Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mixenden to Bradshaw - Willow Warblers Galore and Wheatear

10:10 - 14:00

A slight change to my normal route today.
Sue was visiting friends at Elland and she dropped me at Mixenden Reservoir on her way.

Lots of cloud for the most part but brighter later.
Nice and warm for a change.

Mixenden Reservoir:

Common Sandpiper flushed from the SW edge.
The bird flew further along but I failed to eyeball it again.

Pr. Moorhen, Female Goldeneye, 4 Canada Geese.
C4 Willow Warbler.

A distant Gull probably a Common Gull.

Mixenden to Ogden:

Curlew, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Meadow Pipit, c6 Willow Warbler.

Reed Bunting - one of my favourite birds.

A Great Tit had caught a large black caterpillar and was banging it against a branch.

Mistle Thrush chasing off a Magpie.

12:00 (ish) Ogden Area:

Skylark, Jay, Chiffchaff.

M.Bullfinch - one of my bogie birds.

1 Black Headed Gull, Pr. Lesser Black Backed Gull.

Corneille  manger la  Grenouille as the French might say or
Carrion Crow eating a frog.

Another Crow was eating a second frog later on.

Coal Tit, Curlew.
5 Swallow seen today.

Ogden to Bradshaw:

C6 Herring Gull high overhead, calling.
Meadow Pipit , Pied Wagtail.

AND a Cracking M. Wheatear near home a real stunning bird the Wheatear.

Also seen somewhere  along the route.

2 Little Owl and a Roe Deer.

A good outing.

Probably Common Gull far side of Mix Res.

A sad poster.

Great Tit with large black caterpillar

Frog at Ogden Water

Solitary Black Headed Gull

Somewhere along the way.
Two separate Little Owl sightings:-

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