Stainburn Forest seems popular with cyclists judging by the wheel marks in the still damp paths and tracks, birdsong was plentiful and we had glimpses of many of the tit and finch families. Reaching a clearing we had a short break and were rewarded by a good sighting and photograph of a tree pipit.
A roe deer bolted from the trees, visible for just a couple of seconds and no chance of a photograph...apart from a hoof print.
Swinsty Reservoir along with its neighbours Fewston and Thruscross are easy walks on mainly good paths, parking is provided free by Yorkshire Water and they can be a little busy due to their proximity to the conurbations of Harrogate and Leeds.
We parked up at Swinsty and our first sighting awaited us, the motionless hunched figure in the shallows...a heron? No, an angler!!
A visit to the waters edge yielded photo's of a canada goose and a muscovy duck to complete a lovely day out.
This is a great area for outdoor stuff, give it a try if you are in the area.