Saturday, 26 November 2016

Yeadon Tarn

Saturday 26th November a.m.
A bright sunny morning with some fog in the valley bottoms as I took Danny to Yeadon Tarn where the temperature was 0°C.In the trees near the car park there were a good number of Goldfinch, we then headed for the Tarn where there were Mallards,Coots,Moorhen,Mute Swans,GC Grebes,BH & Common Gulls.We walked round the Tarn which was still frozen after the overnight frost,parts of the footpath were also bottle ice so we had to be careful.As we walked we spotted a Pochard which was good to see, there were several House Sparrows which posed briefly for a picture.Near the model boats area we saw a Goosander and a first for us here a Wigeon, an enjoyable walk with some decent birds to see.
House Sparrow



GC Grebe


Common Gull

Mute Swan

Mute Swan Juvenile

Yeadon Tarn 26/11/2016

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Redcar Tarn

Saturday 19th November a.m.
 I had a quick visit up to Redcar Tarn where there was a covering of snow and it was feeling cold at 2°C.There were good numbers of Lapwings and Gulls with the usual Canadas,Mallards,Tufted Duck,Moorhen & Coots.At the top end Goldfinch,Chaffinch and Dunnock were seen and there was a Muscovy on one of the benches, back at the car a Pied Wagtail made a brief appearance. A quick scan around then led me to a Kestrel on Tarn Lane which was on top of a pole and luckily stopped long enough for a couple of pictures.

Common Gull

Herring Gull


Mallard & Tufted Ducks

Pied Wagtail


Redcar Tarn 19/11/2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 13th November a.m.
 A bright morning with a temperature of 3°C as we headed towards Hewenden Reservoir through the village.When we got to the viaduct we could see BH Gulls on the Dam wall and on the water were Mallards & Tufteds with a Dipper in the overflow area.We saw a Kestrel in a distant tree and through the wood we got a GSW,Goldcrest and five Bullfinch.As we came back round the other side of the reservoir we saw Fieldfare and Redwings which were scattered by a Sparrowhawk.We also spotted a couple of Cormorants in some trees and three Teal on the water with a couple of Moorhen as well.At the farm we caught up with Pied & Grey Wagtails along with Robins.






Pied Wagtail


Tufted Duck

Redwing & Fieldfare


Hewenden Viaduct

Hewenden Reservoir 13/11/2016

Saturday, 12 November 2016

More from Bolton Abbey

From 11th November
 A quiet day today so here are a few more of the snaps my dad took at Bolton Abbey of the colourful Mandarins and the wonderful scenery.
male Mandarin

female Mandarin

River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey 11/11/2016

Friday, 11 November 2016

Bolton Abbey

Friday 11th November p.m.
 A fine afternoon with some good spells of sunshine and a temperature of 8°C.I started off at the Cavendish Pavilion and had a gentle stroll up to the strid alongside the river Wharfe before walking back seeing a few birds along the way. There were a good number of Mallards but they were out numbered by Mandarin Ducks with a count of 78 as I walked upstream.Also good to see a couple each of Dippers and Goosanders, a Grey Wagtail and Coal Tit.This area is very picturesque so I took quite a few pictures here are a couple of them.N.P.
male Mandarin

female Mandarin



Grey Wagtail

River Wharfe at the Strid

Cavendish Pavilion at Bolton Abbey 11/11/2016