Wednesday 27 Feb, following some Roe Deer

On Wednesday the sky was clear again and it was still unusually warm. I decided to go down to the river and have a walk along the path.

There was plenty of bird song and the ones I could identify were Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Coal Tit, Coot, Moorhen, Crow, Bullfinch, Wren.

Juvenile Grey Heron with a large Frog.

One of the silent ones was this young Grey Heron. It was probably keeping quiet so that it could stalk its prey. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too good at catching frogs, we want to see frog spawn, tadpoles and little frogs later in the year.

Male Bullfinch

I did backtrack a bit when I heard a close-by bullfinch wheezing and managed to get this shot. There seemed to be several around. Two of them looked like a pair but possibly the female still needed a bit of convincing of that.

A Goldcrest flitted through a couple of trees very quickly. I would have expected it to stay in the trees a little longer, looking for insects to eat, and tempting me to get a blurry shot of it; but it hopped through without stopping.

Female Roe Deer

After turning to head back I spotted a Roe Deer

Male and Female Roe Deer

This soon turned out to be two…

2 Male and 1 Female Roe Deer

and then there were three. They spent a lot off their time hidden by the bushes and trees. At one point one of them ran off. A noise and quick scurry in front of it suggested it was chasing off another that wanted to take his place in the group.

Male Roe Deer with decent antlers. Still young?

It then returned to the other two.

Male Roe Deer with small antlers

It looks like the group is two bucks and a doe. I really enjoy watching them and followed them for quite a distance.

Roe Deer and Rubbish

Most of the time the deer are in amongst the bushes and trees and can be tricky to spot unless they move. But then you get a view like this that makes you realise that you are not out in the wilds, miles from anywhere, but just down the road from a city and industry.

Little Grebe

Other thing of interest were a pair of Little Grebe hiding under the trees on the other side of the river. I have seen Little Grebe on many occasions but these two looked tiny. They were a lot smaller than the Moorhens that were near them.


A Kingfisher also peeped along the river and settled for a second or two before flying off up river just a few inches above the water.

Common Dipper

At the far end of my walk, near the railway bridge, where there are a few more rocks were a couple of Common Dippers. I didn’t see them both at the same time but I know there were two because one was ringed (the one above) and one wasn’t.

Grey Wagtail

In the same area there were also several Grey Wagtails.

I have left the photos of the Dipper and Wagtail to the back end of my post because the photos are rather poor but still worth posting I think.


On the way up the path to Otley Rd. I spotted this Pheasant that looks as though it was already settling in for the evening.