Monday 30 April 2012

Bradup - pair of Redshank, 4 Snipe drumming.
Sconce Lane, this evening, behind Scout Camp - male Whinchat plus plenty of Willow Warblers. Towards the old holiday huts - Grasshopper Warbler (heard only), the bird being in the middle of gorse next to a wall.
Glovershaw - 15 Wheatear ( 11 birds on the golf fairway) plus 16 Golden Plover & a single Swift.
Shaun Radcliffe
Silsden Ings: 11 Black-tailed Godwits there today. Currently looks like one of the few places where waders are likely to turn up.
Keith Moir
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) Common Sandpiper
Graham Forsyth

29th April 2012

1 Swift at St Ives

1 Wheatear at Bradup
1 Wheatear at Whetstone
20+ Fieldfare in trees at Street lane Bradup
1 Common Sandpiper Leeshaw Reservoir
I Hargreaves

Redcar Tarn
2 Redshank, 4 LBBGulls, 26 Tufted Duck
20+Common Gull, Mute Swan

East Riddlesden Hall
Redpoll, 2 Siskin, Blackcap, Chiffchaff

Silsden Ings
100+BHGulls, 2 Lapwing, Curlew

M Doveston

28 & 29th April 2012

Stockbridge Reserve(members only) - Except for the sighting of House Martin, the current poor weather with NE winds, is delaying migrants at the reserve. By this weekend, Garden, Sedge & Whitethroat are normally recorded but are still awaited. Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff and Blackcap continued to sing despite the cold conditions. Swallows searched for any flies on the water.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday continued

2 Black-tailed Godwits at Silsden Ings
Keith Moir

28th April 2012

East Riddlesden Hall
Siskin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Willow Warbler,
Goldfinches collecting nest material

Redcar Tarn 20.00-20.30
2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatcher, Mute Swan
31 Tufted Duck, 2 LBBGulls
M Doveston

25th April 2012

Villa Road Garden, Bingley
Siskin with increased numbers of Greenfinch

A Josephs

27th April 2012

Keighley - 1x Swift

I Hargreaves

Sunday 22nd April 2012

Strid walk this morning produced 37 species in total including 2 male Pied Flycatchers and a brief glimpse of a male Redstart, also Common Sandpiper (pair), Mandarin (2), Dipper; plenty of Sand Martins but only one Swallow; Willow Warbler, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Chiffchaff, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers; Lapwing, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Mallards with ducklings, Goosander (pair); and most of the usual passerines present except for Long-tailed Tit…
No sign nor sound of Wood Warblers yet however…
Other surprising absences – blackcap, any raptors, heron, wagtails, kingfisher…

David & Helen Kidman

Ilkley Moor
I’ve just heard from a WNS member that he hear a Cuckoo on the moor yesterday at 0700.  He gives the map reference as SE121467
John Flood

Saturday 21st April 2012

Barden Bridge to Cavendish
Seen by a Wharfedale Nats Group:
2 Redstarts, 2 Common Sandpiper,6 male Pied Flycatchers, 3 pair Dipper, pair Goosander, 2 Grey Wagtail.  There were plenty of Sand Martins on breeding sight and 3 Swallows, Song Thrush and Mistle Thrush feeding young. Alan Tremethick

22nd April 2012

East Riddlesden Hall3 Siskin a feeders, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Swallow

Redcar Tarn
40+Swallows feeding low over water
LBBGulls, Common Gulls, BHGulls
Redshank, Lapwing, 26 Tufted Duck

M Doveston


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Friday 20th April 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon.
This morning 9 Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course along with Skylarks and Meadow Pipits. A pair of Stonechats were again along the Glen Road and 180 Golden Plovers had settled into their usual field alongside Glovershaw Lane.
Paul King.

Thursday 19 April 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher seen fishing, 5 Blackcaps, pair of Bullfinch, 2 Chiff-Chaff, small passage of Herring Gulls, a few Swallows during abysmal weather.
Fred Drake et al


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Contact returns to usual on 26th April.

Monday 16 April 2012

At 18-00 hrs while watching a pair of Great Crested Grebes and Swallows from the road that runs across Swinsty Reservoir embankment a Osprey flew low over the road and gently over the reservoir towards Fewston Res.
Dave Moore

Sunday continued

Leeshaw Res. - 3 Redshank, Little Owl
Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 110 Golden Plover
Stephen Parkes

Sunday 15th April 2012

Shipley Glen and Glovershaw
Spring has arrived in the form of 8 Willow Warblers (4 in the Glen, 3 at Crook Farm and 1 at Golcar Farm) and 2 Swallows over the Golf Course.
Paul King.

15th April 2012

The Strid
2 singing Willow Warbler, 4+ Chiffchaff
40+ Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 1 Male Pied Flycatcher
P & H Taylor

Royds Hall Area 07.15-09.00
Pair GCG nesting, 12 Tufted Duck, Common Sandpiper,
12 Swallow on the wires and feeding across the dam
3 Jay, Pair GSW, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch
3 Black Headed Gull, 3 Willow Warbler
J Brass
St.Ives 07.00-10.00
4 Willow Warbler, 6+Blackcap, 6+Chiffchaff,
Numerous Nuthatch, Song Thrush, GSWdpkrs,
Redpoll, Siskin, G Heron, C Goose, Moorhen, Coot,
Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Goldcrest, Jays carrying nest material
M Doveston et al

Saturday 14th April 2012

Oxenhope Area -
Ring Ouzel (M), Dipper, 6 Redshank, Snipe, 7 Goldeneye, 30+ Golden Plover, 3 Willow Warbler.

C King

Whetstone Area
C40 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 6 Snipe - drumming
1 Redshank, 9 Curlew, C16 Lapwing
5 Black-headed Gull, 5 Starling, 8 Skylark
10 Brown Hare
J Brass

Saturday continued

Group walk from Lindley Wood Res - Leathley - Farnley area.
Total of 49 species recorded including the following; 19 Chiff-Chaff, 13 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 10 Swallow, Sand Martin, Greenwoodpecker (heard), GSW, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Siskin, Redpoll and 3 G C G on the water.
Nick Tonge et al

14th April 2012

East Riddlesden Hall & R.AireGSWdpkr female on feeders, Goosander pair on River,
8+Swallows, 12+Sand Martin, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap,

M Doveston

Friday continued

Reva Hill area - 2 Wheatear, 7 Redshank, 6 Snipe, 40 Lapwing, 14 Skylark, 4 Stock Dove, Kestrel & 33 Golden Plover (some Northern race).
Shaun Radcliffe
Kingfisher on River Aire by Stockbridge. 5 Barn Swallows feeding over River Aire , top end of Magnet Joinery. 2 Jays, 2 Blackcap (male), Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, in rough tree/shrub covered industrial land situated between the trunk road and Beechcliffe.
Graham Forsyth
3 Swallows over Goodall's Farm at Tong mid afternoon.
Martyn Priestley

Friday 13th April 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon
There were three Wheatears feeding on the golf course, 175 Golden Plovers in their favoured field and three Snipe displaying over their breeding ground.  One of the birds was calling from the top of a telegraph pole.
Paul King.

Thursday 12 April 2012

Wharfe Valley
Marsh Harrier, 2x Osprey, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, Swift sp.
G Holmes

Warley Moor (Fly Flatts) -6 Twite, Wheatear, Skylark & Common Sandpiper
Malc & Fran Stones

Wednesday 11 April 2012

A passage Willow Warbler this morning at Raw Nook NR. Interestingly not there at 07.00 but visited the site again at 10.30 and it was in full song, then moved off.
Martyn Priestley

Bingley Moor road Swallow on phone wires.
Trough Lane Denholme 2 male Wheatear.
Paul Croft

2 house martins low over Shipley golf course 2 p.m 

4 reed buntings  feeding on seed in Villa Road garden, Bingley
A Josephs

Tuesday continued

Redcar Tarn - Little Gull
Keith Moir
Bradup - 4 Redshank, 3 Linnet, pair of Stonechat
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 10th April 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon.

In blustery conditions, three Wheatears (2 males and a female) flew into Birch Close and moments later a female Sparrowhawk swept over them whilst a small flock of 13 Golden Plovers fought with a strong wind.
Paul King

Monday continued

Greylag with young. L&L Canal, Riddlesden
Great Spotted Woodpecker (male). 2 Chiffchaff. Blackcap (male). Rough field top end of Keighley Golf Course, opposite from Low Wood Nature Reserve
Graham Forsyth
Walk along River Aire from Bingley to Saltaire - Kingfisher at Myrtle Park and Hirst Wood, plentyof Chiff-Chaffs and 3 singing Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 9th April 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon.
On a wet and dismal afternoon there were 6 Wheatears (3 male and 3 female) at Birch Close Lane and a Red Kite flew by.  There were only 15 Golden Plovers in their usual spot, but a couple of Green Woodpeckers were active in Shipley Glen.
Paul King

9th April 2012

Redcar Tarn
26 Tufted Duck, Herring Gull 2nd W, Common Gulls,
Lapwings on territory nearby, Mute Swan,
East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, female GSWdpkr on feeders

Whetstone Quarry area - PM
male Wheatear, Curlews, Lapwings, Mipits

M Doveston

Sunday 8 April 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 38 species this morning including -
brief Blackcap song, 2 Kingfisher, 5 Siskin, 2 Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, 10 Sand Martin, Chiff-Chaff, 7 Goosander, 3 Jay, 3 Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al.

Ireland Bridge, Bingley to Dowley Gap via Beck Foot Lane and River Aire
Grey Heron 1, Nutahtch 2, Goosander pair + 2 separate females, Tufted Duck male, Roe Deer pair, Kingfisher 1, Chiffchaff 2, Great Tit with nest material, Goldfinch, Long-tailed Tit, Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Jay
P Matthews

East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff singing, Blackcap singing, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk,
Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Canada Geese
M Doveston
Lindley fish farm - Mandarin 1
Kex Gill, Shelduck 2,
Ben Rhydding GP - Goosander pr
T Kuechel

Single Whooper Swan at Leeshaw Res late afternoon.
Keith Moir

Saturday continued

Swinsty circuit - flock of 131 Fieldfare crowded in tree, pair of Great Crested Grebe,
3 Chiff-Chaff
Kex Gill
Pair of Shelduck still present

John Flood
Glovershaw this afternoon - Golden Plover flock now over 250 including northern race birds.
Sconce Lane - singing Willow Warbler next to scout camp.
Shaun Radcliffe

reva reservoir
little owl sat in top of hawthorn.
several lapwings+oystercatchers in fields
A Robinson

Saturday 7th April 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon.
There were two distinct flocks of Golden Plovers - a restless 200+ and a contented group of 60, both in the usual field.
Paul King.

Friday continued

Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear.
Brian Vickers

Friday 6th April 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon.
A Willow Warbler was singing from the trees near Crook Farm and a Green Woodpecker was close by.  62 Golden Plover were feeding in the usual field adjacent to Glovershaw Lane.
Paul King.

East Riddlesden Hall - R.Aire walk
several Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2+Swallow, several Sand Martin
2 Kingfisher, GSWdpkr, BHGull, 20+Meadow Pipits

M Doveston

Thursday 5 April 2012

Embsay Moor - Ring Ouzel & Wheatear this morning.
Clare Dunn
Stockbridge Reserve ( members only) - 35 species recorded including Kingfisher, 3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Sand Martin & Chiff-Chaff. Surprisingly no Blackcap yet.
Fred Drake et al
Bradup - pair of Redshank
Graham Forsyth
Horncliffe Well - Wheatear in the snow.
Shaun Radcliffe
From Strid Wood to Barden Bridge - 2 Goosander, 2 Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Sand Martin & in small wood closeby - 2 Brambling, 2 Siskin, 7 Redpoll
Fran & Malcolm Stones

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Embsay Garden - male Brambling
Clare Dunn

Tuesday 3 April 2012

Trough Lane - 22 Fieldfare
Brian Vickers

2nd April 2012

Whetstone Gate areaAll usual species up there:Curlew, lapwing, mipits, red grouse, skylark etc. plus 2 Oystercatcher.
I Skayman

Sunday continued

A singing Blackcap at Toad Hole Beck this morning.
Martyn Priestley
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 38 species recorded including a single Swallow, 10 Sand Martin, 2 Chiff-Chaff, Cormorant.
Fred Drake et al
Singing Willow Warbler - Baildon Bank
Peter Riley
Singing Blackcap at Crossflatts.
Shaun Radcliffe
Lindley Wood - pair of mating Coot
On to Dob Park Bridge (a feast of bird-song, albeit without any Blackcap yet)
13 Chiffchaff, 13 Wren, 4 Song Thrushes, 3 drumming GSW, a yaffling Green Woodpecker
John Flood
Barden Scale - Osprey ( heading North at 1150 )
Brian Vickers, Gordon Holmes

1st April 2012

St.Ives 7 - 9am
6 singing Chiffchaff, 10+Fieldfare, 1 Redwing,
10+Redpoll, 2 Siskin, 6 Linnet, drumming GSWpdkr,
Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Jays, Sparrowhawk

M Doveston, J Roberts et al

East Riddlesden Hall
Chiffchaff, Blackcap singing

M Doveston

Oakworth garden
Reed Bunting with Chaffinches & Greenfinches
H Creber