A Quick Trip to Skipton

Here’s a few photos from today’s visit to Skipton to finish off the Skipton Banner Missions in Ingress.

A Black Headed Gull

There’s a few of these around waiting to steal chips from anyone not quick enough to get them to their mouths.

The canal

Black Gables

Sometimes the roof-line follows the ground sometimes the roof-line is horizontal and you get lots of gables.

St Stephen's Cl looking South

Elliot St looking East

Does this belong to someone that wants to see where they have been. Why not sit backwards?

There were a few Harley Davidsons around too. I will be in Birmingham on August Bank Holiday weekend so I won’t see the Harleys in Baildon for the Rally.

As usual you can click on any of the photos to see them larger on flickr

This is the link to the album on Flickr

Elliot St looking East

Kestrel Chicks Spring 2016

Yet again we have had Kestrels nesting at Salts Mill so I have spent a bit of time there with my camera on a tripod waiting for activity. Here are some of the photos I took between June 27 and July 5. The young ones are now flying about the roof tops. It sounds as though they are still wanting to be fed by their parents but they will soon be off catching their own food.

Just one?

When I first looked there was only one chick visible.

Just 2?

But then another showed itself.

o Yawn o

And then another.

There's 4!

But when Dad came flying in 4 hungry beaks presented themselves.

Dad incoming with lunch

This is Dad flying in with what is probably a Vole. You can see the back legs and tail.


And this is Mum flying in. There is only one chick in the nest now. The other three have moved out.


One, the biggest, was up on the roof and flew back into the nest to pinch food from the smaller last one.


The other two were down on a ledge at ground level looking a lot less confident.

As usual you can click on any of the images to view them larger, with many others, on Flickr.

A couple of hours at Rodley Nature Reserve

I had a quick trip to Rodley Nature Reserve today and a few birds were kind enough to show themselves.


Robins are noisy little things and often keep still even though quite close.


I saw only 2 Oystercatchers. I often see Oystercatchers at Saltaire too. There seems to have been a pair nesting at the Tax Office for a number of years and you can often hear their “Peep, Peep” as they fly along the river.


Plenty of Bluetits were around.



The visitor centre has several feeding stations around it and unfortunately the Godfinches would not show themselves except on the feeder.


However the star of the visit was this Chiffchaff. There were several about but as is often the case they were always behind a line or 2 of trees. Except this one as I was about to head home.


Some of the other sightings were Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Kestrel, Longtail Tit, Great Tit, Cormorant, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Willow Warbler, Wren, Magpie, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Mallard, Teal, Swallow….

There were several other species but the quick glimpse was not good enough for me, nor am I good at recognising them by song.

And as an added bonus there are several Ingress portals there.

Sunday round Follifoot

This Sunday I had a trip round Pannal, Spofforth, Follifoot, North Deighton, Beckwithshaw for Ingress and had my camera with me. When driving along Haggs Road I saw what looked like a couple of Red Kite mobbing each other. I pulled over as soon as I could but they had drifted off into the distance but another two were around.

Red Kites


Red Kite

Considering the light (a downpour started just a few seconds after taking these shots) I think they are not too bad. Worth sharing anyway.

Taking my camera on an Ingress Mission round Yeadon Tarn

This is the 2nd of the 2 posts I am making this weekend. This one is from a walk round Yeadon Tarn doing the Tarnfield Dam. If I limited it to just the mission it would probably take 20 minutes. It is not just Ingress that slows a walk down, having a camera can seriously add time to a walk.

As usual you can click on the image to see it on Flickr along with a few others.

Great Crested Grebe at Yeadon Tarn

This was the only Great Crested Grebe I could see on the Tarn

Tufted Duck at Yeadon Tarn

The were probably 8 or 9 Tufted Duck

Pochard at Yeadon Tarn

And one Pochard

Black Headed Gull at Yeadon Tarn

There were plenty of gulls that were very noisy fighting over someones dropped lunch.