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.
Not a great photo but it will do as a record shot, first time I have seen this bird for a few years now.
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.
At this spot there is a shooting range, not sure if it is still used.
Not what I was expecting , but discovered later but Canada geese and Greylag geese will breed up here during the spring.
Pheasant running across the field.