28th February 2008

Strid Wood:-
40 Fieldfare, Buzzard, 2 OYK, 1 Dipper, 3 GSW,
4 Curlew calling, 8 Song Thrush singing, 3 Jay,
13 Goosander, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Nuthatch.

Keighley Moor, Oakworth Moor and Wolf Stones 1200 - 1700hr,
Linnets at Hare Hills, Chaffinch- several in the Pine Wood, a pair of Stonechats on Scotland Hill, Peregrine over Keighley Moor Reservoir, 3 Goldeneye and 6 Mallard on the water, Oystercatcher heard, at least 15 Golden Plover spread out over the high moor tops, c60 total Red Grouse seen throughout now in pairs, several Wrens in the heather.

E Scarfe, DCBarker

27th February 2008

Leeshaw Res,
Pink-footed Goose 1, Canada Geese 54, Greylag Geese 68,
Cormorant 1, Oystercatcher 2, Curlew 6, Lapwing 30+.

Lower Laithe Res - Canada Geese 50+

Ilkley Moor 1130 - 1445hr
Again very few birds seen. Wrens were singing from the bracken in the shelter of the Backstone Beck valley. Siskins were heard overflying, Coal Tits and several Chaffinches were in the plantation above the Cow and Calf Rocks and at least six Red Grouse were flushed from near the footpath at the edge of Burley Moor. Another Wren was in the Hangingstone Quarry basin.

Private Wetlands
1 GSWdpkr, 1 Mistle thrush singing, 1 Song Thrush singing,
18 Oystercatcher, 6 Reed Bunting singing, 20 Lapwing, 4 GCG,
Little Grebe, 14 Goldeneye, 13 Pochard, pair of Goosander,
4 Brambling (one leucistic), 6 Siskin, 3 Bullfinch, 16 Wigeon,
Pied Wagtail

B Vickers, DCBarker, E Scarfe

25th February 2008

Ilkley Moor / Addingham High Moor 1130 - 1700hr.
a few Red Grouse on Addingham High Moor.
Several Wrens in the rocks below Addingham Crag.
Mistle Thrush was singing at Sheperd's Hill, also in the plantation here Coal Tits, a Robin and Goldcrests. A pair of Carrion Crows were feeding.


24th February 2008

Stockbridge - 36 species;
16 Canada Geese, 2 Goosanders (female looked in owl box),
4 Oystercatchers, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 4 Reed Bunting,
Water Rail (showing well in front of hide), 2 Snipe flushed in field,
8 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch, Goldcrest, GSW, Song Thrush carrying food

East Riddlesden Hall & R.Aire
Goosander, 2 Canada Geese, 60+Mallard, 32+BhGull
Common Gull, 2 Bullfinch, GSWdpkr drumming

Bolton Bridge A59 - Red Kite

Blubberhouses - Red Kite

Kex Gill - 8 Teal, 2 Curlew, 4 Lapwing

Hardisty Hill - Green Woodpecker

Silsden Res - 2 Great Crested Grebes

Chelker Res - 12 Oystercatchers

Wharfe Valley
2 Raven, 9 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel

Redcar Tarn - Male Pochard

Southfield Mount, Riddlesden - 2 Bullfinch

S Radcliffe, M Doveston, B Vickers, P Sutcliffe

23rd February 2008

Holden Park, Oakworth
Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Jay
Bullfinch, GSWdpkr drumming

Oakworth - 100+Redwing, 3 Meadow Pipit

Rombalds Moor 1100 - 1715hr
Wren was at Horncliffe Circle, two Greylags were near Horncliffe Well, a Carrion Crow was over Bingley Moor, a pair of Stonechats were on Hawksworth Moor. Several Mallards were on Lower Lanshaw Dam

East Riddlesden Hall
pair of Long-tailed Tits collecting cobwebs and moss

Shipley Glen, Higher Coach Road
Alexandrine Parakeet

M Doveston, K Moir, I Hargreaves, B Vickers, DCBarker
P King

22nd February 2008

Yeadon Tarn:
6 Pochard, 1 GCGrebe, 2 Mute Swans,
8 Goosanders (7female and 1 male), 35 Canada Geese.

Knotford Nook:
92 Coot, 12 Wigeon, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye
and 2 Great Crested Grebes

P King, S Radcliffe

19th February 2008

Barden Moor -
pair of Stonechat plus another female, 17 Greylag Geese

Very few birds seen but Skylarks (3), Greenfinch (6), Goldfinch (1) heard going over above the fog. Many unseen fog-bound Lapwings calling from the fields around Cross Lane.

S Radcliffe, DCBarker

Images by S.Lilley

Wawings in Bingley

Friday 15th February 15.45

Ferncliffe Road, Bingley
115 391 GB Grid Ref
4x Waxwings perching in sorbus spp.
observed for c.3mins then they flew out of sight up valley to NW, calling

D Sheldon

18th February 2008

Shipley Glen area
Two Dippers on the stream that leaves Shipley Glen and flows into the Aire at Hirstwood. There was a large number, 23, of Mistle Thrushes in the field at the bottom of the Glen. They were with a small number of Redwings. 6 Reed Buntings at Dowley Gap Sewage Works and along the river a pair of Goosander and two Stock Doves by the Rowing Club.

Stockbridge - 2 Water Rail

P King, A Tremethick, S Radcliffe

17th February 2008

Private Wetlands
Red-crested Pochard, 3 Brambling, 37 Oystercatcher,
275 Curlew, 50 Lapwing, Stock Pigeon, 3 GCGrebe,
20+Tufted Duck, 10+Goldeneye, 6 Wigeon, 4 Teal
7 Mute Swan, Jay, Siskin, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch,
13 Pochard, GSWdpkr drumming, 2 Gadwall
2+2 Goosander, 3 Cormorant

Knotford Nook
54 Wigeon, 3 Gadwall, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck
2 Reed Bunting, 3 GCGrebe

Lindley Wood Reservoir
3 Goosander, 3 Goldeneye, 6 Cormorant

Stockbridge -
2 Water Rail (only 1 seen), 5 Goosander, 4 Reed Bunting,
Goldcrest, 5 Oystercatcher

Buzzard over A59

Buzzard - over Victoria Park area of Keighley

Tong Park Pond
Male and female Goosander and four Dabchick

Undisclosed Site - Goshawk

M Doveston, S Johnson, S Radcliffe, G Robin, K Moir,
S Parkes, R Ratcliffe

Buzzard by S. Lilley

16th February 2008

East Riddlesden Hall
Kingfisher, Oystercatcher, 40+BhGulls,
2 Canada Geese, GSWdpkr drumming,
2 Song Thrush, 2 Coot, 6 Moorhen, Common Gull

12 Pinkfeet passing NW low over Crow Hill

Wharfe Valley
4 SEO , 1 Ringtail, 1 Merlin, 4 Sparrowhawk,
4 Buzzard ,1 Red Kite

Glovershaw Area
100 Lapwings and 28 Golden Plovers on the fields by the racetrack beyond Golcar Farm. A pair of Stonechats were on the lane leading from Golcar Farm to Glovershaw Lane.

Dob Park
Buzzard, 4 Jay, 3 Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatch

Allerton Flash
Grey Partridge, Little Owl, 50+Lapwing

Raven, calling above Top Withens

M Doveston, DCBarker, M Taunton,
P King, S Lilley, S Johnson, S Parkes

Greylags - B Vickers

15th February 2008

Dipper on Silsden Beck near the industrial estate.

Red Kite Wharfe Valley

10 Red Grouse Barden to Nelly Park Wd.

8 Oystercatchers LowerBarden Res

Leeshaw Res - Canada Geese 12, Greylag Geese 72

Lower Laithe Res - Goosander, 10 Canada Geese

Timble, Swinsty and John o'Gaunts.
Red Kite went over the main path, and a pair of Kestrels were
hunting over the mooredge. A flock of 16 Crossbills were seen
just beyond the pools. At Swinsty a flock of 100 Fieldfare was
moving through. As we approached John o' Gaunts Reservoir
a pair of Stonechats were seen. On the water there wasn't much,
but for a Goldeneye, four Tufted Duck, two Teal and a Pochard.
Green Woodpecker was calling and a flock of 11 Goldfinch went by.
In the fields four Curlews landed and a large number of Starlings

D Odell, B Vickers, P King, S Radcliffe

14th February 2008

Stockbridge -
2 Water Rail, 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Oystercatcher,
7 Goldfinch, 1 Bullfinch

Three drake Goosander on the R.Aire near Kildwick

Male and female Peregrine in Keighley

S Radcliffe, D Odell

13th February 2008

Ten Teal at Kex Gill.

Undisclosed Sites;
Female Goshawk seen perched at 09-55.
A male seen close by later in the morning

Red Kite over Blubberhouses Moor.

Red Kite A59

Wharfe Valley
Six Red Kites, Little Owl, 3 Short-eared Owls

D Odell

12th February 2008

1 pink foot amongst 175 greylag in fields to north and west,
6 oystercatchers on bank amongst ~60 Canadas;
1 green woodpecker at eastern end dam wall; 1 jay

Kex Gill: 11 teal, pair stock doves

2 Little Owls Barden Scale

Barden Moor to Upper Barden Res
3 Red Kites, 23 Red Grouse and a Stonechat.

Wharfe Valley
5 Buzzards,4 Short-eared Owls

J FLood, J Fontana, D Odell

11th February 2008

Oxenhope Moor - Peregrine Falcon,

Soil Hill - Skylarks ( 10+) displaying

Dowley Gap p.m.
15 Redwing, 5 goosander, 2 g.s.w.pecker, 60 pied wag,
4 grey wag, 2 reed bunting,6 mistle thrush,2 jay,6 l.t.tit,2 goldcrest.

Female blackcap still in Bingley garden

Kex Gill
3 Great Black-backed Gulls, eight Red Grouse,ten Teal.

Timble Ings very quiet,
six Red Grouse on the Moor.

Private Wetlands
Four Little Grebes,three Gt.-crested Grebes,16 Goldeneye,
drake Red-crested Pochard, drake Scaup, 1 sinensis Cormorant,
four Curlew,21 Oystercatchers and two Bullfinches.

Silsden Res. Gt.-crested Grebe

Green Woodpecker today at the quarry/marsh near Chellow Dene

B Vickers, A Tremethick, J Fontana, D Odell, F Ipson

10th February 2008

Ilkley to Round Hill and back via Beamsley Beacon.
2 Little Grebe on River Wharfe upstream from the Old Bridge
2 Skylark singing at edge of the moor. Kestrel.
Distant views of Red Kite between Round Hill and Old Pike –
Further sighting of Red Kite near Wards End Cottage – no wing tags. 60+ Lapwing in nearby field. 100+ flock of Golden Plover flying low over the moor. Red Grouse count for the day – 20

Dales Way,Ilkley Moor
Common Buzzard and a pair of Stonechats on territory.

Burley Moor Red Kite.
A dozen Red Grouse in seven miles on both moors.

Cononley Ings -pm visit
Buzzard - 4 thermalling above the ings and the river
3 Oystercatchers on rapidly disappearing floodwater
12 Teal, 36 Mallard, 2 Herons

Aire valley beneath Larchwood
2 GSWdpkr drumming. LSWdpkr showing well amid flock of 10 LTT. 5 goosander on Aire, (1 male)teal on river too. sparrowhawk, 2 kestrel, 5 nuthatch

Fly Flatts
09.15 - 10 Pink Footed Geese high NW over reservoir.
10.15 - skein of circa 150 PF Geese high NW beyond Walshaw Dean (Calderdale). 5 Skylarks, 1 Greenfinch, 4 Golden Plover, 10 Lapwing. 4 Mallard on res, circa 30 BH gulls, 2 Canada Geese

Doe Park Res -
3 Cormorant, 4 Canada Geese, 2 Skylark, 10 Fieldfare

East Riddlesden Hall -
Coot building nest, 2 Sparrowhawk, Coal Tit, 20 BHGulls
GSWdpkr drumming, 2 Song Thrush in song, Mistle Thrush singing

J Stallworthy, J Fontana, D Odell, F Jones, G Robin, H Creber
M Doveston

9th February 2008

canal and then along the river path at Hirst Wod
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Kingfisher , two pairs Goosander,
and a Chiffchaff.

garden at Riddlesden
a Reed Bunting along with Bullfinches (two pairs), and Greenfinches

Ilkley, River Wharfe and Middleton Lodge onto the moors to Round Hill and back.
Woodpecker (heard) and 2 Buzzards took flight from woods behind Middleton Lodge about 10:30am. 3 skeins of geese (possibly pink footed – but not certain) flew over Ilkley from East to West – about 100 at 10:50am, 60+ at 11:05am and then a further 25+ shortly after.
On the moors a huge flock of birds took to the skies made up of lapwing, golden plover, starlings and gulls – eventually separated out to about 100+ golden plover and 100+ lapwing
Red Kite as approached the top of Round Hill about 12:00. Male Stonechat on wall at top of Round Hill. Dipper on River Wharfe. Male and Female Mandarin ducks seem to have made the Riverside Hotel area of Wharfe their permanent home!

Barden Scale,
Two Skeins of Pinkfeet flew Nw, 140+ and 50+ at 1130 Am

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits
8 goosander (4 pairs) 3 cormorant, 2 oystercatcher, 1 kingfisher, 2 coot , 2 moorhen, 10 mallard , 3 chaffinch , 5 robin, 4 blue tit, 4 great tits, 6 long tailed tits (pairing off), 2 goldfinch 2 (pair), 4 greenfinch, 2 magpie, 4 crow, 3 woodpigeon, 2 black-headed gull, 6 blackbird, song thrush in full song, dunnock, wren. Tortoiseshell butterflly!

14.45 240 pink footed geese flying west over keighley

c.120 Pink-footed Geese flew east over Silsden at 10:45

Red Kite over the Doubler Stones.

Grey Wagtail at Brunthwaite Beck.

Common Buzzard over Howden Park Farm.

c.120 Pied Wagtails roosting in centre of Keighley near the Focus store

St.Ives - BTO survey
34 Robin, 52 Blue Tit, 32 Chaffinch, 28 Great Tit, 7 Song Thrush, 4 Mistle Thrush, 14 Blackbird, 8 Goldcrest, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 4 GSWdpkr, GHeron, 2 Jay, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, 2 Redpoll, 22 Siskin, 5 CCrow, 12 Jackdaw, 22 Canada Geese, 20 Mallard, 12 Coot, 6 Moorhen

J Stallworthy, B Vickers, S Parkes, J Fontana, D Odell, M Doveston, P King, S Lilley

8th February 2008

Otley GP,
1 Pinkfoot Goose, 1Curlew, 2 Wigeon, 9 Pochard,
1 Scaup, 1 Red Crested Pochard, 17 Oystercatchers,

Knotford Nook,
1 Male Gadwall, 20 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe.

Cononley Ings 11am
Grey Heron - 14 around drainage channel vicinity
Curlew - 9 on the deck for 10 minutes before leaving SW
Teal - 73

B Vickers, F Jones

6th February 2008

Dowley gap.
100 pied wag, 4 grey wag, 3 reed bunting,
4 mistle thrush, 1 sparrowhawk.

Bingley Garden - 1 female blackcap

coach road Saltaire.
siskin (3), Alexandrine parakeet was imitating other birds
very well indeed (jay and crow)

male stonechat near Nab End

Private Wetland Site
several Brambling, 20+ Siskin, kingfisher, Wigeon, Sparrowhawk
59 birds caught and ringed which included 6 siskin, 2 brambling, 11 chaffinch, 2 goldfinch and 3 greenfinch.

A Tremethick, M Bloomfield, S Radcliffe, A Jowett

5th February 2008

Alter Lane - male Bullfinch, Kestrel, Redpoll
Coppice Pond area - 6 Siskin, pair of Goosanders

8 siskins feeding together in Villa Road, Bingley

River Aire at Cononley am
Goldeneye, grey wagtail. 400+ lapwing in flight to the north

Redcar Tarn pm
22 tufted ducks, plenty of coots, 350 lapwing adjacent fields

S Radcliffe, A Josephs, S Parkes

4th February 2008

Private Wetlands
4 Common Redpoll, Scaup, Red-crested Pochard

K Moir

3rd February 2008

Stockbridge -
3 Oystercatchers (a pair later mating), 2 Water Rail,
4 Reed Bunting, 4 Bullfinch. female Kestrel in box whilst
male showed off his flying skills over the reserve, 3 Siskin

East Riddlesden Hall - male Brambling, male Goosander

Jays, Nuthatches, Treecreepers, GSWdpkrs
BHGulls, Coots, Moorhens, Canada Geese
1 pair Goosander

S Radcliffe, M Doveston

2nd February 2008

Myrtle Park, Bingley -
singing Dipper, calling Nuthatch

River Aire, Cottingley area -
3 pair of Goosander plus a female.

Saltaire area - 20 Redwing.

East Riddlesden Hall - 1 Pair Goosander

Leeming Resr - 48 mallard

Harden Garden - Blackcap, 20+Siskin

S Radcliffe, M Doveston, C Wilson, A Greenwood