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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