A look at Thornton Cemetery this morning followed by a long stroll along the old railway track, towards Queensbury and back.
With the local Hawfinch sightings being at Ilkley Cemetery and Bingley Cemetery I though Thornton Cemetery was worth a try - not sure if Thornton has the right type of trees though - anyway no Hawfinch appeared in my goggles today.
The cemetery proved to be a good stroll around quite a large area, steep in places and a good leg stretcher.
3 Mistle Thrush, reclusive Sparrowhawk, lots of Blackbirds and a few Robin and Collard Dove were hereabouts.
The railway path is an interesting place with the early section, by the school, very busy with small birds - Blue & Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, Blackbird in abundance.
A Grey Wagtail was airborne but no Brambling (as yet!).
Further along the cycle path a few Goldcrest were flitting about and a Great Spotted Woodpecker called and was seen at distance.
A good few Gulls in the fields with Black Headed and Common Gulls and at least one Herring Gull.
A distant Coal Tit made an appearance in the sun (fully clothed!!).
I enjoyed a chat with 2 'birding cyclists' who were on their way to Sowerby Bridge via Queensbury, phew!
Enjoyed the chat, hope you had a good 'un.
No Woodcock seen I'm afraid.
A Green Woodpecker called at intervals, 3 times, but I did not eyeball it.
Long Tailed Tits were feeding near the viaduct and a few Bullfinch were heard and a couple seen.
Some birdsong made a nice change, as well.
Not many people with bins seen.
A bit of a rare hobby, birding, it would appear.
I think I need to head for lots of water to see owt special, this time of year?
A very enjoyable time out, on a really mild December day, while Sue was swimming with Abi at Spenborough Baths.
Here lies Mrs Tanner?
(for you oldies).
A 'bit' of a Mystery!
They never seem to rest
Great Spotted Woodpecker in flight
(not so) Great Spotted Woodpecker in flight!!
Herring Gull - see below
Common Gull left - Herring Gull Right?
Robin the Goalie
Back end of a Male Bullfinch I believe