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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Down to the lowlands E.G.P.

                                 Most of the Redpolls have now moved on


                           Male Bullfinch will take some beating.


                                          Robin getting in on the act

Thought Id head to the bottom of the hill for an hour late afternoon to find where all the birds are and sure enough, Elland Gravel Pits have them all. A different world down there with swarms of flies, Swallows in the air and birds singing from every tree.
Did a bit of bird table photography which to me is cheating a bit with birds as a sitting target but its very tempting, especially when there are male Bullfinch present.
Found myself rusty with bird song as you dont hear many on the uplands but it made a nice change apart from the constant flow of people walking by, many of which walked right up to the tables and inspected the food.
One couple said to me in a very loud voice " Not much about is there ",  " No ", I said," but there was before you came."
Apart from the usual nuggets I met several nice people genuinely interested in the area, one couple even showed me a Wrens nest and took a photo of West Yorkshire Birding on my cap so he could look it up on his computer tonight.
At least |I,ve topped my annual list up a bit.

Blackcap
Chiffchaff
Bullfinch
Swallow
Green Woodpecker
Redpoll
Goosander
Wren
Mute Swan
 Coot
Heron
+ usual sp.
BS

3 comments:

NigelK said...

I wouldn't mind a posing Bullfinch neither.
Even in the dank cool typical Easter weather Ogden was busy with human beings too. You should have a real time in the morning!

Brian Sumner . said...

Thats apart from the strong westerley and possible fog and drizzle !!

DJSutcliffe said...

Always a good range of species down there Bri. Nice shots as well.