Monday, 28 October 2019

Redcar Tarn & Local Reservoir

Monday 28th October p.m.
 Good to have another bright day with some sunshine which I made use of by visiting Redcar Tarn where there was a temperature of 7°C.Here there were 30 Greylags, c50 Canadas, c50 Lapwings circling overhead along with the other usual species.Just one Goosander was present which was difficult to get near and was diving regularly looking for food.
 I followed on from here paying a quick visit to a local reservoir where I was rewarded with a Buzzard overhead which was briefly joined by another Buzzard.There were several Grouse nearby and on the water were a few Canadas, Greylags, Mallards, BH, Herring and LBB Gulls.

Two for the price of one


BH Gull




Herring Gull



Redcar Tarn 28/10/2019

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Hewenden Reservoir and Goit Stock Wood

Sunday 27th October a.m.
 A bright sunny morning as I set off towards Hewenden Reservoir with a temperature of 5°C. I set off with a few target birds in mind these being Redwing, Fieldfare and Wigeon alas none were seen and birds in general gave me the slip this morning.The best I could muster were Pheasant, Coot, Robin, Cormorant, Pied Wagtail and two Grey Wagtails flying over.
 I decided to try for a different bird and headed to Goit Stock Wood in search of a Dipper and again came up empty with just a Nuthatch seen.The walk alongside the fast flowing Hallas Beck was enjoyable, and the Waterfall is always good to see, the best I can say is I had a good long walk.



Pied Wagtail

Hallas Beck


Hewenden Reservoir 27/10/2019

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Lister Park

Sunday 20th October a.m.
 Another dull start with full cloud cover but slowly brightening up at Lister Park with a start temperature of 8°C.At the Lake there were c 150 BH Gulls, 4 Commons, c100 Canadas, 4 Greylags, 31 Tufteds along with the usual Mallard, Moorhen and Coots.The Gulls then lifted and the flock of Feral Pigeons flew away, a look skyward gave the reason as a Sparrowhawk being harassed by a Carrion Crow flew overhead. Near the lake a tree full of berries produced 10 Redwing, my first of the Autumn and with them the surprise of a Blackcap tucking in to the berries.
 Elsewhere in the Park a mixed flock of birds had Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, LT Tits and Goldcrest. Others seen were Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail, Jay, Robin and Wren.

Collared Dove


LT Tit

Pied Wagtail


Carrion Crow & Sparrowhawk

Common Gull



Lister Park 20/10/2019

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Dowley Gap

Saturday 19th October a.m.
A dull morning with some showers gradually brightening up with a temperature of 10°C on arrival at Dowley Gap.I had a walk along the canal and in to Hirst Wood by the River Aire, quiet on the whole bird wise but a fly past by a Kingfisher along the canal was a highlight.At the waterworks there were the usual Pied Wagtails, just nine seen, these numbers will increase as we head through Winter.Other birds seen included Grey Wagtail, Mute Swan, Goosander, Jay, Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Grey Heron, Goldfinch and Wren.
LT Tit




Grey Wagtail


Mute Swans

Pied Wagtail


Mallards & Goosanders on the River Aire 19/10/2019