Monday, 16 May 2016


Monday 16th May a.m.
A chilly morning with a temperature of 6°C but with sunshine I felt it was worth a walk to the NW side of the village.This took me to a good range of habitats starting off with some open land with trees and an under story of brambles, gorse bushes and grass some grazed by sheep.This is ideal for Warblers but only Willows seen today, along with LT Tits and a Grey Heron overhead chased off by a Carrion Crow.With water in the steam at the bottom of this valley and several dead trees it looks very similar habitat to the Wharfedale valley where there are good numbers of Redstarts but sadly none for me here.
 Moving on to open grass for farming and above heather leading up to Harden Moor plus a conifer plantation which remains unexplored.Linnets,Mipits,Wren,Willow Warblers & a Curlew on the farmland where the highlights here.One part of this area has a stream running through and is pretty marsh like with tufts of marsh grass all over, ideal for Snipe I've thought in the past.Today one flushed from near the path giving a good view as it flew off, well pleased to see this bird here.Also here was a hen Pheasant skulking though the field with several chicks in tow with Sand Martins, Swallows and Swift overhead.Sometimes cattle are in this area another spot which would be good for something like Yellow Wagtail, well no harm in dreaming.
 The next area was woodland with a couple of large ponds where I saw GSW,Jay,Mallard,Coot, Moorhen,Canadas with goslings and of course another Willow Warbler. A very enjoyable walk in ideal conditions with a range of species in the different habitats.N.P.

Grey Heron being chased off



LT Tit watching me

Think it has a fly in its bill

hen Pheasant looking after its young

cock Pheasant stand out a bit more

Willow Warbler


Cullingworth 16/5/2016

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