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Monday, December 16, 2013

Birds of Black Dyke Mill

                 
                                     Black Dyke Mill, from Sourheads
                                 Black Dyke mill from High St.
    The tower which housed the mill siren for start and finish
    of work and also used to summon the Queensbury fire brigade when the engine was kept in the mill yard.
 The wartime air raid siren was also on the tower.                                          Photos BS.                                  

You could spend a days birding in Queensbury without leaving the grounds of Black Dyke Mill which holds a good variety of species throughout the seasons.
Up to 60 Feral pigeons are resident there and can been seen circling the mill before landing around the tower or on the chimney.
Up to 3 pair of Kestrel can be found high up in alcoves in the walls and at least 1 is usually up on the chimney ledge.
Grey Wagtails are a regular summer visitor and this year 2 seem to be over wintering and can be seen near the Albert Memorial by the traffic lights.
In summer Swallows return to their previous years nesting sights mainly in the mills out buildings and Swifts and House Martins circle the top of the chimney.
Hoards of Starling roost on the window ledges taking advantage of the warmth along with Jackdaws, Rooks and Crows whilst a winter gull roost is formed on the flat roof off Brighouse Rd made up of Black Headed and Common although this is visible from NKs house so we await a shout for a white winged sp.
Before the Albert Rd dam was built on Heron were a regular visitor along with several Mallard on the water.
At the bottom of the mill near Catsteps a Little Owl can usually be found as well as Snipe by the old filter beds.
Roe deer are found in this area which joins onto Green Lane as they venture across from Shibden and winter thrushes roost in the trees between the mill and Sourheads.
These are just the commoner species found and I,m sure with a bit of watching and searching several more could be added to the list but there again, its all down to time, or the lack of it.

Needless to say things in the village were quiet today, hence all the bumf above, although 43 Common gulls landed in Foxhill Park at lunch time unfortunately just as I was leaving.
BS




2 comments:

Dave Sutcliffe said...

Nice to see some character with thos B & W shots Bri

Brian Sumner . said...

Once did some portraits of the daughters when they were young and put them into black and white thinking they looked good, but when I showed them to my Mother she said, " what lovely photos, shame they,re not in colour" !!!