Friday 30 April 2010

Hirst Wood area - 60c Swift over sewage works plus a few House Martin, Sand Martin and Swallow. Goldcrest singing by crossover bridge. Other birds seen Sparrowhawk, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Jay and Oystercatcher. Pair of Blackcap in my Bingley garden eating Ivy berries.
Alan T

Leeshaw Res - Dunlin 1,

Trough Lane,
Wheatear 10, Whinchat 2. (2 Females )

B Vickers

Common Whitethroat at Raw Nook NR


Thursday continued

Stainburn Plantation -Tree Pipits (6) some displaying this afternoon
Malc & Fran S
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Garden Warbler
Margaret & Peter R

29th April 2010

East Riddlesden
Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin
2 Chiffchaff, 2+Blackcap, 4+Willow Warbler

Bingley Bypass - Cormorant, Kestrel

M Doveston

Wednesday 28th April continued

Birch Close Lane, High Eldwick
3 Wheatear and a pair of Grey Partridge.

Wednesday 28 April

Reva Hill area - Wheatear 7, Redshank 3, Snipe 4 and 140 Golden Plover (northerners).
Shaun R
Crag Wood - near Apperley Bridge - 2 Grasshopper Warblers, pair of Whitethroat
Angus R

Tuesday continued

Oxenhope watchpoint - 3 Redshank, 2 Wheatear, pair of Common Sandpiper, pair of Golden Plover, female Goldeneye.
Leeming Res. - pair of Common Sandpiper
Fly Flatts Res. - 2 Wheatear, pair of Common Sandpiper.
Mike J & Shaun R
B R Gravel Pits - Sedge Warbler, Blackcaps & willow Warblers
Steve P

Tuesday 27th April, 2010

Birch Close Lane, High Eldwick
9 Wheatear
abt 80 Golden Plover

Monday 26 April 2010

Glovershaw area - 4 Wheatear, 5 Snipe, 85 Golden Plover (including Northern race)
Whetstone Gate - 4 Wheatear
Shaun R
Upstream from Barden Bridge - Noisy territorial dispute between 2 pairs Common Sandpiper under a bridge. Dipper feeding 2 young. 2 pairs Goosander together, 2 Swifts over river. 2 Blackcaps at Howgill.
John F
Lindley Wood to Folly Hall Wood :- GCG on nest, Garden Warbler, 4, 1 Green Sandpiper, lots of Chiffchaff & Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Redstart & Cuckoo calling, Blackcaps.
Ernie S

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Swift, Whitethroat showing well, sometimes in front of hide. 35 species recorded this morning.
Shaun R

26th April 2010

Skipton Area
1pair Grasshopper Warblers, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler
Blackcaps, numerous Willow Warbler, Sand Martin, Swallows,
Redshank, Snipe, Lapwing, BHGull, Stock Dove,

Redcar Tarn
Lapwing, LBBGull, 14+ Tufted Duck, 2 Curlew

M Doveston

Saturday continued

Private Wetlands - 2 Common Tern, 6 Wigeon still on site.
Lindley Reservoir - top end, Green Sandpiper.
Alan T

Saturday 24th April

Glovershaw, Baildon
This morning the flock of Golden Plovers had reached over 250. They were feeding in the field by Golcar Farm. On a walk around the area I counted 17 singing Willow Warblers, about the same number as last year. A pair of Grey Partridge were by Crook Farm.

Saturday 24 April 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -
Whitethroat, Redshank stayed briefly.
Shaun R

East Riddlesden
House Martin, Chiffchaff, several Blackcap,
Peregrine, Sand Martin, Greylag Goose nesting along canal,
Bullfinch pair, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinch,
Oystercatcher, Orange-tip Butterfly

M Doveston

Ring Ouzel above Oxenhope

R Grillo

23rd April 2010

Caldene Fields - Lesser Whitethroat singing
House Martin north


cuckoo at Sladen Bridge, Haworth

R Grillo

Thursday (continued)

Strid Woods - 3 male Mandarin, Common Sandpiper, 2 male Siskin, only 1 Pied Flycatcher
Malc & Fran S
Kex Gill - Common Sandpiper by silt pond , 2 pair of Redshank, pair of Oystercatcher,
Pair of Tufted Duck, Greylag with 5 very small young.
John F

22nd April 2010

Leeshaw Res,
Pair of Garganey resting on the shore at 1450 departed by 1500hrs (Seen in the morning by K Moir)
Teal 2, Redshank 6, Oystercatcher 2

Trough Lane - Wheatear 6

Nab water Lane - Wheatear 8

Fly Flatts - Teal 6

B Vickers

Wednesday 21 April 2010

Blubberhouses area - Cuckoo, 2 Willow Warbler, Linnet, GSW.
Stephen P

Lindley Wood reservoir area 46 different speices
1 Common Sand, 1 M Redstart, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,
Swallow, 2 parties of Tree Sparrow 3 + 6 =9 Blackcap
1 pair of Oystercatcher.


Trough Lane 22 Wheatear

Nab Water Lane 7 Wheatear

Fly Flatts 5 Wheatear

Leeshaw Res, Common Sandpiper 2

B Vickers

Tuesday 20 April 2010

3 Ring Ouzel reported at Nab End, Rombalds Moor.

Trough Lane Wheatear 24,

Leeshaw Res,
1, Swallow 6

B Vickers

Monday 19 April 2010

River Aire, Hirst Wood weir (next to rowing club) - pair of Common Sandpipers.
Shaun R
Coldstone Beck area - Cuckoo, flock of 30 Linnet.
Margaret & Peter R.

Private Wetlands
1x Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Common Sandpipers,
Swallows, Sand Martins, Redshank, 9 Wigeon,
Goldeneye still present, Gadwall, Shoveler


Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded this morning. Not many migrants with just Chiff-Chaff, Sand Martins and, very briefly, Blackcap but plenty of activity from residents. Wren, thrushes, LTT all nest building. Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch and other finches in song plus plenty of Toad spawn found along with new born Newts.
Shaun R

18th April 2010

St. Ives 0730-1030
Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Skylark
Sparrowhawk, Grey Heron, Meadow Pipit,
Green Woodpecker yaffling, GSWdpkrs, Redpoll
Tufted Duck 1 pair,

M Doveston et al

Saturday 17th April 2010

Glovershaw Baildon,
In this superb spring weather the moorland fringes around Baildon Moor were at their best. The Golden Plover flock was still at around 200 birds, all showing off their breeding plumage as they occasionally lifted from their feeding grounds. 15 pairs of Lapwings had settled to their task, Snipe were heard overhead and from three different wet areas, a couple of Oystercatcher were busy and three pairs of Curlew were active. Three pairs of Grey Partridge were flushed as I strode across the rough ground to the sound of the ever present Skylark. I walked back towards the Glen as a Swallow flashed by and a Kestrel was seen hunting over the ridge. The number of Willow Warblers had reached eight and a Green Woodpecker announced its presence in the Glen. The passage of Wheatear has slowed, I hope temporarily, for next week must be the time when a good movement is recorded.

17th April 2010

Marley Playing Fields
Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers,
30+Sand Martin, Swallows, Oystercatchers,
Goosander male, Black-headed Gull

East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff, Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Sparrowhawk

M & L Doveston

Willow Warbler back on territory at Steeton & Silsden Railway Station

T Hubball

Wharfe Valley
Osprey ( sailed high over the watchpoint at 1410 heading west )

Trough lane, Wheatear 1,

B Vickers

Fewston reservoir
Sand Martin,Swallow,House Martin,Female Sparrowhawk,
2 pair of displaying GCGrebes, singing Willow Warblers
Chiffchaff,Mallard with 5 young.

P Seaman.

Friday 16 April 2010

Little Owls - single in Walsh Lane above Eldwick and a pair mating on a wall in nearby Heights Lane.
Shaun R

15th April 2010

A pair of Waxwings were seen in a garden near top of Warren Lane Eldwick at 7am this morning.
Ian Watson
A flock of 30 hirundines, mostly Swallows with a few House Martins, were feeding over Salts Mill at 5pm. 

Thursday 15 April 2010

Low Wood - mating Nuthatch, Chiff-Chaff nest building, 6 Blackcap, Green Woodpecker,
4 G S W.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - (first on site) Willow Warbler, singing Blackcap,
3 Reed Bunting, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun R
Several Tawnys and Woodcock on north side of Timble this evening.
Andy J

Wednesday 14 April 2010

Norwood Bottom (Lindley Wood to Folly Hall Wood)
Weather: rather cool and breezy
5 Willow Warblers 6 Blackcaps 3/ 4 Redstarts (1 in Eller Wood, rest in FH Wood)
Only 1 Pied Flycatcher found (along river beside FH Wood)
John F

Monday 12 April 2010

Oxenhope watchpoint - 8 Whooper Swan.
for photographs and more detail.

St Ives - Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Nuthatches & GSW everywhere.
Sconce Lane - 17 Fieldfare flying north, calling Stock Dove.
Shaun R

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - same Chiff-Chaff singing (has no tail!), female Goosander seen leaving Stock Dove nest box, male Blackcap giving great views from hide, 6 Jays, 3 Reed Bunting, pair of Kestrel.
Shaun R
Several hundred gulls are roosting on Thruscross each evening inc Black-headed, Common and LBBG. 40 + Oystercatchers there. Also Redstart singing below Swinsty Res.
Andy J
Gallows Hill :- Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 pair of Goosander on river, singing Skylark.
Knotford Nook:- Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Pair of Treecreeper.
Ernie S

11th April 2010

Glovershaw, Baildon
A walk around the area showed that Willow Warblers are now in-situ with six males singing from various vantage points, particularly at Crook Farm. The Golden Plover flock is holding up well with 170 resting in the field alongside Glovershaw Lane. About 15 pairs of Lapwing are at their breeding sites, a few pairs of Snipe, a couple pairs of Curlew, a pair of Oystercatcher, a pair of Grey Partridge and numerous Skylarks, Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits were active. Six Linnets were seen at the top of the Glen Road and a Green Woodpecker could be heard from Shipley Glen.
Redcar Tarn - Greenshank briefly before departing NE
R Proctor
Doe Park Res
Yaffling Green Woodpecker, Willow Warblers, Lapwing
Yaffling Green Woodpecker at two locations,
Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps,
Several GSWdpkrs, Treecreepers, Nuthatches,
10+Redpoll, Skylark, Meadow Pipit
M Doveston
male Redstart and 2 Swallows near John O'Gaunts Reservoir;
2 Oystercatchers and 2 Redshank by the reservoir.

3 Tree sparrows and 2 House sparrows in the garden of the cottage by Beaver Dyke Dam.
Pair of Willow tits (one singing - identified by song) in the wood below Beaver Dyke Dam.

female Wheatear by Scargill Reservoir.

1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs and 4 Willow warblers singing in the area.
J Poland

10th April 2010

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits
4 Goosander, 4 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 4 curlew, Comon Sandpiper, Coot, Little Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Jay, 2 Chiff-chaff, Willow Warbler,
Butterflies - comma and brimstone.
Simon Parkes.

Saturday continued

Update from Friday (Washburn Valley) 4 Pied Flycatchers - at least 3 seen and 1 heard - Redstarts at least 4 - 2 seen and 2 heard Fieldfare about 50 + 3 Redwing with them.
Malc & Fran Stones

Saturday 10th April 2010

Moorlands between Thruscross & Barden
White-tailed Eagle later seen in Wharfe Valley

A Jowett

Fly Flatts Res,
Male Common Scoter ( On the water at 0730 ).

Nab Water lane,
2 Wheatear.

B Vickers

Ogden Reservoir
1 Willow Warbler, 1 Swallow, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Moorhen, 5 Song Thrush, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker + usual species.

C King

East Riddlesden Hall
male Blackcap coming to gerden feeders, Chiffchaff singing,
Bullfinch singing, Oystercatchers heard

Stockbridge (members only reserve)
male Blackcap singing, 2 Chiffchaff singing, Stock Dove,
Kestrel, Reed Buntings, Redpoll flew west, GSWdpkr,
2 Mute Swan, 6+Canada Goose, Oystercatchers heard

Riddlesden canalside
Chiffchaffs singing, 2 Mute Swan

M Doveston

10th April 2010

Glovershaw, Baildon
The flock of Golden Plovers in the fields between Glovershaw Lane and Golcar Farm stands at 175. On the Thursday (8th) it had risen to 210.

Friday 9 April 2010

Washburn Valley - 2 Oystercatchers - 4 Nutchatch calling - Green Woodpecker yaffling - Chiffchaff every 100 yards singing - 3 Grey Wagtails - 2 Willow Warblers - 1 Pied Flycatcher 200 yds before where ramblers bridge was - 1 Buzzard - 4 Blackcaps seen and singing - 2 GS Woodpeckers
Malc Stones

Thursday continued

Washburn, Lindley Wood to Folly Hall Wood :- 12 Redpoll, pair of Great Crested Grebe displaying, 12 Swallow, 14 Sand Martin, pair of Goosander, lots of Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Buzzard, 3 GSW, 1 Yaffle and 1 Dipper carrying food.
Ernie S

2 Chiffchaff + 1 Blackcap at Raw Nook NR

+ 2 Chiffchaff + 4 Swallow at ToadHoles Beck


Thursday 8 April 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - feathers flying this morning, literally!!
Pair of Stock Dove ventured into the Kestrel box whilst they were away. Suddenly, the Kestrels returned with the male bird flying directly towards the box. Contact was made with a Dove and observers saw feathers in the air from the impact. Fortunately, no bird was badly injured in the encounter.
Chiff- Chaff on site has no tail, 2 Goosander flew past plus 2 Oystercatcher.
Shaun R

Sunday continued

River Aire near Buck Woods - Swallow, 5 Goosander, singing Blackcap, Chiffchaffs
Casper P

1 Redshank at Bradup
40 Fieldfare at Holden Gate
Malc & Fran Stones

7th April 2010

Clayton Heights
2x Tree Sparrow

Park Lane, Queensbury
50 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing and a Mistle Thrush

C Shields

2 Herring Gulls at potential nest site in Bradford Centre


Whooper Swans

Fewston Reservoir - 41 on Sunday increasing to 51 on Monday & Tuesday. - John F

Coppice Pond, St Ives - 2 juvenile birds, today, Wednesday. - Fred D

Tuesday continued

Bingley Grammar School - singing Blackcap.
Shaun R

6th April 2010

Glovershaw, Baildon
The usual flock of 80 Golden Plovers were present in the field near Golcar Farm. There was lots of activity in the form of pairs of Curlew, Snipe, Grey Partridge, Stock Dove, Skylark, Meadow Pipits and singing Reed Bunting.

P King

2 Jays in Prince of Wales Park, Eldwick today

Tom H

100+ Pinks flew N/W over Caldene Fields on 6/4/10


Ben Rhydding
3 pairs - oystercatcher, goosander and common sandpiper, 3 chiffchaff.

Steve P

Visibile Migration Log 05-04-2010

A reasonable Easter weekend after a "Bad" Friday and now a bad monday! Too much detail to post again so keep watching:

For full detail.

Sunday 4 April 2010

Ilkley - 4 Waxwings in tree in Kings Road this morning (this is the fourth sighting in West Ilkley of between 4 and 6 birds since 27th February – all in or close to Kings Road)
John F

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 38 species this morning including a Brambling,
2 GSW. Sand Martin, Swallows, Chiff- Chaff plus a single Meadow Pipit (uncommon at this site). Kestrels active with male bringing in food for female in box and rewarded appropriately! Mute Swans mating and an egg laid.
Redpoll at Riddlesden Hospital Ground, singing Blackcap heard on Baildon Bank.
Shaun R, Fred D, Margaret & Peter R.

East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff singing, Greylag Goose, Meadow Pipits overhead
Whetstone Gate
2+Golden Plover, Red Grouse, Curlew, Skylarks
Meadow Pipits, Lapwings, Sparrowhawk
M Doveston

John O'Gaunts and Beaverdyke (pm)
150 to 200 Fieldfares in mixed flock with ~60 Starling feeding in field above reservoir (only 1 Redwing found in flock)
Flock of 6 - 8 finches with at least 3 Brambling (i.e. 1 male, 2 females positively identified)
7 pairs of Tufties
3 Chiffchaff. 1 (and possibly 2) Green Woodpecker heard and flock of ~300 Golden Plover over Scargill Res.
John F

Saturday 3 April 2010

Bradup - 3 Redshank, 6 Stock Dove

Whetstone - pair of Stonechat

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -
First Swallow, six in total. Chiff-Chaff still singing and
LTT nest building close to hide.
Shaun R

Private Wetland - 3 Egyptian Geese, 3 Shoveler (pair plus male).
John F

East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff x2 singing, Stock Dove, GSWdpkr,
Common Gull, Greylay Goose,

M Doveston

Trough Lane,
Ring Ouzel 1, Wheatear 7, Sparrowhawk 1

Leeming Res,
Great Crested Grebe 2

Leeshaw Res,
Cormorant 1, Oystercatcher 2, Redshank 4, Stock Dove 10

Moorside Ln Oxenhope,
Golden Plover 22

Marley Playing Fields
Chiffchaff 1, Sand Martin 15+

B Vickers

Friday continued

R. Aire near Buck Woods and Sconce area - Swallow
Glovershaw - 120 Golden Plover, Hare
Rombalds Moor - Buzzard
Casper P

2nd April 2010

Glovershaw, Baildon
A flock of over 200 Golden Plovers had assembled in a field by Golcar Farm and a flock of 400 Starlings were feeding close by.
P King
Whetstone Area
2 Wheatear, 60 Golden Plover
I Hargreaves
Redcar Tarn
1st Winter Med Gull (not the same bird seen earlier this week!)
K Moir

Thursday 1 April 2010

2 LRP at A650 site.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting included in 28 species recorded. Cold conditions prevailed.
Shaun R