Friday continued

Sandbeds - Peregrine flying west plus a few Fieldfare near Riddlesden. Plenty of bird song from Mistle Thrush, Great Tit & Robin.
Shaun Radcliffe

31st December 2011

Shipley Glen
On this mildest of days a Kingfisher was fishing in the 'lodge' at the bottom of the Glen.  Ten Grey Herons were roosting at three different locations, and a flock of 30 Greylags had taken up residence in the field below Milnerfield.  Five Jays were busy feeding on the acorns, Nuthatches were calling, a couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers went by and a Sparrowhawk sailed overhead.  A Great Tit was in full song, making it the last of the year or the first of the season. Back home a flock of 30 finches, mainly Goldfinch and Greenfinch alighted in surrounding trees.
Paul King

5 Oystercatchers at Lindley Wood Reservoir.

3 Goosanders, 8 Siskin and apx. 80 Redwing at Fewston Reservoir.

J Poland

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Nuthatch, 3 Bullfinch, 16+Goldfinch, Greenfinch,
Treecreeper, male Pheasant, 3 Hedge Accentor,
On the lake; 2 Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallard,
Moorhens, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull

M Doveston

As New Year 2012 Approaches

Please try to send your 2011 records in as soon after the old year finishes. Many thanks.

28th December 2011

2 bramblings at Swinsty reservoir.

A Robinson

East Riddlesden Hall
4 male 1 female Bullfinch at feeders, 12+Goldfinch,
Common Gull on lake, GSWdpkr, 2 Nuthatch, Redwing
singing Mistle Thrush

M Doveston

Tuesday 27 December 2011

South Nab in drizzle - Buzzard, 40 Fieldfare.
Noska Brow - 300 Woodpigeon flew on to Hazlewood Moor, thought that the weather in the valley was better, and flew back towards Cavendish.
Reva Reservoir - Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe

Heights Lane Circuit, Bingley - Highlights:
Long-tailed Tit 20 (5 groups), Nuthatch 1
Siskin c10 with Goldfinches (Lady Lane)
Weasel 1 (Walsh Lane), Kestrel 1
Red-legged Partridge 14 (Heights Lane)
Lapwing 29 flying N (heights Lane)
Redwing 1 (POW Park)

Phil Matthews

Monday 26 December 2011

Five Rise, Bingley - Peregrine flying west.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 24 December 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sparrowhawk, 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Siskin, Jay.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wyke - Buzzard
I Mason

Haworth area - SEO, GBBGull
J Brass


Wednesday 21st December 2011

Shipley Glen
There were 9 Grey Herons feeding in the fields at the bottom of the Glen and a flock of over 50 Greylags were in the Milnerfields area.  Other species included five Jays, a couple of Mistle Thrush, a Nuthatch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a very mild afternnon.
Paul King.

Monday 19 December 2011

R. Aire. Bingley to Hirst Wood - 3 Little Grebe, 13 Goosander, Sparrowhawk, Dipper.
Dowley Gap S W - 2 Chiff-Chaff
R. Aire. Hirst Wood to Saltaire - 5 Goosander, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Little Grebe, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Rombalds Moor
Pair of stone chats and three short eared owls
M Dawson

Denholme Area
2 Little Owl, SEO
M Joyce

Sunday 18th December 2011

Soil Hill - 5 Skylark, 8 Snow Buntings.

C King

Riddlesden - Oystercatcher flying west 15.45

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Nuthatch coming to feeders, Jay, 25+Goldfinch,
6+Chaffinch, 4+Hedge Accentor, Coal Tit, 2 Bullfinch

M Doveston

Sunday 18 December 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Oystercatcher, 2 Redpoll, 3 Bullfinch, 6 Siskin, 30 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 17th December 2011

Soil Hill - 6 Skylark, 4 Golden Plover.

Wednesday 15 December 2011

Lindley Wood Res: 7 Oystercatcher
Knotford Nook: Single Whooper Swan still present, along with 6 Gadwall, and a reduced count of 60 Wigeon.
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - Smew still present, but very elusive. There are also
78 Wigeon.
Keith Moir

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Still 9 Snow Buntings on Soil Hill
Teal numbers are well down at Cononley Ings , and Wigeon numbers are about the same (see yesterdays details), but there are now 13 Pintail.
Keith Moir

Monday continued

Soil Hill: Seven very approachable Snow Buntings early morning, and 9 were reported there later.
Cononley Ings: About 1800 Lapwing, 200 Wigeon, 180 Teal, 3 Pintail, and 2 Oystercatchers.
Keith Moir
A flock of about 60 Chaffinches in the beech plantation at the North end of Fewston Reservoir this afternoon included at least 4 Bramblings. On the reservoir were 125 Mallard, 27 Teal and a female Goldeneye.
The Swinsty Reservoir gull roost included apx. 700 Black-headed gulls, apx. 1200 Common gulls and 2 Great Black-backed gulls. Also on Swinsty were 139 Canada geese, 34 Mallard and 6 Teal.
John P

Monday 12th December 2011

Yeadon Tarn
7 Pochard, 3 Goosander (2 males and a female), a Goldeneye (male), at least 16 Tufted Duck and a couple of Great Crested Grebes.
Paul King.

Sunday 11 December 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail,3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch.
Redcar Tarn - Bramblings reported to have been seen in trees nearby.
Fred Drake

10th December 2011

Private Wetlands - permit holders only
female Smew still present, Willow Tit still at feeders.

Knorford Nook - Whooper Swan

A Tremethick

Friday 9 December 2011

The 6 Snow Buntings reported from Soil Hill on Tuesday (via Calderdale Birds) were still there today, despite the weather. Also 10 Sky Larks.
Keith Moir


Please will you let BOG have all your 2011 records for our recording area, (by whatever means), by 17 January 2012. Many thanks.
Stephen Lilley, Group Recorder.

Wednesday 7 December 2011

There are now 9 Gadwall at Knotford Nook.
Keith Moir

Tuesday 6 December 2011

Skipton Area - 2 Water Rail heard.
Shaun Radcliffe
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - female Smew
Rod Proctor

Monday 5 December 2011

Riddlesden Garden - first Brambling (male) of the winter for me, on the feeders , lets hope there are more to come.
Stephen Lilley

Chelker Res - 3 goldeneye male, 1 female

M Dawson

Sunday 4 December 2011

7 Gadwall and 120 Wigeon at Knotford Nook.
27 Wigeon and 1 Oystercatcher at Private Wetlands (permit holders only).
270 Golden Plover in Redcar Tarn fields.
Keith Moir
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail seen briefly, 3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

3rd December 2011

peregrine over st michaels rec( near town centre) carrying food being mobbed by a crow.

gs woodpecker at ladyhill park.

sparrowhawk at greenwood park with charm of goldfinch.

2 goosanders on chellow dean

A Robinson

Thursday 1 December 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail (heard), 4 Bullfinch, a few Siskin.
Shaun Radcliffe
3 Snow Buntings on Soil Hill. They flew high to the west at 10.50, and appeared to have left, but they apparently returned (no doubt unable to resist this delightful spot!), and were seen this afternoon. The previous day there - Jack Snipe.
Still masses of gulls in the Cullingworth fields (Haworth Rd.), but generally rather distant, and nothing special discovered yet, (but it must just be a matter of time).
Keith Moir

Monday 28 November 2011

Two parties of Waxwings flew over Caldene Fields to the S/W this morning with a possible 3rd flock dropping down to feed around the Tong area.
Martyn Priestley
Thruscross Reservoir - 2 Pochard, 160 Canada Geese, Kestrel, 35 lapwing, 40 Fieldfare.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 27 November 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Water Rail swimming & feeding in front of hide. Also recorded - Bullfinch, 2 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday continued

Nuthatch, 6 Long Tailed Tit, Low Wood Nature Reserve viewed from canal bank. Approximately 65 Fieldfare + a few Redwing in amongst in fields and hedgerows around Howden House, (nr Silsden), a Buzzard seen soaring over Jubilee Tower, (nr Steeton).
Graham Forsyth

26th November 2011

Soil Hill - Jack Snipe
news from Birdguides

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Nuthatch, male Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch,
3 Magpie, numerous Blue and Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blackbird,
Hedge Accentor, GtSptd Wdpkr, BHGull, Pheasant, Mallard,
Canada Goose

M Doveston

Thursday 24 November 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Goosander, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch.
Graham Forsyth

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Reva Hill area - 4 Snipe, Kestrel, 7 Pheasant, 35 R L Partridge & Red Kite.
Graincliffe Reservoir - 125 Mallard plus a Wigeon.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 22 November 2011

R.Aire from Railway Bridge to Saltaire - 62 Mallard, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Goosander, 18 Pied Wagtail near sewage works, 20 Siskin close to rowing club, Nuthatch calling & Treecreepr. A few Redwing seen.
Nick Tonge

Monday 21 November 2011

R. Aire, Ireland bridge, Bingley - 2 Dippers
On river near Wagon Lane - singing Dipper, Kingfisher. Close to railway bridge, 2 more Kingfishers & Little Grebe.
Shaun Radcliffe

19th November 2011

Grey Wagtail on house roofs on Beckfield Road, Cottingley

R Conderson

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Nuthatches visiting feeders, BHGulls on lake,
Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch

M Doveston

Thursday 17 November 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail (heard), Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting, 10 Siskin, 2 Goosander, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Silsden Floods -viewed from layby east of roundabout on A629.
2 Yellow-billed Swans, thought to be Bewick's, could have been there for a few days.

M Taunton

Waxwing Alert

Message received from Nick Tongue -
Thought this may be of interest, from someone on BirdForum (
AndrewF123, Monday 14/11/11: "Waxwings turned up in Skipton yesterday [Sunday 13/11/11] 10 days earlier than last year. Anybody else seen any? I expected the milder weather to delay their arrival."

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Water Rail was at Toad Holes Beck today, 2nd ever record! + 2 Brambling, 1 Common Teal, 5 Goosander, 1 Kingfisher
Martyn Priestley
On Tuesday, a Shelduck stayed briefly at Stockbridge Reserve (members only), seen in the morning but not there later in the day.
Graham Forsyth

Monday 14 November 2011

2 Goldcrest., Riddlesden. Holden swing bridge, near Silsden, approximately 100 Black-Headed and Common Gull in left hand fields, plus 2 Pied Wagtail. A Woodcock put up on footpath along top of Riddlesden Golf Links, plus a Nuthatch. Redwing and Fieldfare were conspicuous by their absence.
Graham Forsyth
Sconce Lane - 6 Grey Partridge, 2 Kestrel
Glovershaw - flock of 60 Lapwing wandering around in the mist plus 200 Starling.
Weecher Res - Red Kite
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded including Little Grebe, 2 Goosander on the lake, Water Rail, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, a few Fieldfare and Redwing plus Siskin. Singing Mistle Thrush.
Fred Drake et al.
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 19 Cormorant
Lindley Wood Reservoir: 67 Teal
Knotford Nook: 142 Wigeon; 3 Gadwall
Keith Moir

13th November 2011

St.Ives (in the morning fog)Little Grebe, Goosander, Redwing, Canada Goose,
Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Nuthatch, GSWdpkr, Jay
Treecreeper, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits, Bullfinch

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tits, BHGulls.

M Doveston

Friday 11 November 2011

Lindley Wood Reservoir - 9 Teal, 140 Mallard, 5 Cormorant plus Red Kite eating a very large trout on the edge of the shore.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 10 November 2011

Redcar Tarn fields - there were 100 Golden Plover and 460 Lapwing.
Keith Moir

Sunday 6th November 2011

Oxenhope Area - Gull Roost
Black-headed Gull 2500, Common Gull 500, Lesser Black-back Gull 10, Med Gull 1, Herring Gull/Yellow-legged Gull Sp 1.

Sunday 6 November 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 32 species including Water Rail, Bullfinch, Treecreeper, LTT, Reed Bunting & Sparrowhawk.
Fred Drake et al.

Riddlesden - Peregrine

Kex Gill - Peregrine

M Doveston

Silsden area - House Martin, Buzzard

T Hubball

Saturday 5 November 2011

Yeadon Tarn - 3 G C G (1 juv still striped), 4 Mute Swan, 17 Lapwing, 8 Tufted.
Knotford Nook - 90 Wigeon, 19 Tufted, 5 GCG (2 in winter plumage).
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - Little Grebe, 7 Teal, 30 Tufted, female Goldeneye, 7 Cormorant, Willow Tit & Bullfinch at feeders, 18 Curlew, Red Kite plus 300 Pinkfoot flying east.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Thursday 3 November 2011

River Aire at Saltaire 13:10-13:40 - 2 Goosander, Kingfisher.
Brown Trout jumping weir (as at Hirst weir on Sunday).
[plus Canada Goose, Mallard, Moorhen, BHG, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush (flock), Redwing (flock), Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Greenfinch, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow - but lots of disturbance from dogs and runners]
Nick Tongue
Snow Bunting on Soil Hill. (There were apparently 5 there yesterday).
Yellow-legged Gull at Cullingworth (Keighley Road fields).
Keith Moir

Monday 1 November 2011

Strid Woods - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (female)
Peter Laycock .
60 Mandarin Duck at same site.
Keith Moir

This weekend at Stockbridge Reserve

(members only site)
Saturday - Tawny Owl, male Blackcap, Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch
Sunday - Comorant, Water Rail, Bullfinch, 15 Pinkfoot flying east.
per Fred Drake et al.

30th October 2011

East Riddlesden Hall (10.30-12.00)
2 Nuthatch at feeders, 22 Greylag Geese over, Goosander,
30+BHGull in fields, 6 Siskin, flock of Long-tailed Tits,

Marley Playing Fields (15.00-16.00)
Long-tailed Tit flock, Jays, White-throated Dipper C.c.gularis
Goldcrests, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Redwing

M Doveston

Harold Park Lake, Low Moor - Black Swan

M Priestley

Thursday 27 October 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - included in the 34 species recorded - female Blackcap, a flock of 40 Siskin, 100 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing, 4 Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, 3 Song Thrush,
4 Goosanders & 2 GSW.
Fred Drake et al

Wednesday 26 October 2011

River Aire - 2 Dippers together just west (upstream) of Denso Marsden reserve - before you reach the rail bridge.One was likely to be the blackbellied bird reported before. Confiding to about 15feet and proper photographers would have had a field day.
Gus Robin
Denton Hall - 260 Curlew in 2 flocks in front of Hall in late afternoon.
John Flood

Monday 24th October 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon Moor.
A surprise Wheatear seen this afternoon on the wall that runs alongside the 11th fairway of Baildon Golf Course.
Paul King

Monday 24 October 2011

Strid Woods - 37 Mandarin Ducks (20 males, 17 females) in four groups – all on eastern bank - between Cavendish Pavilion and aqueduct.
9 Goosanders (over same stretch) including my first male of the autumn.
Flock of 40 Common Gulls on back road.
Several tit flocks.
John Flood

Sunday 23 October 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - amongst the 37 species recorded - Redpoll, 4 Goosander, GSW, Water Rail, Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, winter thrushes, Grey Wagtail, 4 Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al
Red Kite heading east over the village.
Nuthatch at feeders most of the day near East Ridds Hall
M Doveston
Glovershaw - Wheatear, 2 Kestrel, 300 Fieldfare feeding.
Sconce Lane area - Buzzard, 30 Lapwing, 10 Grey Partridge, Redpoll.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 22 October 2011

Cullingworth Fields early afternoon: Adult Yellow-legged Gull, as well as the 2nd-winter bird from yesterday.
Keith Moir

Friday 21 October 2011

Lower Barden Reservoir - one flock of 500 Fieldfare moved through heading towards Embsay direction. Also 2 Buzzard, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe
Yellow-legged Gull (2nd-winter) at Cullingworth fields (Keighley Road) early afternoon.
Adult Mediterranean Gull with about 1300 Black-headed Gulls in a roost this evening at members only reservoir.
Keith Moir

Thursday 20 October 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a quiet morning. Water Rail & Sparrowhawk recorded.
Graham Forsythe.
Rivock Plantation (also known as High Moor Plantation) - 42 Crossbill, 4 Redpoll, 20 Siskin, 10 Goldfinch.
Silsden Moor - 2 Buzzard
Mark Dawson

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Denton - 34 Curlew and a Lapwing in fields in front of Hall
Knotford Nook - Wigeon 26, Mute Swan 8, Tufted Duck 22, GCG 7, Moorhen 3, Coot 161.
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - Wigeon 21, GCG, Cormorant 14, Mute Swan 12, Tufted Duck 37, Moorhen 5, Coot 65 plus Willow Tit on feeder.
John Flood
Reva Hill area - 37 R L Partridge, 4 Snipe, Reed Bunting, Red Kite & Sparrowhawk over Hawksworth Moor. 6 Hares seen.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 17 October 2011

Ruff still at Cononley Ings this morning. Now with increased flock of around 1400 Lapwing.
Keith Moir

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail (possibly 2), Sparrowhawk, Bullfinch, Fieldfare, Redwing, GSW in the 29 species recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe
Strid Woods - 35 Mandarin Duck this afternoon.
Keith Moir

16th October 2011

Denholme Clough 0730-0930
Brambling 16, Redwing 65, Fieldfare 135, Siskin 31,
Redpoll 4, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch,
Woodpigeon 345, Herring Gull, LBBGull, Sparrowhawk,
Pied Wagtail 7, Meadow Pipit 3

Doe Park Res - water levels up;
Wigeon female, Cormorant 2, Sparrowhawk female,
Redwing, Fieldfare, 4 Jay

Ten Yards Lane, Harecroft/Thornton
male and female Wheatear showing characteristics of Greenland

East Riddlesden Hall & R.Aire walk
Kingfisher, Chiffchaff, BHgull 30+, Nuthatch
Siskin, Redpoll, Redwing, Greenfinch, Goldfinch

M Doveston

Saturday 15 October 2011

Cononley Ings were: Teal 150, Wigeon 73, Pintail 1, Ruff 1, Lapwing c950
Keith Moir
Over house in Bingley at 08.50 - 80 Pinkfoot flying S W
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 14th continued

Today's tally in a short watch at Denholme Clough (0840 to 1010 ) was:
Redwing 940 Fieldfare 1060

Keith Moir

Whetstone Gate -
 Red Kite, Kestrel, Little Owl, 30 Redwing plus shooters

Shaun Radcliffe

Caldene Fields - vis mig watch
Brent Goose >61 N, Pink footed Goose > 77 S/W
Canada Goose> 7 E, Mallard > 8 S/W
Lapwing > 5S, BH Gull > 81 S
Meadow Pipit > 5 S, Pied Wagtail > 35 W/ S/W
Jackdaw > 6 S/W, Carrion Crow > 3 S/W
Wood Pigeon > 144 S/W, Stock Dove > 1 W
Skylark > 2 S, Mistle Thrush > 2 S/W
Redwing > 29,371 S/S/W, Fieldfare > 3,604 S/S/W
Blackbird > 1 W, Song Thrush > 2 S
Starling > 403 > W/S/W, Greenfinch > 9 S/W
Chaffinch >  1 W/S/W, Siskin> 2S
Lesser Redpoll > 36S + 2 N =38
Brambling > 1 W, Goldfinch > 95 S + 3 N/W


Friday 14th October 2011

A Short-eared Owl was seen at dawn over Baildon Moor having been seen at dusk on the previous evening. A large mixed flock of 300 Fieldfare and Redwing flew over the moor from the Sconce direction into trees in the Crook Farm area where a flock of 30 Redwing had been seen earlier.  Six Grey Partridge were feeding in the field adjacent to Golcar Farm where five Lapwing had settled.

Thursday 13 October 2011

Three hours in Denholme Clough from 1040 produced:
Redwing 2050
Fieldfare 2630
Marsh Harrier 1 female
Swallow 1
Redpoll 3
Plus uncounted small parties of Greenfinch and Chaffinch.
Keith Moir

2 Swallow on 13/10 over Lidget Green


10th October 2011

Redcar Tarn - 2 Goosander.
P Croft

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 50 Redwing in two flocks, Siskin, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

9th October 2011

Denso Marstairs ReserveNo sign of the Black-bellied Dipper today as of 10am
Redwings passing through the reserve.

S Warrilow

Redcar Tarn
LBBGull, Common Gull, BHGull,
Goosander 9, Tufted Duck 6, Lapwing

M Doveston

8th October 2011

Denso Marstairs Reserve - Black-bellied Dipper
Seen on the reserve.

S Warrilow

South Bradford;
Park Dam this morning, adult Little Grebe still feeding quite small young birds. Great Crested Grebe young were in juvenile plumage. Frenzied feeding tit flocks were seen through Judy Woods, including 16 Long-tailed Tits one point. Hangers on included Coal Tit, Dunnock and Goldcrest. Noisy Jays numbered about 6. 5 Wren were also seen. . Drama unfurled near the wood edge as a female Sparrowhawk was harrassed by a team of fearless Jays and Magpies, it's persuers nearly being snatched on numerous occasions.

J Brass

East Riddlesden Hall
Nuthatch, 2 Bullfinch, 10+Long Tailed Tit, 3 Coal Tit,
10+Goldfinch, 4+Chaffinch
M Doveston

2nd October 2011

Redcar Tarn 0900
Golden Plover 10 in fields with 250 Lapwing
LBBGull, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull,
Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Tufted Duck,

M Doveston

1st October 2011

Any sightings you can be published here by emailing Mark D via his profile found in the left hand column.

Denholme Clough - Doe Park Reservoir 0710am
Meadow Pipit 470, Pied Wagtail 26, Grey Wagtail 3,
Swallow 41, House Martin 2, Skylark 1,
Siskin 43, Redpoll 11, Linnet 8, Chaffinch 30, Greenfinch 7,
Goldfinch 18, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting 3,
Chiffchaff 4+, Song Thrush 1, Mistle Thrush 4,
Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Green Wdpkr, GSWdpkr,
Crossbill 1+7 west, Lapwing 13, Goosander 6

M Doveston, J Roberts

30th September 2011

Good numbers of crossbills, goldfinches, goldcrests, coal tits, siskins plus 3 sparrowhawks Rivock plantation
M Dawson

For the next week please


Thursday 29 September 2011

A single large colourful Greenland type Wheatear at
Nab Water Lane this afternoon.
Brian Vickers

Strid/Cavendish Pavilion  Dipper, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, 12 Mandarin.

Nigel Ward

Tuesday 27 September 2011

Glovershaw - 3 Skylark
Birch Close area - 2 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, 3 Jays, Chiff-Chaff.
Sconce Lane area - Goldcrest, Sparrowhawk, 2 Redpoll, Siskin, Little Owl calling.
Golcar Farm - singing Chiff-Chaff.
Behind Glovershaw Farm - Little Owl. Distant views of Buzzard over Hawksworth Village.
Shaun Radcliffe

25th September 2011

Denholme Clough 0725-1045
Pintail approx 10 in a small flock heading SW
Swallows 150+. House Martins 50+, Meadow Pipits 195+,
Chiffchaff 20+, Blackcap 10+, Siskin 8+, Redpoll 4+,
Song Thrush 8+, Reed Buntings 6+, Green Woodpecker,
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Goldcrests, Long-tailed Tits,
Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches,
Linnet, Little Owl, Crossbill 1 north, Cormorant 6

M Doveston

Thursday 22 September 2011

A male Stonechat at Whetstone Gate this am.
Stephen Lilley
Bingley Town Centre - 100 plus House Martin feeding up above the river.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 20 September 2011

Bradup area - 3 Stonechat, 2 Little Owl, 2 Reed Bunting, Kestrel & Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe
Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope - 2 Wheatear, pair of Stonechat.
Brian Vickers

Monday 19 September 2011

Kingfisher recovery! On the River Aire from Bingley to Hirst Wood, recorded three different birds, at Myrtle Park, Wagon Lane stretch and Dowley Gap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch amongst the 31 species recorded.
Fred Drake
Glovershaw - 2 Wheatear.
Sconce Lane area - 3 Wheatear, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Kestrel plus Red Kite over Reva Hill & a Buzzard over East Morton.
Shaun Radcliffe

18th September 2011

45 species in Haverah Park this morning. A mixed tit flock in the wood below Beaver Dyke dam included 2 Goldcrests and a Marsh tit. Other birds in the area included 2 Buzzards, 5 Chiffchaff (3 singing),2 Treecreepers, 2 Tree sparrows, 3 House sparrows, 2 Siskin, and a day-flying (09.45am) Tawny owl in the plantation by Beaver Dyke Reservoir.

John O'Gaunts Reservoir

56 Mallard, 6 Teal, 6 Tufted duck, 2 Little grebe, 4 Coot,
2 Lapwing, and a Wheatear nearby.

Beaver Dyke Reservoir:
8 Mallard, 2 Cormorants, I Grey heron, and 2 Grey wagtails.
Scargill Reservoir:
29 Mallard, 2 Tufted duck, 3 Little grebe, 2 Lapwing
J Poland

East Riddlesden Hall - Blackcap
M Doveston

Saturday 17 September 2011

Barden Bridge area - 5 Buzzard, 3 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Wheatear,2 Green Woodpecker,
5 GSW, Dipper, flock of 70 Redpoll plus 30 Siskin, Chiff-Chaff calling, 40 House Martin, 50 Pied Wagtail around farm, 30 Goldfinch, 2 Goosander, numerous Nuthatch.
per BOG member's walk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough
Stonechat, Chiffchaff 8+, Blackcap 2+, Goldcrest 6+
Swallow 700+, Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail,
Redpoll 9, Reed Bunting 3, Bullfinch, GSWdpkr

Doe Park Res
Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Cormorant, LBBGulls, GHeron

M Doveston, K Moir

16th September 2011

Denholme Clough - Spotted Flycatcher

K Moir

Redcar Tarn - Great Crested Grebe

I Hargreaves

Thursday 15 September 2011

Bradup - 2 Stonechat, 2 Little Owl plus plenty of Swallows, Goldfinches & Meadow Pipits about. Whetstone - Merlin, Sparrowhawk, 5 Stonechat, Whinchat.
Shaun Radcliffe
Soil Hill: circa 350 Linnets, 10 Skylarks, 1 Redpoll.
Denholme Clough: circa 30 Chiffchaffs.
Keith Moir

Wednesday 14 September 2011

John O'Gaunt Res. - 2 Little Grebe, 2 Tufted, 6 Teal, Kestrel, 2 Grey Heron & Buzzard. Also a Blackcap feeding on elderberry. Plenty of Swallows & House Martins about.
Scargill Res.- 3 Little Grebe.
Scargill Pasture - Wheatear.
Stainburn Plantation- Hobby seen perched on the edge of the conifer wood plus 40 Siskin flock. As I came back to the car park I heard a bird singing or what can be described as twittering. It came from a small beech tree at the entrance to the car park where 4 male and a single female Crossbill were perched. Despite the brisk wind, good views were enjoyed.
Shaun Radcliffe
Barden Moor near lower reservoir house - Ring Ouzel
Frank Jones

13th September 2011

3 pairs of Wheatears, 2 stonechats on path walking passed Blackpots on silsden moor.

Also up to 70+ crossbills in Rivock plantation

M Dawson

Sunday 11 September 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - male Redstart, Kingfisher, House Martin, Swallow, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe
(Late news -September 8: Sandwich Tern at Warley Moor Reservoir at 6 p.m.)
Today -another bumper morning at Denholme Clough. Fairly quiet on arrival at 8.30, and 10 Chiffchaffs were located only with some difficulty. Then once again the floodgates opened. Between 9.15 and 9.30 a huge party of small passerines arrived and steadily moved through the bushes on the western side of the clough. These included Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits, but I was forced to ignore these and concentrate on the warblers, which comprised a countable 45 Chiffchaffs, including 16 in one bush. For all I know there could have been other birds in the other bushes behind me on the eastern side. Big numbers were present when I returned to the spot 45 minutes later, which I assumed to be part of the original fall, so didn't count. The morning's Chiffchaff total was therefore at least 55 birds.
The supporting cast comprised only a Redstart and a Blackcap.
Keith Moir

10th September 2011

Denholme CloughSwallow 758 sw-s-se, House Martin 18 s, Tree Pipit
Redpoll 2 s, Siskin 134 se, Goldfinch 11 se
Linnet 6 s, chaffinch 15 w-nw, grey wag 4 se
Meadow pipit 196 s-se, alba wag 1 s
stock dove 2 s, starling 18 w, curlew s
golden plover s, goosander 6 s
Doe Park Res
Cormorant, Common Sandpiper, Goldcrest,
Canada Geese, Bar-headed Goose, Mallards
Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Raven

S Johnson, M Doveston

Dipper on Manywells Beck over weekend.

D Ogden

Friday 9 September 2011

Glovershaw - 6 Wheatear, Whinchat. These birds were close to or on the golf course.
A disappointing morning with no other migrants besides Swallows after yesterdays stormy weather. Whilst walking around Glovershaw & Sconce Lane, a total of 22 Stock Dove flew past going south-west in ones & twos.
This evening at Horncliff Well, Rombalds Moor - 2 Wheatear.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 8 September 2011

Upwood Farm (just before the rain came) - 2 Yellow Wagtail
Bradup - 2 Little Owl
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher in front of hide, 2 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler & Sparrowhawk amongst 25 species recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe
I walked around both reservoirs earlier, in spite of the poor weather (for a change!).
Plenty of birds to look at though, I'm glad to report, including:-
Swinsty Res. -2 female Goosander, Common Sandpiper (1 or 2)
Fewston - Common Whitethroat plus a group of 3 Spotted Flycatcher & 3-4 Common Crossbill: and another in the car park. Also good numbers throughout of House Martin, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Siskin and Bullfinch.
40 species encountered altogether on the walk.
John Armstrong
Leeshaw Reservoir - at 13.30 an Osprey flew through being mobbed by gulls and went south.
Rod Proctor
Baildon Bank - with 50 House Martin, a Swift seen. A bird was noted there a few days ago so is it the same Swift?
Margaret & Peter Riley

Sunday 4th continued

Stockbridge (members only) - 10 Bullfinch attracted to Mountain Ash berries, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, 4 Jay.
Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough 0900-1030 - 6 species of warbler!
Willow Tit, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler 2,
Blackcap 10+, Chiffchaff 20+, Willow Warbler 2, Tree Pipit 2,
Siskin 21+, Swallows, House Martins, Meadow Pipits, Skylark 2,
Long-tailed Tit 30+, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Bullfinch 6+,
Green Woodpecker, Kestrel 2, Jays

M Doveston

North end of Thruscross Res.,male Marsh Harrier seen over Whit Moor from grid ref SE 138592 at 15 30 hours quartering edge of moor before leaving Westerly and seemed to drop down towards Rocking Moor. Also seen around reservoir were c100 Canada and c50 Greylag Geese,several parties of Pied Wag feeding along waters edge poss a total of 50 birds,c12 Meadow Pipits on moor and a single Curlew.Plenty of Coal and Blue tits calling in woodland.
P&C Seaman

4th September 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon
Another active day with five Wheatears and two Stonechats in the 'horse-field' alongside the Glen Road. Further along in the fields between Golcar Farm and the Golf Course, there were another four Wheatears and, sadly, one recently deceased bird found on the path. Also in the fields were two marauding flocks of Goldfinch containing 35 and 15 each, in addition to Grey Partridge and Pheasant with their broods.

Saturday 3 September 2011

Strid Woods
Male Kingfisher flew downstream under Barden Bridge and perched on a small bush south of and just below bridge before returning upstream
4/5 dippers between Barden Bridge and Cavendish including a bird singing and a very active pair flying round in close harmony.
Coney Warren
30+ Pied Wagtails including number of young, amassed around Home House Farm on Coney Warren -on the roof, in nearby fields amongst cows and on wires – going where?
1 female Yellow Wagtail amongst above flock.
~100 very active Swallows at Home House looking as though they would soon be going but with some very recently fledged birds around, still showing their gapes and pleading to be fed!
3 Buzzards on back road.
John Flood

Friday continued

Members only reservoir - 2nd summer Med Gull
Keith Moir
Redcar Tarn - 2 Egyptian Geese still there.
Harry Plunkett
Glovershaw, this afternoon - 2 Whinchat.
Sconce Lane area - 2 Wheatear, 5 Buzzard, Kestrel, Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 2nd September, 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon.
Four Wheatears in the 'horse-field' along the Glen Road at 8.30 am.

Thursday 1 September 2011

Bradup - 2 Little Owl & 9 Curlew.
Whetstone Allotments - Whitethroat, 3 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap & 3 Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 31 August 2011

Reva Hill area - 2 Wheatear, Buzzard, 10 Skylark, 2 Snipe, Grey Partridge with 5 young plus 2 Hares.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 30th August 2011

The Wheatear movement continues, with three in the 'horse-field' along the Glen Road and a five more feeding on the Golf course near the bottom of Birch Close Lane. A family of four Whitethroat and two juvenile Stonechats were on the ferns along the Glen Road. Two separate families of Grey Partridge were in the fields around Glovershaw and Golcar farms and a Snipe was seen sitting on a fence post.

Monday continued

Sunnydale Reservoir - 3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel plus a lonely Curlew.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 29th August 2011

An excellent morning despite the windy conditions. There were 8 Wheatears and 4 Whinchats in the area. Six of the Wheatears were in the 'horse-field' alongside the Glen Road accompanied by a couple of Whinchats and a pair of Grey Partridge occupied the longer grass with their brood. In the fields near Golcar Farm, two more Wheatear and another couple of Whinchats were feeding whilst a pair of Kestrels were active over the moorland fringe.

Sunday 28 August 2011

Weecher Res. - Redkite, also 3 birds at Leathley.
Peter Sutcliffe
Glovershaw - 7 Wheatear this afternoon feeding on the golf fairways, out of the wind.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 26 August 2011

Denholme Clough: yesterday - a Tree Pipit seen.
Today - again quiet up to 11.30, but suddenly everything happened, and within an hour the following came and went: Chiffchaff : 43 ( at one point there seemed to be 3 or 4 in every bush)Willow Warbler 6, a Redstart, Blackcap 6.
Keith Moir
A single post breeding flock of 56 Mistle Thrushes over Caldene Fields today, a very good count for me.
Martyn Priestley
Another Mistle thrush flock of 30 at Bingley Bog North.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 25 August 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Peregrine, 2 Sparrowhawk, 4 Whitethroat, male & female Blackcap, 3 Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Hollings Farm Haworth

Yesterday--Spotted Flycatcher

Today am -- Lots of Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail with 4 young, Juv. Blackbirds, Bullfinch, G S Woodpecker, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Swallows, one Siskin, 7 Pheasants, Dunnocks, Starlngs, Magpies, Wood Pigeons, Robin. Many young birds!
Feeding on Rowans, bird feeders, and lots of seed from Docks, Pampas Grass etc. 

Nigel Ward

Late news regarding moving migrants

Denholme Clough on 21 Aug - Whitethroat 7, Chiff-Chaff 30, Blackcap 4, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler plus 30 LTT.
Next day - Whinchat, Redstart 4, Chiff-Chaff 26, Spotted Flycatcher 3, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap & Lesser Whitethroat.
Keith Moir

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Stainburn Moor - 2 juv Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 4 Red Kite, Buzzard
John Poland
Chevin - Buzzard
Dave Pentelow

Monday 22nd August 2011

Birds moving through the area included 8 Wheatear and 4 Whinchat. Two of the Wheatears were in the 'horse-field" along the Glen Road, but the other Wheatears and the Whinchats were feeding closely together in the fields near Golcar Farm.

Monday 22 August 2011

Garden Tick? (Bingley) - against the blue, blue sky, this morning, a pair of Buzzards circled over the house and down the valley.
Bradup - juv Whinchat, Little Owl.
Whetstone - family of Stonechat, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 21 August 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Sparrowhawk, Garden Warbler, young Bullfinches, Kingfisher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Barden - Osprey (seen twice during the day - the second time very good views right overhead and being mobbed by a Peregrine!), Red Kite, 6+ Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 4+ Kestrels, Hobby, 2 Peregrines (including a huge juvenile female bird), Merlin (good view of Juvenile / Female bird).
Mark Fanshawe

Thursday 18 August 2011

Nab Water Lane -4 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat
Brian Vickers
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Kingfisher, 3 Juv Bullfinch with adult, Whitethroats, Chiff-Chaff singing, GSW, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Sedge Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 17th August 2011

On a bright morning, five Wheatears were in the fields to the east of Golcar Farm. A family of 12 Grey Partridge (two adults and 10 juveniles) emerged from the long grass at the bottom of Birch Close Lane and a "charm" of 30 or so Goldfinch attacked the thistles.

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Below Weecher Res. - 2 Wheatear, Whinchat, 2 Stock Dove, pair of Grey Partridge with 2 juvs, plus 4 hares.
Sconce Lane - Whitethroat, Little Owl with 2 juvs, male Redstart, Willow Warblers.
Baildon Moor - 2 Carrion Crows mobbing toy glider!
Shaun Radcliffe
Wheaters - 7 Fly Flatts, 4 Nab Water Lane,
Barden Scale - Osprey, Peregrine, Red Kite, Hobby, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzards, Ravens.
Brian Vickers

Monday 15 August 2011

Barden -Osprey showed 3 times 11.30 to 15.45, last sighting with a fish, flying round with it for at least 20 minutes. Probably same bird was seen Saturday and Sunday. 2 Hobby were seen together several times catching insects, up to 5 Buzzard and 5 Raven.
Alan Tremethick

Sunday 14 August 2011

Stockbridge Reserve -(members only) - 3 Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff with a few Swifts passing west. 33 species recorded. Aire valley appears full of House Martin.
Shaun Radcliffe

13th August 2011

Leeshaw Area – about 30 linnets, mostly juveniles; 4 little owls, 2 adults and young;
130+ woodpigeon with 50+ jackdaw.

A Greenwood

12th August 2011

Hawksworth Area - 2 Red Kites
A Greenwood

6th August 2011

South Bradford area;
Park Dam; 2 swift, numerous swallows, 6 house martins (3 were seen mobbing a sparrowhawk over the estate), 37 canada geese, 3 juv & 2 adult little grebes, pair mute swan, pair of great crested grebe have successfully bred here with x 4 young, also a juvenile of this species.
Through Judy Woods nuthatch were heard, 2 x great spotted woodpecker.

Buzzard were heard with 1 confirmed sighting above Norwood Green.

J Brass

2nd August 2011

John O' Gaunt's this am.
Little Egret still present, but had 6 Greenshank (SIX) together, most I've ever had in BOG.
They flew from the far bank down over Beaver Dyke - couldn't relocate them there
J Topham


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Sunday 31 July 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Sedge Warbler bringing food to fledged young, brief reeling from Grasshopper Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler feeding a juvenile.
Gropper started up during a noisy session's work on the hide. Bullfinch & thrushes moving in to eat the bright red berries on mountain ash.
Also Common Blue seen.
Shaun Radcliffe

John O’Gaunts
Little Egret again - feeding along edges for the three hours I was in the area in the early morning

2 snipe showing well on the water’s edge, 1 little grebe

2 tree sparrows and 1 male siskin around feeders at lodge at bottom of reservoir

Scargill (rather quiet)
Common gulls (4) back

J Flood

Little Egret was at Beaverdyke Reservoir this afternoon.
J Poland

East Riddlesden - male and female Peregrine

M Doveston

Redcar Tarn - adult Med Gull. 2 also seen yesterday on Yeadon Tarn.
Keith Moir


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Thursday 28 July 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -Peregrine visited and swooped unsuccessfully at a perched Black-headed Gull. Reed Warbler seen in front of hide. Also Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat & Blackcap recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 27 July

Glovershaw - 2 families of Grey Partridge each with 2 chicks, 2 Stock Dove.
Birch Close Lane - Wheatear, flock of 30 Greenfinch ground feeding on horse track, 5 Stock Dove.
Below Weecher Reservoir - RLP with 2 chicks
Sconce Lane - 3 Stock Dove, plenty of Willow Warblers, 2 newly fledged Little Owls.
In the evening, Rombalds Moor - Hobby.
Shaun Radcliffe


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Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 24 July 2011

Whetstone Gate area - adult Wheatear with 4 juvs, plus another juv nearby.
Below Street Lane on Riddlesden Road - juv Spotted Flycatcher.
Margaret & Peter Riley.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 40 species recorded this morning. Swifts circling & screaming in groups of 20. In front of hide - Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Whitethroat along with tits & finches. Sparrowhawk visited twice and Sedge Warbler seen. Also influx of Jays with 9 birds today.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday continued

Barden Scale - Med Gull flying towards the Barden Reservoirs.
Brian Vickers

Saturday 23rd July 2011

Oxenhope Area - 152 Lesser Black-back Gulls, 34 BHG, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Stockdove, 1 Peregrine and a good movement of more than 50 Swifts heading NW between 8.00-9.30am.

Thursday 21 July 2011

Little Egret - feeding at western end of Beaverdyke Reservoir at 0930. When flushed it flew on to John O'Gaunts and was still there at 1000 as I was leaving.
2 Little Grebe (it looks as though they like to gather at the 3 reservoirs at the end of the season – there were 5 there last year)
1 male Redstart with juvenile
1 Little Owl on ruined building on northern side of reservoir
Scargill Reservoir (rather quiet)
20 – 30 Swallows hunting low over fields below reservoir plus few over each reservoir - looking very end-of-seasonish.
Also - Ilkley Lido (early morning)
6 Herons and 3 Oystercatchers on field in front of lido
John Flood

Its that bird again!

Norwood Bottom :- Little Egret in dead tree then feeding in river until disturbed by dog walker, it then flew up the valley.
Ernie Scarfe

Tuesday 19 July 2011

John O Gaunts - 1 Redstart, 1 pair Common Sandpiper, 1 pair Chiff-Chaff, 1 Little Owl, 1 Ringed Plover, 2 pair of Tufted Ducks with young, and a family of Pied Wagtails - while the crossing bridge between John o Gaunts and Beaverdyke a Little Egret flew down on Beaverdyke fed for about 2 mins the flew back up res.
Malc & Fran Stones

18th July 2011

 about 25 swifts hawking over Bingley town centre 7.00 p.m.

A Josephs

Sunday 17 July 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Kingfisher, 2 young Sedge & Reed Warblers,
6 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Peregrine, juv Bullfinch with adults, Willow Warbler.
Fred Drake

Wednesday 13 July 2011

Reva Hill area - Redshank still on breeding ground agitated, 2 Snipe, 4 Linnet plus Peregrine flew through. 3 adult hares & leveret seen.
Two days earlier had a post breeding flock of 120 Lapwing at Weecher Reservoir so species doing well here.
An evening visit to the edge of Rombalds Moor produced a Kestrel carrying prey at Reva, another hunting next to Graincliffe Reservoir & a young Redstart in Cabin Hill Wood, also near Graincliffe. Finally, a juvenile Little Owl was seen in Walsh Lane, above Eldwick.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 11 July 2011

John O’Gaunts Reservoir - 2 Lapwings and 2 Lapwing chicks, 2 Common Sandpiper
10 Coot including 1 pair with 1 young and 1 pair with bird still on nest
2 female Tufted Duck each with 3 juveniles, 1 and probably 2 male Redstart
Beaverdyke Reservoir - Tight flock of ~45 curlew over twice – the fields below Scargill were a assembly area last year for the species before they headed off.
Kex Gill - 2 female Tufted ducks with 5 and 2 juveniles
John Flood

Edge of Baildon Moor - male Whinchat in bracken, appeared on its own. 6 singing male Reed Bunting, plenty of Willow Warbler, some carrying food. 3 Stock Dove. Small groups of Linnet.
Weecher Reservoir - post breeding flock of 120 Lapwing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Lower Barden Reservoir -at least 8 Whinchat together, possibly 2 family group?, on track up to lower reservoir.
Alan Tremethick

6 crossbill over Hawksworth common

R Wilkinson

Sunday 10 July 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - amongst the 41 species recorded - many young Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, pair of Bullfinch with juv, Sedge & Reed Warbler, Kingfisher, adult & young Blackcap & Whitethroat, young Reed Bunting, 2 Peregrine.
The numbers of young birds would indicate a good breeding year.

Two female/juv Redstarts along the wall opposite Whetstone Quarry (also male Stonechat)

I Hargreaves

9th July 2011

Redcar Tarn - 5 Shoveler this morning.

I Hargreaves

Friday 8 July 2011

Bingley Bog North - male Lesser Spotted seen briefly from 3 rise locks overlooking old allotments. Bird flew from elderberry bush to apple tree giving brief but good view. Then moved into dense tree area. Also Sedge Warbler singing from bush amongst wetland area in field nearest to 5 rise locks.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 7 July 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sedge Warbler feeding nestlings, plenty of Blackcaps, Chiff-Chaff, juv Willow Warbler, Whitethroat.
Washburn Valley - LRP plus 3 young.
Shaun Radcliffe
High Royds Hospital, Menston - Little Egret at 08.10, mobbed by Kestrel.
Lester Ward

6th July 2011

Ilkley - Oystercatcher opposite the Lido

T Brennan

Tuesday 5 July 2011

Warley Moor Reservoir ( Fly Flatts Res ) - Common Scoter 27, ( On the water at 0730 ),
Snipe 2.
Brian Vickers, Rod Proctor & Keith Moir

Monday 4 July 2011

Warley Moor Reservoir ( Fly Flatts ) -Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper 2, Dunlin 3, Wheatear ( Juveniles ) 2. Redshank 4
Brian Vickers

Sunday 3 July 2011

Whetstone Gate - early signs of migration movement - juvenile Redstart on wall.
Upwood Farm Wood - pair of Spotted Flycatchers, one bird carrying nesting material.
Margaret & Peter Riley.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sedge Warbler singing in flight, Reed Warbler, young Garden Warblers, Brown & Blackcaps, Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff.
Whetstone Gate - pair of Stonechat. Could not find Whinchat.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 2 July 2011

Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts) - Dunlin 5, Little Ringed Plover, Juv Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper 2, Redshank 2.
Barden Scale -Crossbill 60+.
Brian Vickers

1st July 2011

Pair of Little owls feeding young, Kestrels feeding two young,Green woodpecker all seen in the Aire Valley Silsden.

M Dawson

Thursday 30 June 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - many young birds on site. The raspberry patch attracted Blackcap and Garden Warbler. Feeder and willows held Goldfinch, GSW, Bullfinch, Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaffs and a Siskin along with many of the tit family. It looks to be a good breeding year here.
Sedge Warbler was heard briefly.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 27 June 2011

Warley Moor Res (also known as Fly Flatts) - this afternoon at 16.20, 2 Ruff in breeding plumage.
Keith Moir

Sunday 26 June 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - this morning, 39 species recorded including - Peregrine, both Reed & Sedge Warbler, Kingfisher (back again), Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff & Blackcap, some visiting rasp patch next to the hide.
Previous day - Cuckoo perched on wall in front of hide - per Fred Drake.
Shaun Radcliffe

Riddlesden - PM
Adult Peregrine with prey and begging immature overhead.

M Doveston

Tuesday 21 June 2011

Bingley Bog North - singing Sedge Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 20 June 2011

Whetstone Allotments - male Whinchat in full song. This time I located the bird which was not difficult as it was perched on a small Mountain Ash at the side of the road.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday & Wednesday 14 & 15 June 2011

Birds seen mid-week in the Timble Ings area
Woodcock (several), Kestrel, singing Grasshopper Warbler, Cuckoo calling.
Tree Pipit displaying, Goldcrest 6, Siskin, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff 6, Chaffinch 10,
Coal Tit 6, Swallow 25
Phillip Taylor, Pete & Chris Seaman

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Sunday 12 June 2011

White Wells area - Ilkley Moor - Tree Pipit, Blackcap, Siskin, Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Cuckoo heard plus 6 Crossbill flew out of pines.
John Armstrong
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Whitethroat with 4 young out, Bullfinch, 2 Stock Dove, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap but no sign of Reed Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 10 June 2011

Thackley - An evening walk around the edges of Poggy Wood, Dawson Wood and adjoining farmland produced regular fly-overs from a roding Woodcock, noisy calls of at least 2 Little Owl, and calling Tawny Owl.

C Pottle

Thursday 9 June 2011

2 juvenile Spotted Flycatchers sat in road at Goose Eye, near Keighley. Eventually I got them to fly back into wood, but they seemed happy sat in middle of busy road.
Peter Rollins.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - juvenile Coal Tit, Blackcap feeding nestlings, plenty of Whitethroat about in family units, juvenile Reed Buntings.
Fred Drake

Monday 6 June 2011

Barden Bridge to Strid - Good numbers of Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap feeding young as well as Treecreeper and Nuthatch with young near toilet block.Also seen,Wood Warbler,Garden Warbler Spotted Flycatcher and all the usual tits.Very little on river apart from Grey Wagtails and single Dipper.
Pete & Chris Seaman

Sunday 5 June 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 36 species recorded this morning including - Whitethroat with young, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler with young, Reed Bunting & young, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, GSW, Bullfinch, a dozen fledged Greenfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 4 June 2011

Above Sunnydale Reservoir - Cuckoo seen.
High Moor Plantation - pair of Willow Warblers feeding young at nest.
Shipley Railway Station - singing Whitethroat.

Shaun Radcliffe

Garden Warbler x3 males, Whitethroat, Wood Warbler,
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Crossbill,
Nuthatch, Treecreeper, GSWdpkr, lots of young birds about

M Doveston

Friday 3rd June 2011

Stainburn Plantation
Four pairs of Tree Pipit, at least four birds seen carrying food and a Stonechat, nearby on the roadside.

Wednesday 1 June 2011

Birds seen today at Strid Wood - Greylag Geese 4 with 1 Gosling - Mallards with ducklings - Goosander female with 5 young - Oystercatcher 6 - Curlew - Common Sandpipers 2 - Kingfisher 1 - Gt Spot Woodpecker 1 - Sandmartins numerous - Swallows 10 - Pied Wagtail 2 - Grey Wagtail 1 - Redstarts male & female feeding young -Song Thrush feeding fledgling - Garden Warbler - Blackcaps 2 - Willow Warbler - Chiff-Chaff -Pied Flycatchers 4 singing Male & Female feeding young - Long T.T's - Treecreeper numerous - Dipper 1 - Wood Warblers - 3 Calling 1 with food feeding young - 1 Female Mandarin Duck

Whetstone Gate 16.00 - Male & Female Stonechat feeding 2 young in Quarry - Meadowpipits - Swifts - Red Grouse

Malc & Fran Stones

Tuesday 31 May 2011

Reva Hill area - 2 pair of Redshank plus 2 young, 36 Lapwing plus 7 chicks,8 Curlew, 9 Skylark, Kestrel, 2 Oyks, 4 Golden Plover, 4 Linnet, Grey Partridge plus 3 hares.
Whetstone Allotments - Whinchat sang briefly, could locate it.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 27 May 2011

Two Sandwich Terns flew up the Washburn Valley, calling loudly, over Thruscross dam wall and across the res. at about 11.45
I checked the res later, but couldn't relocate them.
John Topham

Thursday 26 May 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat family are out, Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcaps.
Canal side near Low Wood, Riddlesden - adults entering nest sites - Chiff-Chaff, Garden Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe
Norwood Bottom (LW Bridge to FH Wood)
Unusually for Washburn ~20 Sand Martins above bridge with several seen entering holes in bank of river exposed by low water level.
Families of Treecreepers and Siskin in trees near Dob Park Bridge.
10 adult Blackcap, mostly below Dob Park Bridge; there were 2 locations with adults feeding young.
Spotted Flycatcher near Dob Park Bridge (Ken Limb).
Male Bullfinch and young Robin near Dob Park Bridge
Still numbers of singing Chiff-Chaff and Willow Warblers.
John Flood

Saturday 21 May 2011

Ogden Reservoir - 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Common Sandpiper, Tree Pipit were the highlights of BOG members walk, (not to mention foto shot of Orange-tip!)
Shaun Radcliffe
Visited Fly Flatts early to beat the dog walkers and wind surfers, the following waders present at the northern end of the reservoir - Ringed Plover 22, Dunlin 4, Sanderling 2, Redshank 3, Oystercatcher 2.
Brian Vickers

Friday 20 May 2011

On our way back from Whestone Gate we stopped at UPWOOD FARM wood and found two Spotted Flycatchers by the house down the lane, they were very active, no chats found at Whestone only Meadow Pipits and Red Grouse, time was 11.00 am
Malc & Fran Stones
Leeshaw Reservoir - 1 Sanderling
Brian Vickers

Wednesday 18 May 2011

Sconce Lane area - evening walk produced 2 Wheatear in Birch Close Lane, Redshank at Weecher Reservoir, Grey Partridge & Cuckoo seen and calling close to the scout camp.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Fly Flatts Reservoir - flock of 19 Dunlin, a Redshank plus passage influx of 6 Ringed Plover.
Rod Proctor
Timble Ings - 4 Crossbill. On path leading to Ellercarr Pike - Grasshopper Warbler.
John Armstrong

Sunday 15 May 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - despite cold, windy conditions, 33 species recorded including - Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Sparrowhawk, Whitethroat along with LTT & Greenfinch juvs.
Shaun Radcliffe

14th May 2011

St.Ives 0730-10.00
Pied Flycatcher male still singing near the Monk's Pond.
Wood Warblers singing in Racecourse Plantation.
Garden Warblers at the Pylon Fields and old kennels.

M Doveston, J Roberts


A male Rock Bunting was photographed near Bolton Abbey last Sunday.

I have no further details......

Wednesday 11 May 2011

Whetstone Gate - pair of Stonechat, Wheatear. No sign of Whinchat yet. Two pairs of Lapwings appear to have bred on the moor that was badly affected by fire a few years ago.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 9 May 2011

Reva Hill area - 3 Redshank, 2 Stock Dove, 4 Snipe, 10 Skylark, 2 Grey Partridge both with a chick plus 48 adult Lapwing, some with chicks, Little Owl & distant Cuckoo heard.
Bingley - opposite grammar school - singing Sedge Warbler in bramble patch.
Bingley - Ireland Bridge - pair of Dipper nest building on weir area.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 8 May 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -
Grasshopper Warbler briefly heard, Sedge & Reed Warbler,
Whitethroats, Bullfinch, Swifts.

Margaret & Peter Riley

East Riddlesden Hall
12+Swifts, several House Martins, Swallow, Sand Martin
2 Chiffchaff, 3+Blackcap, Jay, Bullfinch, BHGulls

M Doveston

7th May 2011

St.Ives 07.30-10.00
2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Wood Warbler, Chiffchaffs,
Willow Warblers, Blackcaps, Green Woodpecker, GSWdpkr,
Swallow, Nuthatches, Treecreeper, Jay, Bullfinch

M Doveston, J Roberts

Thursday 5 May 2011

Barden Bridge - Strid - Cavendish area - 2 male Mandarin, 4 Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, 14 Dipper seen, singing birds - 4 Redstart, 5 Wood Warbler, 15 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Garden Warbler. Cuckoo, Green Woodpecker heard.

Barden Moor & Reservoirs - access suspended due to high fire risk.
John Armstrong

Aire Valley - 4 Buzzards.
Mark Dawson

Wednesday 4th May 2011

Oxenhope Area - 2 Sanderling and White Wagtail

Wednesday 4 May 2011

Rombalds Moor - At 7.30 this morning 5 Dotterel. Take Dick Hudson path and 200 yards short of Twelve Apostles, birds were feeding on left side and very close to path.
Julia & Shaun Radcliffe
Further report at 11.30 by Simon Goodwin - says the birds have gone.

Rombalds Moor - Nab End Area - 2 Wheatear, 2 Stock Dove, Kestrel, Cuckoo.
Fields above Addingham Moorside - 2 Cuckoo, 2 Ring Ouzel
Fred Drake

Tuesday 3 May 2011

Scargill Pasture - 3 Wheatear, 3 Stock Dove.
Scargill Reservoir - Common Sandpiper, Redshank, 3 Tufted Duck.
John o'Gaunt Reservoir - 4 Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, 8 Tufted Duck, Redshank.
Also seen in the area - pair of Raven, 5 Tree Sparrow (pair mating), 3 more Redstart, 2 GSW.
Shaun Radcliffe
Purple Heron flew & drifted N over East Otley from Chevin @ c12:15.
Theo Keuchel

Monday 2nd May 2011

Barden Bridge to Strid Woods - All the usual common woodland species + Garden Warbler (2), Pied Flycatcher (9), Wood Warbler (4 singing males), Blackcap (11), Mandarin (2 males), Kingfisher (1), Common Sandpiper (3) and Dipper (4).

2nd May 2011

Storiths Road overlooking the Strid - short walk 0845am
Singing birds; 3 Redstarts, Garden Warbler, numerous Blackcap, numerous Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, Wood Warbler heard in the woods below,
Also; Green Woodpecker, Red-legged Partridge, Redpolls, Siskin, Swallows

Darley (very northern part of BOG area) -
Brambling, Kestrel, Swallows, Curlew, Lapwing
Washburndale - 3 Buzzards

M Doveston

Sunday 1st May, 2011

Glovershaw and Baildon Moor.
5 pairs of Grey Partridge have been located, each of them in the vicinity of the farms. Of the 15 pairs of Lapwing in the Glovershaw area, six have been seen with a total of 19 chicks, although one pair, which had three on Thursday, appears to have lost them to the marauding crows. A Whitethroat was seen on the Glen Road, but there was no sign of any Yellowhammers.

Sunday 1 May 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 41 species recorded including House Martin, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch. Mute Swans eggs have gone.
Whetstone Allotments - pair of Stonechat plus Lapwing chick at Bradup.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 30 April 2011

Lesser Whitethroat in full song at Caldene Fields (a new bird ).
Martyn Priestley

Lindley Wood Res to Norwood - Willow Warbler - 6 calling males, (with the female seen begging for food), Chiffchaff 7,Blackcap - 2 males, Garden Warbler calling, Redstart - 2 pairs, including one female taking food into a nest cavity in a wall, Pied Flycatcher pair - with the female taking food into nestbox.
Nick Tonge

Silsden Moor - Little Owl, 2 pair of Linnet, Green Woodpecker.

Beck Road Keighley - Dipper, Blackcaps & Bullfinches.
Mark Dawson

St.Ives - Pied Flycatcher still at Monk's Pond in Cuckoo Nest
J Varley

Friday 29 April 2011

Strid Woods -Seems quite probable there were 3 singing Wood Warblers along eastern footpath: 1 seen and heard 50 to 100 yds north of Strid, ditto for bird which has been seen before around seat 100 yds south of Strid and another heard 100 yds south of stone shelter.
Also 4 male Pied Flycatchers and 3 Blackcaps along eastern path.
On back road, 4 Redstarts near Laund House and 11 Willow Warblers in woods including one carrying food.
John Flood

Barden Scale - 2 Swift
Brian Vickers

Leeming Reservoir - Rock Pipit
Keith Moir

Thursday 28 April 2011

Silsden Reservoir -Spotted Redshank in summer plumage (near the water tower, saw it with a Common Redshank.) Also Common Swift there.
Martin Taunton

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 2 Garden Warblers (singing above traffic noise) – one of them showing well.
John Flood

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Rombalds Moor - male Wheatear at Ashlar Chair, two females close to twelve apostles.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 25 April 2011

Glorious male Whinchat near bridge, Bradup.
Simon Goodwin
Barden Bridge to Howgill
Group of 5 Mandarin – 1 pair, 3 males
Pair of Kingfishers (I suspect they may be nesting in bank near one of sand martin colonies?)
Very noisy conflict between 3 Common Sandpipers (with 6 over stretch)
Two very large and active Sand Martin colonies
John Flood

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - included in the 37 species recorded - Sedge Warbler,
Garden Warbler, 6 Whitethroat, pair of Bullfinch at feeder.
Bradup - 4 pair of Linnet, Snipe with 2 chicks, Redshank plus distant call of Cuckoo over on Bingley Moor somewhere.
Shaun Radcliffe
Caldene Fields next to Toads Hole Beck Nature Reserve - this morning, singing Lesser Whitethroat.
Martyn Priestley

24th April 2011

St.Ives 0700-1000
Cuckoo, Pied Flycatcher (Monk Pond),
Wood Warbler x2 males singing in Racecourse Plantation
Garden Warbler (dis-used kennels), Fieldfare x1
Lots of Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers,
Green Woodpecker

M Doveston

Saturday continued

House Martins above Bingley Garden.Also visiting M & F Bullfinch,Mistle & Song Thrush Blackcap & Nuthatch.
Jay, Wren & Blackbird nesting.
Paul Croft.
House Martins also at Toads Hole Beck Reserve along with Blackcap, Little Grebe, Whitethroat, Bullfinch, Willow Warbler & Chiff-Chaff. Thanks to Martyn Priestley for showing us around.
Shaun Radcliffe

23rd April 2011

St.Ives 08.30-10.45
Wood Warbler singing at Racecourse Plantation,
Several Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap

M Doveston, S Crabtree

Friday 22 April 2011

Private Wetland (permit holders only) - 3 Whimbrel. The birds flew in and settled for some time. They then flew off when disturbed by another activity on site.
Keith Moir
Strid Woods am, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler, Pied Flycatchers, Blackcap,
Willow Warbler, Green & Gt Spotted Woodpeckers, Dipper.
Brian Vickers
Coldstone Beck - Cuckoo
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Garden Warbler, Kingfisher.
Oldfield - 2 Little Owl
Fred Drake

Thursday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch amongst 24 species recorded.
On a walk to the reserve, at Sandbeds, a flock of at least 20 Waxwing flew over, low, going north. This evening at Glovershaw - 4 drumming Snipe, 2 Grey Partridge plus a hovering Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday continued

Sconce Lane - Marsh Harrier passing through.
Ruth Porter
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Cuckoo
Ian Hargreaves

Thursday 21 April 2011

Bradup - Redshank & at nearby Rough Holden, Linnet.
Nick Tonge.

Wednesday continued

Over Silsden in the afternoon - Common Crane, also Cuckoo at nearby Nab End.
Garry Leeming
Leeshaw Reservoir - Yellow Wagtail.
Ian Hargreaves

Wednesday continued

Strid Wood :- male Mandarin Duck, 8 Pied Flycatcher including 2 females, Common Sandpiper, Wood Warbler, 4 Dipper & a Grey Wagtail.
Ernie Scarfe

Wednesday continued

Lindley Wood area -At least 12 Redstarts, male/female Pied Flycatcher another male in Folly Hall Wood, Garden Warbler singing and very active, Green Woodpecker at top of tree yaffling plenty of Willow Warblers, Chiff-Chaffs, Blackcaps and 2 Female Goosanders
Malc & Fran Stones

Wednesday 20 April 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat, female Redpoll.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday continued

Rawdon, Woodlands Drive - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker drumming.
Gus Robin

Tuesday continued

Reva Hill area - 3 Snipe, 8 Golden Plover, Wheatear, Redshank, 12 Skylark, 35 Lapwing. Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday continued

Coldstone Beck, Burley Woodhead - Ring Ouzel, 3 Wheatear, Willow Warblers. - Margaret & Peter Riley, Julia & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Kex Gill - 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, 2 pair of Teal, pair of Tufted Duck
2 pairs Greylag with 5 and 7 goslings plus Cuckoo heard from direction of Low Dam (below Thruscross. John Flood

Monday continued

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - Whimbrel, Common Tern and Reed Warbler. Only the tern was seen unfortunately, others heard. Probably just singles of each. Other migrants incl Sand Martin, Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff. Also good numbers of Oystercatcher, 3 Redshank, Sparrowhawk and Jay. Butterflies: lots of Peacock and Orange Tip, the odd Comma John Armstrong

Monday 18 April 2011

Cuckoo at Coldstone Beck, Burley Woodhead - Simon Goodwin

Sunday 17 April 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - no new migrants today but 35 species recorded including - Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, pair of Siskin plus female Goosander still entering nest box. Moorhen with 4 chicks. Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 16th April

Fly Flatts - Twite at usual place (3M+2F, non were colour ringed)

Friday continued

Wilsden, Birchlands Avenue this morning -
2 House Martin.
 Malc & Fran Stones

Friday 15 April 2011

Bingley, main car park behind Co-op - 12 Waxwings this morning. Julia Radcliffe

Thursday continued

Ilkley Moor - Marsh Harrier on passage plus Raven John Topham

Thursday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -Water Rail still here. On canal nearby at Low Wood, Chiff-Chaff nest building. Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 14 April 2011

Farnley Wood :- 12 Brambling, the males in very smart breeding plumage, high in canopy feeding on Larch cones, male Mandarin, 2 Little Grebe singing, Swan on nest, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap. Ernie Scarfe

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Glovershaw - 6 Wheatears, pair of Stonechat off Hawksworth Road area. Nick Tonge

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Bradup - Redshank, 3 Wheatears. Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 11 April 2011

Shipley - 7 Waxwings in the park behind Asda. Casper Pottle

Sunday continued

Trough Lane Oxenhope - 4 Wheatear Steve Parkes

Sunday continued

Strid – from Barden Bridge through to woods and return. 3 Common Sandpiper, Dipper by nest, Goosander (3 males, 1 female) plus many other species. David & Helen Kidman

10th April 2011

St.Ives 0700-0900
Cream-crown Marsh Harrier 0715 heading ENE.
7+Blackcap, 6+Willow Warbler, 5+Chiffchaff
plenty of Jays, Nuthatches, 3 Treecreepers in one tree
18+Redpoll, 10+GSWdpkr

Marley - R.Aire - 20-30 Sand Martins

East Riddlesden Hall
2+Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Sand Martins
Jays, Bullfinches

M Doveston

Saturday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - this morning: 30 species including: Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Brambling (female), Goosander, Oystercatcher, 2 Mute Swan, Teal (2 flypast), Bullfinch (pr), Reed Bunting (pr), Blackcap (heard). David & Helen Kidman

Saturday 9th April, 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon
A male Yellowhammer was singing from the bracken, close to the point where the Glen Road meets the track from Crook Farm caravan park.

9th April 2011

East Riddlesden Hall
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, GSWdpkr drumming

M Doveston

Redstart male, Blackcap, numerous Willow Warbler,

I Hargreaves

Friday 8th April 2011

There were 11 Wheatears feeding at the bottom of Birch Close Lane and 20 Golden Plovers in the field by the side of Glovershaw Lane.

Thursday continued

Fly flatts Reservoir - 5 Twite, White Wagtail Malcolm & Fran Stones

Thursday (continued)

Thruscross Res - Ring Ouzel below the reservoir, Redstart in trees at the top end. Dave Parker

Thursday 7 April 2011

Northcliffe Park - single House Martin - Casper Pottle.

Wednesday 6th April 2011

Baildon Moor
A much pleasanter, warmer day had encouraged three Willow Warblers to sing from various locations and two Swallows raced by. A solitary male Wheatear was near Birch Close Lane and 31 Golden Plovers occupied their usual patch whilst Snipe displayed and called.

5th April 2011

male Brambling in Oxenhope garden

H Creber

Monday 4 April 2011

Strid Woods - Kingfisher, pair of Dippers, male & female Mandarin Duck, 10 Swallows, 7 Sand Martins, Pair of Nuthatch building a nest, female and 2 male Goosanders, 20 Fieldfare, 2 Oystercatchers. Malc & Fran Stones

Sunday continued

Trough Lane - 11 Wheatears, Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheaters, Leeshaw Res. - 2 Swallow. Brian Vickers

Sunday continued

Washburn Valley - Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 10 Chiff-Chaff, pair of Tawnys observed. Mike Bloomfield

Sunday 3 April 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -
Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Swallow, numerous Sand Martin, 3 Brambling.
Shaun Radcliffe

By River Wharfe, Ben Rhydding to Ilkley, north side from Denton Bridge:
Dipper at Denton Bridge, Grey Wagtail and Goldfinch on bank just east of bridge. Approx 15 Sand Martins flying above Denton Road just east of junction with Carter’s Lane 1015 – 1025 hrs. Oystercatcher and 4 curlews in field on north side of road, just west of Denton Bridge Female Lapwing in long grass in field just west of junction with Carter’s Lane. Kestrel above lower part of Middleton Woods. Chiffchaffs in abundance. 3 Grey Wagtails together on bank, north side of river, by south-side footpath 100 yds east of suspension bridge.
D&H Kidman

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, GSWdpkr drumming, Sparrowhawk
 M Doveston

Bingley, St Ives -
pair of Tufted on Coppice & GSW on feeder at entrance.
Peter Sutcliffe

Saturday continued

A singing Blackcap at Toad Holes Beck + 2 Chiffchaff. Martyn Priestley

Saturday, 2nd April 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon
8 Wheatear were feeding in the area, two in the 'horse-field' on the Glen Road and six more at the bottom of Birch Close Lane. Three pairs of Curlew, a pair of Grey Partridge, breeding Snipe and Lapwing, but only 11 Golden Plovers were also on show.


East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff, Blackcap

M Doveston

Saturday 2 April 2011

Glovershaw at 11.30 this morning -
Golden Plovers disturbed when Osprey flew overhead.

Fred Drake

Friday 1 April 2011

River walk along the Aire from Bingley to Saltaire -
singing Blackcap near to new road bridge, at least 10 Chiffchaff on route plus small group of 6 Sand Martin. Shaun Radcliffe.

Lindley Wood -
2 Willow Warblers, 1 seen other heard singing, 8 Oystercatches, female Goosander, Green Woodpecker yaffling and a GSW about, plus14 Chiffchaffs
Malc & Fran Stones

Washburn Valley from Fewston top end to Thruscross Reservoir -
Willow Warbler, Marsh Tit & 5 Chiffchaffs.
John & Freda Topham

Thursday 31 March 2011

Millbeck Drive, Harden - 25 Waxwings at tea-time. Cameron Wilson. High Coach Road, Saltaire - a single Swallow - Stephen Lilley

Wednesday continued

27 Waxwings in Birchlands Ave, Wilsden @ 11.45 Malc & Fran Stones

Great Grey Shrike on wires beside old A59 this afternoon. Viewed from first stretch of old A59 on Harrogate side of refreshment caravan at 1500. Also a Raven on hilltop above Buffers at Storiths.

Frank Jones

A hybrid Aythya duck at Redcar Tarn this morning, possibly the same bird as 04/04/2009.
Also single Sand Martin flying west.

Ian Hargreaves

Wednesday 30th March 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon
A male Yellowhammer was calling from a tree at the top of the Glen Road, it then flew towards the caravan park at Dobrudden Farm. The Golden Plover flock had increased dramatically to 195 and three Snipes were performing their aerial display whilst others called from the breeding area. About 12 pairs of Skylark were actively performing their routines and a pair of Reed Bunting were in residence.

Tuesday 29 March 2011

Altar Lane, Bingley - 40 Fieldfare going north. Cradle Edge, near Harden Moor - male Wheatear in quarry. Deep Cliff - 100 Fieldfare roost flying down to stream at head of valley. Linnet nearby. Shaun Radcliffe. Aire Valley - 5 Buzzards displaying - Jon Middleton. Sainsbury's at Greengates - 10 Waxwings - Roger Wilkinson

Monday continued

Stainburn Moor :- GSW several drumming, displaying & calling, Tree Pipit 10 + singing & displaying, Golden Plover flock of c400 flying around, Skylark singing, & Green Woodpecker yaffling. Ernie Scarfe

Monday 28th March 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon.
44 Golden Plovers are in the field by the cattle grid, adjacent to Glovershaw Lane. 6 Wheatears (5 males and a female) were feeding in the nearby fields and there had been a significant increase in Meadow Pipits since last week. A Reed Bunting pair had also returned to their breeding area where Lapwings, Snipe, Grey Partridge, Curlew and Skylark are well established.

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, female Brambling, 3 Reed Bunting. Fred Drake. At last, 3 Wheatears at Paul Clough this p m. Brian Vickers Tong Park - 3 chiffchaffs singing. 15+ brambling.-- Roger Wilkinson

27th March 2011

singing Chiffchaff & Blackcap near Coppice Bog.

East Riddlesden Hall - singing Chiffchaff

M Doveston

Saturday 26 March 2011

Single Chiffchaff at Brackenhall Park, Great Horton Martyn Priestley

Friday 25 March 2011

Along River Aire from Bingley to Saltaire - 4 Chiff-Chaffs, Redwing, Sand Martin.
Shaun Radcliffe

Whetstone Area
Male Wheatear, 20+Golden Plover, 4 Snipe, Skylarks
Meadow Pipits

I Hargreaves

Thursday 24 March 2011

Canal at Riddlesden - Chiff-Chaff calling whilst I watched a single Waxwing.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - female Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinch. Kestrels appear to have lost the battle over the nest box. Jackdaws keep returning to stuff it full of twigs despite being removed twice.
Shaun Radcliffe
Upper Coach Road, Saltaire - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker ( male ) again seen today early am on a dead tree, the same location as I observed it yesterday.
Snipe drumming early am Trough Lane.
Brian Vickers
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - early evening, 10 Sand Martin
Steve Parkes
5 Twite (4 unringed) at Fly Flatts on Wednesday evening (5pm)
Phil Taylor

Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Glovershaw and Baildon Moor
A glorious day to be out on the moor and note the progress of breeding birds. About 15 pairs of Lapwings are now well established in the fields around Golcar Farm, a pair of Grey Partridge have settled-in, Snipe are displaying and Curlew can be frequently heard and seen flying by. At least six pairs of Skylark are nesting alongside the Golf Course, Meadow Pipits are performing their display flight, but there was no sign of Golden Plover.


East Riddlesden Hall - Chiffchaff singing

H Doveston

Tuesday 22 March 2011

Washburn Valley, Swinsty to Dob Park bridge :- 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Green Woodpecker yaffling, GSW drumming twice only, Bullfinch pair, 2 Mistle thrush singing, & 10 Mipits.
Swinsty Res.:- pair of Goosander.
Ernie Scarfe

Monday 21 March 2011

Lindley Wood Res.:- 5 Chiffchaff, pair Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker.
Norwood Bottom:- 2 Chiffchaff & Green woodpecker. --
Ernie Scarfe
2 White Storks dropped down into Yorkshire Water site at Esholt this evening 18.20, behind trees by NW gate (at end of approach road coming from Esholt village).
Are there still free-flying Harewood birds these days? Probably
Roger Wilkinson

Sunday 20 March 2011

High Coach Road, Hirst Wood - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.
Alan Tremethick & Jim Welford.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 30 Waxwing flew past going west & then returned going east. 3 Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting, 4 Bullfinch, Siskin.
Greenbank - Sparrowhawk sitting on nest.
Shaun Radcliffe
March Ghyll Res.:- 30 Whooper Swan
Ernie Scarfe

Saturday 19 March 2011

Druids Altar Lane, Bingley - Sparrowhawk, 31 Redwing roosting (some singing), 2 GSW, singing Goldcrest & Skylark, 36 Fieldfare flying east, pair of Siskin with female collecting nesting material.
Harden Moor - 200 Fieldfare flying north, Stock Dove, male Reed Bunting & Green Woodpecker in Deep Cliff.
Shaun Radcliffe
Whetstone Gate area - 30 Redwing ground feeding, Wheatear, pair of Stonechat, 2 Snipe,
6 Curlew.
Fred Drake & Graham Forsyth
Leeming Res. - Redshank, Oystercatcher,
Leeshaw Res. - Oystercatcher 6, Redshank 2, Raven,
Brian Vickers
Oakworth Moor - 10 Golden Plover, 4 Skylark, 4 Lapwing, 6 Curlew
Steve Parkes
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) :- 28 Wigeon, 29 Goldeneye, 7 Whooper Swan, 2 Redshank, Pintail,, 6 Pochard, 16 OYK, Willow Tit.
Timble Wood:- Lots of Siskin, Redpoll.
Alan Tremethick & Ernie Scarfe

Friday 18 March 2011

Lindley Wood area -Tawny Owl, Chiffchaff. Gt Crested Grebe, 13 Oystercatches plus the usual Blue, Great and Coal Tits, however we did find two pair of Long Tailed Tits making nests one at the beginng and the other at the end of the wood before pack horse bridge, this is where we found the Chiffchaff after hearing it call, it took a bit of finding as it was quite active
Malc & Fran Stones
Caldene Fields -Just witnessed a Female Sparrow Hawk take a ' Bat' poss Noctule in mid air at 10.30 today
Martyn Priestley
Dowley Gap S W -Chiffchaff singing from the ivy covered bush by the aquaduct this morning (11:40).John Varley

Thursday 17th March 2011

Shipley Glen
Very much alive with activity with two pairs of GSW chasing and disputing territory, Nuthatch calling from various points and pairs of birds at almost every turn, including Treecreeper, three pairs of Jay, Mistle Thrush and a pair of copulating Moorhen. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen earlier in the week at the copice between the Coach Road and the Glen.

Thursday 17 March 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -included in the 30 species recorded, Peregrine,
3 Brambling, Water Rail, Siskins (males looking terrific), 4 Reed Bunting, pair of Kestrels disputing box with Jackdaws.
Shaun Radcliffe
Leeshaw Res. -Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers.
Brian Vickers
Bradup, late afternoon - single Redshank, pre=breeding flock of 25 Lapwing
Shaun Radcliffe
30+ Waxwings infront of KFC on Hardings Road, Keighley at 1600 hrs today.They were dropping into unknown bushes below the tree to eat the berries thereso may have been many more than that.
Doug Coates.
Single waxwing in tree, 7.45 a.m. today - Villa Road garden, Bingley.
Alan Josephs

Wednesday 16 March 2011

Hill House Lane, Oxenhope - 60 Waxwings feeding on berries.
Chris Coupland

Tuesday 15 March 2011

A Waxwing at bottom of Warren Lane Eldwick around 9.30am. Then as I passed the Ramada Bankfield Hotel, Nab Wood there was a flock of around about 20 Waxwings in a tree near the roundabout by the hotel.
Ian Watson

Monday 14 March 2011

Whetstone -smart-looking pair of Stonechat below quarry.
Simon Goodwin
River Aire Myrtle Park - Dipper carrying leaves, 8 Redwing (some singing), Stock Dove calling plus display flight.
River Aire, Wagon Lane area - 2 Little Grebe, Kingfisher.
Shaun Radclffe
Lower laithe Res -Oystercatchers 3
Leeming Res -Great Crested Grebe 1
Trough Lane -Grey Heron 3,
Nab Water Lane -single Meadow Pipit.
Brian Vickers

Sunday 13 March 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Brambling. 4 Siskin. 2 Lesser Redpoll. Pair Bullfinch. Song Thrush. Water Rail. Female Kestrel defending nest box from Jackdaws. Female Goosander entering nest box, male staying close catching fish on reserve.
Peter & Margaret Riley, Keith Hilary, Graham Forsythe.
3 Wheatears on wall and feeding in large field with pylon next to canal nr Brunthwaite Bridge. John Brownbridge