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