Sunday, 26 January 2020

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 26th Jan a.m.
 Another blustery morning up at Redcar Tarn where the temperature was 6°C,there were plenty Gulls as usual, a couple of other birders pointed out the Caspian Gull and said they had also seen the ringed Caspian. The Tarn also had Canadas, Greylags and Tufteds, in the surrounding fields there were c100 Lapwings, Starlings, Jackdaws, Rooks and more Canadas and Greylags.




Jackdaws & Rooks


Herring & Common Gulls

BH, Common, Herring & LBB Gulls

Redcar Tarn 26/1/2020

Monday, 20 January 2020

Hewenden Reservoir

Monday 20th January p.m.
 A bright afternoon with some good spells of sunshine and a temperature of 7°C so I decided to go for a walk on to Hewenden Reservoir. When I got there I followed the track through the farm and on to the top end of the Reservoir seeing six Cormorants on their usual perches. From my usual viewing point I could see three Goosander, two Goldeneye, two Little Grebe, two Tufteds along with Mallards and a couple of Canadas and not leaving out Coot and Moorhen. The Goldeneye were diving regularly so it looks like they have a good food supply here and good to watch them even though they were some distance away. A Grey Heron was skulking on the distant side of the Reservoir eventually showing itself. Walking back a Kestrel flew over, Jackdaws were flying round near the viaduct and a mixed flock of Fieldfare and Redwings flew in to a distant tree, one came nearer for me to take a picture.
Pair of Goldeneye


Difficult to spot this Grey Heron on the prowl

Here it comes

Rest Time

Little Grebe


Cormorant drying its wings

Cormorants on their usual perches

Distant Fieldfare


Jackdaws Flying round

Hewenden Reservoir 20/1/2020

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Rodley NR

Sunday 19th January a.m.
 By the time I reached Rodley Nature Reserve the sun was higher and the temperature had crept up to 1°C. Here parts of the lake were frozen over with BH, Common and Herring Gulls present.There were around thirty Gadwalls, a couple of Little Grebes, Tufteds, Teal and a Grey Heron on the island. I moved on to the next hide where it was good to watch a Kingfisher perched looking for fish, as I moved around the reserve I picked up, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock and Reed Bunting. When I got back to the car the field next to it held c100 Canadas and c20 Greylags.

Reed Bunting



Grey Heron

Herring Gull


BH Gulls on the ice

Little Grebe & Gadwall

Little Grebe

Grey Heron, Gadwalls & Tufteds

Rodley NR 19/1/2020

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 19th January a.m.
 Another frosty night and a cold start to the morning at YeadonTarn where the temperature was -1°C.
There were Goldfinch in the tops of the trees which had the low sun on them giving them a warm glow. The main lake held ten Mute Swans, thirty Tufteds which kept to the unfrozen areas, the male Shoveler was still here and a Greylag was with the Canadas. As I went back to the car two male and a female Bullfinch had joined the Goldfinch.



Mute Swans


Hungry Goldfinch

Yeadon Tarn 19/1/2020