30th March 2009

Wharfe Valley
At least two different Ospreys were seen throughout the day.
Up to 6 House Martins also passed through.

H Creber, AGGough

29th March 2009

Whetstone Gate -
Black Redstart between 10.00 - 10.30
Upto 4 male Wheatear in the area during the day but no
further sightings of the Black Redstart.

Stockbridge - 1 Little Ringed Plover

Private Wetlands
2 GCGrebe, 'Sinensis' Cormorant, Chiffchaff singing,
Siskin, 8+Redshank, Lapwings, Curlew, Oystercatchers,
7 Wigeon, 8+Goldeneye, 8+Tufted Duck, Kestrel,

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Siskin, 2 Goosander, 5 Canada Geese, Sparrowhawk,
Chiffchaff singing, GSWdpkr drumming,

Knotford Nook
14+Goldeneye, GCGrebe, Cormorant.

9 Goosander from Cononley bridge to Carlton bridge

Denton Hall: 91 curlew in fields in front of Hall

Private Lake:
1 little grebe, 3 teal (2 males, 1 female),
2/3 great spotted woodpecker (but no lesser), 1/2 chifchaff, 2 nuthatches and 2 treecreepers. 6 wrens

Barden Fell: 12 meadow pipits and 18 red grouse on walk up from Valley of Desolation and down to Howgill (but no stonechat). 1/2 ravens at Simon’s Seat

3 pairs of goosanders below stepping stones; 1 pair of mandarin and 2 males between Howgill and Barden Bridge

Strid Woods: 1 singing dipper

20 Lapwings, Snipe, 6 Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, single flock of approx 200 Fieldfare flew over and alighted on trees to north towards Menston Rd. pair Linnet, 2 Skylark, 2 Curlew, 2 Reed Bunting

Trough Lane 6.30 pm 3 Wheatear

Sugden End 7.00pm(flooded field)
Pair of Teal, Pair of Moorhen, 8 Mallard,
6 Canada Geese, Pied Wagtail, Kestrel

Ilkley, Middleton Lodge, High Austby, Nesfield, Addingham , and back along the Dales Way
Lots of blue tits, great tits, long tail tits, robins, chaffinches, a few chiffchaff, nice views of nuthatch. 2 Red Kite, 2 Buzzard , Curlews
Kingfisher – at Addingham suspension bridge
Grey Heron, another Kingfisher, pair of grey wagtails, pair of goosander, kestrel – near Addingham Low Mill. Further goosander, grey wagtails, pied wagtails down stream to Ilkley

two calling Green Woodpeckers on Shipley Glen

I Hargreaves, M Doveston, D Anderton, J Flood,
S Lilley, S Parkes, J Stallworthy, P King

28th March 2009

Hirst Wood,
Lesser 'pecker drumming near car park, several Jay,
G.S.W.P. Nuthatch and a Sparrowhawk also 15c Redpoll.

Dowley Gap
Pair of Reed Bunting , 3 Mipit,5 Pied and 2 Grey Wag.

East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff singing, Curlew, 2 Siskin,

Swallow single feeding over Oxenhope village

A Tremethick, M Doveston, H Doveston, R Proctor

25th March 2009

Swinsty Res
Potentially 3 White Wagtails seen among Pied. Possibly as many as 5 but conditions made viewing very difficult.


24th March 2009

Riddlesden Co-op
5+Waxwings feeding in bush opposite the Co-op

LSW (female) at the bottom end of Saltaire Road in Eldwick

M Doveston, M Taunton

22nd March 2009

Waxwings still present at Riddlesden Co-op at 7 a.m. this morning, in tall trees at the back of the carpark

Stockbridge -
3 Snipe flushed, Sparrowhawk, pair of Kestrel, pair of Redpoll,
female Goosander examined box, 20 Goldfinch, pair of Mute

Redcar Tarn
1x Pink-footed Goose grazing with puddle-ducks

Whetstone Area
Stonechat, Red Grouse, Curlew, Lapwing

I Hargreaves, S Radcliffe, M Doveston

21st March 2009

Ring Ouzel at Top Withins, above Haworth at about 12.30pm

Common Sandpiper at Redcar Tarn at 16.30

12 Waxwings at the end of Grange Rd Stockbridge
opposite Co-op this morning at 7.10,
flew off along Grange Rd towards Stockbridge Reserve

5 Wheatear Trough Lane

Reva Hill area -
23 Golden Plover, 2 Redshank, Snipe, 19 Fieldfare,
2 Oystercatchers, 3 Grey Partridge

Flock of 150 Golden Plover at Whetstone Gate

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits
2 sand martins, 2 redshank, 2 pairs goosander, 2 greylag geese,
4 coot; several mallard; also long-tailed tit, great tit, coal tit,
blue tit, chaffinch, blackbird, goldfinch, robin, rook,
black-headed gull, collared dove, woodpigeon. pied wagtail

Chiffchaff back in “residence” Wheatley Lawns, Ben Rhydding Road

Leeshaw Res
6+Oystercatchers & 40+ Canada Geese & about 8 Pinkfeet.
Many Curlews & Lapwings , a couple of Grey Wagtails,
4 Pied Wagtail, 5 Crows, 2 Lapwings, 4Wood Pidgeons
Possible Twite. Little Owl

Redcar Tarn
couple of Greylags, 10 Canada Geese & 12+ Tufted Duck
50+ BHGulls. Herring Gulls,

3 Robins, 5+ Coal Tits, 3+ Blue, 3+ Great, a Magpie, Male Pheasant,
2Nuthach, 2 Dunnocks, 4 LTTits, 2 Woodpidgeons, 3 Blackbirds,
,20+Canada Geese, Mallards, coots, & a moorhen

R Grillo, DCBarker, S Radcliffe, I Hargreaves, D&H Kidman,
B Nields

20th March 2009

Hirst Wood : -
Nuthatch 8, Jay 9
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 (2 more heard drumming)
Goosander 5, Oystercatcher 2, Stock Dove 2

Higher Coach Road : -
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Male, Treecreeper 1

Trough Lane, 3 Wheatears

C King, B Vickers

19th March 2009

1 Chiffchaff at Toad Holes Beck

4 Lesser Redpoll at Raw Nook NR

58 Whooper Swans Flew over around midday NW

Fly Flatts
Meadow Pipit 34 > N seen (+20 heard > N), total 54
alba wagtail 3 > N, 1 > E, total 4, Curlew 2 > N, 1 > S, total 3
Carrion Crow 11 > N, 1 > S, total 12,
Starling 1 > N, 2 > NE, 4 > S, total 7
Skylark 1 > W, Wheatear 1, Golden Plover 26 > NE

Willow Tit - Cottingley Garden

2 Male Wheatear Rivock Edge

26 sand martin Private Wetlands

MVPriestley, B Vickers, DCBarker, H Creber,
M Taunton, AGGough

18th March 2009

Fly Flatts 1.30pm
2 twite with rings 1 had pink yellow blue the other
had pink grey onleft leg

Lindley Wood res.:-
7 Whooper swans, 1 GSW, 1 Buzzard, & Tawny owl calling

About 15 pairs of lapwing have taken up residence around Golcar Farm,
three pairs of Curlew were active together with a pair of Snipe and an Oystercatcher. Four Skylarks were in full song, Meadow Pipits displaying and a Reed Bunting flew by.

Hirst Wood Car Park drumming Lesser Pecker

M&F Stones, E Scarfe, P King,

20th March 2009

House Martin north over Fly Flatts


17th March 2009

Private Wetlands
1 single sand martin, chiffchaff

Stockbridge -
singing Chiffchaff, pair of GSW

Pair of Stonechats Nab water lane

D Shepherd, S Radcliffe, B Vickers

16th March 2009

Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear, 2 Stonechats,

Fly Flatts - 2 Redshank

Lower Barden Res - 41 Whooper Swans

Pinkfoot family of 4, 8 Redshank

B Vickers, G Holmes, DCBarker

15th March 2009

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - Sand Martin

Nab Water Lane - male Wheatear

Meadow Pipits heading north all the time during visit.
10+Siskin, GSWpkrs, Green Wdpkr, Redwing

A59 - 100+Fieldfare

Members Only Res
Meadow Pipit 122N, Skylark 12W & NW, Golden Plover 3W
Curlew 4W, Grey Heron 1 S and 1 W, alba wagtail 5N
Wood Pigeon 1NE, Stock Dove 11 W and NW,
Starling 22 > N, 9 > S, 260 blogging, Carrion Crow 4 > N
Reed Bunting 1 > N, Fieldfare 20 > NE (two flocks)
LBB Gull 9 > NW, Common Gull 3 > NW, Kestrel 5,
Magpie 1 high > E

March Cote Farm, Cottingley
17 Redpoll, 9 goldfinch, 5 greenfinch and 4 siskin
Also 1 visiting sparrow hawk

1 kingfisher R Aire nr Dowley gap

Ben Rhydding to Denton Bridge, Carters Lane, Hunger Hill, Middleton Moor and towards Beamsley Beacon, down to Nesfield, along the lane to Addingham and then back to Ilkley along the Dales Way.
Red Kite, Curlews, Lapwings, GS Woodpecker, Thrushes plus plenty of small bird song.
A few Skylarks heard over Middleton Moor – plus more curlews, lapwing, and grouse.
3 buzzards together, 4 goosander on way back to Ilkley. 2 dippers close to old bridge in Ilkley. Also 2 grey wagtails. The pair of Mandarin ducks are back among the other ducks outside the Riverside Hotel

Leeming Res, Great Crested Grebes 2, Little Grebe 1

Lower Laithe Res, Goosander 5

Leeshaw Res, Cormorant 2, Sparrowhawk 1

Stockbridge -
2 Redpoll bathing, Siskin, pair of Bullfinches, pair of Kestrel,
heard Water Rail squealing, 2 Oystercatcher.
3 newts, water scorpion, leech, short tailed vole.
First butterfly, Peacock

Fly Flatts -
Twite x1 singing male, Dipper x1

B Vickers, M Doveston, DCBarker, S Varrie, J Stallworthy,
S Radcliffe, P Taylor, S Parkes

14th March 2009

Denso Marston Reserve
Singing Chiffchaff, also 3 Teal, 2 pairs Goosander,
pair Grey Wagtail, Siskins

C Pottle

13th March 2009

Shipley Glen
Male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was drumming on a horse chestnut tree along the Higher Coach Road. It was making a call similar to a Green Woodpecker. Five pairs of Jay were disputing territory and making lots of noise as they flew constantly across the Glen. A pair of Grey Wagtails on the Glen Beck, a pair of Coal Tit, three calling/singing Nuthatch, a Treecreeper, a pair of nesting Mistle Thrush, a pair of GSW and a Green Woodpecker made up the pick of the birds.

Stainburn Plantation - pair of Stonechat

Scargill Pasture -
a dozen or so Skylarks, Lapwings and Curlews plus a Snipe and flyover of 13 Golden Plovers.

Scargill Res. -
9 Goosander, 3 Redshank, 5 Oystercatcher, pair of Stonechat
In gill below Scargill Res - Willow Tit

Beaverdyke Res - pair of Tufted

John O'Gaunt Res -
pair of G C G, 2 pair of Tufted, 3 Goldeneye, Canadas & Greylags

Members Only Res
Skylark 6 > W, Meadow Pipit 3 > N, Reed Bunting 1> N
alba 4 > N, Pink footed Goose 2 > N, Common Gull 11 > E
LBB Gull 6 > NW

P King, S Radcliffe, DCBarker

12th March 2009

Stockbridge -
Jay, 5 Redpoll, Bullfinch, Goosander plus other finches

S Radcliffe

11th March 2009

Alder Carr Wood area
2 drumming GSW, 8 Stock Dove, Kestrel.
Also a few Meadow Pipits in the fields and a Skylark

Private wetlands
2 Brambling on feeders plus pair Bullfinch etc.
35 oystercatchers and plenty water fowl including Goldeneye,
Tufted duck, Wigeon, Pochard. 2 Red Kite over and 20 Lapwing
in sheep field

Shipley Glen
A flock of 12 Redpoll were feeding on alders and four Great Spotted Woodpeckers were chasing and disputing territory. Two pairs of Nuthatch were prominent and eight Jays (in four pairs) were visible whilst a Song Thrush was singing. A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was watched on the High Coach Road, at the bottom of the Glen. It flew into a large bush and started drumming and calling ( a call that resembled a muted Green Woodpecker). The bird then departed towards Hirst Wood and on the way back the call of an adult Green Woodpecker could be heard across the Glen

S Radcliffe, A Tremethick, P King

10th March 2009

Members Only Res
Moving Birds:
Curlew 15> W, Lapwing 21> NW, Golden Plover c150>NW
Pied Wagtail 4, Grey Wagtail 1, Oystercatcher 3
Lapwing 61 + a few spread out on the in-bye.
Starling 210, Goldeneye 3


8th March 2009

Stockbridge -
3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, GSW excavating just below last
year's hole, Sparrowhawk, Curlew flyover, 5 Oystercatcher

Dowley Gap & Hirst Wood
2 pair Reed bunting Dowley Gap sewerage works, in Blackthorne bush.
Stock Dove in Hirst wood prospecting nest hole, Green Woodpecker,
4 G.S.W.P drumming, several Nuthatch calling and 4 Jays seen.
2 Pair of Goosander on river

St.Ives Estate.
There were 30+ Canada Geese, 20+ B.H.Gulls, 15+ Mallards,
6 coot & a Moorhen on the water
At the feeding station:
Robins:5, Dunnocks:3, Pheasants:1M & 1F, Wood Pigeons:6,
Great Tits:8+, Blue Tits:3, Coal Tits:6, L.T. Tits : 2's & 5.
Nuthatch:3, Chaffinch:1, Treecreeper:1, Sparrowhawk:1,
Blackbirds:2 pairs

S Radcliffe, A tremethick, B Neild

6th March 2009

March Cote Farm, Cottingley
7 redpoll and 4 siskin all at the same time

2 pair Stonechat and 6 Golden Plover

S Varrie, M Taunton

5th March 2009

Draughton Heights
2 grey partridge in fields immediately to north of Roman road crossing
1 reed bunting.

J Flood,

4th March 2009

Middleton Wood:-
1 LSW male calling & drumming (possibly 2 drumming),
5 GSW, 11 Nuthatch, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Song Thrush,
6 Coal Tit, 14 Curlew in a field

E Scarfe

1st March 2009

Member's Only Res
Moving birds:
Skylark 27 > W, Starling 2700, some > E
Curlew 21 > w, alba wagtail 1 > NW
Golden Plover 4+, Lapwing 235 +, Carrion Crow 15


28th February 2009

Wren taking nesting material into 2 roosting baskets and one nesting box in garden at Low Moor