Today Sue was helping a friend in Elland, who's wife has memory problems, to fill out a 40 page government form.
The process took 3 hours 30 minutes and Sue is Not the blunt knife in the knife drawer.
Sue dropped me at Elland and I walked into Brighouse via River / Canal / River / Canal.
On arrival in Brighouse I started the long slog up the Brighouse and Denholme Gate road before Sue caught me up beyond the Brown Horse at Coley.
The traffic is so bad at Hipperholme that a bus that stopped next to me at the Dusty Miller at Hove Edge was still behind me as I arrived on foot at Hipperholme Traffic Lights!
Sue got snarled up in the road improvements at Salterhebble ... nice..
Elland Bridge area was interesting with 2 Grey Wagtail and a Dipper seen together.
Along the canal, usual Mallards with a Mute Swan, Coal Tit.
The river path revealed a fast flying Kingfisher, a few Goldcrest seen with many Long Tailed Tit.
The feeders near the Nature reserve cafe had the usual birds:-
Robin, Goldfinch, Blue & Great Tit.
(I noticed that the 'Chalk Board' had a sighting of a Lesser Pecker).
The river path after the other viewing/feeding area is very boggy but I persevered along it.
3 Jay, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long Tailed Tit and a Male Bullfinch.
C15 birds (Willow Warbler sized) flew quickly past, doubled back and darted one after the other into the bushes, not to be located!
A Willow Warbler was in a nearby tree.
A Buzzard called as it gradually got closer. It veered off West, alas, so I did not see it.
Back on the canal a solitary Canada Goose, c12 Black Headed Gull and a few Common Gull were on the lake - difficult to see the lake through the trees.
A Heron was by the fishing lake near the Avocet building and 3 Cormorant were on the usual Pylon.
Another 3 Grey Wagtail were seen on the way to Brighouse, and a real old racket was coming from the riverbank below the big wall before Ganny Bridge - a (juv?) Magpie?? was tearing about but amazingly out of sight in the undergrowth.
I've got a video of the racket, it's at the end of the photos.
Any ideas? Maybe a Squirrel?
A long slog followed, up the busy Brighouse and Denholme Gate.
A bit of a perspiring walk, all told.
Robin of the Day
Wonder if it's full of beer.
There is a Willow Warbler here somewhere!
Video - (juv?) Magpie:-