Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Blacktoft Sands after Osprey Visit

    Nice surprise last Saturday morning as I was just setting off to work
    at 6am as I looked into the sky like I always do when I step out of the
    door, there was a Osprey flying over Claremount Hill and then over
    Halifax towards the moors, I had no time to get my camera so was
    a bit gutted. News came in over the week that one was at Leeming
    Reservoir diving into the water and another at St Aidans Rspb
    Swillington so its great that there about locally.

    I decided to go Blacktoft Sands now that Ive got my mojo back
    for photography in hope of seeing the Spoonbills before they migrate,
    but they didn't show but I still had an enjoyable day with my mate
    Chris T who was good enough to do the driving, lots of waders about
    and Marsh Harriers kept making an appearance but everything was at
    long distance though I was surprised at seeing a Sparrowhawk attacking
    a Harrier as it was perched in a tree, and I was also surprised at how
    quiet it was with the smaller birds hardly any about to be seen and
    birdsong was nearly non-existent, most small birds seen were Treesparrows.

     Garden has been very busy with all the finch family feeding there young
     and a big gang of Blue Tits raided the feeders early doors this morning,
     Sparrowhawk has been a regular visitor swooping through nearly everyday.