Saturday, 27 May 2017

Leeshaw Reservoir

15:40 - 17:00

A trip to Leeshaw this afternoon, after my sponge fight with Abigail in the garden, was abandoned during the thunderstorm.
'appen as well , I was very, very wet and loosing badly.

I was hoping the storm might have brought with it a Tern or three, but I did not have any luck there.

The birds on the reservoir shoreline are just on the periphery of my bins and camera unfortunately.


3 Oystercatcher (at least).
Lapwing in good numbers with chicks in amongst.
Curlew were very few, with maybe 4 seen during my stay.
c50 Greylag Goose with Large Goslings.
2 Redshank in the tall grass - probably others as well.
4 Black Headed Gull. 
2 Heron.
10 Large Gulls including Lesser Black-backed and at least one Herring Gull.
2 Stock Dove.

Little Ringed Plover.

Snipe drumming.

A good search for Little Owl failed to locate it!

Lapwing unhappy with Oystercatcher

Just for one moment - a mega - then not!

Lapwing Chick


Little Ringed Plover

2 Stock Dove

Greylag Geese in the fields

Herring Gull unless I'm mistaken

Friday, 26 May 2017

Soil Hill and thereabout ... again

14:00 - 16:00

Another beautiful sunny day with a pleasant cooling breeze.
I took a saunter up to Soil Hill and back.


Greenfinch, Swallow, Little Owl, Skylark, Meadow Pipit.
Sparrowhawk - very high far off to the east.
Sparrowhawk seen later on - again very, very high over Bradshaw Lane - probably the same bird.
Willow Warbler, Pheasant, 3 Linnet, Goldfinch, Lapwing, Woodpigeon, PR Oystercatcher.
Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, 1 Swift was about it.

The lower NK pond was busy with what looked like 2 Moorhen with 2 chicks and a couple of Mallard.
The pond is too distant to get any clear ID though.

Some photos, mostly Meadow Pipit .... a bit dull I'm afraid.

Very distant NK pond photos

Distant Whitethroat

Mixenden Reservoir in the distance

Coal Lane

Though this was a corvid at the time.
Probably a Pheasant.
Any comments on the ID would be welcome

Swalesmoor re-cyling buildings - Ringby Top