Monday, 26 October 2015

Golden Acre and Adel Dam

A Sunday morning visit ended up with us spending hours wandering around, even making it out to Paul's Pond as well as the dam.

Golden Acre was full of people as usual, most of whom seem to miss the extra few yard walk to the dam.

The birds were fighting over the food

The park was full of fungi

Including the amazingly coloured Fly Agaric

We sat quite a while in the Marsh hide, watching Blue, Great & Coal Tits, Robins, Mallards, Moorhens, Chaffinch, a female Bullfinch, a Wren, squirrels and several Nuthatch. It's not often I see these birds and they were a joy to watch.

After a brief chat with one of the regulars about news of possible recent sightings of otters on the dam, which people seem dubious about for now, we headed on to the dam hide. The feeders at the side where busy and out on the water there was a couple of Teal and plenty of Black Headed Gull but not much else about.

We took a walk through the woods and spotted several Long Tailed Tits and a Treecreeper and a lot of squirrels scrabbling about in the undergrowth.

Back near the marsh hide I saw my first Redwings of season, a flock of them being very flighty through a couple of the trees, they didn't land long enough for me to grab a decent photo but I watched through the binoculars till they flew off.

At Pauls pond there was a lone Goosander and the trees in the woods on the walk there were full of Woodpigeons, they were everywhere!

Some other views from the walk

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Autumn Days

Saw this Angle Shades Moth on the way home

Saturday, 10 October 2015


We took a walk around Eccup reservoir on Sunday, first time i've been here in years. It was a little busy with joggers at first, I think we hit the Sunday morning jogging club!

Though we could barely see them we could hear the many geese on the water, I spotted Canada and Greylag. There were a few Mallards around too and the ever present Coots.

I don't think i've actually walked the entire way around before but it's nice walk plenty of different views and the day was perfect for it.

There were lotsof blackberries and elderberries about and we even found a couple of raspberries hidden away too.

A few photos from the walk

Some of wasps looked white, which looked odd till I realised they were covered in pollen from going inside the flowers!

It was a little quiet on the bird front probably because there was so many people about and I didn't get many photos of the ones we did see, I caught the wren by accident!

You can't tell from the photos but this field was filled with Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails and Crows