Saturday, 24 April 2010

Bretton Update

The excellent weather got me out of bed early and I was at Bretton Lakes by half past seven. It was a bit cool but there was bright sunshine and not a breath of wind - perfect conditions for photography.

I decided to visit the nest site of the Goldcrests which were featured on here a few blogs ago. It was all very quiet though with no activity around the nest. Have they abandoned it? Not sure - they did both turn up before I left which was encouraging but surely the female should be sitting on the eggs by now?

The only Lesser Spotted Woodpecker I've seen to date was last year at Meltham in Huddersfield. I knew they were around at Bretton but they'd eluded me up to now. I was quite pleased to break my duck this morning. I'd only been stood in the area where they were rumoured to be for about 5 minutes when this one turned up.

The bird life down at the hide seemed much the same as usual until I noticed that a couple of pairs of Greylag Geese had arrived. This isn't a rare event but they don't usually stay around for long. There was no difference this morning as all four of them departed before I left.


  1. A brill shot of Lesser Spot. That'a major twitch around here they are now so rare.

  2. Lovely pics of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, I bet you were delighted with your sighting. Linda

  3. Hi BB. Re your message. I you ever want a change of scenery just let me know. I would be happy to show you some new sites and hopefully get you a couple more ticks. SB

  4. Hi BB. No problem at all. Contact me on and we can get something sorted. SB