Saturday, 26 September 2015

Dowley Gap & Hirst Wood

Saturday 26th September a.m.
 A cloudy morning with a temperature of 11°C at Dowley Gap as we set off for a walk alongside the canal.Mallards were on the canal with plenty Magpies & BH Gulls at the water works, also in this area Pied & Grey Wagtails,Dunnock,Robin,Wren & Chiffchaff.As we crossed the aqueduct a flock of Great,Blue & LT Tits passed by, we then turned into Hirst Wood & took the path at the side of the River Aire.Further along we found more Mallards,Mute Swan & a Goosander which we have missed seeing through the summer.We turned & retraced our steps seeing a Grey Squirrel  & a few more common species of birds on our way back to the car.

Goosander & Mallard

Mute Swan

Grey Squirrel

Pied Wagtail


LT Tit


River Aire through Hirst Wood 26/9/15

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 20th September a.m.
 A bright sunny start as we headed off to Yeadon Tarn,although passing through Bingley there was mist which we soon passed through & looking round from higher ground we could see mist below in the valley bottoms.It was clear & sunny at Yeadon Tarn with a temperature of 10°C, walking round the Tarn there was a good selection of common species.We saw a Jay flying in the distance which is a first for us at this location,on the water were Gt Crested Grebe,Tufted Duck,Mute Swans & other common species.
House Sparrow



GC Grebe

BH Gulls

Common Gull

Moorhen Juv

Mute Swan

Yeadon Tarn 20/9/15

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Hornsea Mere

Saturday 19th September
 A trip out to the East coast of Yorkshire starting off at Hornsea Mere where on arrival the sun was shining with a temperature of 15°C.There were good numbers of Canadas,Greylags,Coots & Mute Swans, others included BH Gull,Cormorant & Tufted Duck.We were delighted to catch up with the Little Gulls though on the jetty, they are a fabulous Gull that we only have seen at this location.
 After a spot of lunch we moved further down the coast & a walk along the beach provided a Ringed Plover which let us get close enough for a few snaps.
Little Gull

Mute Swans

Ringed Plover

BH & Little Gull

Hornsea Mere 19/9/15

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 13th September a.m.
 A sunny morning with a temperature of 11°C on our arrival at Redcar Tarn where there were good numbers of the usual birds. Canadas & Lapwings were in a nearby field with Mallards,Tufted Ducks, Coots,Moorhen,BH Gulls & LBB Gulls on the water.Pied Wagtails made their usual appearance giving some good chances for a few snaps.One of the Coots had a leg number A3H, the Black-headed Gulls have moulted into their Winter plumage, most of the LBB Gulls were Juveniles & one of them we think was a second Summer bird.There was also a Muscovy Duck which was enjoying the sunshine & three Swallows were feeding overhead.
Pied Wagtail

female Tufted Duck

male Tufted Duck


juvenile Moorhen


BH Gull

juvenile LBB Gull

Second Summer LBB Gull


Pied Wagtail

Muscovy Duck at Redcar Tarn 13/9/15