New Birds

 The day started early once again this time 7:30am at Horbury Wyke and once again within the Huddersfield/Patch area after parking up and getting set to move off I was greeted to day by a singing Garden Warbler didn’t show himself after five minutes so I moved off. The birds on the river were Mute Swan, Mallard, Moorhen with a couple of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaff singing on the the other side.  I made it to the filter beds finding a stunning Male ♂ Pied Wagtail and then a Whitethroat, whilst watching the whitethroat the hoped for bird made itself known firstly by its song and then its flight display before settling on top of a bush Sedge Warbler (150), a new bird for the patch making it now 150, target meet. Afetr watching it and taking some very disappointing photos because of distance and poor light I left and moved off further down river to find more Whitethroat and a single Lesser Whitethroat, Common Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin and Swallow overhead. Just to stop there has anybody else noted a lack of Swallows this year? or is it just me? anyway more birds Oysetcatchers (2) Grey Heron and more Moorhens on the river

Oystercatcher Horbury

Oystercatcher > Horbury

Enough of Horbury and after taking to another HBW member and catching fleeting glimpses of Kingfisher I decided to go for new bird number 2 at Potteric Carr, this one would make to the British and Yorkshire list. Arrived at Potteric Carr an hour later to here the bird was still there but at the other end of the reserve, things are never easy so off I set set finding more Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Garden Warblers and a couple of Reed Warblers on the way thro to finally view the other new bird of the day Iberian Chiffchaff, if you want to know the in and outs of this Chiffchaff to Common Chiffchaff read this at Surfbirds., well that was about my day apart from a Male Reed Bunting on the way back and heres the attempt of taking a photo of it and then theres the Day List at the end :-

Reed Bunting ♂

Male Reed Bunting > Potteric Carr


Day List

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Kesterl, Moorhen, Coot, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Black headed Gull, Leseer Black Backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Swift, Kingfisher, Sand martin, Swallow, House Martin, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Leseer Whitethroat, Whitethroat,Chiffchaff, Iberian Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Rook, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting

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