Friday, 15 June 2018

Thorton Cycle Track

We took Abigail with her bike to Thornton old railway cycle track this evening.
A singing Blackcap remained unseen.
I took a few photos of the large Gulls passing over... just in case..

Brighouse Canal & Brookfoor LNR area


I spent a few hours walking along the canal and around Brookfoot LNR today.

Lots of bird songs and glimpses but it is very difficult to pick out the birds in the lush undergrowth.

Top of the pops was a Little Grebe seen on the pond by the reedbeds, from a very distant view point alas.
Also a pr Goosander with a large family or families of young.

Bird Sp.

3 Cormorant, 7 Robin, 2 Heron, Canada Geese, Chaffinch.
5 Wren, Black Headed Gull, 5 Chiffchaff.
Blue, Great and Long Tailed Tit.
Blackbird,3 Singing Blackcap, Jay.
Little Grebe, 2 Moorhen, Bullfinch.
2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail.
3 Goosander plus a Pr. with a large family.

14:10 Ringby Lane - Pule Hill

Breezy and very, very dull.

40 minutes or so walk about on my way home from Brighouse did not turn up much really.

Usual mix of Corvids.
14 Large Gulls very, very high.
A few Lesser Black-backed Gulls floating by.
A few Meadow Pipit and Skylark.
2 Linnet and 6 Swallow.
1 Swift.

Brookfoot LNR Area:

I though I'd got some Flamingos

Ringby Top:

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Ponden & Oxenhope Reservoirs in not ideal conditions

Warm and quite bright but far too windy to go for my usual walk up Soil Hill - I'd have needed lead boots on.
The wind became a real pain today, if I'm honest, especially the wind tunnel known as Leeshaw… anyway.

Ponden 15:30

The west side of the reservoir had school kids having fun with the boats. Later a teenage girl instructor was retrieving 3 blue barrels from the east end and lugging them back to the west end, along the path - the kids had let go of them and the waves and wind did the rest.


4 Oystercatcher flying about.

A cracking Common Sandpiper called constantly from the reservoir wall.
A second common Sandpiper appeared on the field wall as I was leaving.

Grey Wagtail was fighting the wind.
2 Black Headed Gulls over and regular ones and twos of Lesser Black-backed Gulls over.
There could have been Herring Gulls also but identifying Gulls in flight is not my strong suit.

A Tit species caught my ear, with a LOUD unusual call.
It was being blow to blazes in a small tree.
I got one pic before the wind took it away.
Probably a Juv. Coal Tit or Great Tit.

Lower Laithe was bereft of birds.

Leeshaw 16:30

The usual birds in this unpleasantly windy spot today.

5 Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 3 Curlew.
Lesser Black-backed Gull and a few Meadow Pipits.
At least 4 Stock Doves also in a field.
An UNID on a distant wall, nearest I can get to an ID is a Juv. Starling - poor pic alas.
A flock of Greylag Geese came in to land as I was driving off.

Leeming 17:30 - 18:15

Windy here but the south end was remarkably calm and Willow Warblers were singing.
A good few families of Great Tit about as well.

2 House Martin were moving at the speed of light with a tail wind.
8 Canada Geese.
Pied Wagtail.
2 Common Sandpiper.
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull on the water for a time a few overhead also.
2 Black Headed Gull.
Curlew, Kestrel or maybe 2.
6 or so Swallow.


Juv. Coal Tit or Great Tit?


Juv. Starling

But then again....