I left Birstall at 07.30 this morning with my Brother-in-Law Matt to head off for a days birding in the West Riding. We made good time up to the Crossroads Inn at Wainstall but we knew with the forecast for snow time might be against us.
After a 30 min. walk up Luddenham Dean,stopping off to look at the Sheep-pigs we arrived at the Lowe Farm.
There were a couple of birders there and we knew a few more behind us. After about 15 mins I picked up the Northern Long-tailed Tit (or are there two?) as it moved in with a flock of about 15 Long-tailed Tit.
For quite a while it/they gave us the run-around before it moved in towards the fat ball that have been placed by the bridge… they ignored the bloody fat ball preferring to feed in a Birch against the light. Sorry for the shite photos of an exquisite bird.
The walk back to the Crossroads was something I wasn’t looking forward to as it was a fair slog back up hill. Oh well the birds were worth it.
Matt and I headed off to Mirfield but couldn’t locate the Ring-billed Gull at Sands Lane GPs or on the weir there. By now the snow was really starting to come down so we decided to skip out on the American Wigeon and head home.