12th November 2006

Today I parked in the new car park near the Bingley entrance and walked anit-clockwise around the Estate, which is the opposite way round to my usual route.

Conifer plantation near Car park and Betty's Lodge:
A party of about 30, Goldfinch were feeding in the Larch trees along the edge of the wood. A Grat Spotted Woodpecker flew across the car park. There were several Jays in the woods. A male Kestrel was sat on the pylon wires at the reservoir side of the wood.

Crossgates Barn area:
Treecreepers were heard in the woods opposite the barn.

Racecourse Plantation:
No sign of Redpoll or Siskin, but a feeding party of Tits and 'Crests were heard.

Coppice Bog area:
A party of Goldcrests were "pished" down from the tree tops and came very close.

Coppice Pond:
2 adult male and 4 female Goosanders were present today, as well as a male Tufted Duck. The usual flock of Canada Geese and Mallards were keeping a watchful eye out for bread. The 30+ strong flock of Black-headed Gulls didn't include any other type of Gull species.

Cuckoo Nest Wood:
Very quiet except for the occasional calls of Nuthatches and Jays.

A pleasant walk but no sign of any winter visitors at all and no passage over head of anything was noted.

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