Raven, Common Whitethroat and even the Green Woodpecker is back. Brimstone, Speckled Wood and Green veined White Butterflies add to an exciting April…on Nature on a Lunch Break, see the page HERE to see more highlights

Cromwell Bottom

Another visit out to a local spot near Brighouse, Cromwell Bottom, hoping to pick up on some warbler action for the night.

3 Buzzards were nice to see as I pulled into the car park, then there was a little else on my way down to the feeding station, Wren, Robin and Blackbirds mainly.

The feeding station produced plenty with Chaffinch, Robins, Dunnock, Great Tit, Blue Tit with a few Blackbird, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, and the odd Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

Out on the river were a couple of male Goosander with a single female and a single Moorhen along with single Grey Wagtail. Plenty of Wrens on the reserve but trying to get of photo of one of these was difficult and a task I failed at. Eventually I did pick up on a new warbler species for the year, a single Willow Warbler was new with a Chiffchaff nearby to get a comparison. A single Treecreeper was a nice one to see by the riverside trees

A Little Grebe and a Grey Heron were near the viewpoint but alas no Swallow or Martin’s about as yet.

Cromwell Bottom Website HERE

Birds List : Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Greylag Goose, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Reed Bunting, Robin, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Willow warbler, Woodpigeon

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Stock Dove
Great Tit
Reed Bunting


In search of elusive Owls took me on to the nearby Moors of Huddersfield in what turned out to be a very, very, windy and chilly evening. Lapwing, Curlew and Crows were braving the wind but the elusive Long eared Owl took a a while to find, I’d almost given up up hope when a fellow birder found one tucked up against a tree trunk very much keeping out of the wind and difficult to find in conifer trees with the branches being close together.

I decided on going back to the car, get out the wind and have a warm before moving onto the next owl site. On my way back I was lucky enough to find two Little Owls, sitting happily in a field tucked in out of the wind behind one of the dry stone walls, two out of the three Owl species I wanted to see tonight.

Took a good walk to the site of the Barn Owls of which I was hoping to see, with very little reward seen on the way too the site, too windy. An hour at the site produced no Barn Owl but a good size flock of Redwing/Fieldfare mix was a nice bonus, Meadow pipits , Curlews and Mallards battled the winds as they flew up to the nearby reservoir, with a Grey Heron flying down the valley, struggling all the way.

Another visit when its not windy I think may give me the bonus I’m looking for with maybe a few summer migrants thrown in.

Bird List :- Crow, Curlew, Fieldfare, Grey Heron, Jackdaw, Lapwing, Little Owl, Long eared Owl, Magpie, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Pheasant, Redwing, Woodpigeon (14)

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Little Owls


See the March highlights for Nature on a Lunch Break HERE with Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and with a few butterfly species thrown in gets the year off to a steady start.

Cromwell Bottom

A local Nature Reserve which sadly I neglected over a number of years, hopefully I now tend to put that right.. I was greeted by a friendly Robin as I made way around to the feeding station, and of course I had to stop and take a few photos, they are always very obliging. At the feeding station were Great Tit, Blue Tit, Nuthatch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Bullfinch, Stock Dove, Chaffinch, and Coal Tit.

I walked on towards the river and stopped along the bridge from where I saw a single Dipper and a pair of Kingfishers.

On then towards the viewing platform were I made another stop and here I found Coot, a single Grey Heron, a calling Little Grebe, and a single Chiffchaff in a nearby tree.

Cromwell Bottom is over a large area and I’m looking forward to coming back and finding other Nature areas here, a link to Cromwell Bottom can be found in the Yorkshire’s what’s about links to the right side or PRESS

Bird List :- Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Coot, Dipper, Dunnock, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Little Grebe, Magpie, Mallard, Nuthatch, Robin, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Wren (22)

Great Tit

Staying Local

I decided once again on a short trip out to Sands Lane, mainly to get out with the new camera and practice. The number of Gulls was low when I got there at about 3pm but started to build at about 3:30pm.The usual species were about Common Gull, Black headed Gull and Herring Gulls these birds being my subject once again for the flight shots and to hone my panning skills. There were also a few more people about as it was a bit sunny and warmer than of late, all coming to feed the Mute Swans and Mallards. The Goosander numbers had built up but once again to far out for photos, a pair of Pied Wagtail put in a brief appearance as also did a single Grey Wagtail, people numbers putting these off.

Later on I went to a local site hoping for a Barn Owl sighting, this didn’t materialize as it got darker and darker, compensation came with a few Tawny Owls calling, Lapwing were also back on the breeding site.

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Staying local

Since we’re still having to stay local and not travel, I once again had a trip to Sands Lane, ok not the best place in the world to see nature but nature it is and I was out.

Pied Wagtail was still about but the addition of a Grey Wagtail was indeed a welcome bonus. The other birds about were Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard and two pair of Goosander, these were mainly about the weir. The usual gulls were seen Black headed, Common Gulls and Herring Gulls but numbers were lower than my last visit.

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Grey Wagtail
Herring Gull

Staying Local

Over to Sands Lane mainly to play with the new camera (Sony RX10iv) and to practice my in flight shots, Sands Lane being a good place to get close to Gulls, I wasn’t hoping for any year birds from this visit but Goosander and surprisingly Canada Goose was added to 2021.

Plenty of Black headed and Common Gulls to practice on, also here today was a nice pair of Pied Wagtails which came close for good photos, must remember to tidy some of the litter before taking photos next time here.

A little walk around also gave me Cormorant, House Sparrows, and Mallards not a big list but it was mainly to be out in nature

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Pied Wagtail ♀
Black headed Gull

Staying Local

Another ramble in the local area taking the same route as previously and once again seeing the local Robin singing from his favourite hedge with the local Hedge Sparrows close by, but I then found a different bird for the year along wth the Blackbirds, a single Redwing. In the field were Jackdaws and Black headed Gulls.

Birdlife was quiet today on my walk hopefully next month will bring a change

Bird Species :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Common Gull, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Redwing, Robin, Woodpigeon

Staying Local

So the lockdown continues and movement is still down to staying in the local area, so it was that the local pond came in to its own again.

Still very muddy underfoot as I made may down thru the field picking up on plenty of Woodpigeon, Jackdaws, a few Blackbirds (Male and Female), House Sparrows, Black headed Gulls, and Common Gulls.

Around at the ponds life was a bit quite with very little movement, life here will be picking up in a couple of months when insect life begins again and warmer days. All was not lost as a Grey Heron flew in but didn’t stay long and was soon off agin high over the wood.

A dog barking prompted me to look around and to see a handful of Roe Deer rushing across the path and into the quarry area and eventually out the other side, coming out more gracefully than going in.

I wondered into another area of the ponds and flushed up a Jack Snipe but it was never relocated classic flight as I flushed it up straight up, quick and straight back down again

Birds Seen :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Grey Heron, House Sparrow, Jack Snipe, Jackdaw, Magpie, Pheasant, Robin, Woodpigeon

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Roe Deer