Sunday, 26 October 2014

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 26th October a.m.
 A dull start to the day with a temperature of 12°C on our arrival at Yeadon Tarn.Good numbers of birds as usual with the bulk being made up of Mallards & BH Gulls.Others of note were Tufted Ducks, Great Crested Grebe,Cormorant,Common Gull & Mute Swan.
c75 - BH Gull
3 - Common Gull
10 - Coot
4 - Cormorant
9 - Gt C. Grebe
c100 - Mallard
6 - Moorhen
3 - Mute Swan
4 - Tufted Duck
plus others
Common Gull

BH Gull



Tufted Duck

Mute Swan

Gt C. Grebe

Yeadon Tarn 26/10/14

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Redcar Tarn

Saturday October 25th a.m.
A trip up to Redcar Tarn this morning with some early morning sunshine & a temperature of 8°C,
this did not last long though before dark clouds threatened giving a nice Rainbow then heavy drizzle.
Good numbers of Mallards & BH Gulls & a distant flock of Lapwings which later made a fly over.
There were three Goosanders which were all camera shy today but a Grey Heron on the island posed very well, along with Pied Wagtails around the Tarn.
c100 - BH Gulls
13 - Canadas
10 - Coot
1 - Common Gull
3 - Goosander
1 - Grey Heron
6 - Jackdaw
c100 - Lapwing
7 - LBB Gulls
c100 - Mallard
2 - Moorhen
6 - Muscovy
4 - Pied Wagtail
12 - Tufted Duck
Plus others
Grey Heron

BH Gull

Common Gull

LBB Gull


Muscovy Family doing well

Pied Wagtail

Redcar Tarn 25/10/2014

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

More from Blacktoft Sands

From Sunday 19th October
 one of the highlights on Sunday was as we moved between hides the sky filled with c500 birds
reeling around giving a spectacular show.We were not sure what the birds were we thought maybe Golden Plover, looking at one of our snaps we still think that what they were.Difficult to get onto a picture the scale of the show but we got one that hopefully confirms they were Golden Plover. We
did take plenty of snaps so here are a few more to show you.
Marsh Harrier


Black-tailed Godwit & Redshank

Dunlin & Black-tailed Godwit

Dunlin & Teal


Little Grebe

Teal stuck in the mud


Black-tailed Godwit & Snipe

Golden Plover we think

Changing view from this hide

Blacktoft Sands 19/10/2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

Blacktoft Sands

From Sunday 19th October
 With the good weather & the temperature rising to 18°C we had a good walk around  to the hides
at this location.There were plenty birds to see again with us sat watching the waders for some time with Snipe,Little Egret,Dunlin,Black-tailed Godwit & Redshank all showing well.Good to see the
Marsh Harrier make a couple of appearances & a distant Kestrel with good numbers of Duck too.
A fox briefly appeared at the edge of a clearing & we had an an enjoyable afternoon, here are a few
of the snaps we took.
c50 - Black-tailed Godwit
6 - Dunlin
c75 - Gadwall
1 - Kestrel
4 - Little Egret
15 - Little Grebe
2 - Marsh Harrier
10 - Redshank
4 - Shelduck
c50 - Shoveler
24 - Snipe
c200 - Teal
c50 - Wigeon
Plus Others
Black-tailed Godwit

Little Egret









Snipe & Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwits

Black-tailed Godwits coming in to land

Sunday, 19 October 2014

North Cave Wetlands

Sunday 19th October
 With poor weather forecast for the Pennines & North West we decided to head East for the day to a new location for us the YWT Reserve , North Cave Wetlands.This lies South of Beverley in East Yorkshire, we had plenty of sunshine & a start temperature of 15.5°C on our arrival.There were
three hides to view from with another closed with development near by.There were good numbers of birds here with Teal being the most numerous, & good to see a Curlew, on approach to one hide a Snipe flew across in front of us this looked great with the sun on it.After spending time in the hides it was time for lunch from the small cafe before calling in at Blacktoft Sands on the way home,that report to follow later.
c50 - BH Gull
c25 - Coot
2 - Cormorant
1 - Curlew
25 - Greylags
4 - Gt Crested Grebe
c100 - Lapwing
4 - Little Grebe
c30 - Pochard
10 - Tufted Duck
1 - Shelduck
c50 - Shoveler
1 - Snipe
200+ - Teal
c50 - Wigeon
Plus Others.



Bath time

Cormorant with a couple of Lapwings

Tiring work this

Little Grebe

Good numbers of Teal

North Cave Wetlands