Saturday, 23 January 2016

Dowley Gap to Hirst Wood

Saturday 23rd January a.m.
 A milder start than of late with a temperature of 4°C on our arrival at Dowley Gap with some brightening sky.As we walked along the side of the canal towards Bingley there were singing Dunnocks & Robins with the addition of a tuneful Song Thrush.Heading back the other way at the sewage works area there were c40 Pied Wagtails and a solitary Grey Wagtail was also spotted. Always easier to spot birds in the leafless trees during the Winter, in a distant tree we spotted two Reed Buntings and also got the bonus of a Chiffchaff.We headed in to Hirst wood where on the River Aire there was a group of eight Goosanders, a Dipper joined them close by,also in the woods we saw Jays & LT Tits.The Blue Tits looked as though they were already pairing up and heading back along the canal we saw a pair of Grey Wagtails showing signs of courtship display.
male Goosander

female Goosander


Grey Wagtail



Song Thrush

Two female Goosanders

Dowley Gap 23/1/2016

1 comment:

  1. Nice shots Danny, I'm a big fan of Dowley Gap always plenty to see.