Monthly Archives: December 2013

Two barred

I was having an afternoon out with a friend to Tropical World at Roundhay Park in the afternoon so I decided firstly on a visit out to Broomhead Reservoir over Sheffield way whilst I had a couple of hours spare, As I set off the weather wasn’t with and wasnt all morning, I arrived at Broomhead in the area where the birds had been seen still raining at about 10am, I had an hour, couple of other birders were there so i was hopeful.

I walked the road, chatted with the other birders nothing seen so far so I carried on along the road, ten minutes later I got a shout that the birds had been seen, near where I had parked the car, I ran back (too out of shape for that) to a small group looking up, after getting my breath back I was able to hold my binoculars steady enough to see three fine male birds and a couple of females, the views of the Two Barred Crossbills lasted for about ten minutes before the birds took flight and were lost again for another day. Other birds seen were Jay and Blue Tit (try this area sk261956 [N53.457274…W-1.607723])

Images of Two Barred Crossbills can be seen here

I was wet, had now somewhere else to be, so I was off happy again with another new bird under the belt, my only one of this year….and no sign of the donkey 🙂

Happy New Year to everyone keep visiting in 2014

On the Patch

Decided on a morning around some of the patch sites namely the Ingbirchworth area. First stop was near Broadstones were a field of Black headed and Common Gulls got me attention, in and amongst the gulls were Starling, Rook, and Lapwings, also saw Redwings, Fieldfares, Jackdaws, Blackbirds, Crows, Magpies etc on my travel around. I didn’t stop again until I was approaching the reservoir (Ingbirchworth) were a flock of geese got my attention this time, 60+ Greylag geese with a single Pink footed goose, in an adjoining field I found a group of Grey Partridge, about 9 birds holding themselves to the ground as they do when feeling threatened, so I was off stopping then at the reservoir. Here I saw Tufted Duck, Mallard, Common Gull, Black headed Gull, Lesser Black backed Gull, Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, and then the surprise of the day 2 Bewick’s Swans (Cygnus bewickii), a patch and Yorkshire first for me.

I went then closer to home were Black headed and Common Gulls were on the playing fields, and a Little Owl was near the old farm.

We then had a walk around Pugneys Country Park near Wakefield and here on our walk around we saw, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Shoveler, Mallard, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Redwing, Lapwing,

I made final stop then at Sands Lane to have another looksie at the Great northern Diver. The day finished nicely at home with a Robin visiting the garden



View from Hide over Nature Reserve at Pugneys

Pugneys Pano


Merry Christmas


Old Moor and Sand Lane

I arrived  at Old Moor for 9:30am and parked up on the first row in the car park where I could easily see the feeders across in the hedgerow, there was plenty of birds flitting about Tree Sparrows, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Redwings, Blackbirds, Collard Doves, Pheasants, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Bullfinches so plenty to see before hitting the reserve.

At the visitor centre feeders more of the same species as could be found near the car park with Long tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Woodpigeon and Robin were added to the list.

My next port of call was the Wader Scrape hide were no waders were seen but it was good to see a number of Goosander, Wigeon, Teal and Shovelers.

Due to a text about a Diver on the local gravel pits I made a quick call in at the Tree Sparrow Farm to see, Dunnock, Reed Bunting, Tree Sparrow and Greenfinch

It was bye bye Old Moor and hello Sands Lane Gravel Pits at Mirfield (or now known as Ladywood lakes) I hadn’t parked the car up before I saw the Great Northern Diver from the road, nice bird in partial summer plumage, along with the diver were Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Black headed Gull and Common Gull, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Coot and Moorhen

Day List [In no particular order] :-Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Tree Sparrow, Redwing, Pheasant, Woodpigeon, Collard Dove, Robin, Dunnock, Starling, Blackbird, Magpie, Crow, Cormorant, Black headed Gull, Common Gull, Teal, Mallard, Wigeon, Gadwall, Goldeneye ♀, Shoveler, Coot, Moorhen, Lapwing, Reed Bunting, Canada Goose, Mute Swan

Sands Lane :- Great Northern Diver, Black headed Gull, Cormorant, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Coot

Female Blackbird


Great Northern Diver (Record Shot)

Great Northern Diver