Monthly Archives: January 2011

Old Moor

A morning out at Old Moor once again in freezing temps [roll on summer] we only hit the feeders due to the temps, the hide were colder than being in the open air, anyway the birds were good near the centre feeders we saw Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Bullfinch, Dunnock, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Blackbird and Brambling only a brief shot but see it we did nice male so plenty to keep us interested and get cold in. So off we moved to the Tree Sparrow farm to feast our eyes on Yellowhammers, Reed Buntings, Blackbirds and a Male and Female Brambling [Video Link] better views this time so we were able to compare sexes. We then moved off it was too cold to stand still we to the Family hide were it was even colder in the hide then outside but the birds we plenty Wigeons, Tufted Duck, Teal, Goosander, Black Headed Gulls, Common Gulls, Mute Swan, Shoveler, the cold was getting to us time to find some Gannets at the cafe for a warm up. Enjoy some pics of the Bramblings

Male Brambling


Male Bramblng


Female Brambling


Horbury Wyke

Out to Horbury and once again I was out in freezing temperatures  arriving at about 8:30am I was  soon togged up and  making my way along the footpath slowly towards the filter beds. Birds were soon evident mainly on the river Mallards, Moorhen, Coots a few Goldeneye [Video Link] heading down river both males and females, Great Crested Grebes were about with male and females  Goosanders in and amongst. Soon at the filter beds were the smaller stuff was hanging about Pied Wagtails were numerous a single Grey Wagtail [first of the 5 to see] two Lesser Redpolls and a single Meadow Pipit were a nice surprise to find, and with  Goldcrest, Bullfinch,Treecreeper, Blackbirds, Redwings, Song Thrush there was plenty to see. Canada Geese were on the Wyke itself with Great Spotted Woodpecker calling from a nearby tree it was know slowly warming up temperature wise and there was still plenty to feast upon Tufted Duck and Little Grebes [Video Link] were new today Grey Heron, Cormorants and Black Headed gulls overhead Long Tailed Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Dunnock, Magpie, Chaffinch were all seen as I made my way back to the car and another ending to a mornings birding and I even managed a bit of Digi/Videoscoping 🙂

Song Thrush

Fairburn Ings

It was only an hour around the visitor centre after a shopping trip to Junction 32 but it was out and about birding and there were birds abound around the feeders Tree Sparrows, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit picking out the seeds from the ladened tubes mopping up the crumbs under the feeders Robins, Dunnocks, Collard Doves, Moorhen, Pheasants  and a Water Rail. We decided on a walk around the broadwalk and in doing so saw Chaffinch, Treecreeper, big flocks of Goldfinch and Lesser Redpolls and a single Redwing



Sands Lane

Looking at the weather forecast for this Friday I was thinking an early start was in order  to try and get an hours birding out of the day before the Snow started and since Sands Lane was on the doorstep and that I hadn’t caught sight of the American bird this year I think Sands Lane was going to be the place to start.

Arrived at the Lane at about 8:30am to find the assembled wildfowl round at the weir the usual Mallards, Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Coots and Moorhens, the Tufted Ducks  were still present but in more numbers (4 male and 9 Female), Pochard (4 Male and 4 Female), Goosander (4 Male and 1 Female), a surprise find was 2 Little Grebes feeding along the far river bank I probably wouldn’t have found them if it hadn’t been for the female Goosander  scaring them out of the undergrowth. Along the towpath a Male Pied Wagtail with a Male Blackbird for company feeding on the grain handouts, these birds must be finding it hard at present with things having been frozen for so long. Some gulls had now arrived but mainly Black Headed and Common Gulls so at 9am I decided on going round to the pools to find the yank.

The pools were still frozen over from banking to banking Black Headed and Common Gulls present with a Great Spotted Woodpecker calling from the nearby tree, a fly over Cormorant, then the Ring Billed Gull finally flew in at about 9:15am the snow started at 9:30am great timing all round the planned visit to Horbury Wyke was off that would have to wait for anothr day it was home and coffee

Happy New Year

It didn’t take much effort to drag me out on new years day with the invitation of a days birding and a breakfast at Potteric Carr one of my favourite Yorkshire birding venues. We arrived at 10am and were soon adding the species to the new year list Bullfinch was first with Reed Bunting second we didn’t add anything else till we hit the Willow Pool hide near the cafe site and this is were the boys wth the toys where long lenses and fancy cameras so there was much room for our little group in fact a couple stayed outside I managed a seat and was able to see Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Moorhen, Water Rail,  I got called out of the hide to see a nice flock of Siskin ( a Potteric first for me)  It was then time for the famous Potteric Carr New Years Day Breakfast, good call, finished off with Christmas Cake. After this splendid breakfast we had this we made our way back to the car slowly adding very little else to the seen list except Coal Tit.

The way home had us calling in to Sands Lane to try and locate the Ring Billed Gull not finding this I found Pochard [Video Link] , Tufted Duck, Goosander [Video Link], Common Gulls, Black Headed Gulls, Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Mallard, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush and Linnet. The 2011 year was off to a start

Day List :-

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Popchard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Pheasant, Cormorant, Water Rail, Coot, Moorhen, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting

A few Photos from the day to finish off :-

Willow Tit and Robin


Water Rail


Blue Tit