Sunday, 2 October 2016

Cullingworth and Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 2nd October a.m.
 It was a cloudy start as we set off with a temperature of 8°C but it wasn't long before the sun was out giving a bright morning.We walked on to Hewenden Reservoir with just a few common species seen on the way but here we got a Kestrel.We saw BH Gulls on the dam wall and three Cormorants with one on a float in the water.It was quiet down Station Road with no sign of Swallows so we made do with Pied Wagtail,Blackbirds,Robins and Goldfinch.We headed to the wood with not much thought of getting much but we looked longing up at the conifers as we always do and finally to our delight got a couple of Goldcrests feeding with some Blue Tits.Then a bird came from the undergrowth landing in the shade of a tree where we got the bins on our first Redwing of the Autumn.If this wasn't enough another bird landed on a tree trunk, yes a Treecreeper which we even managed a snap of.Then nearby a gap in the trees made us look up as several House Martins were feeding high above.A great ten minutes birding and the best we've had in this wood by far, coming out the other side three birds flew away from us,Redwings again landing in a distant tree for a snap.
  On the water as we came back at the other side of the Reservoir we could only see Mallards with the strong glare of the sun on the water.A Grey Heron flew past as did a Jay and a couple more Pied Wagtails near the farm rounded our morning off as we headed home.


Pied Wagtail



Hewenden Viaduct

Hewenden Reservoir 2/10/2016

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