29th June 2008

Doe Park Reservoir
Little Ringed Plover, Grey Partridge, Skylarks singing,
BHGull, GHeron, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler,

Glovershaw Area
A Grey Partridge was seen with a juvenile sitting quietly in the middle of a field at Glovershaw Farm where a post-breeding flock of eleven Lapwings had gathered. About 25 Swifts were feeding over the moor, Skylarks and Reed Buntings were calling and Meadow Pipits were continuing to carry food to various nests

Stockbridge -
families of Whitethroat, 2 singing Blackcap, GSW with 2 juvs feeding them with peanuts, Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, all Kestrels have fledged, Song Thrush feeding nestlings. Common Spotted Orchids are out. A few Speckled Wood

Members Only Res
BH Gull 32 > S, LBB Gull 74 > S and NW, Curlew 9 > NW,
Lapwing 21 > NW

Whetstone allotments -
2 male plus a female Reed Bunting, family of Stonechat,
male Whinchat (away from road).

Bradup - feeding Golden Plover, 2 Curlew plus Snipe heard

M Doveston, DCBarker, S Radcliffe, P King

Image by S. Lilley

Stonechat with young

28th June 2008

Members Only Res - 1 Common Scoter
Black-headed Gull 14 > S, Lesser Black-backed Gull 51 > S,
Sand Martin 1 > S, Lapwing 2 > W

Leeshaw Res - 1 Common Scoter

Whetstone Allotments
Pair Stonechats with young, Reed Bunting, Linnet

East Riddlesden Hall
Jay, Blackcap, Song Thrush, 6 Bullfinch, 3 LBBGulls

DCBarker, B Vickers, S Lilley

27th June 2008

Leeshaw Res
2 Cormorant Am, returning to the res at 3pm an Osprey appeared, flew over the res and disappeared almost immediately, just hovering once briefly over the water

B Vickers

Images by P.King

24th June 2008

Gallows Hill is very pleasant at this time of year, warblers are still in full voice, all types active and singing. A walk through the waterside woodland produced five Garden Warblers, seven Blackcap, a Whitethroat and four Chiffchaffs. Continuing the walk we went through the fields where the circus has been temporarily established and passed Zebras, Camels and a couple of Llama. Quite exotic for Otley!
Kingfisher carrying food zipped by, a male Redstart flew upstream and a female Goosander with 11 young birds, now almost the same size as her, entertained us for a good while as they battled against the flowing river. On the return walk, a White Stork appeared circling over Midgeley Farm and east Otley.

P King

Kestrel by S.Lilley

23rd June 2008

Glovershaw/Shipley Glen Area
Top of Glen Rd Sparrow Hawk, Kestrel, Reed Buntings ,at least two.
Two Curlew. Golcar, young Linnet, Snipe heard.

Timble Ings
2 Tree Pipit, 3 Robin, 2 Wood Pigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, Wren, Chaffinch,
Willow Warbler (call), Curlew, 2 Kestrel, Woodcock, Tawny Owl (call)

S Lilley, N Tonge

22nd June 2008

Stockbridge -
singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap & Whitethroat.
Jay, Pheasant with 4 chicks seen but Coot's nest looted.

Sand Martin c25.... see photos of colony on Image Blog
Cormorant 1, Wren breeding confirmed
Willow Warbler breeding confirmed
Common Sandpiper breeding confirmed
Meadow Pipits many in family parties
Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush 5

East Riddlesden Hall
Juvenile Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler

DCBarker, S Radcliffe, M Doveston

21st June 2008

Marley Playing Fields
Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap
Willow Warbler, Swifts, House Martins, Sand Martins,
Peregrine, family of Mistle Thrushes, Song Thrushes,
Mallard with 6 downy young, Oystercatcher, Bullfinch

East Riddlesden Hall
5 adult Bullfinch, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, GSWdpkr

Low Wood
Spotted Flycatcher feeding young

Members Only Res
Lesser black-backed Gull 304 > S, Swift 4 > S, Lapwing 2 > NW

Ben Rhydding Garden
One male siskin on niger seed feeder. 3 GSwdpkrs
influx of blackbirds, many “stumpy-tailed young’uns”, and up to
7 greenfinches

M Doveston, S Radcliffe, DCBarker, D Kidman

Redpoll - S Lilley

20th June 2008

Swifts still trickling west into the wind all afternoon.
2030hr Curlew 2 > W, the first of the "autumn"!

Whetstone Allotments -
male Whinchat singing (when sunny), pair of Stonechat with
two young, singing Linnet & Reed Bunting

East Riddlesden Hall
Common Sandpiper, Sand Martins, House Martins, Swifts,
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chifchaff, Willow Warbler,
3 Bullfinch, BHGulls, Sparrowhawk

Folly Hall Wood - pm visit - Green Wdpkr

Riddlesden Garden - Redpoll

DCBarker, S Radcliffe, M Doveston, S Lilley

19th June 2008

Low Wood -
Spotted Flycatcher, female Pied Flycatcher, Family of Nuthatch.

Stockbridge - adult Whitethroat feeding a juvenile

2 Little Ringed Plovers, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Lapwing

17th June 2008

Wharfe Valley
Hobby, 2 Raven, Red Kite, 5 Buzzard,
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel


16th June 2008

Lower Laithe Res, 1 Great Crested Grebe,

Leeming Res, 2 Great Crested Grebes

Fly Flatts Res
3 Kestrel, 12+ Curlew, 4 Common Sandpiper,
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Mallard, 2 Lapwing,
countless Meadow Pipit

East Riddlesden Hall
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler,
4 Bullfinch, Sand Martins, Swifts, House Martins,

B Vickers, N Tonge, M Doveston

15th June 2008

Marley Playing Fields
Breeding; Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler,
Sedge Warbler, Song Thrush, Wren, Hedge Accentor,
Blackbird, Magpie, Long-tailed Tit
Others; Sand Martin, Swift, House Martin, Siskin
Banded Demoiselle, Speckled Wood,

Ben Rhydding GP am/pm -
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, redshank, oystercatcher, pair curlew, coot with young, mallard with young, grey heron, cormorant (over),garden warbler, blue tit, long-tailed tit, wren, black-headed gull, sand martin, swift, carrion crow, pair buzzards, banded demoiselle, orange tip. 12pm - 3 white stork

Leeshaw Res Am,
Red Kite passed over moving N East, 3 Oystercatchers

Stockbridge -
GSWdpkr, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Sedge Warblers, 2 Blackcap,
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, family of Song Thrush, Whitethroat

Ogden Area
Green Woodpecker (Heard),
Great Spotted Woodpecker 5 (2 separate adults with 3 young)
Great Crested Grebe 1, Goldcrest 3, Long-tailed Tit 4 (with young)
Willow Warbler 7, Chiffchaff 1, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 2

Soil Hill: -
LRP 1, Swift 20+ moving through SE
Kestrel 1, Skylark 12, Meadow Pipit 3

Grey Wagtail singing at Clog Bridge[juv. heard here too]
Another Grey Wagtail near the Industrial Estate.
Dipper opposite Silsden A.F.C.

M Doveston, S Parkes, S Radcliffe, B Vickers, C King,
D Odell,

Today's Images - DCBarker, S Lilley & B Vickers

14th June 2008

St.Ives -
Crossbill, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, Chiffchaff

East Riddlesden Hall -
3 Siskin, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap,
20+Sand Martin, 20+Swifts, 10+House Martin,
2x Grey Wagtail

River Wharfe near Knotford :-
Pair of Yellow Wag carrying food, 1 Dipper,
3 juv Grey wagtail, Pied Wagtail feeding 2 youngsters

Timble Ings
Goldcrest with 3 juvs and Coal Tit with 2 juvs

Hazelwood - Redstarts feeding fledged young

A650 - LRPs have fledged 2 young

M Doveston, E Scarfe, T Hubball, B Vickers, M James

13th June 2008

Bolton Bridge to Barden Bridge, R.Wharfe
Bolton Abbey; two Common Sandpipers,Grey Wagtail.
Cavendish; Dipper, Grey Wagtail feeding one young.
Strid Wood. Redstart juv. Pied Flycatcher in a nestbox, adult male later.
Barden Aquaduct; Grey Wagtail feeding young. Nesting Dipper, another Grey Wagtail & singing Redstart.
Barden Bridge; Spotted Flycatcher,Jay.
Cuckoo heard,displaying Snipe, c.50 Crossbills in the larches of the adjacent wood

D Odell

11th June 2008

Timble Ings - late pm visit
Tree Pipit 2, Woodcock 2, Tawny Owl

T Hubball

9th June 2008

John o' Gaunt's Reservoir area
Four male Redstarts. A pair of Green Woodpeckers. 11 Tufted Duck, two females with a total of 14 juveniles. A Great Crested pair with a single juvenile. Nine singing Willow Warblers, a family of four Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Redshank and a pair of Oystercatcher.

Kex Gill
three pairs of Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper and
a Teal was on theshallow pool.

Knotford Nook :-
Pied Wagtail, Whitethroat, Spotted fly, Garden Warbler,
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.

River Wharfe near Knotford :-
pair of Yellow Wag, family party of 5 Grey wagtail,
Goosander with 5 young

Nab End area -
Kestrel feeding young, juv Little Owl, singing Redpoll & Linnets,
pair of Stonechat, Curlew with 2 chicks.

East Riddlesden Hall
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Sand Martin dodged Sparrowhawk which ended up in the R.Aire
Swallow, House Martin, Swift, BHgulls, 3 Bullfinches,
Greenfinch family party, Moorhen nesting on R.Aire

P King, S Radcliffe, E Scarfe, M Doveston

Images by DCBarker, P King & S.Lilley

8th June 2008

Glovershaw area
Yellowhammer could be heard along the Glen Road and the family of six Stonechat seemed to have split up. A male was seen with two juveniles, the female presumably had moved away with the other two youngsters. Another male and two juveniles was watched in the fields behind Golcar Farm. There are at least three breeding pairs of Stonechat on Baildon Moor, with at least 10 juveniles.

Wilsden vismig watch
Swift 1124 > W, Starling 207 > E, LBB Gull 6>NW

Whinchat, Stonechat, 6 Linnet

Stockbridge -
Willow Warbler feeding young, singing Blackcap, Sedge, Willow &
Reed Warbler, GSW feeding young still in hole, singing Whitethroat,
Kestrel with 3 young

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Common Sandpiper, Bullfinches, Sand Martins,
Swallows, House Martins, Swifts, Willow Warbler,
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler

P King, DCBarker, SJGoodwin, M Doveston, S Radcliffe

Sand Martin collage by DCBarker

6th June 2008

Wharfe Valley
20+Crossbills, Hobby


5th June 2008

Low Wood -
singing Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Nuthatch,
Treecreeper,Green Woodpecker, G S W

S Radcliffe

4th June 2008

Wharfe Valley - Marsh Harrier cream crown

Glovershaw Area
A male yellowhammer was singing from a tree along the Glen Road this evening and the pair of Stonechats have produced four young, not two.

Stockbridge -
Sedge, Reed, Garden & Willow Warbler,Whitethroat,
Blackcap & Reed Bunting. Kestrels

P King, S Radcliffe, AGGough

1st June 2008

Ponden Res area
Small Sand Martin colony
Cormorant 2
Greylag Geese with young
Canada Geese with young
Oystercatcher 2
Common Sandpipier 4