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The latest is a blog post per day during the Corona Virus lockdown. The intention is for each day to have something spotted in the garden that has not been listed in the series before.

Shipley’s Hop Garden

At the beginning of October (checks image data) in fact on 1st October, I was collared by John Dallas, of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre fame, on Kirkgate in Shipley. As a result of the conversation I got my camera and went along to one of the buildings on Kirkgate.

Apparently there are several places locally where Hops are growing and thanks go to John Dallas for pointing this place out to me where Humulus Lupulus is growing. I was thinking that it is unlikely to be useful for beer but after a quick on-line search I found that you only need between 5 and 15 grams of Hops for each litre of beer depending on how hoppy you want it. Admittedly that will be dry hops, but 5 grams is not much.

September 2021

During September I went out with my phone (for Ingress) and my camera. Calling at Redcar Tarn, Fewston Reservoir, Roberts Park, Baildon Golf Club and Yeadon Tarn.

You can click on the images and see them better quality in their album.

Redcar Tarn

Redcar Tarn was quite busy with Geese, Gulls and Ducks (Mallard and Tufted) with even a couple of Runner Ducks. A few Pied Wagtails were jumping about catching flies, but over the wall on the other side of the road were quite a few Lapwing and Starlings. The occasional Lapwing flew above the water and one or two stopped for a splash about.

Fewston Reservoir

On the way to Fewston Reservoir I spotted a Kestrel hovering quite close to the road so I decided to stop – and so did the Kestrel. I did spot a few butterflies though. A couple of Wall Browns were mating in the field by Weston Moor Road. Along Moor Lane, bordering the same field, was a stretch of Hyssop that was busy with Bees and Tortoiseshell Butterflies. On the way back to the car I spotted the Kestrel again. This time it was on the power lines among a flock of Linnets. Given that I have seen nesting Kestrel at Salts Mill feeding on dead birds I was wondering about the wisdom of the Linnets hanging around with a Kestrel.

The walk around Fewston Reservoir was quieter than I expected. A Cormorant flew across the reservoir and tucked around the corner I spotted a lone Grey Heron. A Kestrel perched on a post, watching for prey in the field, gave me a wave. A small flock of Canada Geese did fly in for a paddle about. On the way back a couple of female Pheasants were keeping an eye on me as they slowly strutted away from me.

Roberts Park

Roberts Park has quite a few Ingress portals – hence the visit. Few people were there and the benches were occupied by people watching the cricket.

Baildon Golf Club

At Baildon Golf Club a male Kestrel apparently spends a lot of time on the overhead wires, watching for little furry creatures along the banks of Barnsley Beck and the grass around the car park. It also spent some time on the aerial on the side of the new club house – the old water authority pump/filter house.

Yeadon Tarn

Cliffe Avenue

The hedge around Cliffe Avenue park in Baildon is often noisy with Sparrows and a quick stop for Ingress allowed me to wind the window down and watch a few.

Back to June 2021

I’m not sure why I didn’t post any of these photos back in June. I guess they are nothing special – the Damselfly and Dragonfly shots are blurry. 🙁 But the bridge is interesting.

The photos were taken on another local Ingress outing where I was looking for Uniques but because I had my camera with me I took a few detours. The photos are all taken from either the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal or the banks of the River Aire.

The header image is of Kirkstall Abbey taken from near Kirkstall Lock on the Canal.

Quite close to the Kirkstall Lock on the Leeds Liverpool Canal I spotted a Dragonfly zipping up and down. I know it is a bit blurry but I think it is a Southern Hawker.

Pedestrian suspension bridge

I have been along to this bridge over the River Aire a few times. It is a bit of a squeeze to get past the posts. It is a suspension bridge that now doesn’t really lead anywhere but is very ornate. On the other side of the bridge is a fence into Esholt Sewerage Treatment. On the other side of a fence, hidden by the hedge and trees, I could just see the top of a conveyor belt. The wind was blowing a brown dust from the top of it. A sewerage works! I wonder what the brown dust could have been? It covered a large area along the river bank.

Sand Martin nest holes

Back on the other side of the river, just down from the bridge, were these holes in the river bank. I assume they are holes made by Sand Martins. I would have spent more time watching them but the nettles were taller than me and I was slowly getting covered in brown “dust”.

Harley Rally 2021

Over the last few years I have taken photos of the tanks of the bikes at the Harley Rallies and put them in a single image grid. This year I have widened the frame a little to include more of the bike, and not put them into a single image file. I also took a few wider shoots.

If I remember some of my Mechanical Engineering degree studies correctly – if a metal is protected by paint, or galvanised, and it has a small hole in the protection it can rust very quickly. Therefore if there is a large surface area of the metal exposed then it rusts slower. I guess the logic here is that if there is a danger of bare metal at structural sites on the vehicle you can increase the safe life by stripping lots of the other paint off.

I like the sign saying that it is not an abandoned vehicle. Does the sign get taken off when the vehicle is abandoned?

Harley Davidsons have been made since 1903 and some of the early ones would not have all the mod cons of the current versions. I found this one, above, interesting. It doesn’t have foot rests (possibly taken off while it is standing), only has a throttle on the handlebars (no front brake or clutch levers, no indicator switch [there are no indicators]), has tiny lights, no instruments other than what looks like a pressure gauge down by the crankshaft, an exposed clutch with the clutch lever just above it. And to let you know it is a Harley when it is on the road – straight through cut-off exhaust pipes.

Around 1:00 pm on Sunday a few bikes fired up on Northgate and road down Browgate. It was a little nod to the usual organised ride-out that used to happen in pre-Covid years. Who knows what will be the new “normal”?

Let me know if I have duplicated any of the tanks/engines.

Here are a posts from previous years:-






A Few More of a Heron at the Weir

Here are a few more photos of a Heron at the Weir at Saltaire. Click on an image to see it in the album – it also shows it in better quality.

It is still catching small fish on the weir. I know Herons build nests in trees but they always look incongruous when you see them out of the water. The last two are of the Heron on the roof of the gates for the side channel at the weir – an old channel used to direct water under New Mill.

Heron feeding at Saltaire Weir

I spent some time in Robert’s Park and Saltaire today. Towards the end of my visit I took my camera down near the fish pass on the weir. A Grey Heron was frequently dipping into the water and coming up with small fish – sometimes two at a time.

Often when you look at a Heron head on it looks very thin but as you can see it can widen its beak to fit more in. I also heard what I thought was a Peregrine Falcon so I went up to Salts Mill. There were plenty of pigeons and a Kestrel flying off towards Shipley Glen but no sight of a Peregrine. They have been spotted on the chimney.