Monday, 22 December 2014

Mixenden Reservoir - Twitching Great Northern Diver

Finally got round to going to see the Great Northern Diver on Mixenden today, it probably having been there a week now. It was not a pleasant day, the rain not pretty and the wind pretty gusty. My knowledge of this reser is pretty limited so finding a decent viewing spot took some time but once I had I was unable to locate the bird.
I began to walk round and began to conclude that it had gone. However, I found the bird in the far top corner quite close to the shore with a Canada Goose, where I was able to get an excellent view and some reasonable photos.
The bird began to move out into the reser where I lost it. This happened multiple times with the finding and loosing of the bird, which is bizarre considering the size of the bird and the small shape of the reser. Either way, it was an exceptional view of a very smart bird, one of the best views I have ever had.
-Great Northern Diver
The bird was difficult to track due to its bizarre nature of being able to hide in plain sight. Its a nice bird to see in the Calderdale, and not a bad end to the year before the revision begins.
Also around was a Little Grebe along the edge of the reser, as well as flocks of Long-Tailed Tits and Goldcrests in the woods at the back. It was also great to see Dave on site, its been too long.

Species List:
Mixenden Reservoir: Black-Headed Gull, Grey Wagtail, Carrion Crow, Greater Black-Backed Gull, Great Northern Diver, Canada Goose, Long-Tailed Tit, Goldcrest, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Starling, Little Grebe, 

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