A flock of Golden Pluvers


With reports on Twitter there were Cuckoos and a Ring Ouzels seen in the area up on Bingley Moor a trip was needed.

Bingley moor , Ilkley moor , Rombalds moor, and Hawksworth Moor all join together making a rather large area for moor land birds to bread and live.






The sheep came to greet us as we parked the car, the wind was howling but despite the noise you could hear the Grouse calling amongst the heather.

A pair of Oystercatchers were feeding in the near by field.

I notice a small bird flying round the walls of the field, turned out to be a Wheatear.
Not a great photo but it will do as a record shot, first time I have seen this bird for a few years now.

There was no break from the wind, but Curlews, Lapwings and Skylarks could still be seen flying round.

Meadow pipits were the next bird spotted , they like to feed along the paths.


The area I was heading for has more open spaces with Rush and Grass rather than Heather.

I spotted a bird on the hill , Lapwing. Paned around with my binoculars , eyes watering, hair in face dog pulling to eat even more rabbit poo. I spotted not one but a flock of Golden Plovers.



Despite been in their breading colours they were hard to spot with the naked eye as they blended well into the moor grass land.




There was about 40 birds .

At this spot there is a shooting range, not sure if it is still used.

Back towards the car  you could watch the male Grouse flying up into the air as they displayed for the females.



Not what I was expecting , but discovered later but Canada geese and Greylag geese will breed up here during the spring.


From the road side I watched a Curlew feeding.


A Pied wagtail was seen next to the farm house.


The last bird spotted was a Pheasant running across the field.


Comments

  1. I was up that way over the weekend but couldn't manage a proper walk (something has happened to my knees which is making me feel about 90!)but I'd love to have had a walk there. I've never seen a whole flock of golden plover, only ever a single bird. What a great place!

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    1. Thanks Louise, I know what you mean about feeling old, got down low to take some photos, glad there was no one about to see me trying to get back up again.
      I've said it before but I love walking on the moor (wish it was a little less windy though). I have been to this spot many times before and seen nothing, but today was a good day for spotting birds.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Glad you showed the map because it does show the expanse of the area.

    Couldn't feel the wind you talked about (thankfully) but did enjoy those lovely blue skies.

    Like all your photo's and descriptions but isn't that Pheasant (your last shot) so colourful.

    Have a good week

    All the best Jan

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  3. Thanks Jan, Presents a lovely colourful bird to see,much more to discover..
    Amanda xx

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  4. I never have luck luck birding on a windy day. I love the cute plover, lapwings and the adorable sheep. Looks like a great outing.
    Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I was not expecting to see so much, just shows you need to get out there what ever the weather..
      Amanda xx

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  5. This sounds like a lovely walk on the moor with so much to see. You had some really good sightings of birds and took some great photos. I do enjoy seeing your photos of the moors, it's so different from where I live. The golden plovers look very fine in their breeding plumage and I love the wheatear. I love the sheep, too!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, its such a large area to discover many things, I did well to find so much in this part of the moor.
      Amanda xx

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  6. A wonderful walk over the moors Amanda with some great sightings and photos :) Particularly love the Golden Plover and sheep pictures. As Wendy says it is great to read of your visits to Moors as there are none round here - Peak District is probably the closest to us. Especially good to see the Golden Plovers in breeding plumage as the few sightings I have had round here have been in the Winter.

    Have a great week :) Good luck too if you get time to go anywhere looking for Lesser Spots :)

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    1. Thanks RR, so pleased I spotted the Plovers, haven't seen them in years. Even when two runners went past and disturbed them they didn't go far so I was able to watch them for a while. The sheep thought they were going to get fed, came up close.
      Going up the other side of the moor tomorrow, then hopefully get to the Glen on Saturday.
      Moth trap going out tonight.
      Amanda xx

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  7. What a great walk you had, the Plovers are beautiful birds, you caught some lovely photos! It's so nice to live in a place where we have relatively easy access to such great areas! x

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    1. Thanks Pam, if you get chance you need to have a walk over the moors, going from Ilkley side you can make a day of it. Still hoping to spot a Cuckoo this year.
      Amanda xx

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  8. An enjoyable account of your walk up on t' moors with lots of wonderful photos to enjoy. Considering the strength of the wind you certainly got some excellent pictures of the all the local wildlife, best of all being those lovely Golden Plovers :-) The views from the old shooting range are also rather nice as well :-)

    Hope you are well :-)

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    1. Thanks David, just down from the shooting range on Burley Moor they have made a building into a holiday home, what a great place to watch the moor birds from, shame it's so expensive as I would be looking at spending some time there.
      Thanks on the Golden Plovers so pleased I managed to see them...
      Amanda xx

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  9. What a wonderful place and your saw so many wonderful birds. I love the sound of the Curlew's call and I've heard them often but have only ever seen one which flew in front of our car near Bakewell, a second in a field near Leek and a third on a beach in Wales. I remember fields full of Lapwing or pee-wits when I was a child but I can't say I have ever seen Plovers, what lovely birds they are:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, my dad has all ways called them pee-wits, as a kid growing up in the hills of North Yorkshire we got to see plenty of Curlews and Lapwings, now not as common it's always nice to see them.
      Amanda xx

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  10. I love your posts about the wildlife in the countryside! The sheep--you always capture their personalities so well! :)

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    1. Thanks PP, glad you enjoyed the post and the photos, I do like to take photos of sheep they are so cute..
      Amanda xx

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  11. Love your sheep photos again :) How brilliant to see a wheatear and all those plovers. You really do live in an area that's rich with wildlife. x

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    1. Thanks Julie, have been hopping to spot a Wheatear after seeing some a few years back, not a great shot but happy to see one, the Plovers made the day special.
      Amanda xx

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  12. It's amazing how much bird life you get up on the moors! What an amazing sight to see those Golden Plovers! I'd be envious but we saw a Grey Plover recently so nearly as good..... :-) Great photos, Amanda. xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, good day out bird watching , doesn't always happen. Nice to share the Plovers with everyone. Saw Grey Plovers last year, they are such a pretty little bird.
      Amanda xx

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    2. Lovely images of the Golden Plovers Amanda and of course the sheep.

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