Images by DCBarker

31st March 2008

Embsay Res - Red-throated Diver

Otley - Whooper Swan

Bingley - 4 Waxwings still present on Church Street this morning. Though they were spending most of their time in the trees in front of Crosley House and Wood House on the other side of the A650, also in other trees fringing the canal.

Swinsty Res - 3 Whooper Swans, 2 Tufted Duck

Members Only Reservoir - Moving Birds: Meadow Pipit 62, LBB Gull 134, Woodpigeon 31, BHGull 3, Lapwing 1, Carrion Crow 21, Oystercatcher 2, Starling 34 - Other: Grey Wagtail 1, Grey Heron 1, Redshank 4, Pied Wagtail 2, Canada Goose 9

2 Common Buzzard over Cottingley today both drifting SE , first at 12.45 ,second a 13.45. Could have been the same bird but doubtful. No sign of any white on tail!! Chiffchaff heard from garden

Lindley Wood Res - 3 GCGrebes, Male Mandarin

Timble - Five Tree Sparrows

Fewston A pair of Goldeneye

Silsden Res. Two Great Crested Grebes

Wharfe Valley - 2 Raven

Keighley Moor - common buzzard passing over

Fly Flatts - curlew, golden plover, mipits, skylarks, snipe, canada geese

circa 100 Fieldfare over house blogging
1 - Redshank over house toward Leeshaw

Ben Rhydding - Chiffchaff, Siskin

Kex Gill - 16 Pink-footed Geese

D Odell, I Hargreaves, DCBarker, A Greenwood, H Creber, M Taunton, D&H Kidman, R Waller, AGGough

Images by MVPriestley

30th March 2008

Holden Park, Riddlesden
adult breeding plumage Mediterranean Gull

Bingley - Waxwings still present

Higher Coach Road
Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

East Riddlesden Hall 19.30
1 Swallow heading up the Aire Valley

River Aire, Cononley pm
pair goosander, pair Shelduck, 4 reed buntings,
22 curlew (including flock of 12) grey heron

Soil Hill, Queensbury
3m 6f Wheatear, 8 Skylark, 6 Mipits, 2 Grey Heron
18 Fieldfare, 4 Lapwing

Trough Lane late pm
4 wheater, 2 pairs stonechat, 4 meadow pipits

Leeshaw Res and Lee Lane -
Redshank x 4, Oyk x 2, Canada Goose x 101, Greylag x 8,
lapwings, curlew, sparrowhawk

Stockbridge -
Chiffchaff singing, 2 Kestrel both at times in the box.
Male brought food to female followed by display flights and calls.
6 Redpoll, Bullfinch, 6 LBB west,
pair of Mute Swans chosen nest site, 2 Stock Dove

Chelker Res
Redshank, Lapwing, 4 Goldeneye, 2 GCGrebe

Silsden Res
GCGrebe, 4 Goldeneye, 4 Coot,

Silsden Floods - 10 Lapwing, 2 Curlew

Redcar Tarn
19 Tufted Duck, BHGulls, Common Gulls

East Riddlesden Hall
Brambling, Kingfisher, GHeron, Common Gull

Caldene Fields
Skylark, Redwing

Members Only Res
Meadow Pipit 21 , Carrion Crow 6, Oystercatcher 2
Wheatear 1, Canada Goose 22 party + 3 pairs
Stock Dove 1, Goldeneye 5

Fly Flatts
2 Wheatear, 1pr Stonechat, 4 Greylag, 3 Goosander
Good move of Mipits in the near gale force wind
100+headed north with 50+ blogging, Reed Bunting

Leeming Res
Female Goosander, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Kestrels displaying

S Parkers, DCBarker, B Sumner, M Doveston, MVPriestley,
S Radcliffe, A Greenwood, A tremethick, S Thomson, H Doveston

Recent Images - DCBarker, M Bell, R Waller, S Lilley

29th March 2008

Trough Lane 11.15 - Rough-legged Buzzard
Seen heading NNE towards Worth Valley and Airedale
2 Wheatear were seen earlier

Redcar Tarn - Adult Kittiwake
Common Gull 7, BH Gull 106, LBB Gull 1

Bingley, Church Street - 4 Waxwings

Cragg Wood
male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff

3 Chiffchaff, Siskin, GSWdpkrs drumming
Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Redwing,

Stockbridge - Chiffchaff

Ilkley Moor
singing chiffchaff below The Tarn, by the footpath behind the Craiglands Hotel en route. Also a pair of Bullfinches showing well in the gorse by the beck at the bottom of the White Wells path

Cottingley Garden - 3 Redpoll

4 lapwing, 1 Curlew, 6 Meadow Pipit,
3 Skylark, large flock Starling

Raw Nook & Toad Holes Beck
2 Chiffchaff singing

K Moir, RHProctor, G Robin, DCBarker, M Doveston,
M Bloomfield, J Preshaw, A Tremethick, D Kidman,
M Bell, S Lilley, R Waller, MVPriestley

Lesser Black-backed Gull - DCBarker

28th March 2008

Silsden Res - Female Common Scoter

Chelker Res - Common Scoter

Scarhouse Res - 116 Pink-footed Geese dropped in.
Also a male Stonechat nearby

Redcar Tarn
Common Gull 22 considerably more than yesterday
Bh Gull 15 very considerably less than yesterday
LBB Gull 1, Coot, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Rook, Jackdaw

Wharfe Valley
4 Ravens, 20 Fieldfares, 50 Siskins

D Odell, S Goodwin, DCBarker, D Gilroy

Images by M Bloomfield

Wheatear - B Vickers

27th March 2008

Barden - Osprey heading North

Fly Flatts Quarry - Wheatear

Wharfe Meadows Park Otley:
1 GSW, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 1 Nuthatch,
a pair of Goosander on the river.

Knotford Nook :-
1 singing Mistle Thrush, 40 Fieldfare, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 3 Gadwall, 1
GSW, 1 Little Grebe, pair Wigeon, 1 Pied Wagtail, 2 pair Goldeneye,
35 Curlew in field at opposite side of river

Whetstone and Bradup
2 Wheatear on the burnt area just beyond the gate at Whetstone (1 male, 1 female)
Pair Stonechat west of gate, 2 Golden Plover (also west of gate)
Red Grouse numbers seemed low with a very slow drive to the gate and a short walk to Buck Stones only producing 4 birds. 2nd pair of Stonechat below quarry.
1 Wheatear (male) at Bradup by old derelict barn; also 5 Skylark and 1 Reed Bunting feeding in very muddy sheep field next to barn. Snipe chipping and several Curlews and Lapwings displaying. There were several Mipits and Skylarks on territory and several small parties (of up to c20 birds) flying in a general north west direction from Whetstone Allotment; smaller numbers of Skylark and Pied Wagtail also north west.

Moorside Lane Oxenhope
Wheatear, 50+ Golden Plover

Glovershaw area
55 Golden Ploverswere flying over the fields beyond Golcar Farm and Snipe were displaying and calling. About 40 Lapwings are in the fields either side of Glovershaw Lane, they are now well spread out in their breeding positions. Four Curlews were feeding here and a Reed Bunting, four Skylarks and lots of displaying Meadow Pipits were on the moorland fringes. A Ketrel was hunting over the Glen Road, a male Stonechat was on the wall and a pair were seen by the race track

2 Dippers, 2 Goosanders on the beck, Grey Wagatil at Clog Bridge.

Silsden res.
2 Gt. Crested Grebes, 9 Tufted Duck and 2 Goldeneye.

Whetstone Gate,
20 Golden Plover, two Stonechats and several
displaying Meadow Pipits.

Stockbridge -
Water Rail, 6 Reed Bunting, male Bullfinch, 2 Oystercatchers
Kestrel & Sparrowhawk

East Riddlesden Hall - Brambling

Redcar Tarn 0915 - 1130hr
BHGull c150, Common Gull 5, LBB Gull 2
GBB Gull 1, Coot, Cormorant 1, Moorhen
Tufted Duck, Mallard, Pied Wagtail, Rook, Jackdaw
Carrion Crow, Greylag Goose

I Hargreaves, P King, M Taunton, D Odell, S Radcliffe
DCBarker, B Vickers, H Doveston, E Scarfe

Oystercatcher - DCBarker

26th March 2008

Silsden Res.
one Tufted D.,two Great-crested Grebes and
a pair of Goldeneye[the drake was displaying].

Upper Barden Res.
male Wheater around the buildings.

Two Teal on Lower Barden Res.

c.20 Red Grouse in the five mile walk to the top res.

Three Goldeneye on Chelker

Little Owl at Draughton Heights

Water Rail, 3 Oystercatchers, Dunnock, Coot nest building

D Odell, DCBarker

Singing Dunnock - G Robin

25th March 2008

Silsden Res.
one Great-crested Grebe and six Tufted Ducks.

Three Goldeneye on Chelker

male blackcap still feeding in Villa Road garden and sub-song

Shipley Glen area
pair of Dippers building a nest under the archway of a bridge.
three 'drumming' GSW, three Nuthatch (calling and inpairs)
and two 'singing' Jays

D Odell, P King, A Josephs, G Robin

Red Kite with green wing tags - B Vickers

Whooper Swans - B Sumner

24th March 2008

Swinsty Res
Common Sandpiper (possible over-wintering bird re-found)
2+White Wagtails, 4 Grey Wagtails, GCGrebe

Fly Flatts
7 Whooper Swan, 22 Golden Plover, 6+Curlew, Snipe
11 Meadow Pipits, Stonechat, 44 Canada Geese, Greylag
Wheatear, Red Kite with green wing tag

Embsay Res - Red-throated Diver still present

2 Redpoll, 4 Siskin, 5 GSWdpkr drunmming, 6 Nuthatch
2 Treecreeper, 2 Goosander, 2 Pheasant, 4 Mistle Thrush,
Song Thrush, 14 Coot, 29 Canada Geese, 12 Mallard

East Riddlesden Hall
Common Gull, Brambling, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch,

Bingley - Ashfield Crescent - 4 Waxwings

Tong Park Lake area,
2 Mute Swan, 2 Little Grebe, 1 Curlew, Mallard, Coot,
Gt Sp Woodpecker (inspecting last years nest hole),
2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush

Lindley Wood Res
Goosanders, GCGrebes, Cormorant

Leeshaw -
73+ Canada geese, 8 greylag, 3 redshank overhead,
3 oystercatcher, lapwing displaying over fields

Undisclosed Sites;
Peregrine, Red Kite, Hen Harrier

B Sumner, H Creber, M Doveston, D Halliday, AGGough,
S Radcliffe, B Vickers, A Greenwood,

Images by S. Lilley

Coal Tit - B Sumner

Red Kite, Dark Skies - M Doveston

23rd March 2008

Bingley - 4 Waxwings along Church Street.

2 male Wheatear on track below top reservoir on Barden Moor

Norr Hill, Wilsden
Moving Birds:
Golden Plover 235, Yellow-billed Swan 6 (presume Whoopers),
Starling c65, Greenfinch 2,
Wood Pigeon 54, Com. Gull c250, Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail 3

Riddlesden Garden - pair Blackcap

Private Wetlands
2 Red Kite, male Red-crested Pochard, 45 Skylark,
60+Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtails, 24 Goldeneye,
10 Wigeon, 3 Goosander, 3 Snipe, 4 Redshank,
50 Lapwing - 16 on territory, Reed Buntings singing,
Little Owl, 3 GCGrebe, Little Grebe, 4 Cormorant,
Oystercatchers, Curlews, Fieldfare

Chelker Res
10 Goldeneye, Cormorant, 25 Lapwing, Oystercatcher,

East Riddlesden Hall
Redwing, Brambling, 2 Canada Geese, GSWdpkr drumming

Ogden Water area
1pr Goosander, 1f Goldeneye, 1 Curlew over
1 Green Wdpecker, 1 Gt.Spotted Wdpecker

Stockbridge - 37 species including
4 Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 male Bullfinch, 2 Oystercatchers,
Kestrel, 4 Goosander, 3 Snipe, Water Rail, 3 Meadow Pipit,

Sunnydale Res area -
40 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Bullfinch

East Morton - flock of 100 mixed winter thrushes

Two Goosander Bolton Abbey.
44 Oystercatchers near Bolton Bridge.
Another two Goosanders .Nine Goosanders Bolton Bridge to Addingham.
Four Dippers.Probably 50 Curlew in the 7.5 miles

M Doveston, DCBarker, B Sumner, A Josephs, S Radcliffe
S Lilley, D Odell

22nd March 2008

Bingley - 4 Waxwings along Church Street near the undertakers.

East Riddlesden Hall
Male Brambling, 2 Goosander on R.Aire

Stockbridge -
2 Redpoll, Redwing, 5 Reed Bunting, Goosander in Stock Dove box,
Mallard in old Kestrel box and (yes) Kestrel in new Kestrel box.

M Doveston, S Radcliffe

21st March 2008

Bingley - Waxwings still present along Church Street. But are mobile.

Embsay Res - Red-throated Diver

Soil Hill - 3 Wheatear

East Riddlesden Hall -
male Brambling, male Kingfisher, 60+Mallard,
30+BHgull, Common Gull

Glovershaw -
3 Skylark, Snipe heard, Reed Bunting, 12 Lapwing, 4 Curlew,
Stock Dove, Kestrel but no Goldies.

Weecher -
2 Oystercatcher, Stock Dove, 14 Greylag & 6 Canada Geese.

Sconce Lane -
12 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing and 2 Stock Dove inspecting owl box entrance

Toad Holes Beck - 2 singing Chiffchaff

Caldene Fields - Fieldfare and Redwing

H Doveston, S Radcliffe, MVPriestley, D Odell, B Sumner

20th March 2008

Embsay Res - Red-throated Diver

Bingley - Waxwings still present

Lindley Wood Res - 10x Whooper Swan

Barden Fell - Wheatear

Swartha/Silsden Reservoir area
Six Curlew in ones and twos not together
c.50 Fieldfares, 8 Redwings

2 Water Rail seen, 2 Oystercatchers, pair of Kestrel in and
around box,12 Meadow Pipits passed going west

Washburn Valley - 2 nests of Tawny Owl with eggs

D Odell, G Holmes, S Radcliffe, M Gurney, A Jowett

19th March 2008

Bingley - 4 Waxwing still present on Ashfield Crescent and Church Street.

Undisclosed Site - Hen Harrier

A Tremethick, M Taunton, AGGough, G Holmes

Bingley Waxwings

Waxwings still in Bingley along Ashfield Road

Images by B Vickers and M Taunton

Redshank at Leeshaw - BVickers

17th March 2008

Bingley - off Leonard Street
4 Waxwings, j bailey undertakers Church st

Bingley Garden - Blackcap

Nab Water Lane, - 2 Stonechat,

Leeshaw Res, - 6 Redshank

Memebers Only Res
Meadow Pipit 49 > N, Skylark 4 > W, Curlew 6 > W,
Reed Bunting 1 > NW, Alba wagtail 5 > NW,
Sand Martin 3 > NW, C Crow 1 > W, LBB Gull 11 > NW,
Oystercatcher 2 > NW, Grey Heron 2 > N, Mistle Thrush 2

A Tremethick, M Taunton, B Vickers, DCBarker

16th March 2008

Reported on Birdguides - Firecrest at Yews Green, Queensbury

Soil Hill
48 Fieldfare, 11 Skylark, 3 Golden Plover, 5 Lapwings
1 Sand Martin >E during snow flurry
2 Curlew, 4 Skylark, 3 Grey partridge

Buzzard, Kestrel, Jay, Nuthatch, GSWdpkr, Siskin
2 Greylag Geese,

East Riddlesden Hall - Brambling

Timble Ings - 3 Crossbill

Fewston Res
1 Pink-footed goose with (163) Canada geese, 2 Goldeneye,
2 Teal and 2 Oytercatchers

Stockbridge -
3 Kestrel, flight displays, Water Rail (heard), 4 Goosanders,
4 Oystercatchers, 1 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Buntings

Villa Road, Bingley - 5 Siskin

Leeshaw -
Red Kite spooked 15 Curlew, 20 Golden Plover and c80 Lapwings

Glovershaw and Shipley Glen.
About 30 Lapwings were on the ground in the Glovershaw area where they have established their breeding territory. Snipe could be heard from the boggy areas along the moorside and five Curlews were seen flying overhead and feeding in the fields. Skylarks were also heard and up to six were feeding where the fields had been manured. A few Meadow Pipits and Linnets were noticed and a pair of Stonechats were seen, all these birds moving northwards. A pair of Grey Wagtails were using the quarry at the top of the Glen. They bred in this area last year. The rookery at Eldwick is in full swing with nine nests now established and a Green Woodpeckerwas heard in the vicinity of Crook Farm.

Fly Flatts
steady flow of returning Meadow Pipits - counted 48.
8 Curlew - high and NE, Buzzard,
Tufted Duck (male) fly through high North

Oxenhope - Peregrine

Denso Marstairs - Red Kite

B Sumner, S Radcliffe, H Doveston, J Poland, M Doveston,
A Josephs, H Creber, P King, S Warrilow

15th March 2008

East Riddlesden Hall - male Brambling
GHeron, 2 Canada Geese, GSWdpkr drumming,
2 Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit,

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits and surrounding fields
kestrel, 3 pairs goosander on lagoon, 4 males on river, pied wagtail,
12 greylag goose on fields to east, 3 coot, 2 moorhen, 4 mallard,
3 robin, blue tit, small flock of long tailed tit, chaffinch, blackbird

Leeshaw Res
3 Redshank, Little Owl, Goosander

M Doveston, B Vickers, S Parkes, H Doveston

14th March 2008

Private Wetlands
3 Sand Martin, Scaup, Red-crested Pochard,
27 Lapwing, 1 Goosander, 18 OYK, 16 Goldeneye,
6 Pochard, 30 Wigeon, 1 GSW, 7 Redshank, 4 Snipe

Bradup - Red Kite

Washburn Valley
Red Kite, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel
6 Curlew calling, 2 Green Woodpecker, 4 GSW,
2 Grey Wagtail, 6 Mistle Thrush, 14 OYK

E Scarfe, A Tremethick

13th March 2008

Middleton Wood:-
4 GSW, Curlew calling, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 1 Grey Wagtail,
1 Sparrowhawk, Mistle Thrush.

Knotford Nook area:-
4 Great Crested Grebe, 28 Wigeon, 1 Pochard, 3 Little Grebe,
3 male Goosander, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Song Thrush;

River Wharfe:- 2 pair of Goosander, a pair of Goldeneye

Cononley Ings,
Teal 92, Shelduck 1, Redshank 2, Oystercatcher 6
Wigeon 14, Curlew 106, Fieldfare 60+, Starling 100+.

Silsden Floods, - Curlew 30

Stockbridge -
6 Redpoll feeding on hawthorn buds, 2 Oystercatchers,
4 Reed Bunting, 5 Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinch

Undisclosed Site - 2 Short-eared Owl

Chelker Res area - Little Owl

E Scarfe, B Vickers, S Radcliffe

12th March 2008

Dowely gap & Hirst Wood
60+pied wag, 4 grey wag on fillterbeds.
Pair goosander and 1 little grebe boating length of aire.
Mandarin drake on canal Victoria rd bridge.
Dipper Trench beck. Jay hirst wood, lots of magpies

Bingley Garden - Blackcap

A Tremethick

11th March 2008

Cononley Ings,
Buzzard 1, Curlew 145, Teal 20,

Silsden Floods
Curlew 46, Oystercatcher 4,

Chelker Res
Oystercatcher 20, Goldeneye 8

B Vickers

Whooper Swans - B Vickers

9th March 2008

Wagon and Horses pub in Oxenhope
Quote from a birder "I am pretty certain I saw a single Swallow flying down the valley Oxenhope direction, it was 3.30ish and pretty blustery but the shape was distinctive, I had only had a pint and a half so no pink elephants flying along with it!!"

Chelker Res
3 Whooper Swans, 2 GCGrebe, Cormorant, 6 Goldeneye

Dowley Gap - White Stork

Silsden Floods
6 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 50 BHGull

Redcar Tarn
male Pochard, 16 Tufted Duck

East Riddlesden Hall - male Brambling

Southfield Mount, Riddlesden - Reed Bunting

Riddlesden Garden
Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Blue Tit,Great Tit, Long Tailed Tit,
Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Siskin, Blackcap, Crow,
Magpie, Collared Dove, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Starling,
Bullfinch, Jackdaw

Norr Hill, 6 Meadow Pipit.
Coplowe Lane, a large 35+ diffuse group of Meadow Pipits
Lee Lane, 5 Meadow Pipit

Ogden Area
Siskin, Meadow Pipit 10 on Ovenden Moor near Giants Tooth
Curlew 6 overhead, Golden Plover heard

Chellow Dene
Coot 2, Sparrowhawk, Goosanders 4, Black-headed Gulls 34
Nuthatch 1, Great Crested Grebe 2

M Doveston, P Sutcliffe, S Lilley, B Vickers, I Webster,
DCBarker, B Sumner, I Watson, D Ogden,

8th March 2008

East Riddlesden Hall - male Brambling

Members Only Res - 4 Goldeneye, 3 Curlew

M Doveston, DCBarker

Blackcap - S.Lilley

6th March 2008

Riddlesden Garden - female Blackcap

Riddlesden Southland Mount - 2 Brambling

Private Wetlands
1 GSW, 1 Scaup, 1 Red-crested Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe displaying

S Lilley, P Taylor, E Scarfe

4th March 2008

Alexandrine Parakeet, Mandarin

S Thomson

3rd March 2008

Pair of Mandarin, 10 Goosander, Dipper

14 lapwing in field opposite Bradup stables

D Odell, P Sutcliffe

2nd March 2008

Silsden Floods,
Curlew 28, Oystercatcher 4

Cononley Ings,
Curlew 16, Oystercatcher 7, Teal 43, GHeron 12

East Riddlesden Hall - Brambling

B Vickers, H Doveston

1st March 2008

Leeshaw Res,
Oystercatcher 2, Curlew 20, Herring Gull 3,
Canada Geese 30+, Greylag Geese 62.

Moorside lane Oxenhope, - Golden Plover 62.

Lower Laithe Res - Pink-feet Geese 18, Canada Geese 26

Small Private Lake
2 GSW, Little Grebe, Buzzard, Red Kite,
22 Heron, Woodcock, 6 Goldeneye

East Riddlesden Hall - male Brambling

Haworth Moor 1400 - 1700hr
9 Curlew were in Bodkin Fields, a Redshank here also. Greylag and Canada Geese on Leeshaw, albeit very rough water!! Lapwings well spread on breeding territory and a little group of five Golden Plover in these fields also. A Mistle Thrush at Harbour Lodge and a Stonechat near the Spa

B Vickers, E Scarfe, M&H Doveston, DCBarker