Sunday, 28 February 2021

Dowley Gap

Sunday 28th February a.m.

 A cold frosty morning starting at -1°C but with the sun out a walk alongside the Canal and river Aire at Dowley Gap beckoned.  At first it was quiet but as the sun rose and the temperature increased a good mix of birds were seen including Goosander, Grey Wagtail Pied Wagtail, Oystercatcher, Grey Heron, Jay, Song Thrush, Greylag, Canada and other common species.

Blue Tit

Great Tit



Grey Heron


Pied Wagtail

Song Thrush



Grey Heron & Oystercatcher

River Aire

Dowley Gap 28/2/2021


Saturday, 27 February 2021

Hewenden Reservoir

 Saturday 27th February a.m.

  Grey skies with a temperature of 6°C as I walked round Hewenden Reservoir this morning where most of the activity was at the top end of the Reservoir as usual.  Here were two Goldeneye, two Goosander, six Teal, two Greylays plus Mallards, Cormorant, Canadas and Moorhen.  Others seen were three Mistle Thrush, Jay, Chaffinch and Coal Tit.




Mistle Thrush

Mallard & Teal

Greylag, Moorhen & Teal

Cormorant at Hewenden Reservoir 27/2/2021


Friday, 26 February 2021

Redcar Tarn

Friday 26th February p.m.

 A chilly afternoon with a temperature of 8°C as  I did a couple of laps up at Redcar Tarn where there were c200 BH Gulls, c50 Herring Gulls plus Commons and LBB Gulls.  It was good to see two each of returning Oystercatcher and Curlew, Lapwings were also present as well as the usual species with 25 Greylags in a nearby field.



BH Gull

Common Gull

Herring Gull

LBB Gull


Lapwing & Herring Gull



Returning Curlew at Redcar Tarn 26/2/2021


Sunday, 21 February 2021

Leeshaw Reservoir

 Sunday 21st February a.m.

 A good walk along the track next to Leeshaw Reservoir with cloudy skies but mild at 7°C seeing three Oystercatchers and two Curlew.  There were c100 BH Gulls and c20 Herring Gulls, Greylags and Canadas were present too.  A flog of c50 Lapwings stayed on the nearside banking at the top end of the reservoir for much of the time occasionally taking flight with a few briefly landing on the dam banking.  Three Cormorants were seen, Pheasants were in surrounding fields as were three Meadow Pipits and a Dipper and Grey Wagtail were in the overflow steps.






Herring Gulls


Gulls and Lapwings

Leeshaw 21/2/2021