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Return of the Egret

30/05/2020 12:52

A Little Egret flew up the river Ca;lder below Earlsheaton this morning at 07:30.The river calder water level has dropped considerably over the last few weeks making feeding for a lot of birds more easy with regular sightings of birds catching fish more commonplace.Kingfishers are now more numerous up and down the river between Ossett and Dewsbury centre and both Goosanders and Cormorants have increased in numbers over the last 2 weeks.

Two Barn Owls can be seen hunting on the river bank between Mill Bank Thornhill and Earlsheaton no doubt benefiting from the lessening of traffic noise since the lockdown.

Herring Gull numbers on Dewsbury Sewage Works are now at around 75 birds with just 32 Black Headed Gulls.

I have never seen as many Blackcaps localy as there appears to be at the moment with a count of 8 singing males in a very small area along with 3 singing Garden Warblers. Whitethroat numbers are well up on previouse years with the exception of Lesser Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers.