A Rare Trip Out

Between getting things ready for my daughter to go to Uni and having work done on the house birdwatching has fallen even further back on my list of priorities over the last few weeks. However yesterday morning saw me out at the Water Park. I started with a walk from Waterhay to the back of Cleveland Lakes. A singing Cetti’s greeted me at the car park and numerous small birds had the list ticking away nicely. Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Jay, Grey Wagtail and Reed Bunting started things off with a surprise singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap also seen. Several Bullfinches were heard but none were seen. Reaching the lakes Coot were seen in large numbers and there were plenty of Great-crested Grebes amongst the Tufted Duck and Pochard. From here I made a short stop at Twitchers , sunny mornings aren’t the best her with glare off the water making things difficult. Wigeon numbers are building up, several Cormorants were on the raft and a few Lapwings flew from the scrape. Final stop was my first proper visit to the Lower Moor reserve where Otters have been seen regularly over recent weeks. Not for me unfortunately although apparently there had been a couple of brief appearances earlier on in the morning. Great views of Kingfishers made the time spent here worthwhile. Heron, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker were also seen. All in all a good morning with forty-five species seen or heard.

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2 responses to “A Rare Trip Out

  1. Richard Williams

    Good to hear you’ve been out Malcolm and this gorgeous weather certainly helps. Excellent Kingfisher photos.

    • It was nice to be out again. Life is pretty hectic at the moment, just don’t seem to have any spare time at all.

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