Its worth a visit
Young Kittiwake a surprise find on the Calder at Ossett today.
The area of the River Calder between Ossett and Dewsbury has produced many surprise birds over the years and now with its cleanliness and a very much imroved surrounding environment it appears at the moment to be on the up again.Never have I seen so many shoals of small fish splashing around the mid river pebble beds in turn attracting good numbers of Cormorants,Goosanders and now Little Egrets.
A last minute decision to have a quick half hour walk on theThornhill side of the Calder from Healy Road Ossett again produced a surprise.
About 250 yards along the footpath I came across a small Gull obviousely immature and very strongly marked black and white.Little Gulls are not that uncommon on this patch of the calder particulary after a series of Southerly winds.I allways try to photograph birds of interest on my local patch and this occassion was no different.However the rush to download images and put on line a bird of interest often in my case comes before properly checking a bird out and on this occassion my initial identification was slightly out as i failed to notice the diagnostib Black half collar which is more often found on immature Kittiwakes which this bird proved to be.
Quite what a juvenile Kittiwake is doing going in and out of the willow trees on the waters edge i dont know." previouse records of Kittiwakes around Dewsbury have been adults following stormy weather on the coast.However this is a great bird to find nevertheless.
Also in the same area today 20 Cormorants,4 Green Sandpipers,8 Grey Herons and 2 Kingfishers.
Sand Martins have had a good year with 42 definate breeding pairs.14 definate breeding pairs of Reed Warblers and 3 breeding pairs of Water Rails as well as now 3 pairs of Common Buzzards all producing 3 flying youngsters