Thursday 21 April 2022

Swillington Ings

 Thursday April 21st a.m.

 An early start in the sunshine on arrival at Swillington Ings with a temperature of 5°C, crossing the River a Little Egret was in the distance and a Grey Heron nearer the bridge.  There were several Common Terns on Astley Lake and a Great White Egret was in the Reeds I later saw it fly across the reserve.  Others here were Cormorant, Gadwall, Pochard, Shoveler, Shelduck, Tufted, Gt Crested Grebe, Oystercatcher and Redshank.  Walking around the reserve Bittern could be heard booming, and Warblers were heard but not seen.  I got a brief glimpse of three Black-necked Grebe, a Red Kite glided over, Reed Bunting and Linnet were also seen and at the crossroads in the reedbed there were two Black-tailed Godwits.  Others seen were Lapwing, Swallow, and Skylark.

Black-tailed Godwit

Great White Egret

Red Kite

Reed Bunting


Common Tern

Black-necked Grebe

Gt Crested Grebe





Gadwall over Swillington Ings 21/4/2022

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Harden Moor

Wednesday 20th April a.m.

  A sunny morning with a temperature of 10°C, plenty of Willow Warblers now on Harden Moor & still a Chiffchaff and good to see three Redpolls.  Others were Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Kestrel, Skylark and Mipit.




Willow Warbler

Kestrel over Harden Moor 20/4/2022


Sunday 17 April 2022

Yeadon Tarn & Adel Dam

 Sunday 17th April a.m.

A sunny morning with a temperature of 9°C as I walked round the Tarn with 27 Mute Swans on the water with Tufteds , Coots and MoorhenWillow Warblers and Chiffchaffs were singing, Reed Bunting were seen & House Sparrows were chirping in the bushes.

  A few miles away at Adel Dam a Red Kite flew over as did a couple of Grey Herons and a pair of Mandarins gave excellent views.  Others were Little Grebe, Nuthatch, Greylag and Wren.

Willow Warbler

House Sparrow

Little Grebe


Red Kite



Yeadon Tarn 17/4/2022

Friday 15 April 2022

Keighley Moor Reservoir

Friday 15th April a.m.

  I parked up at Slippery Ford with the sun out and a temperature of 10°C, I was greeted by a Willow Warbler in full voice, in the stream a Grey Wagtail briefly appeared.  As I set off on the road to The Keighley Moor Reservoir a Pied Wagtail was seen and there were plenty Curlew flying around.  I saw at least ten Wheatear as I walked and a couple of Stonechat and several Mipits.  A couple of Greylags flew over and Grouse could be heard but I didn't spot any.  At the Reservoir it was good to see I.H. on his local patch he ID a couple of birds for me and put me on to three Golden Plover flying low over the Moor. The Reservoir was quiet with just some Greylags in the grass near the water.






Keighley Moor