Sunday, 26 November 2017

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 26th November a.m.
 A bitterly cold morning up at Redcar Tarn with a temperature of 2°C and a biting wind blowing but some sunshine to start off with.It was good to bump in to BS with his birding team, who reported a Yellow Legged Herring Gull being present, however he was not having the best of mornings with other problems to contend with, sorry I couldn't help.
I just did one circuit of the Tarn with high numbers of BH Gulls being present along with Common, Herring and LBB Gulls.In the top corner there were a few Chaffinch,Goldfinch and Dunnock feeding on the seeds others included Moorhen,Muscovy,Jackdaws and just one Tufted Duck.
male Chaffinch

female Chaffinch

Common Gull


Herring Gull



Tufted Duck

BH & Common Gulls

LBB and BH Gulls

Redcar Tarn 26/11/2017

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Stockbridge NR

Saturday 25th November a.m.
 A cold morning at just 3°C and a light covering of snow as I set off to the BOG members reserve at Stockbridge near keighley.There were a good selection of birds around seen from the hide which included Coal Tit,Cormorant,Jay,Kestrel,Pheasant and Reed Bunting.

male Pheasant

female Pheasant

male Reed Bunting

female Reed Bunting





BOG Members Stockbridge Reserve 25/11/17

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lister Park

Sunday 19th November a.m.
As I walked to the Lake at Lister Park in the sunshine it was just 1°C after an overnight frost.The Lake was full of Gulls, c250 BH Gulls,15 Commons,10 Herring and 2 juvenile LBB Gulls with the usual Mallards and Tufteds. As I was walking round I heard the sound of approaching Canadas then they came down to the Lake c100 of them a great sight as they came down past me to land on the water.It was also good to see a single Goosander and in the stream area with the Blue,Great and LT Tits I spotted at least one Goldcrest, others included c50 Feral Pigeons,Song Thrush and Chaffinch.
Herring Gull


Tufted Duck

Feral Pigeon

Common Gull

BH and Common Gull


Coming in to land

just passed me

Lister Park 19/11/2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Cullingworth & Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 12th November a.m.
A bright sunny start with a temperature of 4°C as I walked through Cullingworth to Hewenden Viaduct and then around the reservoir.There were 53 Canadas on the water with c100 BH Gulls and a good count of 12 Tufted Ducks.Others included Cormorant,Mallard,Moorhen,Teal & Wigeon on the water and in the surrounding area Kestrel,Mistle Thrush,Pheasant,Greenfinch and Goldfinch.

Gull Common or Herring?

Mistle Thrush

Pheasant, starting to hide as it knows its been spotted



Mallards & Tufteds

Wigeon & Tufteds

Hewenden Reservoir 12/11/2017