see here even if they are common species like Mallard,Coot,
Moorhen,BH Gull,Starling,LBB Gull,Rook,Jackdaw & Swallow.There were a high number of
Juvenile LBB Gulls, Pied Wags also made a few appearances on the edge of the water.Good to
see a few House Martins also over the water & as we walked round Lapwings were in the field
at the back of the Tarn with Starlings & BH Gulls.We also caught up with the Muscovy Ducks
which were with the same four chicks we saw on our last visit making us sure they are theirs.
A walk up the road to where the muck pile is seeing along the way a couple of Linnets which
posed in the sunshine for a couple of snaps.The field held BH Gulls which were once again
stamping their feet, & one we watched as it feathered the ground with its tail,not seen that before.
The muck pile had several Pied Wags,Meadow Pipits & Starlings looking for some juicy morsels.
Also here several Goldfinch & a single Common Gull rounding off a good morning.

Juvenile Pied Wag

Pied Wag

BH Gull

LBB Gull

Juvenile LBB Gull



Muscovy Ducks with chicks


Redcar Tarn 31/8/2014

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Old Moor Nature Reserve

Sunday 24th August
 A trip to Old Moor Nature Reserve in South Yorkshire near Barnsley today with plenty
sunshine & decent temperature of 17°C.There were plenty of birds to see on the reserve with
the highlight being a couple of Green Sandpipers. Amongst the many others seen were Teal,
Shoveler,Gadwal,Black-tailed Godwit,Snipe,Common Sandpiper,Kingfisher,Sand Martin,
Lapwing,Little & Gt C. Grebe.There were also many Dragon Flys enjoying the sunshine too,
so we had an enjoyable days birding.
Tree Sparrow

Green Sandpiper



Black-tailed Godwit

Canadas & Cormorants

Grey Heron

Dragon Fly

Green Sandpipers

Old Moor 24/8/2014

Saturday, 23 August 2014


Saturday 23rd August a.m.
 A bright start to the day although a little chilly with a temperature of 8°C on our arrival at
Leeshaw Reservoir this morning.There were Canadas in the field below the Reservoir &
a Little Owl was enjoying the early morning sunshine in its usual position.There were a lot
of Mipit,Swallows & Goldfinch around, the water though was deserted of any birds.A couple
of LBB Gulls & a Cormorant were on the top end shoreline & Lapwings were in distant fields.
A couple of Wheatears came through moving along a wall in the sunshine, a Kestrel was hovering
above the Heather in the distance & several Pied Wagtails were seen.
 We moved location to the other side of the reservoir just below Pennistone Hill, again there were
plenty Mipits about.We heard a bird in some trees & waited to see if we could see anything, then
finally a couple of Willow Warblers showed themselves.Also hear we saw a Reed Bunting &
several Grouse in the Heather & one in a field.
Thanks to NK for letting me know with the Wheatear there is a Whinchat in my snap a great bird for
me & a site first for Leeshaw.
Willow Warbler


Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit

Reed Bunting

Whinchat & Wheatear

Willow Warbler

Leeshaw 23/8/2014

Friday, 22 August 2014

A Day out at Flamingo Land

Friday 22nd August
 Making the most of the holidays & a dry day with some decent sunshine we set off to Flamingo
Land in North Yorkshire which is 70 miles away from home.This is a Theme Park with rides & it
also has a Zoo area which means there is plenty to do.The birds were of course of interest but
equally some of the worlds animals were good to see.I particularly liked the Red Panda & the
Tigers, there were three cubs in the enclosure with their mother, the Sumatran Tiger cubs were
born in March.The Meerkats were also good & the Baboons who also had some youngsters,here
are a few of the snaps we took.
Red Panda

Sumatran Tiger

Tiger Cub


White Rhino

Parent Baboon keeps a tight hold on the youngsters tail

Baby Baboon




Flamingos enjoying a drink