30th July 2008

Redcar Tarn
Little Tern briefly this afternoon, Green Sandpiper
Tufted Duck with 3 young

Stockbridge Reserve
Kingfisher, Whitethroat ( Juv), Blackcap (Juv), Jay

Golcar Farm Area
Snipe, Swifts heading SW, Swallows by farm, Meadow Pipits feeding young, pair of Stonechats ( M and F) . Heard Lapwing

I Hargreaves, S Lilley, B Vickers,

29th July 2008

Wheatear 1, moving up Nab Water Lane to Fly Flatts

B Vickers

28th July 2008

Private Wetlands -
Common Tern, pair of Great Crested Grebe with 2 juvs

S Radcliffe

Wren - S.Lilley

Images by DCBarker

27th July 2008

adult Green Woodpecker & 2 juvs on Sconce Lane

Members Only Res
LBB Gull 21 > N, BH Gull 347 > S, Common Gull 1 > S,
Lapwing 167 > SE, Golden Plover 10 > SE, Swift 491,
Swallow 3 > SE, Cormorant 1 > SW, Skylark 7 > W

Stockbridge -
Blackcap, Whitethroat in raspberries, Sedge Warbler,
Reed Bunting, GSW, juv Bullfinch

Whetstone -
pair of Stonechat, male Whinchat carrying food, 1 juv seen

Fly Flatts, 1 Juv Wheatear

Paul Clough, 3 Juv Kestrels

P King, DCBarker, S Radcliffe, B Vickers

26th July 2008

Members Only Res
LBBGull 321 > N and S, BHGull 562 > N and S, Common Gull 3 > S
Kestrel 1 > W, Grey Wagtail 1 > W, Swallow 16 > S, Swift 1 > SE
Common Sandpiper1

Barden Tower to Ilkley along the Dales Way.
Treecreepers, Nuthatch, LT Tits, B Tits, G Tits, Chaffinch, Robins, Wrens
Swifts, Swallows, Martins,2 Flycatchers, 5 Goosander - Males
3 Oystercatchers, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk

DCBarker, J Stallworthy, B Vickers

25th July 2008

Members Only Res
Moving Birds:
Greenshank 1 > ESE, Whimbrel 1 > SW, Curlew 5 > W
Swift 24 > E
LBBGull 356, BHGull 760, Common Gull 11, Mediterranian Gull 1
adHerring Gull 3, Yellow Legged Gull 1, Dunlin 4, Goosander 5,
Mallard 15, Canada Goose 21, Common Sandpiper 1, Pied Wagtail 3
Golden Plover 1


22nd July 2008

Farfield Hall,Addingham family party of four Kestrels.

Three Goosanders near Bolton Bridge

Strid Woods to Barden Bridge
Jay near Cavendish Pav. Dipper x2 .Kingfisher at Barden Bridge
At least two Spotted Flycatchers at Barden Tower

D Odell

21st July 2008

Red Kite over Oxenhope at 1200hrs flying west

Nab Water Lane,
3 juvenile Wheatears (still with traces of down on their heads ).

Lower Laithe Res - 2 Great Crested Grebes

R Proctor, B Vickers

Meadow Pipit - S Lilley

20th July 2008

Private Wetlands
2 Common Tern, Reed Warbler, 3 Kestrel, Little Grebe,
GCGrebe, Tufted Ducks, 20+Oystercatchers, Redshank,
Lapwing, Reed Bunting, 6 Chiffchaff,

Ilkley to Round Hill, Beamsley Beacon and back
Dipper and group of 6 Goosander just upstream from the Old Bridge
Kestrel and large group (about 60+) of Starlings on power lines
4 Stonechat, 14 Grouse, Meadow pipits, Swallow, Swifts,
plus a few Curlew and Martins, Buzzard heard and then seen
2 Grey Wagtails just upstream from Old Bridge

5 Wheatears briefly at Whetstone Gate moving west-east along the wall this morning, at least 3 appeared to be juveniles. c12 Linnets along the roadside feeding on the old salt piles, also plenty of mipits

Members Only Res
Swift 53 > NW, LBB Gull 6 > NW, Oystercatcher 2 > NW

J Stallworthy, I Hargreaves, M Doveston, DCBarker, S Lilley

19th July 2008

Private Wetlands
Tufted duck with 5 young, Nuthatch on feeder,
20 or more Oystercatchers, plenty Sand and House Martins.
White Letter Hairstreak at side of main track towards boat club

A Tremethick

Grey Heron - DCBarker

18th July 2008

Adult Mediterranean Gull at Redcar Tarn 1030

460 Lapwing Cononley Ings

Fewston Reservoir
79 Canada Geese, 14 Greylags, Cormorant flew over
and a Chiffchaff could be heard.

Beecroft plantation
flock of 28 Long-tailed Tits pass through and a
family flock of six Chiffchaff.

Lindley Wood Reservoir
two young Buzzards attracted out attention, their agitation caused by a passing Peregrine. On the water were 13 Greylags and 21 Canada Geese and the pair of Great Crested Grebes, that had attempted to bred appeared to be without any off-spring. Further along the valley, towards Dob Park, a flock of 25 Siskin flew from trees, a Blackcap was in song and so were four Chiffchaffs.

Folly Hall Wood
Spotted Flycatcher was seen carrying food, two adult Grey Wagtails accompanied a juvenile on the river and four Siskin flew from the wood where three Treecreepers were seen. Three Common Gulls were later seen flying up the valley.

B Vickers, S Radcliffe, P King

Sparrowhawk in Buttershaw - I Burlison

16th July 2008

Cononley Ings
moulting male Ruff and 5 Dunlins present on floods
with eclipse male Pochard and Tufted Ducks

Leathley - 2 Turtle Doves

G Holmes, JFJones, L Ward

15th July 2008

Leeshaw Res,
Adult Arctic Tern, feeding over the res when I arrived at 1500,
departed west at 1530, also 5 Grey Herons on the shore,
2 Juvenile Whinchats

B Vickers

Robin juv - S Lilley

13th July 2008

Cononley Ings
249 Lesser Black-Backs and 1125 BHGulls
Adult Mediterranean Gull

River Aire hirst wood to Bankfield
3 juv Kingfisher, 1 Goosander, pair of Grey wags both carrying
food at Dowley locks on canal.

Wharfe Valley
Hobby, Merlin, 2+Red Kite, 3+Buzzard,
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2+SEO, 2 Cormorant,
Siskin, Sand Martin, Swift, Swallow, House Martin

Ilkley, Middleton Moor, Round Hill, Beamsley Beacon & back
Dipper and Grey Wagtail on River Wharfe.
Middleton Lodge with lots of small bird activity - blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, chaffinch, robin, blackbird, thrush, and treecreeper.
Plenty of meadow pipits and wrens on the moor plus a few curlew, swallows and swifts.
Golden Plover between Round Hill and Old Pike – just the one seen and heard.
Red Kite seen at 14:10. 2 Snipe flushed out while going through two boggy stretches of the path back over the moor. No sight or sound of grouse or skylark

A Tremethick, M Doveston, JJames, G Holmes, F Jones
J Stallworthy

12th July 2008

Carleton Floods - 2 Med. Gulls

Leeshaw res
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel ( Feeding fledgling),
Reed Bunting 2

Wharfe Valley
Red kite, Buzzard, Kestrel, Crossbill 30+, Little Owl

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits
Little Grebes with juvs, 200+Curlew in adjacent fields,
Kingfisher, Blackcap

S Parkes, S Radcliffe, B Vickers, G Holmes

10th July 2008

Two Great-crested Grebes on Silsden Res.

Walk to Upper Barden from Barden Scale
Two Great-crested Grebes[on Lower Barden n my return]
Only two Red Grouse

Whetstone Allotments -
Whinchat, Stonechat family

Stockbridge -
singing birds - 2 Sedge Warblers, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat,
Reed Bunting, Blackcap
Family of Whitethroat seen plus female Blackcap in rasp. patch

D Odell, S Radcliffe

9th July 2008

Members Only Res
Pair of Stonechats carrying food to their nest.

Leeshaw Res
Family party of 6 Whinchats, 2 adults 4 juveniles
Also family parties of Linnets, several feeding young

B Vickers
Little Owl at Draughton Heights

Hobby at Fewston at 09-00
D Odell

8th July 2008

Private Wetlands
Red-crested Pochard probably the same drake in eclipse.
It flew [yes it's got wings that work!!!]
.Also c.200 Sand Martins.

Timble Ings Siskin flew over.

Kex Gill 22 Oystercatchers

Barden Scale
6 +2 Grey Herons
Two Red-legged Partridges

D Odell

6th July 2008

Stockbridge -
Whitethroat singing, Sedge Warbler, Browncap, Kingfisher,
3 Kestrels waiting in riverside trees for food from adults,
17 Swift, male Bullfinch, plus families of finches and tits.

Members Only Res
Swift 34 > S, LBB Gull 51 > E and NE
BH Gull 11 > E and NE, Lapwing 1 > SW
Common Sandpiper.

S Radcliffe, DCBarker

5th July 2008

Sheriff lane, Eldwick - White Stork

Members Only Res
LBBGull 431, BHGull 211, Crossbill 5
Oystercatcher 2, Swift 27

Ponden Res
Greenshank heard, 5 Oystercatchers

R Marshall, DCBarker

4th July 2008

Gilstead - White Stork

Lindley Wood Res - Hobby
common sand and 2 LRP, sparrowhawk, tawny owl,
100+ greylags, garden warbler.

Private Wetlands - 2 reed warbler, common tern

Lower barden Res area -
4 singing Willow Warbler plus adult carrying food
4 singing Reed Bunting, Kestrel, juv Stonechat plus a pair of adults, Linnet singing, 2 adult Grey Wagtails carrying food.

Between Upper & Lower Barden Res -
pair of Stonechat with 2 young, single juv and another male Stonechat with a juv, Whinchat pair with a juv. Adult carrying food, a Reed Bunting.

Upper Barden Res -
2 Oystercatchers, 70 Canada Geese, Kestrel.
Gill Beck Head - Kestrel plus Brimstone Butterfly.
Gill Beck area - Stonechat pair plus a juv, a male with a juv and also another male with a juv, Willow Warbler, Red Grouse with 3 chicks, Pheasant with 6 young.

Beaverdyke & John O'Gaunts Reservoirs
Red Kite, young Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, two Treecreeper, three Heron, two GC Grebe with one young, Chiffchaff, family of Tufted Duck, Oystercatchers, two Cormorant

R Potter, A jowett, S Radcliffe, S Lilley

3rd July 2008

Baildon Garden - Crossbill

Timble Ings - Grasshopper Warbler
Green Woodpecker, Tree Pipit 2 (1 carrying food)
Treecreeper 2, Blackcap 1, Goldcrest 4
Coal Tits 10+ (Family parties), Red Grouse 5

totally Swiftless skies and apart from the House Martins over the colony very little of anything up there at all. Four Black-headed Gulls went high > NW as did two Lesser Black-backed Gulls. A Sparrowhawk was seen on a couple of occasions on the lookout for a catch. A single Pied Wagtail and Greenfinch flew west.

Stockbridge -
singing Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap (also female on feeder),
3 juv Kestrels in riverside trees.

Low Wood -
singing Chiffchaff, Blackcap. Also seen, juv Nuthatch,
Treecreeper (Spotted Flycatcher not located).

East Riddlesden Hall
40+House Martins joined together to see of Sparrowhawk
and then a passing Peregrine

C King, M Bloomfield, DCBarker, S Radcliffe,
M Doveston, N Hall

2nd July 2008

Timble Ings - 10+Crossbill


1st July 2008

There have been a small number of Hobby sightings in the last couple of weeks between Otley and Askwith

walk to Upper Barden Reservoir
1 female whinchat with food, clearly with nest close to track
also male 300m away (one of second pair?)
Lot of stonechat activity: 2 pairs, including one pair carrying food,
plus 2 separate males; also 3 juveniles
1 common sandpiper on wall at NE corner of Lower Reservoir
Reasonable numbers of meadow pipits with 34 close to track;
includes one carrying food and 1 family party
9 wrens, mostly heard
only 1 red grouse seen on walk up to Upper Reservoir
1 little owl perched on wall near view point - it overbalanced when it had to duck to avoid low-flying swallow

J Flood