I kept to the roads today, with the snow still quite deep hereabouts.
The usual walk to Ogden today via The Raggalds and Percy Road.
Back via Peat Pitts and Ingham Lane.
A pleasing outing with a few less common birds coming along to perk me up and an interesting find on Ogden Water.
2 Little Owl were seen on the way up to the Raggalds.
One bird , that was in a different location than normal, was a pleasing spot for me.
Raggalds Flood was frozen over and bereft of birds.
Percy Road had some picturesque views but not much bird life - not a lot happened 'till Ogden Lane.
The trees on the left along Ogden Lane were lively with birds.
Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Goldfinch were here.
Also here, a lovely surprise in the shape of my first 2018 Treecreeper.
The dark tree canopy made photos awkward to get.
Nearing the prom a calling Nuthatch failed to materialise.
No sign of the Kingfisher down in the sluice but a Jay was kind enough to show up here.
Ogden Water had a good few Small Gulls and at least 3 Herring Gulls (I believe).
A real bonus in the shape of a really smart looking Drake Shelduck was out on the water.
Probably one of DJS's two birds seen at Mixenden yesterday?
A boggy circuit of the water was a let down, with Goldcrest calling but not seen and not a lot else about.
As I went down past Boggart Brigg a Kestrel landed on a wire.
While I was taking a few photies, a larger bird gave the Kestrel some grief, before the bird landed sideways-on on a telegraph pole - A Green Woodpecker.
On the way home, nearing Bradshaw School on Ingham Lane, a flock of 57 Fieldfare flew overhead - nice to see.
Some lovely late evening sunshine brought with it some interesting cloud colours.
Another excellent afternoon out and about.
Soil Hill comms mast
Sun reflecting off house below Roper Lane