Monday, 18 June 2018

Hirst Wood, Canal & River (Saltaire)

A short stroll through Hirst Wood and along the canal and River Aire on a windy, bright day.

The woodland had a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling, heard from the car park.
I was hoping that I might hear the calls of young Woodpeckers and maybe locate a nest but I was not that lucky.
Not a lot seen in the woods. A Chiffchaff was singing as we made our way down to the river.

The river was interesting with a Kingfisher calling loudly and flying past at speed 3 or 4 times before landing at quite a distance from us.

Also hereabouts 5 Grey Wagtail , included some young birds.

The water treatment works were very quiet, no Pied Wagtails seen here today.

The river is very murky, needing some rain I would guess , a Heron, but nothing much else was seen along it, as we walked along the riverside path to the cricket pitch.

8 Black Headed Gulls were dressed for cricket but some were asleep on the field.

We opted for a knickerbocker glory in the pub, instead of coffee and a bun, and it was a wise move.

As we ate our ice cream, looking out of the windows over the river, an Oystercatcher flew past and 4 Swift were also seen.

Greylag Geese, with young, were seen on our way back to the car park together with a Moorhen.

Spot the Kingfisher

There she blows

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