Sunday, 14 February 2010

Yeadon Dam

We had a brief walk around yesterday on the way to visit my parents. It was very cold and as we were early it was pretty quiet. We felt a little bad that we hadn't brought any food for the birds as they were obviously looking at it. We got surrounded by Canada Geese and Mallards at one point all quacking furiously!

There were plenty of Black Headed Gulls on the water too.

We spotted some Tufted Ducks (or fishing ducks as my little one called them) diving under the water and watched them a while trying to spot where they would pop up next. They can certainly cover a lot of ground under the water.

Everything looked very bare but the red branches on these added colour to the landscape - I don't know what they are?

This is at the top end of the water near the airport runway.

As we walked round we saw Coots, a lone Moorhen strutting up and down, even more Gulls, a pair of Mute Swans, Crows, Magpies, and Pochards.

The Moorhen is just about visible but I was too busy trying to stop the little one from getting in mud at the same time!

Then as we were about to leave I was finally able to see a pair of birds that had been part of a group in the middle of the water (I didn't have binoculars with me), they came close enough so I could make out they were Goosander's - my best sighting of these birds. You can just about see them on these photos.

A great visit and it's always nice to visit a place that has so many memories for me.


  1. A great visit Pam and some very nice photos.

    You are spot on about how much ground the Tufted Ducks cover underwater, I have noticed the same thing with Grebes.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoyed the family visit.

  2. Hello Pam, I think the red stemmed shrub might be a Dogwood, Cornus alba. It has lovely red stems in autumn/winter & it really does add a dash of colour to the hedgerows at this time of year. Good sighting of the Goosander. On our last visit to Rodley one of the volunteers told us that on occasion they've had over 40 roosting there on an evening. It must be a sight to see! Linda

  3. Yes i've watched the Grebes too - really not easy to photograph either! :-)

    Linda, thanks for that I had a look and your right it is Dogwood, definitely very striking at this time of year. It's the first time i've seen the Goosander there, that I can remember and i've been going since I was a child! Pam