31st March 2010

A single flock of 46 Fieldfares ENE over Oxenhope at 15.55 hrs

H Creber

A female Wheatear this morning at Caldene Fields was joined later in the day by a pair.


Monday 29 March 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - female Goosander flew directly into the Stock Dove nest box. Shaun R

Sunday 28 March 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sand Martin, Blackcap (not singing), Chiff-Chaff, 2 male Siskin, pair of Bullfinch, 4 Oystercatcher, LTT nest building, Stock Dove, 3 Reed Bunting. Water Rail seen yesterday but not today.
Crossflatts by canal - Chiff Chaff singing.
Shaun R
Aire Valley - Little Ringed Plover - Margaret & Peter R
River Wharfe, Burley-I-W. Common Sandpiper, 3 Redshank, pair of Goosander, Chiff-Chaffs.
Derek P

Private Wetlands 0730-0840
Sand Martins, 3 singing Chiffchaff, 20+Goldeneye, 10+Wigeon,
Great Crested Grebes, Reed Buntings, 11+Lapwing,
2 Redshank, Oystercathers

GCGrebe, Little Grebe, Sand Martins, Goldeneye

Redcar Tarn
10+LBBGulls, 28 Tufted Duck, 3 Goosander, Curlew,
Lapwing, Skylark, Redshank

East Riddlesden Hall
Greylag Goose, G Heron, Chiffchaff, Tawny Owl

M Doveston

Trough Lane 9 wheatear, 30 meadow pipits

S Parkes

Trough Lane 14 Wheatear, 2 Oystercatcher

Wharfe Valley
Buzzards, Red kite, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk,
Kestrel, Raven 2, Sand martins over the river

B Vickers

Visible Migration Log... March 2010

Big pick up in apparent movement over this last week... see:


for full details.


Friday 26th March 2010

Spring is sort of here with my first singing Chiffchaffs (4) but Winter hasn't quite gone yet with a Brambling (1 male) and Whooper Swan (2). Other birds of note were: - Wigeon 30+, Goldeneye 20+, Pochard 1, Great Crested Grebe 4, Oystercatcher 8, Redshank 2.

Friday 26 March 2010

Reva Hill area - 3 Wheatear, 13 Snipe, Redshank, 2 Grey Partridge, 3 Oystercatcher, 80 Golden Plover, 2 Hares. Bradup - pair of Linnet.
Shaun R

Caldene Fields - 2 male Wheatears


25th March - Black-necked Grebe

We have a Black-necked Grebe in full breeding plumage in the recording area.
For details please contact Mark D

The Grebe has not been founf today - 26th March

25th March 2010

Glovershaw, Baildon
In the fields by Golcar Farm, there were two Wheatears (a male and a female) and a feeding flock of 37 Golden Plovers. Eight Stock Dove were also near by taking advantage of recently manured ground and several Snipe were displaying, 'chunking' or in one case, sitting out on a field-post. Down in Shipley Glen a Green Woodpecker's call rang out.
P King
Redcar Tarn - Mediterranean Gull briefly
K Moir

Thursday 25 March 2010

Norwood Bottom (LW bridge to (flooded) Ellers Wood)
7 Chiff-Chaff (mainly before Dob Park Bridge)
1 male Mandarin at top end of very high Lindley Wood
1 pair Goosander above Dob Park Bridge
and, delightfully, after so much gloom and despondency about likely scale of Wren losses in recent winter - 8 singing Wrens
Ilkley Old Bridge (and a high river)
1 female Grey Wagtail 1 Dipper
John F
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species this morning including Sand Martin, Chiff-Chaff, Water Rail, 4 Goosander, pair of Bullfinch, 4 Oystercatcher.
Shaun R
Hope Hill, Baildon - 2 Wheatear plus 50 Golden Plover flyover.
Margaret & Peter R
Draughton Heights - Woodcock flushed. Plenty of Mipits in the area plus Reed Bunting & Kestrel.
John T

Wednesday continued

Buck Woods - singing Chiff-Chaff
Casper P

24th March 2010

Trough Lane
8 Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel

H Creber

Aire Valley - 2 Oystercatchers

T Hubball

Villa Road Garden, Bingley - male Reed Bunting

A Josephs

23rd March, 2010

Glovershaw, Baildon.
A flock of 81 Golden Plovers had settled in the fields to the side of Golcar Farm and at least ten Skylarks were present on the moorland fringes. Snipe were displaying, Lapwings protecting territory and a pair of Curlews were well established.

23rd March 2010

Trough Lane
Wheatears 9, Stonechat 2, Reed bunting 1

B Vickers

East Riddlesden Hall - singing Chiffchaff

H Doveston

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 30 species recorded. Water Rail continues to show well, 3 Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch included.
Shaun R
Low Dam - 4 Little Grebe (including singing), 1 Coot
Kex Gill-1 pair Goldeneye, 4 Oystercatcher, pair Redshank.
John F

21st March 2010

Whetstone Gate
Male Wheatear, Stonechats near quarry, Several Skylarks.

I Hargreaves

Redcar Tarn
Several Skylarks, Female Pochard still present,
Male Goosander, Tufted Ducks, 3 LBBGulls

East Riddlesden
2+Meadow Pipits heading up the valley. 10+Redpoll.

M Doveston

Bradford - near Interchange
Male Peregrine

S Cummings

Friday 19 March 2010

Private Wetlands - male Shoveler, male Gadwall
Only 2 (male) Pochard left
12 Goldeneye
3 pairs Goosander
Down to 35 Coot
10 pairs Oystercatchers
22 Lapwing including 10 on territory.
Knotford Nook - 15 Goldeneye, 49 Coot
John F

Thursday 18 March 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a quiet day but Water Rail still showing well. It now is almost permanently under the feeders splitting peanuts to eat and not shy at all. A few Goldfinch and Reed Buntings seen with the male buntings singing.
Shaun R

Wednesday 17 March 2010

Marsh Tit this a.m. at Low Scargill Plantation, possibly a second heard, but not seen. Up to 6 Snipe chipping and drumming on Scargill Pasture. John T
Fewston - quiet day with water very high and no mud around for waders
3 male, 1 female Goldeneye, 1 male Teal, 6 Moorhens (high count?), 1 Coot, 1 Cormorant.
Kex Gill - 2 Redshanks, 1 pair Tufted Duck - John F
Barden area - Osprey at 13.00 going up the valley, 2 Marsh Tit near Bullcopy Wood,
2 Brambling, 2 Sparrowhawk, flocks of Goldfinch, Siskin plus odd Redpoll in trees towards river. Sand Martin up the river near mid-day.
Wharfe Valley - 7 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite. - Alan T

16th March 2010

What better than to be on the moorland fringes of Baildon Moor on such a very pleasant day as this. The numbers of Golden Plover had risen to 67 and about 12 pairs of Lapwing were now on territory. Two pairs of Curlew were feeding on the rough pasture and the air was filled with the sound of Skylark and the call of Snipe. No passerines as yet, just the promise of Wheatear, Stonechat and Whinchat in the next few weeks.

Tuesday 16 March 2010

Scargill Res - pair of Redshank. Below res, Treecreeper & Nuthatch.
Beaverdyke Res - 2 Tree Sparrow, 4 Oystercatchers
John O Gaunts Res - Redshank, 7 Tufted, flock of 120 Curlew, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Teal, 2 GCG. 4 Redwing, 20 Lapwing
Shaun R & Ernie S

Monday 15 March 2010

Kings Road, Ilkley - 5 Waxwings stayed this afternoon at 15.15 in a garden for just 10 minutes.
John F
Dowley Gap on river - pair of Dipper
Steet Lane - 200 plus Fieldfare
Shaun R

Sunday 14 March 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, 3 Reed Bunting, plus finches. Pair of Goosander on river.
Shaun R
Ashfield Drive, Shipley - still has 9 Waxwings this morning and have been there all week.
Gus R
Private Wetlands - 16 Goldeneye, 4 GCG, 11 Wigeon, 6 Oystercatchers, Redshank, Snipe, Gadwall, 4 Pochard, 4 Brambling.
Wharfedale - Red Kite.
Ernie S

Saturday continued

Timble - Crossbill 8 Woodcock 3 Siskin & Redpoll - small flocks of each.
Washburn Valley -Green Woodpecker, 2 Buzzard, Red Kite.
John T & Andy J
Lindley Wood Res - 20 Redpoll, 3 GSW, 4 Oystercatcher, 2 G C G.
Washburn Valley - 2 Buzzard, Red Kite
Ernie S

Saturday 13th March 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (Members Only)

Water Rail (On feeder! Actually the feeder had fallen on the ground and the Rail was happily pecking at the peanuts). Bullfinch 3, Long-tailed Tit 2, Oystercatcher 4, Song Thrush 1 (28 species total). - CJK

Thursday 11 March 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, 3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Kestrel. Despite sunshine, a notable lack of bird song.
Shaun R
Aire Valley - Common Buzzard
John T

Wednesday 10 March 2010

Flyflatts area - 2 Golden Plovers
Trough Lane - pair of Stonechat
Leeshaw Res - 23 Lapwing, 50 Greylag, 2 Curlew.
Malc & Fran S

Tuesday continued

Seen from Baildon at 16.05 - a flock of 37 Whooper Swans flying west and following the valley. The birds were not at any great height.
Margaret & Peter R

Walsh Lane, near Eldwick - Little Owl
Heights Lane - calling Stock Dove
Bingley Moor - 5 pair of Greylag plus Skylarks singing.
Buck Stones - 30 Golden Plover
High Moor Plantation - 3 Bullfinch, Redpoll plus Comma Butterfly.
Alder Carr Wood - Nuthatch plus 2 GSW drumming.
Rombalds Moor - Red Kite, Peregrine.
Shaun R
At Thruscross today the Oyc flock is building up well = 64Lots of geese, noisily pairing up. Canadas = 130 and Greylags = 260 approx.Two good sized flocks of Siskin by the old yachting centre.One Little Grebe at the top end!
John T

9th March 2010

Shipley Glen
Into the woods on a superb day for birding. I hoped to see the pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers that Keith Hillary saw on Sunday. They were seen at very close quarters on the driveway through Milnerfields. Despite by best efforts, there was no sign, although Nuthatch and Great Spotted were prominent. But where have all the Jays gone? It was pleasing to hear a Green Woodpecker calling from an area near Brackenhall where they successfully bred last year.

Sunday 7 March 2010

Pair of L S W displaying in High Coach Road area near Saltaire.
Keith H
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrel in box, Sparrowhawk, pair of Peregrine circling the reserve, 3 Reed Bunting, Water Rail, pair of Bullfinch.
Above Sunnydale Reservoir - flock of 50 Curlew, 27 Stock Dove.
Shaun R

Singing Redwing flock still present, Siskins throughout
6 Goosanders, Sparrowhawk

M Doveston

6th March 2010

East Riddlesden Hall
3 Goosander on lake, 6 Redpoll overhead.

M Doveston

Firecrest still present, seen in holly tree just before horse field (see previous location description). 8 goldcrest in small groups and usual other woodland sp.

G Robin

Friday (continued)

Ashfield Drive, Shipley - 9 Waxwings there this morning.
Casper P

5th March 2010

A flock of 45 Golden Plover were feeding in the field behind Golcar Farm. This is a traditional place for these birds to assemble before they disperse in April. About 20 Lapwing were establishing their breeding territory, Skylarks were prominent on the moorland fringe, but more ominously 40 Graylags had settled in a field along Glovershaw Lane. A flock of 40 or so Common Gulls was still in the vicinity, but otherwise it was rather quiet on such a brilliant, clear day.

Thursday 4 March 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting plus 120 Pinkfoot flying west (at 10.45).
Bingley Bog North - 3 Teal, pair of Bullfinch.
Shaun R
Glovershaw - 40 Golden Plover
Stephen L
Private Wetland - 3 Pink feet on ground. 15 Goldeneye, 12 Pochard, several Oystercatchers, 2 Curlew, 1 Little Grebe, 2 pair Goosander, 20+ Tufted Duck, Red Kite over, another in distance, pair Kestrel. Feeder had 1 Brambling, pair Bullfinch, Greenfinch, several Chaffinch, Coal-Blue-Great-Longtail Tits, Reed Bunting.
Alan T and Ken Limb
Strid Woods -birds seen this afternoon 12.00 to 15.15pm Goosanders 2 male 1 female. Oystercatcher 1. Curlews 2.
Song Thrush . 1 Mistle Thrush 1 .Treecreepers 3. Dippers 6, and all singing. Male Mandarin . Ravens 4. + numerous blue,great and coal tits and chaffinch
Malc & Fran Stones
9 Waxwings in Shipley around Ashfield Drive according to birdguides today. Firecrest seen again this Tuesday in same place (see earlier reports re Crag Vale). LSW heard drumming on Woodlands Drive (above woods with firecrest)
Gus R

Visible Migration Log... 03-03-2010

Skylark passage quelled somewhat but pinks still prolific!
Keep watching:


3rd March 2010

Approx 35 Pink-feet over eastern edge of Silsden (from Keighley direction - heading NW) at 5pm

T Hubball

Tuesday 2 March 2010

Reva Hill area - 4 Snipe, 50 Lapwing, 15 Skylark, 2 Stock Dove, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk plus
70 Pinkfoot Geese flying north-west at 11 o'clock. In the far distance, another skein of geese seen over Aire valley at the same time.
Rombalds Moor area - 2 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite
Shaun R

East Riddlesden Hall - 3m 2f Goosanders

Shipley - Peregrine

M Doveston

Aire Valley - Buzzard plus 48 Golden Plover
John T

Sightings Request

Dear All,

Could you please re-send ALL your records for 2009 if you sent them to M Doveston via email.
All records were lost thanks to a PC crash and data recovery is proving troublesome.
Records can be sent to M Doveston or P King

Paper records do not need re-sending.

M Doveston

Visible Migration Log 01-03-2010

The vis has really picked up over the last couple of days.... pinkfeet, skylarks and waders very prominent.... especially today, see:



1st March 2010

A change in the month and a change in the weather to much more spring-like conditions. A skein of 70 Pink-footed Geese went over Baildon Moor at 10.40am. They came from the east and travelled towards the west. The good conditions had encouraged a couple of Skylarks into song, whilst 20 Lapwing had arrived on their breeding territory.
P King
Ilkley - Tesco Car park
2 Waxwings
D Parkin
Shipley - Peregrine
M Doveston