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Cromwell Bottom

Back out to Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve near Brighouse once again this time with camera in hand. Made a bee-line for the feeders near the bridge picking up a flock of mixed finches Siskin and Goldfinch in the alder trees and a single Mistle Thrush singing high up on the pylon as. I finally settled in to the feeding area, which was a little bit busy, adding a few species to the day list Dunnock, Robin, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Magpie, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Jay, Stock Dove and Woodpigeon, a good start and a few pictures in the camera. After about an hour I decided on stretching the old legs a bit and headed off towards the viewing platform, here I could over look the reserve and view the gravel pit area. At the viewing platform I saw mostly Black headed Gulls and Common Gulls no duck species today.

I had another quick 30 mins at the feeders taking a few more photos before heading back towards the car park, a slow walk, looking thru the alder trees as I went. I managed to pick up a few more species namely a single Goldcrest and a flock of Long tailed Tits. I also manged to locate a single drake Gosander on the nearby canal.

Bird List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Dunnock, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Goosander, Great, Jay, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Reed Bunting, Robin, Siskin, Stock dove, Woodpigeon (25)

Great Tit
Dunnock
Robin

Cromwell Bottom

Back out to Cromwell Bottom for a brief visit with dog in tow, surprisingly on arrival the car park was virtually empty, Friday at 14:15.

Straight around towards the feeders where i managed to see a male Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Jay. Onward we went towards the viewing platform where I managed to pick up on a small bird flock moving thru which included Nuthatch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Treecreeper.

Out on the adjacent gravel pits were numerous gulls mainly Black headed along with a few common and Herring and alone Grey Heron, a little bit nearer on the canal were Mallards, Mute Swan and Goosanders (2 males and 1 female), and a Cormorant went over.

Back at the feeders I added Dunnock and Blackbird

Bird List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Cormorant, Dunnock, Goosander, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jay, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Reed Bunting, Treecreeper (22)

Cromwell Bottom

The first day out of the year and nice again to get out with the camera after all the Christmas business and just be able to relax into nature again. My first choice of 2022 was Cromwell Bottom mainly because its local but also for the good areas of bird feeders which give good opportunities for bird photography.

I arrived on site just as daylight was breaking and nobody else had arrived in the car park, I headed straight off to the feeding area near the bridge in the reserve as the cafe feeding area was closed. Whilst walking towards the feeding area I heard Song Thrush, Robin, and saw Crow and Magpie. On arrival at the feeding area there wasn’t any birds active in the area the only occupants were squirrels but after about 15 minutes this started to happen with Blue, Great and Coal Tits coming into the feeders along with Bullfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Jay, Nuthatch, Chaffinh and Magpie.

After about an hour I left the feeding area and headed into the reserve crossing over the bridge and headed towards the viewing platform where I could overlook the adjoining canal and onto the gravel pits from the reserve. Here I saw a pair of Goldeneye ducks along with Black headed, Common and Herring Gulls. Back on the reserve I found very little in the area I was in apart from Crows.

It wasn’t long before I was back at the feeding area, which by now was full of watchers, I stayed ten minutes basically seeing what I’d already seen so I headed off back to the car, seeing Mallard and Mute Swans on my way passed the canal.

Bird List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Common Gull, Cormorant, Dunnock, Goldeneye, Great Tit, Grey Heron, Herring Gull, Jay, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mute Swan, Nuthatch, Robin, Song Thrush.

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Great Tit