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Yesterday came up trumps when I set off for the local Asda (other supermarkets are available). Last month, I discovered a hitherto unknown riverside walk when out looking for Waxwing. So I thought I’d best take my bins and actually record something not seen on my feeders. It doesn’t look like much and in fact it isn’t, but it makes a change from the direct route along the main road.

As I approached the weir above Armley Mills a fat bird with whirring wings flew from the bank below. Dipper. Wow, not on my predicted list. It landed briefly and then flew bank into the bank out of view. Length of view, maybe 5 seconds. Amount of satisfaction, huge. Looking at BirdTrack it turns out to be a first record for the tetrad. Not surprising really as it is only a mile or so from the centre of Leeds and is probably the last bit of suitable habitat on the Aire. Well chuffed.

Continuing round the bend in the river I came across 6 Goosander including 3 very pink males fishing away. Nice.

I finally got out for a decent walk this afternoon. In the spirit of Foot It I decided to check out some areas I’ve overlooked in the past. So, I scratted about in some crappy, scrubby woodland, walked along the canal and on the return wandered through some manky grassland and more scrubby woodland and crappy grassland. Much of the latter is a local nature reserve but I’ll take some ‘wilderness’ in urban Leeds. Birds of the day; Nuthatch, predicted but not easy and Bullfinch, expected but always nice. The highlight goes to a flock of 9 Stock Dove that constitute a first for tetrad SE23S.

I’m going to have to walk further out to get some of my 60 predicted species.


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