27th February 2006

between Burley and Ben Rhydding
red kite

26th February 2006

Dob Park
2 GSWP drumming

19th until 24th February

Stockbridge sightings
up to 3 Water Rail, 6 Oystercatchers, 30 Siskin,
4 Bullfinch, male Brambling,
2 Reed Bunting, Stock Dove, Redpoll

St.Ives -
GSW x3, Nuthatch x6, Goldcrest x 4,
Treecreeper x 4, Canada Goose x23, Coal Tit x4

Harden Moor - Goldcrest x 5

Leeshaw Res -
Lapwing x 24, Mipits flock of 15,
Common Gull x 1, BHG x 10,
Stock Dove x4, Red Grouse, 2 Kestrels

Lower Laithe Res - BHG x 5

Ponden Res - Lapwing x 19, Stock Dove x 4

Members Only Res
Goldeneye, Cormorant

Doe Park Res - Canada Goose x 16, Cormorant

Ogden Res - Siskin

Soil Hill - Skylark

19th February 2006

Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Baxter's Pond c0900 hrs
3 Treecreeper, 2 GSWdpkrs, Nuthatches all in same area. Siskin.

Wharfe Valley
3+ Red Kites, 6+ Buzzards, 3 Sparrowhawks,
4 Kestrels, 2 Ravens, Little Owl

R.Aire & Myrtle Park, Bingley
2 Dippers, male singing. Nuthatch

M Doveston, M Fanshawe, H Hardwick

18th February 2006

Members Only Res.
c1200 small gulls reducing to c900 at roost.
1x Lesser black backed Gull, 5x Goldeneye, 2x Curlew,
1x Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover heard at dusk.

Dowley Gap / Canal
adult male Ringed Teal (escaped)

D Barker, M Doveston, H Hardwick

17th February 2006

Members Only Res.
Common Gull 24
Black headed Gull 26
Lesser black backed Gull 1
Short eared Owl 1

D Barker

Long-eared Owl Survey 2006

If anyone is interested in covering a site(s) for this years survey please could they contact Andy Jowett at andy.jowett@btopenworld.com

It is hoped that we will cover all previous breeding sites as well as potential new ones. In 2005 we discovered three new sites and it is thought there are many more throughout the recording area. The 2005 survey produced a total of 15 pairs with young.

Adults will be calling from now onwards but an easier way of finding succesful nesting sites is listening for the young hunger calling around dusk from mid-May onwards.



15th February 2006

small private lake
9 Teal (4m, 5f), 20 – 30 Wigeon, 15 goldeneye (2 males inc 1 displaying, 13 females), 2 pairs gadwall.

Otley Old Bridge
1 female wood duck (escapee) feeding with mallards – it’s probably been there for a month now.

15 tufted (11m, 4f), 1m shoveler, 1m pochard, 5 pairs goldeneye, 2 oystercatchers, 3 GCG. There were 101 coot but, interestingly, most had escaped from the high winds on the open lake and were in a compact flotilla of 85 on the small lake.

Moorside Lane Oxenhope
Golden Plover 50+

Leeshaw Res.
Greylag Geese 70+

John Flood, B Vickers

14th February 2006

Aire Valley at Shipley
150 Pink-footed Geese

Lower Laithe Res
115 Canada Geese

Leeshaw Res
Oystercatcher, 10 Stock Dove, 18 Canada Geese

Snipe, Curlew, 200 Lapwing

S Radcliffe, P King, B Vickers

12th February 2006

2 Water Rail, 60 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Bullfinch,
2 Oystercatchers, 3 Goosanders, Kestrel & Sparrowhawk

Crossflatts Garden

Riddlesden Garden

Askwith, Moor Lane
300 Starling, 30 Lapwing, 1 Curlew

Knotford Nook
94 Coot, 8 Goldeneye

Lower Laither Res
Canada Goose x 93

Ponden Res
Pair of Dippers

Redcar Tarn
Tufted Duck x 23, Lapwing x 211

Flock of 50+ Redwing/Fieldfare

Back Lane, Wilsden
80+ Lapwing

Chellow Dene - Kingfisher

S Radcliffe, S Thomson, C Nutton,
J Brownbridge, N Lindsey

11th February 2006

Doe Park Res
7 Goosander, 50+Fieldfare

below Lindley Trout Farm
2 drumming lesser peckers, GSWP, dipper, sparrowhawk,
8 crossbill, 2 nuthatch, red kite, 80 pinkfeet over

Silsden Res
40 Tufted Duck, 8 Goosander, 14 Teal

Haworth - c150x Pink-footed Geese over

M Doveston, A Jowett, B Vickers, N Lindsey

9th February 2006

marsh harrier north west 11.50am

Martin Taunton

8th February 2006

Burley-in-Wharfedale - Burley Hall Nursing Home
19 waxwing

7th February 2006


6th february 2006

Milnerfield Coach road below Shipley Glen
male lesser pecker - this area has long been a stronghold for this species in the area, with Bull Coppy Wood being particularly favourable

paul king

5th February 2006

Private Wetlands
2 Grey Partridge, 13 Wigeon, 23 Pochard
23 Goldeneye, 38 Tufteds, Goosander,
Oystercatcher, Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe
Jack Snipe, 29 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting
2 Little Grebe, GCGrebe, 2 Cormorant, GHeron

Knotford Nook
Pochards, Tufteds, Goldeneyes, Snow Goose (escapee)

Prune Park
2 Grey Partridge

S Johnson, M Doveston

4th February 2006

Redcar Tarn -
370 Lapwing, 24 Tufted
Stockbridge -
Water Rail, 6 Reed Bunting, 2 Goosander

Crossflatts Garden
Blackcap now developing darker cap

Myrtle Park, R. Aire
2 Dipper, one singing

S Radcliffe, M Doveston, H Hardwick