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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.

Cromwell Bottom

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)

Great Tit

Staying Local

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.

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Staying local

Since we’re still having to stay local and not travel, I once again had a trip to Sands Lane, ok not the best place in the world to see nature but nature it is and I was out.

Pied Wagtail was still about but the addition of a Grey Wagtail was indeed a welcome bonus. The other birds about were Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard and two pair of Goosander, these were mainly about the weir. The usual gulls were seen Black headed, Common Gulls and Herring Gulls but numbers were lower than my last visit.

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Grey Wagtail
Herring Gull

Staying Local

Over to Sands Lane mainly to play with the new camera (Sony RX10iv) and to practice my in flight shots, Sands Lane being a good place to get close to Gulls, I wasn’t hoping for any year birds from this visit but Goosander and surprisingly Canada Goose was added to 2021.

Plenty of Black headed and Common Gulls to practice on, also here today was a nice pair of Pied Wagtails which came close for good photos, must remember to tidy some of the litter before taking photos next time here.

A little walk around also gave me Cormorant, House Sparrows, and Mallards not a big list but it was mainly to be out in nature

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Pied Wagtail ♀
Black headed Gull

Staying Local

Another ramble in the local area taking the same route as previously and once again seeing the local Robin singing from his favourite hedge with the local Hedge Sparrows close by, but I then found a different bird for the year along wth the Blackbirds, a single Redwing. In the field were Jackdaws and Black headed Gulls.

Birdlife was quiet today on my walk hopefully next month will bring a change

Bird Species :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Common Gull, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Mallard, Redwing, Robin, Woodpigeon

Staying Local

So the lockdown continues and movement is still down to staying in the local area, so it was that the local pond came in to its own again.

Still very muddy underfoot as I made may down thru the field picking up on plenty of Woodpigeon, Jackdaws, a few Blackbirds (Male and Female), House Sparrows, Black headed Gulls, and Common Gulls.

Around at the ponds life was a bit quite with very little movement, life here will be picking up in a couple of months when insect life begins again and warmer days. All was not lost as a Grey Heron flew in but didn’t stay long and was soon off agin high over the wood.

A dog barking prompted me to look around and to see a handful of Roe Deer rushing across the path and into the quarry area and eventually out the other side, coming out more gracefully than going in.

I wondered into another area of the ponds and flushed up a Jack Snipe but it was never relocated classic flight as I flushed it up straight up, quick and straight back down again

Birds Seen :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Grey Heron, House Sparrow, Jack Snipe, Jackdaw, Magpie, Pheasant, Robin, Woodpigeon

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Roe Deer

Staying Local

Another local trip out, again very muddy and slippy underfoot. My first bird encounter was with the Common Gulls, Black headed Gulls and Blackbirds in the horse field which they and other bird species take a shine to. Moving off I had planned a different route this time going along the side and top of the quarry encountering hardly any bird life as I did so only the occasional Crow, Magpie and lots of Woodpigeon as they flew over.

More towards the wooded area I caught Bullfinch, Mistle Thrush and Jay the later giving themselves away by the harsh calls. It wasn’t till I got back near my start point that I picked up on more bird life mainly in the hedges House Sparrows, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bullfinch, Robin and a Male Pheasant.

Bird List :- Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Crow, Common Gull, Great Tit, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Magpie, Mistle Thrush, Pheasant, Robin, Woodpigeon

Short Video of the Walk can be seen HERE

Staying Local

Out and about on another nature walk, staying within parameters of course, very local.

Planned route was down across the fields, skirting the cemetery and pond area up onto the hill down thru the wood which brings me back to the start.

Setting off the going was difficult with ice about and more into the route very muddy and slippy in areas, good to be out though the snow made it very picturesque, the birds were harder to find at the start with mainly Blackbirds, Magpies and Crows. Out by the ponds were Bullfinch which was a nice to find along with Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin and a calling Green Woodpecker which was calling all around the walk and never giving itself up, Kestrel flew thru close by and I scared up a Pheasant.

It was quiet on the second half of the walk with no birds seen or heard in the wood, things brightened up near the end of the walk with one field, where the horses are kept showing a few bird species, a group of about fifteen Lapwings along with twenty Fieldfares mixed in with these were a few Starling, a pair of Pied Wagtails, Woodpigeons, Black headed Gulls a couple of Common Gulls, and a flock of smaller birds of which I managed to pick out a couple of Greenfinch.

Thanks for reading

Bird List : Blackbird, Black headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Crow, Common Gull, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Greenfinch, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Kestrel, Lapwing, Long tailed Tit, Magpie, Pheasant, Pied wagtail, Robin, Starling, Woodpigeon (22)

Staying Local

Well here were go again another lockdown with this one coming with tighter travel restrictions, so “stay local” if your using the car your going too far.

Bearing that in mind I had a local walk seeing lots of common species taking in the ponds area, very muddy underfoot wellies would have been a good idea, I wasn’t expecting any insect life at this time of year. The birds seen Common Buzzard was around, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Crow, Black headed Gulls, Common Gull, plenty of Woodpigeon, Blackbirds, House Sparrows, Robin, Starlings, the highlight today thou were a pair of Coal Tit….nice to see

Enjoy the nature and keep safe 😷