3 April 2013
My first visit to Hetchell Woods this year, this is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve that I surveyed last year and am intending to survey again this year.
There was surprisingly little in the way of bird life in the area today, an odd blackbird or two and a nice buzzard overhead as I got to the ford. A couple of mistle thrushes in the fields to the East of the reserve were a nice tick but outside the recording area, hopefully they will be within the recording area next time.
Later in the day I took some time out from my journey to a committee meeting to have a mooch around at Fairburn Ings with the camera. Not much around there really, I was hoping the brambling from earlier in the year might just be sat on a branch waiting for me to take it’s picture but no. Down by the Kingfisher screen and no kingfishers, this is just too much, what are the RSPB playing at. Back at the visitor centre and a redpoll on the niger feeder was a nice sight, as was the collared dove by the fence.
I had a walk down to the duck feeding area to have a shot at birds in flight with the gulls.
Got to get some practise in for later in the year when I’ll be snapping long -tailed skuas from the boat in September, well a man can dream can’t he?