Saturday 28 May 2022

Harden Moor

 Saturday28th May a.m.

 A sunny morning with a temperature of 10°C good to see the Cuckoo again along with the established Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.  Others seen were Lapwing, Skylark, Linnet and Song Thrush.




Song Thrush

View from Harden Moor 28/5/2022

Monday 16 May 2022

Bempton Cliffs

Sunday 15th May a.m.

 A trip to the East coast of Yorkshire at Bempton Cliffs where many thousands of sea birds come to nest, a grey morning with some light rain and a bit windy but good to see all the birds.  The expected birds were all present these being Puffin, Gannet, Kitiwake, Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar and Herring Gull.  A few others were also seen namely a Barn Owl and Tree Sparrows.







Bempton Cliffs 15/5/2022


Saturday 14 May 2022

Harden Moor

 Saturday 14th May a.m.

A sunny morning with a temperature of 12°C, most of the trees are now in full leaf making it a lot harder to spot the birds.  It was good to hear the Cuckoos again I saw two flying and heard another calling one briefly calling from a tree in the distance.  Plenty Warblers were singing such as Chiffchaff and others that I also saw were Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler.  Others seen were Bullfinch, Lapwing, Swallow, LT Tit and Goldfinch.


Garden Warbler


Willow Warbler


Peacock Butterfly

Sunday 8 May 2022

Swillington Ings

Sunday 8th May a.m.

A cloudy morning with a temperature of 7°C but the Warblers were still singing although not easy to spot, in particular the Reed Warblers which were often obscured by the reeds, a Sedge Warbler sang from a better vantage point.  Whitethroat was seen and Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were heard, good to see Sand Matins, Swallows and c20 Swifts which were high in the sky. A good selection of other birds were seen including Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Gt Crested Grebe, Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard, Reed Bunting and Common Tern.

Reed Warbler

Sedge Warbler


Black-necked Grebe

Common Tern

Gt Crested Grebe

Reed Bunting

Good numbers of Common Tern at Swillington Ings 8/5/2022


Saturday 7 May 2022

Hewenden Reservoir

 Saturday 7th May a.m.

 After some early sunshine it soon clouded over with a temperature of 8°C, there were c200 LBB Gulls which landed and hung around for a while before moving on.  A Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were having a singing competition with a Chiffchaff occasionally joining in.  Others included Cormorant, Swallow, Goldfinch, Coot, LT Tit, Oystercatcher and Canadas. 



Willow Warbler


Goldfinch on the Dandelion seeds

LBB Gulls

LT Tit

Some of the c200 LBB Gulls at Hewenden Reservoir 7/5/2022


Friday 6 May 2022

Leeshaw & Local Reservoir

Friday 6th May a.m.

 A cloudy morning at Leeshaw with a temperature of 13°C where on the water there were Greylags with at least four sets of Goslings & Canadas in the surrounding fields. A couple of Common Sandpipers were moving around, others were Swallow, Lapwing, Linnet, Mipit, Tufteds, Oystercatcher and Redshank plus a Cuckoo calling in the distance.

 I then moved up the road to another local reservoir where there were two more Common Sandpipers, Redshank and Dunlin.  A pair of Canadas were out on the water with a brood of Goslings, others were Wheatear, Red-legged Partridge, Swallow, Pied Wagtail and Mipit.


Common Sandpiper



Canadas with Goslings

Greylags with Goslings


Dunlin 6/5/2022