Saturday, 26 March 2022

Leeming Reservoir

Saturday 26th March a.m.

 After my trip to Leeshaw I visited Leeming Reservoir where the temperature had risen to 13°C, here there were Grey Wagtails and Pied Wagtails.  Three Oystercatchers were making a lot of noise on the tower, on the water there were Canadas, Tufteds and Mallards.  A Chiffchaff was heard and a different Warbler was singing which sounded unfamiliar but maybe was a Willow Warbler that has been a while since I last heard one, I also spotted a Reed Bunting.

Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Reed Bunting


Common Gull



Leeming Reservoir 26/3/2022


Leeshaw Reservoir

 Saturday 26th March a.m.

 A lovely sunny morning with a balmy temperature of 11°C with Oystercatchers, Redshanks and Lapwings at Leeshaw.




Leeshaw Reservoir 26/3/2022

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Swillington Ings

Sunday 20th March a.m.

  After some early mist the sun broke through and very clear with a temperature of 2°C when I arrived at Swillington Ings.  There were as usual loads of birds to see at this site, starting off with six Black-necked Grebe and four Bearded Tits.  Walking round the site others seen were Goldeneye, Pochard, Tufted, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing, Little Egret, Reed Bunting & Kestrel.  At the crossroads 26 Whooper Swans could be seen and then in the distance a flock of birds rose flying around which were too big for Starlings, fortunately a fellow birder answered my question, they were c75 Black-tailed Godwits.  Walking back towards the car the morning was rounded off well as a Red Kite glided across the sky in the distance.

Black-necked Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Little Grebe

Reed Bunting

Bearded Tit



Little Egret


Whooper Swans

Black-tailed Godwit


Red Kite

Black-tailed Godwits over Swillington Ings

Whooper Swans at Swilligton Ings

Swillington Ings 20/3/2022


Saturday, 19 March 2022

St Ives

Saturday 19th March a.m. 

A frosty but sunny morning at St Ives Coppice pond with a temperature of 5°C where GSWs were drumming but difficult to spot them. On the water there were Mute Swans, Canadas, Tufteds, Moorhens, Coots and Mallards.  Walking round a flock of six Siskin were seen as well as a couple of Song Thrushes, Robin, Jay, Chaffinch and Gt Tit were seen.

  I came home via Harden Moor where Skylarks were up singing, Mipits were also on the Moor, a pair of Bullfinch were seen and good to hear and see my first Chiffchaff of the year.






Song Thrush





St Ives 19/3/2022