Friday, 22 September 2017

Around the Patch

Things have been busy in the garden, lots of birds on the move and we've had more Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest passing through. The Sparrow and Starling numbers have increased again after a few weeks dip. Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Robin, Woodpigeon and Goldfinch are back in the garden after mostly being absent through the summer. Lots of Tits are backwards and forwards from the feeder too.

The best bird so far though has been a Great Spotted Woodpecker which turned up last Saturday, it landed in our Laburnum, hopped around and flew off, it was lucky I was still sat by the window with my cuppa that I happened to see it. It's only the 2nd one i've seen in the garden in the 9 years we've lived here and the other was 8 years ago and landed in the same tree!

The squirrel and foxes are still daily visitors, a couple of weeks back my husband saw 5 of them (foxes) in an empty overgrown yard nearby. The foxes have just figured out if they stand up they can clean out the seed tray on the feeder and by clean I mean clean, not a scrap left in there!  Our regular Squirrel looks like she is nursing young at the moment and she tears through the nuts and sunflower hearts two or three times a day!

In Churwell Woods there were a couple of Chiffchaffs about this week, lots of different Tits and Woodpigeons galore. The fields where the fire was have been completely dug over. Makes for good pickings, lots of Woodpigeons and Magpies in the mud and from a pylon a Kestrel sat watching everything one morning, too far away for a decent photograph but we watched it a while.

These oak galls are all over one of the trees.

This nest had fallen out of the trees near the entrance to the woods, you can't quite tell but it was tiny.

A few butterflies are still on the wing, Comma, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral.

The morning walk to work has been full of birds recently too, lots more Gulls around, BH and Herring, Robins have started singing in the park, 4 of them one morning. A Chiffchaff was singing right above my head on Wednesday.


A Sparrowhawk was harassing a flock of pigeons that belong to one of the houses near Morrison, it flew right overhead as I walked through the car park. The farm by work has been ploughed it's fields and they've been covered in Gulls, Crows and Woodpigeons.

The trees are turning colour and the early mornings definitely have that autumn feel now, it makes for a beautiful walk to work!

Monday, 18 September 2017


On Sunday we went to a Kustom car show at Pontefract race course and we made a detour to walk around the lake there. When looking it up afterwards it seems we missed a nature reserve in the North part of the park!

It was full of the usual birds - Mallard, Coot, Canada Geese, Black-headed Gulls, Tufted Ducks and a Cormorant too.

Unfortunately someone drove a radio controlled boat at the birds and another person had their dog in the lake spooking them so I wasn't able to check them out properly but I don't think I missed any.

Overhead were more BH Gulls and a few Herring too. Magpies and Woodpigeons were picking through the fallen leaves.

It's beginning to look quite autumn like now!

Another place to go back to so we can check out the reserve.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Out and About

Calling at Yeadon dam on Bank Holiday Monday it looked like the ducks were completely overfed and they didn't even stir with all the people there! I spotted a lone Common Gull in amongst the Black-headed.

We also went for a quick walk around Parkinson's Field in Guiseley, the sky was filled with House Martins, though the field itself was quiet for birds.

In Churwell Woods we've seen Bullfinch, Chaffinch, small flocks of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, lots of Woodpigeons and Squirrels. Robins, Dunnocks, Blackbirds and Sparrows, no sign of the Woodpecker again though.

A day trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (where we learnt a lot about the work done with the Polar Bears and the issues they face in the wild - really interesting talks, try and catch them if you go!) I still managed a little birding along the way. Lots of Pied Wagtails wagging around the paddocks, Sparrows, Jackdaws, Magpies and Gulls in abundance. A flock of Lapwing even in one of the unused Polar Bear areas.  

A small Warbler flew briefly into the trees above our heads but I didn't get a good enough look, the general consensus on the UK ID Facebook group was a Goldcrest though.

This Red-legged Shieldbug landed on the table as we ate lunch.

Part of the park is turned over to nature with ponds and  marshy land. We saw two Buzzards sat in one tree and a Kestrel sat in another. A large charm of 30+ Goldfinch where flying about in some empty land next to the polar bears and we saw quite a few butterflies.