Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Bradshaw, Holdsworth and Roper Lane

13:00 - 15:30

A local stroll this aft. cool to start but dry and quite dull.
I went through Bradshaw Park where 2pr of Canada Geese have reared 5 Gosling each. 
The young birds look to be beyond the reach of 'most' predators now.

A lovely little juv. Dunnock sat long enough to decide if I was friend or foe. 
As it made it's decision - I shot it.
Using the camera, obviously.

A Green Woodpecker called a couple of times from far beyond Oats Royd Area.
I've never come across a Green Woodpecker's Nest yet.
Don't know if their young call loudly, like Great Spotted.

Just a couple of Swallow seen during the outing.

The small copse / wood near Holdsworth House had a vey hard to locate Blackcap and a couple of Coal Tit.

A Juv. Jay sat patiently on a distant fence post near trees.

A walk through Oats Royd (keeping to the main track) to Roper Lane had just a singing Chiffchaff and singing Willow Warbler on offer.
(No Whitethroat here?).

At the top of the steep track to Roper Lane, I stopped for a breather and a soundless Sparrowhawk glided about a foot over my head on its way to Ambler Thorn.

Along Roper Lane just a Meadow Pipit and Willow Warbler.
The path down to Bradshaw from Roper Lane covers some interesting ground and I always expect something to pop up - it seldom does though.
Little Owl can be seen here sometimes but today just a Mistle Thrush called nearby but I did not see it.

Later on ,a  walk to the Moorlands for some Early Bird grub revealed 3 Linnet along Cow Hill Gate Road.

It's been a bit of a struggle to eek out any local goodies these last few weeks.

Halifax Birdwatchers Guide.

I was well impressed with the Halifax Birdwatchers Guide, I bought today.

Very well done to all involved with the publication.
It's very time consuming to produce a publication with so much accurate and fine detail.
An excellent job.

The path near Holdworth

Ringby Top from Above Oats Royd

The view from Roper Lane

Of all the Gin joints in all the world....
He had that 'Humphrey Bogart' look, don't you think?

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