Friday, 20 April 2018

Oxenhope Area Reservoirs

10:45 - 15:15

A run out to some of the reservoirs in the Oxenhope area to see if anything juicy had dropped in.

The weather caught me out this morning, with my summer gear on I was greeted with a stiff cold breeze at Ponden and a temperature of 10 degrees (ish). The reservoir was damp and gloomy, just below the mist line.

I had a good walk about both the top and bottom areas of the reservoir.

Ponden:

Oystercatcher,  Lapwing, Common Sandpiper seen twice, could have been 2 birds though.
A bird that I thought was a Cuckoo, morphed into a Jay.
2 Greylag Geese, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Moorhen.
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.

A Cuckoo called from beyond the Ponden Guest House buildings. I had a stroll towards the call and as I neared the area, the bird flew south across many fields to the conifers.

I thought that that was the end of my Cuckoo sighting for today.
As I was returning to the car, the bird re-appeared in a tree close by. Albeit, in shadow - a good do.

Lower Laithe had an Oystercatcher on the ironwork and a few distant Canada Geese on the drink.

Leeshaw:

Oystercatcher, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Kestrel, Lapwing, Meadow Pipit, Redshank. Lesser Black-backed Gull, Curlew, Cormorant.

Might have been a pr. Great Black-backed Gull on the water, but without seeing their leg colour I can't ID them properly.

A Orange/Brown weasel type, popped out of a wall, but not for long  - no photie alas.

Leeming:

3 Cormorant, 2 Pied Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, Rook, Curlew, Willow Warbler, Kestrel, Song Thrush, Red Legged Partridge.
Pr. Kestrel overhead.
5 Greylag Geese landed as I was leaving.

Golden Plover seen along the way as well.

Being dragged to the park by Abigail - better get my skates on.

Ponden:-(Very Dull Morning)






Jay










Leeshaw:







Leeming:











Along the way:-


The sound of spring:-






Thursday, 19 April 2018

Local Area Evening Stroll

18:00 - 19:45

An evening stroll in the lovely warm sunshine was very pleasant indeed.

Birds:-

4 Swallow, 2 Redshank, Lapwing, Curlew.

Pr. very distant Wheatear.
Pr. Oystercatcher. 2 Canada Geese.
Large Gull over, possibly Great Black-backed Gull
2 Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Skylark.

Distant wader, probably a Snipe.

2xpr Little Owl.





Probably Great Black-backed Gull.



Lapwing with Snipe?


Poor cropped pic of above.



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:-