On a beautiful morning I took a walk up Ringby Lane, Swalesmoor
hoping for something special which I always do but it was to no avail,
1 Jay flew past and that was it apart from the regular Crows & Gulls,
no Redwing, Fieldfare or even a Ring Ouzel that BS had spotted up
at Fly Flatts and no Raptors at all, the bottom end improved a little
bit with 4 Meadow Pipit, Robin, Blue Tits, Goldfinch and 2 Dunnock.
Back at home in the garden were Goldfinch, 2 Coal Tit, Great and Blue
Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Jackdaw, Collared Dove, Pigeon, and high
in the sky making quite a noise were 100's of Pink Footed Geese which
was great to see, heading towards Mytholmroyd where they were seen
and reported later.
I then took a trip with the wife and the dog to Foster Park looking mainly
Brambling but no joy again but did see Nuthatch, Jay and Goldfinch,
we then drove down to Cromwell Bottom NR where we saw a couple
of Goosander and a Moorhen on the river near where the new Sand Martin
nest has been built, birding area had 2 Bullfinch, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit,
and a Dunnock and that was it, oh and a Mallard on the canal, Ive never
known it so quiet for birdlife or people for that matter.
BS struck gold again with 2 Ring Ouzel and 2 Hawfinch have been
seen in the Colden Valley by LJC a bird Ive never seen but wish I had,
so well done to them fella's for spotting these rare birds.