Here are 2 photos from Saturday, I have a few more but have yet to decide whether they warrant sharing.
Autumn is here and the trees have changed colour.
This photo is of Trench Wood, taken from the end of Higher Coach Road, Baildon. The meadow there is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to rare meadow grasses and flowers.
And this photo is of a female Blackbird in a Holly bush at the end of Higher Coach Road.
Thrushes (same family as Blackbird) come over to the UK from Europe for the winter and Robert’s Park on Higher Coach Road is one of the places that you can see them. The population of Thrushes in Robert’s Park increases and now there are lots of Blackbirds, Mistle Thrushes and Redwing. You can see and hear them flying between the trees. I am going back there soon to get some better photos of the Redwing (I don’t have any worth sharing here yet 🙁 ) You can often see them in the Yew trees but as soon as you spot them they fly off into the tops of the taller trees.
On the 24th September I paid another visit to Adel Dam Nature Reserve. At the first hide the feeders had just been topped up and they were quite busy with birds.
Peanuts are too big for the smaller birds to eat in one go so what happens is that they fly in, pick up a peanut and then fly off into the trees to then eat the nut peck by peck. This Blue Tit did just that and flew into the bushes by the side of the hide.
At the 2nd hide Nuthatch were doing a similar thing but this one is still on the feeder.
Robins were also using the feeders.
But one of the stars of the visit was this Bank Vole, and my, were they quick? Usually they were gone before I could press the shutter but some times they would pause before scurrying off again.
THE star of the visit was this Kingfisher. It perched on this branch for a while.
It spread its colourfull wings a couple of times
It also did some diving, but often came up with little bits of weed instead of fish.
The nature reserve is well worth a visit. On this occasion there were Blue tit, Coal tit, Great tit, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Robin, Black headed gull, Buzzard, Red Kite, Teal, Mallard, Moorhen and Grey Wagtail.
As usual you can click on any of the images to see them on Flickr. There are also a few more Kingfisher shots within the flickr album.