A forecast for a warm and sunny weekend co-incided with a decided lack of opportunity for decent walks so some planning was required. With a long trip to Scotland next month we needed to do some shopping and an afternoon trip to Leeds was on the menu, I escaped to the canalbank early in the morning to top up my patience reserves!
Good early sightings of dunnock and chaffinch were encouraging..
And so to Monday and finally the chance to get out for a decent walk, Barden Bridge by the river Wharfe was my chosen location. It was very windy but at least the direction was southerly and warm and a light fleece was the only jacket required.
A beautiful common sandpiper appeared quickly, just a shame the foamy water spoils the shot a little..
I crossed the bridge by the pavilion and headed back up river, looking carefully through the trees I got fairly close to a spectacular mandarin duck..
Birdsong was ringing out all around me, chiffchaffs and willow warblers to the fore although try as I did I could not locate them.
Curlews were in flight and I chanced a quick shot of one that came near enough..
Lets all hope this warmer weather continues for a while and we can all enjoy our walks and wildlife.