Monday, 31 January 2022

Redcar Tarn

 Monday 31st January a.m.

A sunny afternoon but feeling cold in the wind with a temperature of 6°C up at Redcar Tarn where one circuit was enough for me.  There were c200 BH Gulls plus Herrings, LBBs and Commons, I counted 103 Greylags with Canadas totalling c75.  A few Lapwings were in the adjacent field, others were Tufteds, Coots and Robin.

LBB Gull


Common Gull

Herring Gull



Redcar Tarn 31/1/2022

Sunday, 30 January 2022

Cromwell Bottom

 Sunday 30th January a.m.

 A bright sunny morning with a temperature of -1°C when I arrived at Cromwell Bottom which is near Elland.  A good start with a count of 12 Grey Herons making plenty of noise in their usual spot, a walk along the canal path produced a couple of Mute Swans and a pair of Goosanders.  The Ski Lake had some Gulls and I also spotted a male Goldeneye, a Cormorant flew over as did nine Canadas, and in the distance a couple of Buzzards were gliding round.  The walk to the bird feeding area added Mistle Thrush, LT Tit, Bullfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit and Nuthatch.  The bird feeding area was full of Robins, good to get a visit from a Jay as well as Reed Buntings, Chaffinch, Dunnock and others.

Grey Heron




Reed Bunting



View along the canal

Cromwell Bottom 30/1/2022

Saturday, 29 January 2022

Dowley Gap

Saturday 29th January a.m.

 A cloudy morning with a strong blustery wind with a temperature of 12°C and a bit of rain to cope with.  The wind kept most of the birds down and not many were seen by the water works apart from a dozen Magpies.  Through the wood taking the path alongside the River Aire there were Mallards, Goosander and a couple of Cormorants in the River.  In a nearby field there were Canadas, Greylags and a Curlew as well as c50 Jackdaws.  A count of 18 Grey Herons were also in an adjacent field some of them lifting briefly to give an aerial show.



Canadas & Curlew

Canadas, Greylag & Curlew

Grey Herons

Eight of the eighteen Grey Herons in the air

Dowley Gap 29/1/2022


Sunday, 23 January 2022

Yeadon Tarn

Sunday 23rd Janary a.m.

 A drive over to Yeadon Tarn with a bonus of a Red Kite over Hawksworth Moor on my way in cloudy conditions with a temperature of 5°C.  Three Cormorants were on the wooden breakwaters, a good count of 22 Mute Swans, c50 Canadas and 30 Tufteds.  There were also two male Pochards on the water, always good to see these birds in the local area.

  I came home via Knotford Nook where I saw my first Oystercatcher of the year, 12 Goldeneye, 6 Gadwall, 2 G.C.Grebe and several Wigeon.  







Mute Swans

Yeadon Tarn 23/1/2022

Saturday, 22 January 2022

Harold Park & Park Dam

Saturday 22nd January a.m.

 A dull cloudy morning with a temperature of 6°C on my arrival at Harold Park where I headed for the Lake.  On the Lake there were Canadas, Tufteds, BH Gulls, Common Gull, Herring Gulls, Moorhen,  Coots and two Goosanders.  A walk around the Park added Collared Dove and Robin.

 Down the road at Park Dam there were c50 Canadas grazing in the nearby field, there were seven Goosanders on the water, four Cormorants were on the Over Head Pylon wires with another two in the water.  Good to see a Great Crested Grebe and two Mute Swans (Tag Y194), others were Coots and Tufteds. 


Mute swan



G.C. Grebe


Cormorant & Goosander

Harold Park

Park Dam