Saturday, 11 July 2015

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Saturday 11th July a.m.
 A cloudy start this morning with some drizzle at times and a temperature of 16°C, we headed off to walk through the village & round Hewenden Reservoir.Good to see House Martin numbers rising as I'm sure chicks will have fledged by now as they zoom between the houses then glide showing their white rump so we can ID them.Walking towards the Great Northern Trail there was a flash of red,black & white as a GSW flew past, with a good number of usual species seen as well.There were good numbers of Swift over the viaduct & also Swallows as we took the path towards the reservoir.
Plenty Grey Wags were in the overflow some of them juveniles, on the water were Canadas,Mallards, Cormorant,GC Grebe & a Mute Swan.We then headed past the farm heading round the reservoir where a flash of yellow & green gave us a Green Woodpecker which landed up ahead of us & then moved into a tree. A second bird then landed on a wall, this was a juvenile which posed for a couple of snaps.The birds then flew into the field below us where we were able to see them together, looking through are snaps we think there were three birds in total a pair of adults & the Juvenile, wonderful to see them so close to home.We continued around the reservoir where other notable birds were Oystercatcher,Coot,Pied Wagtail,Willow Warbler,Linnet & Chiffchaff.
Green Woodpecker Juvenile

Green Woodpecker male

Green Woodpecker female & Juvenile


Grey Wagtail

GC Grebe


Swallow Juvenile

Green Woodpeckers


  1. Great Green Woodpecker photos - nice one or three!


  2. Thanks John & Dave, good to see the Green Woodpeckers normally the're just heard, the pictures were a great bonus.