Trip reports

Adel Dam

Adel Dam
Paul Disken

Saturday, 29 February 2020

We arrived at Golden Acre Park on the outskirts of Leeds with heavy rain falling, a fitting way to end the month of February which had been the wettest on record. It was fortunate that the rain stopped soon after and we were able to enjoy pleasant if fairly cool conditions before the next storm blew in.
As we walked through the woodland, we enjoyed good views of nuthatch and treecreeper in fairly close proximity. The first of several sightings of great spotted woodpecker was also enjoyed and we saw several potential nest holes in the decaying timber of the wood.
We entered the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve of Adel Dam- a very pleasant and well managed haven for wildlife. The first hide overlooked an area of water frequented by half a dozen mandarin ducks, the males resplendent in their multi-coloured plumage .The next bird of note was a red kite which was flying above an area of woodland just off the reserve- always a spectacular sight. A couple more red kites were later seen circling high above.
A second hide- the lake hide provided views of another pair of mandarins and a male teal. There were also long-tailed tits visiting the feeders. Walking back through the woodland, we had more sightings of great spotted woodpecker and a jay high in the trees.
There were a few ducks on golden acre park lark, the most notable being a goosander and several tufted ducks. The sun had come out by now. The bottle green head of the goosander and the iridescent purple in the tufted duck's plumage could be seen in the refracted light. It often pays to take a closer look at birds to gain a different perspective.
We returned to the car park to round off an enjoyable morning attended by eight members.
Paul Disken