Trout on Robert’s Park Weir

I am still looking for a decent shot of a Goldcrest but in the meantime the trout are still trying to get up the weir at Robert’s Park.

Trout on the Weir

So this lunch-time – no Goldcrest but I did watch the trout for a few minutes.

You can see my original post about Trout on the weir here.

Baildon websites

Sorry, no photos in this posting.

I have now been hosting, managing, maintaining, posting to and otherwise looking after the Baildon Village website and the Baildon wiki since 2006 but I don’t know how much longer that might be if Baildon Parish Council set their website up to be The Community Portal as suggested in their communications review. There is no reason why the village should have 2 community websites. (I have also been maintaining the BPC site – the application not the content.)

Anyway, tonight I upgraded the version of MediaWiki used on the Baildon Wiki to the latest and greatest. I also had a look around some of it and wondered if I would ever manage to add, or get others to add, all the information about Baildon history that is around. I would love to hear from people about their stories. Please send stuff in as Austin Michell did. Baildon Wiki is as much for anecdotes as confirmed/factual history. Any offers? I also need to get the text from the last 4 Heritage Trail booklets put on there. And with mention of those I hope you have either bought at least one of each from the Baildon Library for £1 each or downloaded the PDFs from the parish council website > Documents > Heritage Trails section. I did the layout for most of them so of course they are beautiful booklets.

My next upgrade task is the village website. This is now in serious need of a refurb and the version used predates the single button “Upgrade Me Please” option. MediaWiki is reasonably easy to upgrade but only if you understand databases and configuration files etc. Fortunately other applications now tend to have the “Upgrade” button, or similar, so the Friends of Baildon Moor website I look after here is using the latest version.

I did create an article on the village website here about the fact that it needed a refurb and asked for suggestions as to what it should do. Why is the website there? What do people want it to do? Needless to say I have heard nothing even though the stats say that it has had a reasonable number of hits.

How does this fit with a complaint frequently heard that there is no one place to get information about what is going on in Baildon?

So, if you are a Baildon person reading this, let me know what the village website can do for you. And if you can send information for the things you want to see so much the better. And while you are thinking about it why not send me some information for the Baildon Wiki?

VisMig at Denso

Just gone 8:00 on Saturday morning, 20 Oct, I was down at the Denso Marston Nature Reserve for the talk and walk by Steve about VisMig – the recording of the visible migration of birds. Though the other side of the river was shrouded in mist the sky was reasonably clear so Steve started telling us about VisMig.

We spent some time in the field near the gate because it is more open there and the trees get in the way less.

We all scanned the skies for birds with that essential piece of equipment – binoculars.

Eyeing the sky

By far the highest number of birds were Woodpigeons. We (well Steve) counted several hundred. Some of them were flying lowish and were most likely staying local.

Some low Wood Pigeons

But others were much higher, so high that I had trouble spotting them without the binoculars even though there were lots of them.

Some higher Woodpigeons

At the end of the walk and talk Steve opened the moth trap and found this moth which I will soon have a ID for – hopefully. Update: I have had suggestions for ID from iSpot – Brick (Agrochola circellaris) and Chesnut (Conistra vaccinii) with Brick being the one I think.

Moth caught in the Moth Trap

During the session 30 different bird species were identified. Some of them being Jay, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Siskin, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Heron, Goosander, Robin, Magpie, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Bluetit, Great Tit,… Perhaps Steve can give me the full llist?

On the way out, on the path near the road Andrew and I spotted this fungus. Thanks to iSpot for the ID of Shaggy Scalycap (Pholiota squarrosa).

Fungus near the road

Trout at the Weir

On Friday lunch-time I went to the weir at Robert’s Park and I could quite easily have spent the rest of the afternoon there. The fish leaping out of the foaming water at the weir were really great to watch. I stopped there again on the way home. I took in the region of 450 photos but as you might guess with the subject most were just of water or blurred.

Remember this is in the middle of Shipley/Saltaire/Baildon not out in the country somewhere. A great place to live/work.

This first one is actually made from a sequence of 4 shots. How do they get that high? I am really pleased with my 7D and its fast frame rate. As usual, click the image to see it bigger at flickr.

Trout trying to leap the weir

This one is a single shot. I wonder how many fish are actually in the water if so many of them can be seen out of the water like this?

Trout trying to leap the weir

If they hit the flow of water on the weir right (wrong?) they really get thrown up and around. They don’t seem to be hurt though.

Trout trying to leap the weir

Somehow they manage to burst out of the water even though it is flowing at a rate that I would call dangerously fast – but then I’m not a fish.

Trout trying to leap the weir

I think this one, below, clearly identifies them as Brown Trout but I am only going by a simple Google search, I am certainly no expert. If I am wrong please let me know.

Trout trying to leap the weir

As I said, they just burst out of the water.

Trout trying to leap the weir

Two more having a go.

Trout trying to leap the weir

I don’t know if it was co-incidence or just me noticing them but when the fish were busy leaping the Blackheaded Gulls swarmed round a bit. Where has this one put its legs and feet though?

Black Headed Gull

I have added another post with just one photo of Trout on the weir here.

I have posted about other sightings Trout Leaping the Weir  and A few photos of Autumn around Robert’s Park


Drax Power Station

It is now a few weeks since I was over Howden way and I have still not been through the Sunday morning pictures properly but I thought this one was worth displaying. It didn’t need cropping or messing about with in any way. I like the way it is sort of “complete”. As usual you can click on the image to see it on flickr.

Drax Power Station

More from Robert’s Park

I went into Robert’s Park again at lunch-time because I still want a good shot of a Goldcrest. I saw and heard several but not one of them co-operated. But what I did find was Redwing. In the past I have only seen these when snow was on the ground but that is possibly because when they first arrive from Scandinavia they tend to be in flocks higher up the trees.

As usual you can click on the image to see it larger at flickr.

This is also intended to be put in the Sightings section of the Baildon Village website here.

Redwing, Robert's Park

The Redwing (Turdus iliacus) is in the same family as the Blackbird (Turdus merula), Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus) and Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). I am hoping to get some photos of Fieldfare but the place I have seen the most is in fields near Shipley Glen.

Female Blackbird

Female Blackbird, Robert's Park

Male Blackbird

Male Blackbird, Robert's Park

I also managed to get a better shot of a Male Chaffinch

Male Chaffinch, Robert's Park

Another small bird that is common in Robert’s Park, and many garden feeders, is the Bluetit.

Bluetit, Robert's Park

Bluetits, Robert's Park

A Mistle Thrush posed for me so I couldn’t disappoint it.

Mistle Thrush, Robert's Park