New Earswick Nature Reserve

I’m not a big fan of New Years Resolutions, but one little thing I am planning is to try make a weekly visit to our local nature reserve and use this blog to record that. It’s a private reserve, you need a key and ID card to visit. As I have this, it’s a shame not to make more use of it.

I’ll post more from next week, and weekly after that. I had a visit on the 30th though just to get into the habit.

IMG_0837 IMG_0808It’s a pretty little site in a former brickpit. It may not be clear from this, but the water was almost entirely frozen over. That didn’t stop a kingfisher from being out and about though.

Bright blue dot

Bright blue dot

Unfortunately we only spotted it from the far side of the pond so couldn’t get a good shot. But as I always see at least one here, I’m hoping 2015 will yield some good kingfisher photos.

We saw plenty more, including bullfinches and chaffinches.

IMG_0819The picture above, the tree actually contains an owl box, so I’m also hopeful some late evenings in the hide might yield a Tawny Owl.

It was misty and frosty, which always adds atmosphere.

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Anyway, that’s just a flavour of the site. More to come over the next 12 months.

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