Orangetip image by DCBarker

31st May 2008

Silsden, R.Aire (west of main road) 06.30-0830
Lesser Whitethroat singing and showing well in hedgerows on north bank of river. Dipper and Kingfisher were seen also. Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Blackbirds with young, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Mistle Thrush, BHgull, Oystercatcher, Lapwing

East Riddlesden Hall
Jay, Swifts, House Martins, Bullfinch, BHGulls, LBBGulls
Sparrowhawk, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush, Oystercatcher

Hewenden Area
Green Woodpecker , Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat
Swifts, Swallows
, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit

Fly Flatts
Curlew 6+, Redshank 2, Lapwing 4, Golden Plover 2,
Grey Wagtail 2 (Breeding Pair),
Twite 2 (one had colour rings - Right Leg White, Left Leg Red

M Doveston, DCBarker, C King

House Martins by DCBarker

30th May 2008

4 Shoveler on Redcar Tarn this morning (3m + 1f)

Timble Ings this morning...
4 Tree Pipits, two pairs of Bullfinches, Redpoll, c.20 Crossbills. The Crossbills were on the north side of the main clearing, they were spooked by a Sparrowhawk. At Timble village I saw four Tree Sparrows, these are nesting on the old library.

I Hargreaves, D Odell

Images by Paul King

Stonechat juvenile
Meadow Pipit
Starling and Juvenile

29th May 2008

Glovershaw Area
The pair of Stonechats, at the Glovershaw end of the Glen Road, have now produced two juveniles, and all four birds were visible this morning. Other post-breeding birds included Starlings, which were seen in the fields by Golcar Farm. Meadow Pipits were carrying food, four male Skylarks were ascending and singing, and numerous Lapwings were aggressively guarding their territory. The Snipe were much quieter now but they could be seen in the damp fields and occasionally sitting on a post

Low Wood - GSW feeding young heard in hole, Nuthatch feeding young & removing faecal sac, family of Treecreepers consisting of 2 adults with at least 2 young, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap feeding young in nest

Fly Flatts
Ringed Plover,a Golden Plover, and three Twite

P King, S Radcliffe, D Odell,

28th May 2008

two pairs of Gt.Crested Grebes at Silsden Res

The R.Aire west of Silsden
five Goosander [a female,then two drakes and then two more females]
and a Grey Wagtail carrying food.
Singing Lesser Whitethroat c. 400 metres west of the main road.

D Odell

27th May 2008

Silsden Res.
pair of Gt. Crested Grebes.

Private Wetlands
pair of Gt.Crested Grebes,Redshank,
Reed Warbler and Garden Warbler.

Timble Ings one Tree Pipit carrying food.

Silsden pair of Grey Wagtails at the Beck

D Odell

26th May 2008

Private Wetlands
23 Crossbill, 3 pairs GCgrebe, Red Kite through,
Swift, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow,
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler,
Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Lapwing, Redshank,
Oystercatcher, Curlew, Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk

Sun Lane Nature Reserve
Garden Warblers, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Swift, Swallow,

East Riddlesden Hall & R.Aire
Kingfisher, Goosander, Mute Swan with 6 cygnets,
imm GHeron, Reed Bunting, 2 Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail,
Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin, Chiffchaff,
Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler,

M Doveston

25th May 2008

Stockbridge -
Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler,
Kestrel looks like feeding chicks in box, Whitethroat,

Strid Wood
Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher,
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,

East Riddlesden Hall & R.Aire
Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Reed Bunting, Goosander, GHeron, Canada Goose, Moorhen,
Swifts, Sand Martins, House Martins, Swallows

S Radcliffe, M Doveston

24th May 2008

Pink-footed Goose on Coppice Pond. 2 singing Spotted Flycatchers, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Swift, Nuthatches, GSWdpkr, Green Wdpkr, Goosander,

East Riddlesden Hall & R.Aire
Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
4 female Goosanders with 16 young, Sand Martins,
Swallows, House Martins, Swifts,

M Doveston, C Morton,


A 1st year Bluethroat was found at our Members Only Reservoir on Friday evening (23rd May). Sadly it was not re-located at all during Saturday 24th May.

The photos supplied by the finder B.Vickers.

23rd May 2008

Bullfinch at Jaytail Farm near Riddlesden

Tawny Owl [ 16.20] Spring Crag Wood.

Grey Partridge near the electricity sub station, Silsden

D Odell

22nd May 2008

Stockbridge -
Reed Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting males, 2 Sedge Warbler,
2 Whitethroat & pair of Mute Swan have 6 cygnets

S Radcliffe

21st May 2008

High Moor Plantation (Rivock Edge) -
2 Tree Pipit, Cuckoo (mobbed by probably a Meadow Pipit),
5 (plus 3 or same) Crossbill, 3 Redpoll, plus Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, all singing.

Nab End area - pair of Linnet, carrying nest material,
another 6 Linnet perched on a cable.

Redstart calling from tree at Pipers Crag near Ilkley.

Little Owl near Banks Lane, above Riddlesden

S Radcliffe

Images by P.King

19th May 2008

female Whinchat was in the rough pasture by Golcar Farm and a female Yellowhammer (at last), was seen on the lane leading up to Golcar Farm. Otherwise, breeding is in full swing with Lapwing, Snipe, Curlew and Oystercatcher prominent and Skylark, Reed Bunting and Linnets in various locations. Three Meadow Pipits were seen carrying food, and three Stock Doves were about.

Leeshaw Res
Cuckoo, Male Stonechat, 10+ Linnets, Little Owl,
Lapwing with 4 chicks

Members Only Res
1 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatchers,
Reed Buntings, Willow Warbler

P King, B Vickers

Images by DCBarker

Meadow Pipit
Pied Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Common Sandpiper

18th May 2008

Timble Ings - Brambling

Wharfe Valley - Osprey 10am

Barden Bridge to The Strid and to Simon's Seat
2 Mandarin Ducks, 2 Red Legged Partridges, 3 Cuckoos,
2 Redstarts, 1 Blackcap, 1 Wood Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatchers,
3 Pied Flycatchers (singing Males), Nuthatch, Treecreepers
4 Kestrels

2 separate Crossbills, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat,
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Swallow, Tawny Owl,
Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel

Fly Flatts
2 Dunlin, 6 Common Sand, 1m Whinchat, 4 Twite
54 Canadas + 22 young, 2 Reed Bunts

Members Only Res
Red-legged Partridge 2, Common Sandpiper 2, Pied Wagtail 3+
Little Ringed Plover 1, Curlew 6+, Rook 1, Redshank 2, Linnet 5+
Grey Wagtail 2, Red Grouse 1, Swift 3, Kestrel 2, Peregrine 1
Herring Gull, Lapwing 10+, Stock Dove 3, Reed Bunting 2

Ilkley Moor from Whetstone Gate
1 pair Stonechat, 1 pair Redshank, 4 Curlew, 2 Lapwing,
6 Skylark, Red Grouse, Pheasant, Meadow Pipits

Stockbridge -
3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, 3 Reed Bunting

M Fanshawe, M Doveston, C King, DCBarker, B Sumner,
S Radcliffe, J James

Male Finches by S. Lilley

17th May 2008

Wharfe Valley - Osprey early afternoon

Doe Park Res
Willow Warblers, Swallows, Swifts, GHeron,
Canada Goose with goslings, LBBGulls, Pheasant

Goit Stock
Dipper, Chiffchaff, Swallows, Swifts, Blackcap
Willow Warbler, Long-tailed Tits, Jays

East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler,
2 GSWdpkr, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Swift,
2 Oystercatcher, Goosander, LBBGulls

1 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Oystercatcher, 4 Lapwing,
Blackcap, BHGulls

M Doveston, G Holmes

Stonechat images - P King

15th May 2008

Barden Scale - Cuckoo

Strid area
Common Sandpiper, pair Mandarin Ducks (M&F). Garden Warbler,
Redstart. Pied Flycatchers.Grey Wagtail feeding at nest,Buzzard,
Dippers, one nest building. G.S. Woodpecker.

T Hubball, S Lilley, B Vickers

images by S Lilley

Twite - B Vickers

14th May 2008

Grasshopper Warbler reeling from east of reserve, either relocated or another male has arrived.

Fly Flatts - 6 Twite

Private Wetlands - Both Barnacle and Pink-footed Geese present

S Radcliffe, B Vickers, SJGoodwin

Grey Wagtail - MVPriestley

13th May 2008

Members Only Res
Dunlin (picture by B.Vickers), Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Buntings, Willow Warbler

Strid Area
Wood Warbler, Redstart near Laudale House.
Green Woodpecker

Caldene Fields
Grey Wagtail collecting food

A Tremethick, MVPriestley, B Vickers

Recent Images

Garden Warbler


12th May 2008

Washburn Valley - Little Ringed Plover

G Robin

Pied Flycatcher - S Lilley

Images by DCBarker

Common Sandpiper


11th May 2008

Members Only Res
Hen Harrier passed through NE
2 Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Wheatear, Swifts

Private Wetlands
Barnacle Goose (departed just after 8am)
Common Sandpiper, Redshank, Lapwing, Oystercatcher,
Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler,
Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap

Knorford Nook - Linnet, Swallows, Sand Martin,

Barnacle Goose dropped in at 11.50am.

A59 - Red Kite

East Riddlesden Hall
Goosander +5 young, Mallard + 11 young, Kingfisher,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper,
Oystercatcher, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Swift,

P King, DCBarker, M Doveston,

Bradup & Whetstone images - S Lilley

Lapwing chick
Meadow Pipit
Barn Swallow

10th May 2008

Barden Bridge - Hobby

Ben Rhydding G P -
Goosander with 14 ducklings, Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher,
4 Garden Warbler, Little Grebe

Goosander with 11 ducklings, 8+Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers,
Blackcaps, Swallows, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch nest sites,
2 GSWdpkr, Sparrowhawk, Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch,

East Riddlesden Hall & R.Aire
Mallard with 9 ducklings, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler,
Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Swift, Common Sandpiper,
2 Oystercatcher, Goosander, Coot with young, Moorhen,

A650 - 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing, Blackcap

Bradup & Whetstone
On the way up a Snipe landed on the wall top, managed a shot from the car. There was a Lapwing chick feeding in the open grassland just above the delapidated farm on the left. A cuckoo was heard in the distance towards the east. Three Wheatear on the top. On the way down a small flock of Linnets by the roadside

Members Only Res
Wheatear, Swifts, Swallows

Timble Ings
Tree Pipit, Redstart, Garden Warbler

Ring Ouzel pair, Whinchat 2, Cuckoo in the Clough
Sparrowhawk, Sand Martin 6 feeding over the reservoir.
Green Hairstreak...... lots.... two colonies

D Anderton, S Radcliffe, M Doveston, S Lilley, DCBarker,
S Wiseman,

7th May 2008

Private Wetlands
Crema Crown Marsh Harrier briefly
No sign of the Black Tern of yesterday.
1 Common Tern

Between Lindley Wood Res and Dob Park Bridge
1 Spotted Flycatcher


6th May 2008

Private Wetlands -
1 Black Tern that stayed all morning, Reed Warbler,
Sedge Warbler, Redshank, 10 Grey Heron, Garden Warbler,
12 Tufted Duck, Red-crested Pochard, Sparrowhawk

S Radcliffe

5th May 2008

Leeshaw - Drop Farm
No sign of Great Grey Shrikes
2 Wheatears, Common Sandpipers,
male Redstart singing near Drop Farm

Fly Flatts Res
Yellow Wagtail, 2 Twite, 4 Common Sandpiper
Redshanks, Curlew, Golden Plover, 4 Wheatear

Caldene Fields House Martin (12) new in, Swift 7 new in,

Whitethroat new in Raw Nook

Kingfisher at Toad Holes

Whetstone Gate & Ilkley Moor
One wheatear (female), a few red grouse, 3 lapwing,
several skylarks in song, three or four golden plover on the
burnt flat area around 400 yds down on the Ilkley side of
Whetstone Gate, close to the “road”
Two or three siskin in the wooded area between Spicey Gill and
the White Wells track. Cuckoo heard on lower slopes of Moor

Members Only Res
Grasshopper Warbler.... a site tick!!
Wheatear 16, Dunlin 4, Common Sand 4, Redshank 6,
Ringed Plover 2, Turnstone 1, Swallow 25 > N, Swift 6 > NW
Sand Martin 10 > NW, Ring Ouzel 1F

Shibden Head
Wood Warbler (singing), Willow Warbler 5+, Chiffchaff 3
Blackcap 3
, Bullfinch 5, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Green Woodpecker

St.Ives - Coppice Pond
First ever breeding record of Goosander at St.Ives.
A Red-head was seen with 13 ducklings.

M Doveston, D Kidman, DCBarker, MVPriestley, C King,
I Hargreaves,

Tree Pipit - M Taunton

4th May 2008

Drop Farm, near Leeshaw Res
1 Pair of Great Grey Shrikes

Private Wetlands
Male Garganey, Pink-footed Goose, Reed Warbler,
Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Swifts, Swallows,
Sand Martins, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Red-crested Pochard,
Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, 12 GHerons, Cormorant,
Redshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 3 pairs GCGrebes
Little Owl, Stock Pigeon,

Knotford Nook
Male Pochard, Swifts, Whitethroat, Swallows, Sand Martin

East Riddlesden Hall
Goosander, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Oystercatcher
12 Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martins

Fly Flatts
15 Twite
, 2 House Martin, 4 Common Sandpiper
6 Wheatear
, 1 Redshank, 1pr Tufted, Reed Bunting

Glovershaw - 2 female Wheatears

Stockbridge -
Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler,
4 Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 20 Swift

10 blackcap, 1 garden warbler and 1 wood warbler; 2 chiffchaff, 4 willow
Pied Flycatchers - 13
. (10 singing males and 1 female taking material into box)
pair on west bank with female taking material into box
Courtship display by pair of goldcrest
Calling cuckoo and green woodpecker from east bank
Party of 3 jays, 8 Nuthatches, 2 male Mandarin

Members Only Res
Moving Birds: Sand Martin 3,LRPlover 1, Dunlin 2, Wheatear 3
Common Gull 1, Cuckoo 1
Others:Grey Heron 1, LBB Gull 12, Swallows, C geese,
Common Sandpipier 2+, Reed Bunting 2, Pied Wagtail 3
Song thrush 1, Whinchat 1, Redshank 4
Red legged Partridge 2, Meadow Pipits

MDoveston, SJGoodwin, B Sumner, D Kidman, P King,
SRadcliffe, R Grillo, J Flood, DCBarker


Red Kite - J Varley

Blue Tit with dead mouse - D Ogden

3rd May 2008

White Stork over A650/Keighley at 10am

Timble Ings
Whimbrel over north side, Tree Pipit at south side
Garden Warbler

Hobby through Aire Valley at Snaygill Ings

Members Only Res
Whimbrel 1 > N, House Martin 6 > N, Wheatear 2, Greylag Goose 2
Canadas and Mallards with young chicks

St.Ives 07.20-10.00
9 Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Swallows, 6 Jay,
4 Nuthatches, 3 GSWdpkr, Kestrel, 2 Tufted Duck, Goosander

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Goosander, 4 BHGull, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler

Glovershaw - Whinchat, 2 Grey Partridge

two Wheatear near the 12 Apostles

White House, Baildon Moor,
1 Little Owl, 6 Swallows, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch

Strid; Barden Bridge to Cavendish Pav & back 0700-1100 hrs.
2 common sandpiper (very active and vocal), kingfisher,
6-7 oystercatcher, grey wagtail, dipper, swallows, sand martins,
4 heron, red-legged partridge, g/s woodpecker drumming,
goosander (male), Garden warbler, blackcap, pied flycatcher,
wood warbler (very localised), one redstart (1 male, showing well in tree/s just south of aqueduct, east side riverbank).

2 Wheatear Trough Lane

I Hargreaves, P King, M Doveston, D Ogden, D Halliday, D Kidman,
T Hubbal, M Taunton, F Jones, S Parkes, DCBarker

Tree Pipit - P King

2nd May 2008

Cuckoo observed flying from Leeshaw Res and back

A650 - 2 Little Ringed Plover

Barden - Cuckoo

Stainburn Plantation
six Tree Pipits, some of them performing their flight display, chasing and wing inflating. There were also about 12 Meadow Pipits for comparison, two Redpoll, a Redstart and a Bullfinch were calling from the edge of the plantation and a flock of 26 Golden Plovers flew over

Lindley Wood to Folly HallWood.
9 Garden Warblers, 12 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs, 12 Willow Warblers,
6 Redstart and 4 male Pied Flycatchers and a female at a box in
In addition three Bullfinches

M Taunton, H Creber, P King, S Radcliffe

Linnet and Pied Wagtail - S Lilley

1st May 2008

Stocksbridge Reserve,
Grasshopper Warbler (Good views)
Redpoll 2, Whitethroat

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 4 Garden Warbler

B Vickers, SJGoodwin