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.
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)
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.