Recording System - small changes

We have made some small changes to the recording system for 2012 and there is advice shown as you go through the page which we trust is useful.
Please e-mail me any helpful feedback if you so wish. Many thanks.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday 31 January 2012

Riddlesden Garden - 30 Redpoll, 10 Siskin visiting feeders.
Stephen Lilley
Yesterday: 1 Ruff with Lapwings at Cononley Ings
Today: 14 Dunlin and c 290 Golden Plover at Silsden Floods
Keith Moir

Monday 30 January 2012

Bradup - pair of Raven, Little Owl, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday 29 January 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 28 species recorded including, Oystercatcher, Kestrel,
3 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 20 Goldfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, Goosanders flying up & down the valley.
Shaun Radcliffe et al.
Sconce Lane - 2 Grey Partridge, 42 Fieldfare.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday continued

Timble Ings -7 + Crossbills this afternoon.
Malc & Fran Stones

27th January 2012

St.Ives50+Redwings ground feeding near STRi with 20+Goldfinch.

I Skayman

Thursday 26 January 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - at last, a Kingfisher was on site and catching sticklebacks. This species last recorded in late October so hoping a pair will return to the nearby river to breed. Also seen today, 3 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, Siskin on a quiet day.
Shaun Radcliffe et al.

Wednesday 25 January 2012

Stainburn Forest - Just 4 Crossbill but one pair were perched on the solitary beech tree at the entrance to car park. This is the third time I have found this species there even during gale like conditions.
Scargill Reservoir area - flock of 90 Golden Plover & another flock of 120 Lapwing flying around without settling. Also Grey Wagtail, Goosander & Curlew.
Beaverdyke Reservoir area- 212 Greylags in field to north, Sparrowhawk, 10 Redwing seen at top of conifers.
John O'Gaunt Reservoir - 2 Buzzard, 120 Canadas, 8 Tufted Duck.
Shaun Radcliffe

Ben Rhydding - Oystercatcher
H Kidman


Our Group Recorder, Stephen Lilley, wishes to thank everyone for getting their records in for 2011 so promptly. It enables an early start to compiling the Annual Report.

Monday 23rd January 2011

Shipley Glen
A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, with its short rapid tapping, was heard in the Glen whilst a flock, which included various Tits, Finches, a couple of Treecreeper and a noisy Nuthatch, was watched by the Park Homes on the Eldwick side.  A Sparrowhawk circled overhead, Redwings fed in the fields along the Higher Coach Road and seven Grey Herons were at rest.
Paul King

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a female Kestrel has returned & shows great interest in the boxes, by trying out the old one, a new box erected & the Stock Dove box (normally claimed by Goosander). All we need this year is a male, vigilant enough to see off the Jackdaws.
Also seen in blustery conditions - 4 Bullfinch, Peregrine & 4 Reed Bunting plus a single Lapwing battling up the valley.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Sunday 22nd January 2012

Oxenhope - 1200 Common Gull, 800 Black-headed Gull, 3 Lesser Black Back, 1 Great Black Back, 9 Goldeneye.

22nd January 2012

Redcar TarnHerring Gull, Common Gulls, Black-headed Gulls, Lapwings
6 Tufted Ducks, Pied Wagtail, Coot, Moorhen, Canada Geese,

East Riddlesden Hall
Male and female Pheasant (ring-necked male),
Great Sptd Woodpecker, Nuthatches, 12+Goldfinch,
4+Siskin, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bullfinch,
Long-tailed Tit, Hedge Accentor, Robin, Blackbird

M Doveston

Saturday 21 January 2012

A full count today of all the water areas in and around Bradford South,as follows:
Harold Park Lake, Low Moor - Great Crested Grebe, 33 Coot, 32 Canada Geese, 8 Tufted Duck, 3 Mute Swan, Black Swan
Toad Holes Beck - 8 Teal, Little Grebe.
Royd's Hall Dam, Low Moor - 2 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Goosander, 10 Canada Geese,
11 Coot.
Wibsey Park Lake - 29 Canada Geese, 14 Tufted Duck, 8 Coot.
Martyn Priestley

Bingley Garden
Goldfinch c15, Siskin 1 male 2 female
Redpoll 1 (first seen in the garden), Chaffinch 2

Phil Matthews

Thursday 19 January 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 27 species recorded this morning including 10 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, 2 Jay. The Snipe seen feeding yesterday was not in evidence.
Shaun Radcliffe et al.

2011 Records


Many thanks.

Sunday continued

Thackley garden - 4 Redpoll.
Casper Pottle
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - female Teal landed on the ice and left immediately, 3 Reed Bunting,
3 Bullfinch, Siskin. Total of 25 species recorded this morning.
Shaun Radcliffe

15th January 2012

East Riddlesden Hall
Dipper, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, 4+Siskin
Redwing, Song Thrush, BHGulls, Canada Goose
M Doveston

Heights Lane Circuit, Bingley
Little Owl 1 (Showing very well at the usual spot on Walsh Lane after a few weeks absence),
Lapwing 6 + 13 (Back on the usual haunts, though these may have been a roaming flock),
Red-legged Partridge 5 (Heights Lane), Herring Gull 13 Flying south down valley,
Kestrel 1 female
P Matthews

Saturday continued

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - Goldeneye 2m & 1f, Dipper, Goosander 1f, Oystercatcher, Redwing 2,
Denton 250+ woodpigeon
Steve Parkes
Lower Laithe: c450 Pinkfeet north-west at 1100
Lindley Wood Res: 67 Wigeon
Private Wetlands (permit holders only): male Gadwall; 2 skeins of Pinkfeet over: c180 north-west at 1330 and c80 west at 1425
Knotford Nook: Female/1st-winter Smew; female Gadwall; 75 Wigeon
Near Menston: Barn Owl
Keith Moir

Bingley The cold had brought a male Pheasant into the garden, which was feeding alongside Blackbirds and Chaffinches under the feeders
P Matthews

14th January 2012

Dowley Gap Greylag Goose 38, Blacvk-headed Gull 200+
Pied Wagtail 50+ (and another c10 by the Rowing Club)
Grey Wagtail 4, Meadow Pipit 2 - 3, Long-tailed Tit 20
Goosander 1 female flying past, Nuthatch 1
Chiffchaff 2  (on the island by the viaduct), Goldcrest 2

P Matthews

Bingley 12.15 -  250+ geese very high SE-NW over Bingley

A Josephs

South Bradford;
Ford Hill; Grey Wagtail.
Sun Wood; Pair GSW, Mistle Thrush (singing), Long Tail Tit 6, Bullfinch, Wren (singing).
Judy Woods; Jay 2, GSW 5, Nuthatch 5, Treecreeper 1, Chaffinch 4, Mistle Thrush, Brambling, LSWdpkr (possible)
Royds Hall Dam; 2 GCG (exchanging pond weed), Tufted Duck 10.
J Brass

14th January 2012

Soil Hill - Snow Buntings still present

Friday continued

Hawksworth Moor - Red Kite, single Golden Plover.
Whetstone Gate near high trig point - 5 Golden Plovers
High Moor Plantation - flock of 7 Bullfinch, 9 Crossbill.
White Crag Plantation - at least 2 Crossbill. Heard plenty of calling but could not locate more birds.
Shaun Radcliffe
Silsden Res. - 2 Whooper Swans ( Flew down the res and away as I arrived )
Chelker Res. - 2 Whooper Swans ( see above, looks as though they had only flown as far as Chelker ). They left before I did heading north west, also seen, a Great Crested Grebe, 5 Goldeneye.
Brian Vickers

13th January 2012

Whetstone Allotment
A Short-eared Owl was hunting over the Allotment area this afternoon.
Paul King.

Soil Hill - 5 Snow Buntings still present
G Phillips

Thursday continued

Cononley Ings: Most of the water on the western side of the river has now gone, but a much increased number of 360 Teal were present on what little remained. Birds have now largely relocated to the biggish pool on the eastern side, near the road, and comprised 14 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, 6 Gadwall, 200 Wigeon, 46 Greylags, 34 Pinkfeet and 1400 Lapwing. This number of Pinkfeet were in a field near Redcar Tarn on the 7th. They flew off, but didn't appear to go far, so are probably the same birds.
There were 650 Lapwings at Silsden Floods.
Keith Moir
Leeshaw Res. - 12 Pink feet Geese ( Landed briefly on the field adjacent to the res)
Lower Laithe Res. - Whooper Swans have increase to 10 this morning. 12 Canada Geese, and a Goosander.
Barden Scale - 66 Pink Feet Geese west at 1530, Short eared Owls 2.
Brian Vickers

Thursday 12th January 2012

Baildon Moor,
A pair of Buzzards passed over Glovershaw Lane and Pennithorne Hill and drifted towards the Glen.
Paul King.

Wednesday 11 January 2012

Lower Laithe Res. - Whooper Swans still present Pm, also a male Shoveler (a rare duck at Oxenhope), male Goldeneye.
Leeshaw Res. - 2 Cormorant, 60 Pink Feet Geese ( flying low west at 1500 )
Brian Vickers
Dowley Gap - Chiff-Chaff, GSW, Dipper, 6 Jay, 8 Goosander, 4 Grey Wag, 40 Pied Wag,
2 Nuthatch, 2 Kingfisher.
Fred Drake

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Reva Hill area - 2 Snipe, 8 R L Partridge, 9 Lapwing, 4 Stock Dove, Red Kite plus a hare.
Shaun Radcliffe
Cononley Ings: Shoveler 17, Gadwall 4, Shelduck 2, Pintail 6, Teal c110, Wigeon c220.
Keith Moir
Lower Laithe Res,. - 5 Whooper Swans (family party, 2 adults, 3 juveniles), 0930 hrs
Brian Vickers
Skipton Area - 12 Snipe, Goosander, Kestrel, 3 Goldfinch.
Yeadon Tarn - Mandarin, Goldeneye, 4 G C G, 15 Tufted Duck, 10 Pochard.
Fred Drake
Woodcock flew into field top end of Keighley Golf Course, then flew across canal into Low Wood Nature Reserve. Yesterday in same location was a pair of Goldest.
Graham Forsyth

Monday continued

Dowley Gap to Hirst Wood Locks
Pied Wagtails and Pair of ChiffChaff in Wood by Aquaduct and 1 Meadow Pipit
6 Grey Wagtails on River, Kingfisher 2 Jays Gt Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper + the usual Tits 30+ Redwings in trees by Rowing Club
Malc & Fran Stones

9th January 2012

Shipley Glen
Another very mild day and there was lots of activity. Two pairs of Nuthatch, at times in the same tree, were disputing territory, Great Tits were paired up and the males were uttering a weak song.  A Kingfisher was fishing on the lodge until it was disturbed and ten Grey Herons were huddled at the bottom of the Glen whilst three more were in the ditch below Milnerfields.  Four Jays flew up from a patch of leaves, and a Dipper was seen flying away from under the bridge on the Higher Coach Road.  I caught sight of another Dipper in the middle of the beck on the other side of the bridge, but it was an alarm call that alerted me.  No sooner had I located the bird than a Sparrowhawk flew from the surrounding trees and bushes and scooped the Dipper away from its stone.  At least that's what I think I saw, as there was no sign of the Dipper, unless it had escaped the clutches of the predator.  Those of you who attended the meeting last Tuesday will recognise this scenario when our excellent speaker, Peter Mawby, drew attention to this behaviour.
Paul King

Sunday continued

Cononley Ings -Shoveler 12, Pintail 30+, Wigeon 100+, Teal 30+, Mallard, Greylag Geese 29,
Canada Geese 15, Lapwing 500+
Brian Vickers
Redcar Lane: 21 Redwing in field near Brighton Wood
Redcar Tarn: Goosander (fem), 15 Tufted Duck, Teal (male), 210 Lapwing .
Nick Tonge

8th January 2012

East Riddlesden Hall
Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Siskin,
30+BhGulls, Bullfinch, 12+Goldfinch, Pheasant

M Doveston

Saturday 7 January 2012

Shipley Glen Woods - this afternoon, Lesser Spotted briefly drumming, plus vocal Nuthatches.
Shaun Radcliffe
Cononley Ings: 14 Pintail; 8 Shoveler; 120 Wigeon
Redcar Tarn: 34 Pinkfeet in roadside field. Flew off to the north-west
Keith Moir
Laycock - Newsholme area - Dipper, 23 Grey Partridge, pair of Stonechat.
Fred Drake


Thanks to Keith Moir for noticing the wrong month shown previously & now corrected. It provides me with an opportunity to remind observers to send in all 2011 records as soon as possible. Many thanks.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 6 January 2012

Cononley Ings - 62 Wigeon, 30 Teal, 29 Canada Geese, 16 Greylags, male Goldeneye, Sparrowhawk, a few Fieldfare & Redwing, hare.
Shaun Radcliffe
Keighley Golf Course - Kestrel. In flooded fields by Howden House near Silsden, two pair Goosander, large flock of Lapwings and Gulls, 70+ Fieldfare, 6 Grey Partridge, Sparrowhawk.
Graham Forsyth
Soil Hill: still at least 7 Snow Buntings
Keighley: c 110 Pinkfeet north-west
Keith Moir
A skein of 60 Pinkfoot seen also over Keighley by Fred Drake.

Thursday 5 January 2012

Whetstone Gate - 2 Short-eared Owls hunting.
Radcliffes & Stones.
Five Whooper Swans on Silsden Floods, next to the golf driving range near the trunk road.
Keith Moir

2nd January 2012

Redcar TarnLapwing 250+, BhGull 100+, Common Gull 10+
Tufted Duck 8, Coot, Mallard, Moorhen, Rook

Stockbridge (Members Only)
Pheasant, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, Siskin,
Hedge Accentor 6, BhGulls, Grey Heron

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 16+Goldfinch,
BhGull 36+,

M Doveston

Sunday 1 January 2012

Embsay Garden - single male Brambling has been visiting daily since Christmas. Today - 3 males and a female now.
Clare Dunn
Stockbridge Reserve - On a very wet & windy morning, 28 species recorded including - 4 Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, Siskin, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel. Water Rail has not been seen for some time.
Shaun Radcliffe et al.


Wishing you a good birding year for 2012.