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23/02/2011 19:02

Its amazing how soon the signs of Spring begin to appear as soon as we begin to reach the end of February.I noticed for the first time today a large bunch of Snowdrops growing on the banks of the Calder just below Earlsheaton (see photo gallery).Birdwise I couldnt help but notice that of the 7 Goosanders found between Ossett and Dewsbury 3 of them had paired up. Odd goldeneye are still frequenting the river around the Hotworks mill area and the pair of Wintering Little Grebes are still frequenting the Thornhill Wetlands reserve area.I was amazed to see 12 Great Tits feeding on the seed and nut feders on the wetlands reserve and there was also some 19 Blue tits in the same place,This bodes well for the nest box scheme which we will be monotoring this breeding season.2 Reed Buntings are also coming to the feeders as well as regular parties of Long Tailed Tits

There is still a Goldcrest still hanging around the Sewage works at Dewsbury and yesterday a single Jack Snipe was flushed near the Hotworks end of the works.

Teal numbers are also very much reduced with now less than a hundred birds present on the works.2 Curlew flew up the valley calling yesterday in the morning and a single Shellduck came in from the East before continuing towards Dewsbury Town centre.

I noticed that the first pair of Canada geese are back on the calder and these 2 birds were displaying on my approach.

There are 2 Green Sandpipers and a single Redshank just below Earlsheaton with a single [party of around 48 Lapwings which keep appearing in the fields near the old Gas works site.Stock Doves can be seen displaying along the calder between the town centre and Healy Road Ossett and there is still a flock of around 120 Wood Pigeons in the Mill Bank area.