Monday 31 January 2011

St Ives Estate, Bingley -Hawfinch was seen again near the Manor House perched in the top of a tree before dropping down into a Yew tree at approx 1000 hrs this morning.
Brian Vickers.

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -
2 Woodcock flushed, 5 Reed Bunting, Brambling,
3 Siskin
Shaun Radcliffe
4:15 pm, along the canal by Ferncliffe Rd Bridge, Bingley
114 Waxwings sitting in the tops of two adjoining trees by the canal
J Varley
There is a pair of Great Creted Grebes (1 M, 1F) >> on Lower Laithe Reservoir at Stanbury - or at least there was at 3pm >> today - right next to the dam wall where the road runs across.
Rob Grillo

30th January 2011

St. Ives Estate - Hawfinch
First seen at approx 09.40 behind the mansion in a tree top with other finches and Redwings.
It flew off with a Redwing to the front of the mansion house where it was re-located on it's own at the very top of another tree. It spent about 10 minutes there before dropping down to feed among the lower branches. As more birders arrived it flew off to the nearest Yew Tree close to the mansion house.
It was seen briefly again close to the Yew Tree from the back of the mansion house.
Please note the mansion house grounds are off limits to the public. However there are footpaths or roads around the mansion house and it's private gardens which should suffice for those wanting to try and see the Hawfinch.

M Doveston, S&S Goodwin, J Topham, C Wilson

St.Ives - Elsewhere
Brambling, Siskin, Redpoll, numerous GSWdpkrs drumming,
80+Mallard, 18 Canada Geese, Common Gull, 50+BHGull,
Fieldfare, Redwing, Nuthatches

M Doveston

29th January 2011

Villa Road Garden, Bingley. (During the Big Garden Birdwatch)
11 Reed Buntings at one time!

A Josephs

East Riddlesden Hall
6+Siskin, Redwings, 10 Blackbird, 2 Bullfinches

M Doveston

Friday 28th January 2011

Queensbury - 67 Pink-footed Geese overhead, heading north at 10.15am.

Thursday 27 January 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Redpoll, Water Rail, 3 Siskin, Brambling, 4 Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe
Still c30 Waxwings next to new health centre Ferncliffe Road Bingley at 16.00hrs.
Alan Tremethick

Stunning views of around 5000 starlings swirling into the roost behind travelodge in keighey, being parted by the resident peregrine

J Middleton

Wednesday 26 January 2011

River Aire - Wagon Lane stretch - Little Grebe, Dipper. Near to Hirst Weir - Kingfisher.
4 pairs of Goosander between Bingley & Shipley.
Shaun Radcliffe
Hi Shaun,
An adult Mediterranean Gull feeding at Cullingworth Fields with 1,000 other gulls at 1500hrs today.
Brian Vickers

Monday continued

Scargill Plantation :- Woodcock 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker , Treecreeper , Jay , Marsh Tit, 2 together, Curlew calling & flying over.
Beaverdyke Res.:- Tree Sparrow, 3 in garden of the house near the Dam.
Ernie Scarfe

24th January 2011

Shipley Glen
A flock of 45 Pink-footed Geese flew over the Glen and headed towards Bradford at 2.45pm. The roost at the bottom of the Glen contained six Grey Herons. Six Redwing, nine Fieldfare and three Mistle Thrush were feeding in the fields adjacent to Brackenhall.

P KIng

20 Waxwings @ lunchtime on Smith Lane, Bradford at entrance to BRI car park.
P Taylor

50 waxwings sat on the aereals on top of Sutton pharmacy (BD20)

E Whitcombe

23rd January 2011

A flock of 30 to 40 Waxwings seen from the car as we drove along the dual carriageway between Silsden and Kildwick.

Sunday continued

Private Wetland (permit only) - good count of Wigeon (70); 5 Pochard (2 males, 3 female), 28 Tufted Duck, 11 Goldeneye, male Pintail still present, 3 Goosanders, 1 Teal
Only 9 Mute Swan (24 still on river at Otley)
No Oystercatchers or Great Crested Grebe yet
Knotford Knook - 24 Wigeon, only 4 Tufted Duck, 21 Goldeneye (including 12 males)
John Flood
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail seen after two week absence, Treecreeper, a few Fieldfare & Redwing, Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Siskin in a total of 34 species recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe

23rd January 2011

Redcar Tarn
150+Lapwing, 100+BHGulls, 30+Common Gull, 3 Mute Swan,
House Sparrow, Siskin, Chaffinch, Moorhen, Coot, Canada Geese,

East Riddlesden Hall
GSWdpkr drumming, Siskins singing, Redwing, BHGulls,
Herring Gull and 2 GBBGulls overhead, Common Gull,
Long-tailed Tit, 4 Jay

M Doveston

Fly Flatts a.m.

12 Red Grouse, 1m Goldeneye, 1 Curlew very high and >W


Saturday 22 January 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 male Brambling, 5 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch
Shaun Radcliffe


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21st January 2011

 3 siskins in Villa Rd. garden, Bingley

A Josephs

Buzzard soaring over East Morton.

10 Waxwings plus 2 redpoll in a garden at Silsden.

3male goldeneye 2 female at Silsden res.

8 Brambling Oakworth road Keighley.
M Dawson

Thursday continued

Stockbridge Reserve - (members only) - 5 Reed Bunting, Brambling, pair of Siskin, Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

20th January 2011

male blackcap in my garden at Woodside BD6 all week.

J Brass

Wharfe Valley - Great Grey Shrike
A Great Grey Shrike at the Barden Scale watchpoint (car park) this afternoon. First in the large sycamore near the underkeeper's cottage, but it soon flew off towards Barden Beck (southward).  At 2.30 pm the bird flew into Bull Coppy Wood, close to the watchpoint. It promptly caught & skewered one of a party of about 6 Long-tailed Tits which it later came back to pull apart.  The bird stayed close on the facing side of the wood for some time before we lost it farther back among the trees at about 3.30 pm., though it did not take the remains of the LT Tit which it may well return to.  Is this the Storiths bird moved 2.5 miles up valley ot the Grimwith Reservoir bird moved down valley 7 miles?  Or is it a different bird altogether?  We'll be having a flock of them soon at this rate!

R Clark, G Holmes, K Limb, J Hall & AGGough

2 Common Buzzards flew eastward past Bartle Gill Drive, Baildon, both mobbed by groups of Carrion Crows. The first (which came very close) at 11.37 am & the second (it had to be a different bird) at 11.39 am.  Also a male Brambling briefly in tree in field behind house at 10.42 am on the same day.


Tuesday continued

Approx 80 winter Thrushes in fields adjacent Morton - Silsden road below transmitter at Riddlesden.
Stephen Lilley

18th January 2011

2 skeins of Pinkfeet over Deerstones at c2pm numbering 105 and 96
Also a Raven near Beamsley beacon

F Jones
c650 Pink-Footed Geese in 5 skeins travelling NW over Wharfedale
between 14.00 hrs & 14.30 hrs.

H Creber

17th January 2011

Shipley Glen
On a very pleasant afternoon, a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was seen with a flock of approximately 10 Long-tailed Tits and five or six Godcrests, a classic textbook situation. There was 'drumming' from a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, and Nuthatch, Jay, Mistle Thrush, Redwing and Bullfinch were all in the area.

Monday 17 January 2011

Weecher Res - flock of 60 Lapwing
Reva Hill area - 3 Snipe flushed, 19 RLP, 2 Grey Partridge. To give some idea how the recent cold weather has moved birds, this time last year 12 Snipe were flushed from the same fields.
Shaun Radcliffe

11 waxwings in Rooley Crescent, Odsal

T Thomson

16th January 2011

Members Only Res
9 Goldeneye 7f 2m, 12 Goosander 9f 3m, 2 Cormorant
1 Snipe, No sign of any gull roost

B Sumner

Saturday continued

Timble -Red Throated Diver flying south over Timble today struggling with the wind.
Andy Jowett

15th January 2011

Bartle Gill Drive Garden, Baildon
3 Waxwings & a female Brambling seen this afternoon. 
Up to 16 Redwings in adjoining field & a male GSWdpkr on peanut feeder in back garden.


East Riddlesden Garden
14 Siskin at one time, 10 Goldfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 4 Long-tailed Tit,
numerous Blue Tits and Great Tits, Blackbirds, Collared Doves,
Woodpigeon, Dunnocks, Robin, Coal Tit, Song Thrush, Chaffinch

M&H Doveston

14th January 2011

Storiths area - Great Grey Shrike still present.
2 Red Kites & a Sparrowhawk passed over, while a single Waxwing was seen briefly in the same trees as the shrike.  At dusk, a flock of c25 Waxwings passed over, heading up river, presumably to roost.


Thursday 13 January 2011

First winter Iceland gull found by Keith Moir pm at Cullingworth fields.
per Brian Vickers

Villa Road garden.
six reed buntings, three male, three female

A Josephs

12th January 2011

St.Ives - below Lady Blantyre's Rock
Pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers about lunchtime.

via M Bell

Tuesday 11 January 2011

Bradup - mixed flock of 100 winter thrushes ground feeding (70% Redwing)
Wharfe Valley - 3 Peregrine
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 10 January 2011

60+ Waxwings - Ferncliffe Road Bingley, next to bypass opposite Leonard Street. 30+ Redwings - Dowley Gap Sewage Works.
Alan Tremethick

Sunday 9 January 2011

Glovershaw - early afternoon, 130 Pinkfoot flying east. A few Lapwings have returned along with a single Curlew & Golden Plover.
Shaun Radcliffe
Eccleshill, Bradford there were a large number of Waxwings in our garden tree.
A headcount showed approx 200 with one window strike unfortunately (died a short time later).
Never seen one before…very spectacular en masse….
Got some interesting photos
Martin Dew

8th January 2011

Kingfisher on Oxenhope Beck near Oxenhope railway station (KWVR) at 11.30 am

H Creber

4 waxwings on A65 burley rd menston, on rowan 200 yds N of church.
3 waxwings flying over a65 in ilkley.

R Wilkinson

3 waxwings feeding on White berry tree on manor road in cottingley at 10:40

J Middleton

7th January 2011

Cullingworth Garden
Over the last week we've had 3 Bullfinch in the garden x2F x1M as well as M & F GSW every day + black phesant. No sign now of the Bramblings but a small group of Fieldfare today feeding on remnants of apples on trees,

D Ogden

6th January 2011

More than 70 Waxwing in Valley Road Bradford heading northwest at 11.15 a.m. 

About 40 Waxwing in apple tree at bottom of Broomhill Ave Keighley at 12.15: 

L Knight

Monday continued

Leeds Road, Windhill - Flock of 90 Waxwings.
Casper P

3rd January 2011

Private Wetlands - Permit holders only
Male Pintail, 23 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, 6 Common Gull
130+Coot, GSWdpkr, Cormorant, GHeron,

Bingley, Marion St. - Peregrine overhead 14.00hrs

M Doveston

4 waxwings Silsden

M Dawson


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Sunday 2 January 2011

Timble - 6 Crossbill
Andy Jowett
Private Wetland - Permit Holders Only - Bittern, Willow Tit, Water Rail, Pintail, 6 Grey Partridge, 25 Wigeon, 2 Red Kite, Buzzard.
Richard Scullion, Ernie Scarfe

East Riddlesden Garden
Two garden ticks! 4x BHGulls touched down on lawn for bread
Later a Treecreeper arrived with a Tit flock.

M&H Doveston

1st January 2011

21 waxwings in tree at corner of Leonard Rd/Ferncliffe Rd (Bingley) around 1030 this morning. Flew off to trees on bank down by bypass.

Stockbridge – Water Rail showing well
D&H Kidman
9.30hrs, 85 Waxwings between bypass and  canal next to Brittania footbridge Bingley, 12.00hrs none.
Peregrine on bottom ledge Brittania mill chimney all morning.
Female Goldeneye on canal below Dowley locks, several Long tail tit flocks in area,
20 Redwings in Hirst wood, 4 Goosander on river,20 Pied and 3 Grey wagtail on fillterbeds with 3 Meadow pipit.
Still at least 80 Waxwings at Ferncliffe bypass junction area 14.30hrs
A Tremethick
East Riddlesden
Cormorant flew up valley, 15+Long-tailed Tits, Redwings & Fieldfare
M Doveston