Monthly Archives: February 2014

East Coast

I decided on a day out taking time off work for a bit of therapy to the East Coast for a little bit of photography taking in Filey, Bridlington and the North Cave Wetlands. Just short of 50 species for the day no major highlights all common species such as Knot, Oystercatcher, Common Redshank, Guillemot, Razorbill with a couple of surprises thrown in like Little Gull and Common Seal

A more detailed report can be read at the TRIPS tab and scroll down to “Yorkshire Front Page” and then “East Coast Feb 2014” or if you like at this link

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Common Redshank


Healey Mills and Old Moor RSPB

Friday 21st turned out to be a busy day first off was a morning visit to the new reserve at Healey Mills first birds encountered were Mallard and Common Teal on the river calder. In at the feeders were Dunnock, Robin, Blue Tit, Long tailed Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, and Wren.

On at the farm plenty of Black headed Gulls, Oystercatchers (2), Teal (c50), Shoveler (3♂ 2♀), Common Snipe (14). On the filters beds Crows, Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtails (3) and Reed Bunting, surprise of the morning was a Fox on one of the pools

Great Tit

Great Tit

Healey Mills birds in no particular order :-

Magpie, Crow, Robin, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Long tailed Tit, Black headed Gull, Mallard, Teal, Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush, Cormorant, Goosander, Grey Heron, Chaffinch, Oystercatcher, Common Snipe, Pheasant, Wren, Bullfinch, Fox

The second part of the day, pm, was a visit to Old Moor RSPB and or was port of call was at the Tree Sparrow farm were the second surprise of the day was a Weasel near the little pool running around in and out of the stone work, at the feeders were Brambling, Chaffinch, Blackbird. Straight on then to the Wath Ings hide were we saw Pochard, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Lapwing, Teal, Starling. On our way back we stopped off at the Field Pool hide were we picked up a couple of Dunlin and had a chat with a young lad with his grand parents telling us all he had seen and wanted to see, after he had correctly ID the Dunlin, great to see the younger end coming thru

We then had a visit to Broomhill Flash where the only birdlife different was a pair of Goldeneye

Birds at Old Moor :-

Brambling, Chaffinch, Collard Dove, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, lapwing, Starling, Robin, Moorhen, Coot, Pochard, Little Grebe, Canada Goose, Common Gull, Dunlin

Tufted Duck

Tufted Duck



Sands Lane and a New Reserve

I was due to meet up with somebody this morning to have a tour of one of “The Patch” reserves that I hadn’t been able to get on due to it being a restricted access site but that wasn’t till 9:30am so I had time to drop in on Sands Lane on my way.

Sands Lane still has the  Great Northern Diver present and once again in the middle of the large lake, which I didn’t mind this time because I left the DSLR at home. Along with the Diver…Great Crested Grebe (2), Tufted Duck (10..7♂ 3♀), Coot, Mute Swan, Mallard, Black headed Gulls. I moved on then to the weir to find more Black headed Gulls, Common Gull (1), Mallard, Canada Geese, Goosander (1♂ 1♀)

Female Goosander


It was then time to move on to the new reserve at Healey Mills, I meet up with my guide for the morning and having passed security we were soon on the reserve negotiating our way around the now fallen trees from this weeks storms. Moving thru the vegetation we were soon upon the area were the feeders are looking at Blue Tit, Great Tit, Reed Buntings, Dunnock, Blackbirds, Stock Dove, Chaffinch and Robins. Hitting the second area we had to put on our hard hats and hi-vis vests or risk being thrown off site, more Reed Buntings could be seen on the filter beds along with Pied and Grey Wagtail. Around by the still ponds Shoveler, Teal and Common Snipe on the nearby river Goldeneye, Goosander, Cormorant and Mallard. A quick mornings tour to a site I hope to be seeing a bit more of, unfortunately only half this site falls within the HBW area.

Sands Lane

I managed a very quick tour of Sands Lane this morning and found the Great Northern Diver was still present, nice surprise, Great Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, Black headed Gulls, Common Gulls were also on the same lake.

Round at the weir were Mute Swan, Canada and Greylag Geese, Mallard, Goosander ♂♀, and a fly over Grey Wagtail

Great Crested Grebe

Great Crested Grebe