Sunday, 18 June 2017

Todays's Wanderings


A real scorcher - 30 degrees today and some interesting stuff.

A few  sights from earlier today.



A speculative photo of a Swift. 
Reveals two birds


Swift left but not sure about the other bird


Best I can get ... cropped
Most prob a Woodpigeon .. but then again.








An another distant beauty.



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Local wander

A stroll about my local area late afternoon early evening.
It was a smashing day with Walter Wall sunshine and a cooling breeze for company later in the walk.

Birds:-

Little Owl - 2 seen at differing locations.
Pheasant, Linnet, pr. Oystercatcher.
Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Lapwing.
Whitethroat singing loudly did not reveal it's location.
Swift, Swallow, Lesser Black-backed Gull.
4 Stock Dove, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel and a few other sp.




1st Little Owl





Spot the Oystercatcher




A bit far off to tell what the birds are on the pond.
Possibly a Little Grebe????



                                            Tufted Duck???









2nd Little Owl




Friday, 16 June 2017

Cromwell Bottom LNR / Priestley Green

10:10

Cromwell Bottom:

I had a drive down to Brighouse this morning to have a look around Cromwell Bottom LNR.
I haven't been here for a while.

As soon as I reached the canal by the fishing lake a Tern called overhead, I got a faint glimpse of it.
Then a second Tern flew past - neither birds were heard or seen again on the outing.
I guess they are the Common Terns that have been reported here for some time now.

Some of the more obscure paths are well overgrown, but this is to be expected at this time of year.

Great to bump into and have a chat , in the sunshine , with Larry who was doing the rounds.

The lagoon area is quite a distance from the nearest path but we managed to see a Kingfisher and 2 Heron here.

A warbler called briefly and I listened to A Reed Warbler on my telling bone - I think both songs were the same!

Plenty of Singing Blackcap but not easy to eyeball any of them.

Birds:

A good 2 1/2 hours brought with it:- 

Mute Swan, Common Tern, Wren, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, M/F Blackcap , Mallard, 2 Heron, Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Swift.
Great Spotted Woodpecker calling - not seen.
10 Goosander (2 F with 4 Juv. each).

Long Tailed Tit, Moorhen and a few other sp.

Priestley Green.

On the way home I called at Priestly Green, having had a Hobby in a dream here, the other night.
It stayed in my dream alas.

Lots of Wren hereabouts.
Mistle Thrush, Swallow, Swift and House Martin and a few other sp.
No Woodpecker, which was disappointing.





Lots of Chiffchaffs about




Distant Kingfisher























Flood debris in the bridge?






Robins of the day





Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Ilkley

We had a day out at Ilkley and enjoyed a walk along the river Wharf.

The cafe at the lawn tennis club came up trumps, again, for lunch with some good healthy food at a good healthy price - highly recommended.

Apparently there is a major tennis tournament on very soon here.

The top prize is £150,000 for men and £100,000 for women.
Lots of top world class players are due to compete.

I had a sneaky look on t'internet and was surprised at the ticket prices - a lot less expensive than I had imagined.

Not a tennis fan myself, but looking at the beautiful greens, the marquee and the seating arrangements - it looks like it's going to be a great day for tennis lovers.

The weather was very hot with the usual birds about.
A Common Sandpiper was on the river - Sue and Annette saw it - top birder John - did not!!

A few pics:-