Sunday, 9 April 2017

Harden and Keighley Moor

Sunday 9th April a.m.
Harden Moor
 A bright sunny start here with a temperature of 10°C, it was good to see two Little Owls on a wall enjoying the early morning sunshine.There was also a male Pheasant with a couple of females near where I parked the car. It was good to see a few returning Sand Martins near the quarry for the first time this year, there was also a Little Owl here and a pair of Oystercatchers.All the birds seemed to be up singing this morning including Linnet,Willow Warbler,Blackbird,Wren,Robin and Chaffinch.It was good to see a group of six Lesser Redpolls, Curlew could be heard in the distance and a GSW flew over before I decided to try my luck elsewhere.
Lesser Redpoll

Willow Warbler


Little Owl

male Pheasant

female Pheasant
Keighley Moor
 When I arrived here the temperature had risen to 13°C, at Slippery Ford there was a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail in the stream which got me off to a good start.As I started to walk up the hill towards the reservoir I could see six Lapwing in a nearby field and a Read Bunting was singing in a tree with another two lower in the tufted grass.I soon found my first Wheatear of the year and in all I saw five, Curlews and Grouse where vocal as usual seeing a couple briefly and Meadow Pipits were seen regularly on the long walk.At the Reservoir there were Mallards,Canadas and Greylags and it was good to see a pair of Stonechats before making my way back to the car and home.

Read Bunting


male Wheatear

Wheatear seen on way from Slippery Ford to Keighley Moor Reservoir 9/4/2017


  1. Great to get Redpoll Nigel.
    Nice photies - as usual.


  2. Cracking shots Nigel and the Redpolls are beauty's, great find.