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

Saturday 12 March 2011

Timble Ings - Curlew 4, GSW drumming, Mistle Thrush 6, Lesser Redpoll 4, Common Crossbill 2, Red Kite, Kestrel, Jay, Goldcrest.
Nick Tongue
Ben Rhydding GP - first Kingfisher we have seen this year, Grey Heron, 2 Greylag Geese, 10 Mallard, 2 Coot, Dipper, 3 Oystercatcher, Curlew, 4m and 4f Goosander
Steve Parkes
Redcar Tarn - Dunlin
I Hargreaves
St.Ives - Hawfinch @ 16.10, 150+Redwing
A Tremethick, K Limb
Cullingworth Garden - 3 Waxwings
D Ogden
2 siskins feeding in Villa Road garden, Bingley
A Josephs
A Red Kite over Haworth Moor at 1230, (a rarity in the Oxenhope area )
Brian Vickers
Riddlesden Garden -6 Siskin, 5 Brambling, 10 L. Redpoll, were 2 Common Redpoll. ( I think there were 3 , but I am not 100%)
Stephen Lilley

Thursday 10 March 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - female Brambling, close views of Sparrowhawk visiting the feeders, 4 Siskin, pair of mating Kestrels, Jay.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 8 March 2011

Thruscross Res - 2 adult Whoopers.
John Flood
Golden Plover 52, Curlew 24, Moorside Lane Oxenhope
Brian Vickers
Street Lane, Riddlesden - 70 Woodpigeon, 30 Curlew
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 7 March 2011

Swinsty Res. - 2 Whoopers seen early morning.
Ian Hargreaves
Timble - 6 Crossbill, 10 Siskin, 3 Redpoll.
Crag Vale - GSW, Nuthatch & Treecreeper
Strid Woods - LSW
Gus Robin
Waxwings reported - 20 at Pegholme Drive, Otley & 30 Leach Way ?
Birds seen at these places on last two consecutive days.
Lester Ward, John Brownbridge
Tuesday 8th March
Thruscross Res. -A Wharfedale Naturalist Society member had 74 whoopers on the reservoir around 1400.

Sunday 6 March 2011

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) amongst the 34 species recorded - female Brambling, Woodcock flushed, pair of Bullfinch, 3 pairs of Goosander with a female seen entering box, pair of Kestrel, Siskins, 2 Oystercatchers.
Birch Close Lane - 13 Oystercatchers flying towards Reva Res.
Shaun Radcliffe
St Ives, Bingley - Hawfinch seen at usual site (see earlier postings) at 9.00.
Steve Parkes
Leeshaw Res. -Curlew 40+, Lapwing 34, Oystercatcher 6, Cormorant 2, Little Owl
Lower Laithe Res -Oystercatcher 2.
Brian Vickers
Farnley Wood :- Mistle thrush singing, 2 Little Grebe singing, Curlew flew over, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming, 9 female Goldeneye, Woodcock, 4 Wigeon & Teal.
Ernie Scarfe

Saturday continued

Wharfe valley below Bolton Abbey - 42 Oystercatcher, Dipper, Green Woodpecker, pair of Goosander, 3 Treecreeper, Nuthatch
Steve Parkes

Saturday 5th March 2011

Glovershaw, Baildon
A flock of 19 Golden Plovers had gathered in the field adjacent to Glovershaw Lane where they congregated last year. This is the first group to appear and we can expect the numbers to increase over the next six weeks. About 12 pairs of Lapwing were in-situ and a Snipe flashed across where they usually breed. A flock of 30 or so Fieldfare were in the area together with a pair of Stock Dove and 28 Greylags were feeding nearby.

Friday 4 March 2011

St Ives, Bingley - 15;15hrs Hawfinch showed in trees left of nursing home gate then flew to tree in play area for 15mins, disappeared for 10mins then showed again for 10mins above play area. Alan Tremethick and Tony Gough
Great Grey Shrike, 3 Common Buzzards, 3 Curlew. A59 old Blubberhouse Road, first turn off passed the lay-by cafe going uphill from Bolton Abbey. While observing the Shrike the Buzzards and Curlews flew over.
Graham & Barbara Forsyth.

Thursday 3 March 2011

No luck with the shrike at this new location this morning at 8.00 but 40 curlew, 80 fieldfare and dipper Steve Parkes
Great Grey Shrike - Seen at 1430 side of A59 at Pace Gate, sat on top of a sapling on the right hand side of the road going towards Blubberhouses adjacent to an old tin nissan hut.
Silsden Reservoir - Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe
Brian Vickers
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, 2 Oystercatcher, female Kestrel chasing any Corvids daring to go near the box, Siskins, 7 Reed Bunting (nice to see 5 males), pair of Goosanders patrolling the river, Goldcrest, 2 Brambling.
Shaun Radcliffe
8 Siskins in Park Lane, Queensbury, record high number at feeders. Also two Nuthatch, two Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Treecreeper present.
C & D Shields
Approx 150 + Golden Plover in a field along side Blubberhouses to Patley Bridge road just past Stone Cross X roads on the right when travelling towards Patley Bridge
Paul Croft

Wednesday 2 March 2011

Simon Seat :- Mistle Thrush singing, Raven, Golden plover 2, & Tawny Owl calling in woodland above Howgill. Strid Wood :- usual species & Oystercatcher 12, Rooks nest building, Goosander 3 & Grey Wagtail.
A wonderful warm and sunny day to be out on the fells.
Ernie Scarfe
Great Grey Shrike - Storith bird probably re-located - bird seen at 17.00 next to main A59 road. Continue up the A59 from Bolton Abbey roundabout towards Blubberhouses, go past the Storiths turn and turn on to old road section at Pace Gate (SE114548). The bird was seen flying about the trees on both sides of the main road.
Mike Bloomfield
c220 Curlew roosting at Kex Gill - Stephen Parkes

1st March 2011

Great Grey Shrike was showing at Storiths at 14:00hrs

F Jones

Glovershaw Area - 2 Snow Buntings

P King

St.Ives -
 male Hawfinch still being seen at the usual play area car park/mansion house trees both in the morning and at 15.45 (see BOG Images for the latest photos).

M&F Stones, G Forsyth et al

Tong Park40 brambling (in field with horses by footpath on South side)
2 grey partridge, 10 Siskin, 25 Goldfinch, 30 Redwing

R Wilkinson

East Riddlesden Garden - male Brambling

M Doveston

Pair of dippers in the river worth while.

J Middleton