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