Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Burnsal Bridge

Family day out as is standard for a Wednesday when I am home. Usual business of a walk in the Dales and today's destination was Burnsal Bridge. On the way over I picked out 2 partridges but could not get enough on them as we drove by to confidently give them a species. I also spotted a dead barn owl which was a very sorry sight.
As we pulled up there were plenty of Oystercatchers, 14 in total, as well as 2 Grey Wagtails and a Pied Wagtail vigorously attacking its reflection in a car mirror. I grabbed a couple of shots of this as it is interesting behavior.
-Pied Wagtail
Along the walk we picked up 3 Dippers, multiple Grey Wagtails, a couple of Goosanders and an array of woodland species such as Goldcrest and Long-Tailed Tit. The highlight, as it were, was a pair of Red-Legged Partridges on the far bank high up. Its the first partridges I can defiantly put a species on that I have seen this year so will go down as a yeartick, and the first time I have seen the species on this site.
-Red-Legged Partridge 
There was also some more plastic fantastic with a pair of Mandarin feeding on the near bank. We were able to get reasonably close too, though more to the female than the spectacular male.
It was another lovely walk at the site with the full compliment of usual suspects, though the RLP was a massive and unexpected bonus. Also picked up Common Buzzard on the way back which was another addition to the species list for the day.

Species List:
Burnsal Bridge: Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Oystercatcher, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Mallard, Black-Headed Gull, Rook, Common Gull, Chaffinch, Goldcrest, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dipper, Long-Tailed Tit, Goldfinch, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Lapwing, Mandarin, Red-Legged Partridge, Pheasant, Goosander, Collard Dove, Magpie, Nuthatch, House Sparrow, Starling, Curlew, Mistle Thrush, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-Backed Gull,

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