Collared dove - once a constant presence in our back garden you’re more likely to
see wood pigeons.
This black-headed gull touched down in the car park. Even seeing it so closely, I
got the pattern of grey on its wings wrong in my first sketch; the bird on the left
is closer to what I saw than the bird above.
I sketched black-headed gulls again in the afternoon, this time at Newmillerdam Country
Park. Those stark, drowned trees evoke a sense of wilderness that the view from MacDonald’s
I ENJOY another half hour coffee break at MacDonald’s while Barbara and the mums
do their tour of Morrison’s supermarket. Beyond the car park there’s a grassy slope
and a variety of trees and shrubs, ruffled by the wind. A great improvement - from
what I remember - on the industrial units that stood here on the site of Westgate
brickworks 20 years ago.
Swifts, rooks, wood pigeons, blackbirds and a variety of smaller birds which I couldn’t
identify from a distance are making the most of this green space.
There’s a high, distant bank of stratus with lower cumulus moving over Wakefield
in a wind that is blowing from the north or north west.