30th May 2010

Whetstone Gate area
2 Wheatear, 1 Little owl, plenty Meadow pipit
singing Skylark, Lapwing

Snipe at Bradup, 1 Emperor moth.

A Tremethick

Strid Woods - 4 singing Wood Warblers

P Taylor

28th May 2010

Riddlesden Garden
Still having visits from Siskin and Redpoll

S Lilley

27th May 2010

Osprey still being seen in Wharfe Valley


25th May 2010

East Riddlesden
Peregrine, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swifts, House Martins,
Sand Martins, Swallows, Moorhen with downy young

M Doveston

24th May 2010

Wharfe Valley - Osprey

A Tremethick

Whetstone Area
Male Whinchat, Male Stonechat, Female wheatear this evening
Little Owl, Whinchat, Skylarks, Curlew, Red Grouse this morning

S Lilley, M Doveston

23rd May 2010

Strid Woods
3 singing male Wood Warblers today.
2 on East side, 1 on West

P Taylor

Whetstone Quarry - male Whinchat singing

Whetstone Allotment - male Whinchat singing

Whetstone Gate
Curlew, Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, Lapwing
Red Grouse

M&L Doveston


Please send all sightings to - mark.doveston@blueyonder.co.uk until further notice.
Shaun Radcliffe

22nd May 2010

R.Aire Silsden
Dipper, Oystercatcher, Redshank, Garden Warbler, Swifts,
Willow Warblers, Chaffinch, Long-tailed Tit, Curlew,
BHGull, G Heron, 3 Greylags, 4 Canada Geese, Mallard

M&L Doveston

20th May 2010

Wharfe Valley - Osprey seen twice


Along River Washburn in Ellers Wood area
Pair of spotted flycatchers; 5 treecreepers including 2 pairs

J Flood

Wednesday 19 May 2010 continued

Rawdon Sewage Works -
Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Stock Dove, Blackcap.
Angus R

Strid Woods
Pair of wood warblers on eastern side about 15 to 20 metres downstream from stone shelter on the right of the track, riverside. One pair of Pied Flycatchers on western bank going regularly to nest box 16 on left handside of track down from Strid Car Park near the picnic tables.

I Skayman

19th May 2010

On the 12th fairway of Baildon Golf Course a late female Wheatear feeding with five Skylarks and a few Meadow Pipits. Two pairs of Reed Buntings were nearby and breeding Curlew, Snipe, Lapwing and Oystercatcher were very much in evidence.

Tuesday 18 May 2010

Edge of Rombalds Moor - 2 Red Kite, Buzzard
Whetstone Allotments -singing Whinchat, pair of Linnet
Reva Hill area - 2 pairs of Redshank, Snipe, 4 Golden Plover (Northern), 3 Wheatear, 2 Stock Dove.
Shaun R

East Riddlesden Hall
Raven x1 flew over, Swifts, Swallows, Bullfinches
Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove,

M Doveston

Oxenhope - red kite overhead moving slowly West

A Greenwood.

Visible Migration Log 17-05-2010

A great evening... including passage waders as well as the gulls!


Sunday 16th May 2010

Barden Bridge to Bolton Abbey
2 Common Sandpiper, 9 Dipper (inc. 2 juvs), 1 Kingfisher, 6 Grey wagtail, 5 Blackcap, 2 Wood Warbler (possible pair), 5 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch, 1m Mandarin, 1 Buzzard.

Sunday 16 May 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -
same species as yesterday plus Sedge Warbler, Kingfisher
& pair of Bullfinch.
Shaun R

Timble Ings
1 Sparrowhawk, 3 Redpoll, 8 Willow Warbler,
5 Chiffchaff, 3 Mistle Thrush, 1 Snipe, 2 Goldfinch and
3 Blackcap

P Seaman

St.Ives 0700-1000
Pied Flycatcher male singing in woods above Beckfoot Lane
Chiffchaff 4+, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Swift, Jay 4+
LBBGull, Stock Dove, Nuthatch, Treecreeper 3+
Siskin, Swallow, Meadow Pipits, G Heron

M Doveston, J Roberts et al

East Riddlesden
Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Bullfinches, Swifts, House Martin

Wilsden, Birchlands Ave - House Martins

M Doveston

Saturday 15 May 2010

Hirst Wood - Spotted Flycatcher plus Kingfisher on river.
Shaun R

Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Buntings,
Sand Martins, Mute Swan, G Heron adult and juv

F Drake, S Lilley, M Doveston

East Riddlesden Hall
2x Siskin on feeders, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Oystercatcher

M Doveston

14th May 2010

Strid Woods (stone shelter side only)
6+male Pied Flycatchers singing, 2 Redstarts singing,
Wood Warbler heard on other side of river, Sand Martin
Swallow, Swift, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap,
Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Nuthatch, Treecreeper

M & L Doveston

Thursday continued

Low Wood - Nuthatch feeding young in nest hole, Garden Warbler building nest at nearby canal bank.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler seen, Garden Warbler in full song.
Shaun R
Glovershaw area - Grasshopper Warbler, drumming Snipe, a single Golden Plover, and the usual Curlew, Lapwings, and Meadow Pipits.
Sconce area - Cuckoo heard, and another drumming Snipe.
(the Grasshopper Warbler was in the "Golden Plover field" next to Golcar Farm, "reeling" very loudly & persistently from the long grass - very difficult to spot)
Casper P

13th May 2010

Harden Moor
Male Cuckoo seen being mobbed by Meadow Pipits
Linnets, Willow Warblers, Swifts, Swallows.

Nab Lane, Wilsden
Whitethroat, Linnets, Willow Warblers, Swallows

Hallas Bridge
Swallows 8+, G Heron, Willow Warblers

East Riddlesden
Blackbird with young, Bullfinches, Chiffchaff, Blackcap
Swift, BHGulls

M Doveston

Wharfe Valley
Osprey seen twice


Tuesday 11 May 2010

Myrtle Park - Goosander with 6d, Stock Dove using owl box.
Hirst Wood - 2 breeding sites being used by Nuthatch found.
Shaun R

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler but no Sedge yet! 2 Garden Warblers,
4 Whitethroat singing, Buzzard high flyover, female Kestrel sitting.
St Ives - Garden Warbler.
Shaun R

9th May 2010

Lindley Wd Res to Dob Bridge & Folly Hall Wood
and back via Norwood Bottom road:-
Chiffchaffs galore, Willow warblers, goldfinch, cormorant, loads of mallard, chaffinch, blackbird, robin, wren, pheasants, garden warblers, WHITETHROAT, long-tailed tit, great tit, blue tit, mistle thrush, wood pigeon, curlew, greylag, jackdaw, swallows, greenfinch, kestrel, GREEN WOODPECKER (heard twice), treecreeper, PIED FLYS (in F/Hall Wood: 2 male & 1 female), b/h gull, g/c grebe.

D&H Kidman

Hewenden Res
Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Curlew,
10+Swift, 8+Swallow, 2 Linnet, GSWdpker drumming

M Doveston, DCBarker

Saturday continued

Glovershaw area - 6 Wheatear, plenty of Snipe flying, Lapwing chicks.
Sconce Lane area - Cuckoo seen, many Willow Warblers, 2 Whitethroat, Grey Partridge.
per BOG members walk.

8th May 2010

Members Only Res -
Grasshopper Warbler singing at the lagoons near 3rd gate.


Sedge Warbler at Raw Nook NR


walk from Barden Bridge to Cavendish Pav and back, 0715-1045 hrs…
1 common sandpiper, 2 dipper, several sand martins, a few swallows, 5-6 swift, 2 pr mandarin ducks, 1 female goosander, 2 treecreeper, 1 redstart singing (not seen), 1 oystercatcher, heron, g/s woodpecker throwing bark down onto path, male sparrowhawk, garden warblers heard, a few willow warblers, chiffchaff, nuthatch, wood warblers (at Cavendish end, west side path), jay heard, cuckoo heard, jackdaws, c/crows, starlings, curlews, usual pheasants, mallards and ducklings aplenty, b/h gulls, blue tit, chaffinch, goldfinch, long-tailed tit, great tit, coal tit, robin, wren… But NO Pied Flys,

D Kidman

7th May 2010

Strid Woods,
Redstart 4 ( 1 Female), Treecreeper 2, Pied Flycatcher 4 ( 1 Female ),
Wood Warbler 1,
Storiths Road Barden,
Redstart 1, Willow Warbler 1, Garden Warbler 1, Green Woodpecker 1,
Raven 2.

B Vickers

Members Only Res - Grasshopper Warbler


Thursday 6 May 2010

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing birds - 2 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler plus resident birds.
Shaun R

Early morning walk downstream from Barden Bridge
on river-at least 2 pr. Common Sandpipers,2 pr. Dippers
4 Grey Wagtail,1 Kingfisher,I male Goosander,1 Pied Wagtail,
about 10 Oystercatchers.
in woods-1 pr.Pied Flycatcher,4 Blackcap,5 Chiffchaff,
4 Willow Warbler plus Goldcrest,Tree Creeper,Nuthatch,
Chaffinch,Song Thrush plus lots of Sand Martin,Swallows and
Swifts.No sightings of Wood or Garden Warblers

P Seaman

Wednesday continued

Whetstone Allotments - singing Whinchat, 5 drumming Snipe
Shaun R

5th May 2010

St.Ives - short walk
No sign of either Redstart or Pied Flycatcher.
Whitethroat in full song at Coppice Bog.

M Doveston

40+ swifts feeding very low over Shipley Golf Course 10.30 a.m

A Josephs

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Strid Wood - 1 Pair of Wood Warblers both very active, 4 male & 2 female Pied Flycatchers, 2 Male & 1 Female Redstarts, a pair of Siskin also very active, pair of Goosander, 3 Dippers, 2 Grey Wagtails, a pair of Oystercatches, Male Mandarin + GSW, Green Woodpecker yaffling and a Cuckoo heard at Barden Bridge.
Malc & Fran S

additional sightings over the weekend

Red Kite flew over Dowley Gap. Alan T
River Aire and Esholt Sewage Works - 2 Kingfisher, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 2 Oystercatcher. Hundreds of Swallows, Swifts, Sand Martins and House Martins over the filter-beds.
Casper P

Visible Migration Log.... 03-05-2010

Another good day with the Swifts see:



3rd May 2010

Redcar Tarn - 2 Arctic Terns seen mid-afternoon

K Moir

Visible Migration Log.... 02-05-2010

An active afternoon with a considerable Swift passage, see:



2nd May 2010

Bradup - 2 Wheatear

Whetstone -
several Red Grouse, Golden Plover, Lapwing

M Doveston

Lesser Whitethroat in full song at Toad Holes Beck


Saturday 1st May 2010

Leeshaw Reservoir Area
2 Wheatear, 2 Raven, 2 Redshank, 1 Cuckoo (calling), 2 House Martin, 12 Curlew, 20+ Lapwing, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Grey Wagtail.

1st May 2010

St.Ives -0800-10.20
male Redstart singing at the Coppice Bog clearing.
male Pied Flycatcher singing in woods below Betty's Lodge.
Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers,
Swallows, Swifts, GSWdpkr, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk,
(this is the first time for several years where I've heard both
Redstart & Pied Fly in the St.Ives Estate)

M Doveston et al

16 LBBGulls over Caldene Fields to the S/S/W 2 parties 14+2


Trough Lane,
Wheatear 6, Whinchat 1 (Male) Reed Bunting 2

Nab Water Lane - Wheatear 4,

Fly Flatts - Wheatear 6.

B Vickers