Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Churwell Urban Woodlands

Monday morning was freezing and frosty with a tiny hint of snow and I took about 20 minutes before work to walk into the woods.

It wasn't that long after sunrise, in fact the sky was still pink in the distance and birds were everywhere. Flocks of Tits - Long-tailed, Great and Blue, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, House Sparrows, Robins, Magpies, Wrens, Woodpigeon, Starlings, Gulls overhead plus Squirrels and the rat we usually see too.

I couldn't resist a few photos of the frost.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Rodley Nature Reserve

Sunday was supposed to be a day filled with heavy snow, I was so looking forward to it..........but it seems those down south stole my snow (not entirely sure they wanted it to be fair) and instead there was a few flakes that barely covered the lawn!

As we hadn't made plans we decided to go out for a walk around Rodley. Not surprisingly, as it was just barely above freezing (and it got colder!), it was fairly quiet, not too many people were there and those that were there were chatty, which was lovely. We met a chap called Steve and had quite a chat, he's the warden of Denso Marston Nature Reserve in Baildon a place I'd heard about thanks to The Quiet Walker but have yet to visit.

There were plenty of Gulls all around the reserve, on the water, on the ice and in the surrounding fields - Black-Head and Common. On the water we saw Gadwall, Tufted Ducks, a Shelduck, amongst others.

From the Duck Marsh Hide 3 Moorhens were feeding on the grass in between the marsh and just off to the side of those - 2 Snipe wandering about too, I really didn't realise just how small they are until I saw them next to the Moorhens.

Can you spot them?!

A few Heron's were by the marshes, this one flew off just as we sat down in the next hide.

The smaller birds where out in abundance, Wrens, Dunnocks, Chaffinch, Robins, Blue, Great and Long-Tailed Tits, Blackbirds, Chaffinch and a few Reed Bunting too.

Good views of the Linnet flock too, flying in and out of the meadow.

We sat a while in the visitors centre with a much needed cup of tea to warm up and watched the birds out round the feeders - including Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Song Thrush.

As we walked up to the managers garden, we stopped to look into the field with the dung heap and a couple of guys there pointed out a few Meadow Pipits beyond it and Pied and Grey Wagtails on the heap itself.

Spot the Pipit

We watched the Blackbirds and a Jay in the managers garden and then headed out the reserve, we were followed down the road by a Red Kite, which flew over our heads only to be mobbed by 4 Crows as it got closer to the river!

I think we picked the right time to go, it had started snowing by now, not a lot but there was a definite drop in temperature and my hands despite my gloves were feeling it!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Churwell Urban Woodlands

I had a couple of quick walks around the woods before work this week, heading towards the dipping pond one day and then the through the main woods the next. Both mornings there were squirrels everywhere.

Lots of birds on both days - Blackbirds, Wrens, Robins, Great, Blue, Long-tailed Tits, Dunnocks, Woodpigeons, Chaffinch, Nuthatch, 2 Jays, Magpies, Crows and a pair of Mistle Thrush flying overhead.

Some Woodpigeons seem to manage without their head.......


Blue Tit


Spotted a Woodpigeon with a head





I saw a couple of different fungi though I spent most of my time looking up into the trees.

With the leaves falling now it's easier to see the surrounding houses of course but I noticed this view through a gap in one of the trees - the view towards Leeds city centre.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Golden Acre & Adel Dam

This is a visit from a couple of weeks ago on a gorgeous sunny but cold day!

We were that early some of the Black-headed Gulls were still asleep by the lake.

Most of the squirrels we saw had black noses from digging in the dirt!

It was a good day for Bullfinch, three by the hide at Adel Dam, then another couple eating berries with the Blackbirds behind the Golden Acre cafe. Jays too were everywhere we walked.

Great Tit


Grey Heron




By Breary Marsh the fields were full of birds, a possible Linnet flock, Crows and pigeons galore