Saturday 28 November 2020

Hewenden Reservoir

 Saturday 28th November a.m.

A dull cloudy morning but started dry so I set off to Hewenden Reservoir with a temperature of 2°C.  From Hewenden Viaduct I could see c100 BH Gulls  with several big Gulls at least one of them a Herring, there were two Cormorants on the dam wall and two Goosanders in the water.  Walking through the wood I saw Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Coal Tit on my way to my usual viewing point.  From here it was good to see four returning Goldeneye, four Wigeon, four Teal and four Tufteds. Others seen were Canadas, Mallards and Moorhen. 




Herring & BH Gulls



Tufted & Goldeneye

Gulls at Hewenden Reservoir 28/11/2020

Sunday 22 November 2020

Dowley Gap

Sunday 22nd November a.m.

 A cloudy morning with a temperature of 6°C as I walked passed the locks on the canal at Dowley Gap where there were several Redwings feeding on the berries.  The water works had c25 BH Gulls and c20 Pied Wagtails, I saw just one Grey Wagtail.  As I went through Hirst Wood I saw a GSW, much easier now all the leaves have fallen off the trees, a Jay also posed well for the camera. Walking back a Goosander was on the river and a Dunnock was singing and a Robin was looking for food.

Gt Spotted Woodpecker


Pied Wagtail





Jay in Hirst Wood 22/11/2020

Saturday 21 November 2020

St Ives, Bingley

Saturday 21st November a.m. 

When the sun made a rare appearance this morning I put my hat & coat on quickly and headed for the St Ives Estate near Bingley where the temperature was 10°C.  I went straight to the Coppice Pond where the two adult Mute Swans had six juveniles with them, there were also eight Goosanders.  There were around 150 BH Gulls but I only saw three Commons with them, others were Mallards, Moorhen & Coot.  At the hide viewing are I saw four Coal Tits, two Blue Tits and a Robin. It had soon clouded over and as the drizzle fell I went back to the car and home.


BH Gull

Common Gull

Goosanders at St Ives

St Ives 21/11/2020

Sunday 15 November 2020

Hewenden Reservoir

 Sunday 15th November p.m.

 Another wet weekend until lunchtime when the sun finally came out and I was able to take a walk round Hewenden Reservoir in the blustery wind with a temperature of 8°C.  There were c150 BH Gulls on the Reservoir with a few Commons and Herrings mixed in with them, and four Cormorants on their usual perch.  At the top end of the Reservoir there were Mallards, Teal and Tufteds, there were plenty berries on the Hawthorns which Blackbirds and three Fieldfare were enjoying.





Hewenden Reservoir 15/11/2020


Friday 6 November 2020

Redcar Tarn

 Friday 6th November p.m.

 A pleasant sunny afternoon up at Redcar Tarn with a temperature of 10°C, where there were c150 BH Gulls plus Common, Herring and LBB Gulls. There was a Cormorant which spent more time under the water than on top which made getting a picture rather difficult, just one Tufted seen as well as the usual Mallards, Canadas and Coots.

BH Gull

Common Gull

Herring Gull

Common, Herring & BH Gull



Tufted Duck

Redcar Tarn 6/11/2020