Sunday, 31 January 2021

Hallas Bridge & Goit Stock Wood

Sunday 31st January a.m.

A cold morning with a temperature of -2°C as I set off down to Hallas Bridge where I followed Hallas Beck to Harden Caravan Park.  The highlight of the journey was seeing two pairs of Dippers in different areas of the Beck, one pair had leg rings A50 and A52.  Other birds seen were Collared Dove, Goldfinch, Canadas and Treecreeper.




Dippers with leg rings A50 and A52

Hallas Beck

Goit Stock Waterfall 31/1/2021


Sunday, 17 January 2021

Hewenden Reservoir

Sunday 17th January a.m.

  Most of the recent snow had gone by this morning and with a dry sunny morning and a temperature of 3°C I set off on a walk round Hewenden Reservoir.  When I reached the viaduct I could see six Cormorant and several Canadas on the water and a couple of Cormorants on the dam wall.  It was a quiet walk with not many birds seen though there was some activity by the time I reached the top end.  There were plenty BH Gulls overhead and on the water and at the edge were three Goldeneye, three Goosander, Four Wigeon, ten Teal and six Tufteds.  A flock of c20 Lapwings flew over in the distance and on my way back a GSW landed in a nearby tree.


BH Gull




Goldeneye & Tufteds



Wigeon & Tufteds


Hewenden Reservoir 17/1/2021


Saturday, 9 January 2021

Hallas Bridge

Saturday 9th January a.m.

 A bitterly cold morning with a temperature of -4°C and yesterday evenings snow compacted and frozen overnight leaving paths and roads like bottle ice. So with the sun out it was with great care that I went for a walk down to Hallas Bridge and up to Bents Lane.  A scan of Hallas beck produced my first Dipper of the year with Nuthatch, Robin, Bullfinch and Goldfinch also seen.  There was a constant flow of Gulls overhead with both BH Gulls and Herring Gulls noted.  From higher up above bents Lane a Kestrel landed on a Pylon with Carrion Crows on another Pylon.  There was a good view of the snow covered Cullingworth and Hewenden Viaduct from here.  Walking back I saw Starling, Blue Tit, Mistle Thrush, Canadas and House Sparrow


Canadas over Cullingworth church

Carrion crow

Herring Gull



Pond frozen over

Hewenden Viaduct on the left and Cullingworth to the right 9/1/2021

Saturday, 2 January 2021

Hewenden Reservoir

Saturday 2nd January a.m.

An icy cold start to the morning with a temperature of -1°C as I walked round Hewenden Reservoir, parts of which were frozen.  The highlight was seeing two Goldeneyes, others on the water were Teal, Tufted, Goosander, Canada, Mallard, Moorhen, Cormorant and BH Gulls.  Good to catch up with a couple of Robins, a male Bullfich briefly landed in a bush close by and there were a couple of Mistle Thrushes, others were Jackdaw, Nuthatch, LT Tit and Starling.



Goosander & Tufted


Mistle Thrush



Two Goldeneye on Hewenden Reservoir

Hewenden Reservoir 2/1/2021