Sunday, 31 March 2019

Lister Park

Sunday 31st March a.m.
 A bright sunny morning with a temperature of 7°C as I arrived at Lister Park where there were the usual Canadas, Tufteds,Coots, Moorhen with a few Greylags and a pair of Mute Swans.There were three Goosanders and as I was walking round the Lake a Dunnock was singing and a Robin was enjoying the sunshine.There were 30 large Gulls mostly 1st year with a couple of adult Herring and LBB Gulls.It was good to here a Chiffchaff singing higher in the Park and a Nuthatch posed well, with a Goldcrest high in a tree.






Mute Swan


Herring Gull

LBB Gull

LBB & Herring Gulls

Large 1st year Gulls

Lister Park 31/3/2019

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Leeshaw Reservoir

Saturday 30th March a.m.
A foggy start to the morning meant a later than usual trip to Leeshaw where it was sunny with a temperature of 7°C.On my way I stopped off at Upper Marsh seeing twelve Golden Plover in their usual field.At Leeshaw there was a good count of thirteen Oystercatchers, four Redshank,c50 Lapwings with the usual Canadas and Greylags. I was pleased to see a Grey Wagtail and two Pied Wagtails, Curlews were calling and one flew over in the distance.



Golden Plover

Leeshaw Reservoir 30/3/2019

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Rodley Nature Reserve

Sunday 24th March a.m.
 With the sun out and warming up to 9°C I arrived at Rodley Nature Reserve, where I had a walk round visiting the hides and viewing screens.Not high numbers of birds but still there were Tufteds,
Gadwall, Canadas, Greylags, Grey Heron, Teal and Oystercatcher. It was again good to hear Chiffchaff and I saw a bird which wasn't singing but I think this early it was a Chiffchaff. Three Snipe flew from cover one landing on the opposite bank so I could get a picture.There was a flock of fifteen Linnets on the newly ploughed field and overhead a Red Kite drifted by.A walk to the River produced a Kingfisher flying past also seen were Goosander, Little Grebe and Gt Crested Grebe.

Red Kite





Grey Heron


Little Grebe

Rodley NR 24/3/2019

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 24th March a.m.
 A sunny morning although chilly at just 6°C during a quiet visit to Yeadon Tarn.There were twenty one Mute Swans, ten Tufteds and seven Canadas, others were Song Thrush and Wren.

Mute Swan

Yeadon Tarn 24/3/2019

Saturday, 23 March 2019


Saturday 23rd March a.m.
A cloudy morning with a temperature of 5°C as I walked down to Hallas Bridge and alongside Hallas Beck through Goit Stock Wood to the caravan park.It was good to see three Dippers en route one sporting a leg ring A50. Others seen were Mallard, Cormorant,Canadas,Goldcrest and a noisy Song Thrush.As I headed back it was good to see the flash of blue as a Kingfisher flew past, and coming back on the other side of the Beck a group of seven Jays were seen and I also heard and then saw my first Chiffchaff of the year.
Dipper with leg ring A50


Goit Stock waterfall 23/3/2019

Monday, 18 March 2019

Redcar Tarn

Monday 18th March a.m.
 I paid a quick visit to Redcar Tarn in hope of a site first with a pair of Gadwalls as reported by J.L.
It was still cloudy on arrival with the temperature at 7°C, the usual species were present were then I spotted the Gadwalls for a site first so a worthwhile visit.Also good to see a pair of Oystercatchers on the island, Lapwings nearby,a few Curlews, one dropped in to the next field 25 Tufteds and a singing Dunnock. The visit was rounded off with a singing Skylark which I got a brief look at as it came down.

female Gadwall





Redcar Tarn 18/3/2019