Sunday 30 September 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - on a dismal morning 33 species recorded including - Reed Bunting, Siskin, Redpoll, Kingfisher, Chiff-Chaff, Sparrowhawk, Jay, Cormorant.
Fred Drake et al.
Silsden Floods  - 510 BHG, 3 LBBG, 4 Herring Gull, 4 Canada Goose, 3 Mute Swan, Cormorant, Curlew, 330 Lapwing, 30 Starling, 40 Mallard, Teal, 8 Wigeon, 10 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Dipper on Silsden Beck, 6 House Martin
Steve Parkes

Yellow-browed Warbler

Please see Calderdale Birds web-site re sighting recently at Ogden Water.

Saturday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - the swollen river brought 3 Kingfisher on to the reserve. Also recorded - 6 Redpoll, 200 BHG, 3 Chiff-Chaff, 3 Bullfinch, Kestrel
Fred Drake, Peter & Margaret Riley.

29th September 2012

Denholme Clough 0730-0915
Good steady vis mig this morning though as the clouds cleared the birds became too high to count. Swallows 8+, Redwing 1, Fieldfare 1, Chiffchaff 1, Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtails 3, Siskin, Redpoll, Chaffinches, Reed Bunting 1, Kestrel, Pheasant, Song Thrushes, Goldcrests, Coal Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Cormorants 3.

Doe Park Reservoir - Cormorant 1

M Doveston

Thursday, 27th September 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon Moor
After the deluge, three Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course and in the soggy meadow at Golcar Farm, there were two Lapwings.
Paul King.

Wednesday 26th September 2012

Fly Flatts
One Wheatear
Nab Water Lane
One Wheatear and one Whinchat
Brian Vickers.

23rd September 2012

Denholme Clough 0830-0930
Very little vis mig. Chiffchaff 6+, Blackcap 2+
Goldcrests, Jays, GSWdpkrs, Mistle Thrush
Song Thrush, Grey Wagtail, Swallows,

Doe Park Res 0730-0800 & 0930-0945
Teal x15 on the reservoir, Swallows, Meadow Pipits,
Grey Partridge, Jays, Chiffchaff, Stock Dove, Redpoll,

Cottingley Bar - House Martins gathered over woods

Stoney Ridge 16.20 - 5 Swallows heading East

M Doveston

Saturday, 22nd September 2012

At Paul Clough - Willow warbler 2, Goldcrest 2, Greenfinch 20, Bullfinch 16, Reed bunting 2, Long Tailed Tits and 12 Chaffinch.  
A Wheatear was seen at Fly Flatts.  
At Barden Scale the raptors included three Red Kites, four Raven, six Buzzards, a Merlin, a few Sparrowhawks and Kestrels.
Brian Vickers.

At Glovershaw, five Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course along with Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.
Paul King.

Friday 21st September 2012

Wheatears have continued to make their progress through the area.  The fairways of Baildon Golf Course again proved to be attractive to the species.  On a very wet day, six of these birds were feeding.  Nearby a Whinchat flew amongst tall grasses.
Paul King.

Fly Flatts
One Wheatear.
Brian Vickers.

Chellow Dean - Kingfisher

Hilltop Rec, Thornton - 2 Wheatear

A Robinson

Thursday, 20th September 2012

At least nine Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course and two Whinchats were with them near to Birch Close Lane.  All them fled when disturbed by the inevitable dog-walker.
Paul King

Tuesday, 18th September 2012

Baildon Moor
On yet another blustery day, 10 Wheatears were feeding across the Golf Course until they moved onto the fields by Golcar Farm.  There were also post-breeding flocks of Meadow Pipits and ten or so Skylarks feeding on the short grasses
Paul King.

At Fly Flatts there were two Wheatears and over at Paul Clough the passage of birds included 60 Chaffinch, 37 Siskin, two reed Buntings and a couple of Song Thrush.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 17th September 2012

Baildon Moor
On a bright, blustery morning there were six Wheatears and over 60 Meadow Pipits with six Skylarks feeding across various fairways on Baildon Golf Course.
Paul King

At Barden Scale a Hobby, Pergerine, six Buzzards, a Sparrowhawk were amongst Kestrels, Jays and a couple of Ravens were reported.  Later at Paul Clough, six Bullfinch, two Reed Buntings and a Ring Ouzel were also seen by Brian Vickers.


From tomorrow, Monday 17 September, please send your e-mail sightings to Paul King
until Saturday 29 September.
Many thanks.

Sunday continued

River Aire, Myrtle Park, Bingley - acorns are falling which may have attracted a pair of Mandarin plus a Wood Duck. In Beckfoot Lane, singing Chiff-Chaff plus female Blackcap on elderberries. Wagon Lane stretch of river - Kingfisher, Goosander & Dipper plus 6 Sand Martin with plenty of House Martin in the valley.
Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough 0700-0930
Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcaps, singing Chiffchaffs,
Meadow Pipits on the move, 2 Sand Martins West,
Swallows mainly West, Reed Bunting, Siskins,
Redpolls, Goldcrests, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,

Doe Park Reservoir
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
Stoat catching adult Rabbit

Denholme Sewage Works
House Martins, Swallows

Ten Yards Lane
Numerous Meadow Pipits in the fields

Trough Lane - Numerous Meadow Pipits

East Riddlesden Hall
Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Nuthatches,

M Doveston

Sunday, 16th September 2012

Glovershaw and Baildon Moor
A heavy overcast morning but the birding was again very good.  Seven Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course, making 22 on my three visits in the past six days.  Whinchats were also continuing to pass through with another three near Birch Close Lane where a juvenile male Stonechat popped-up amongst a surge of flighty Meadow Pipits.  Three Grey Partridges rose from the meadow as I walked across.
Paul King

Saturday 15 September 2012

Paul Clough 9.00-10.30 - Not many birds moving through or over. There was a Spotted Flycatcher on wall, a flock of 6 Siskin in the mountain ash and tit flocks moving up and down the clough, House Martins, Swallows, and Meadow Pipits over.
Steve Parkes

Tuesday 11th September, 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon Moor
Despite the strong breeze, there were plenty of interesting birds in the area.  A family of four Stonechats were feeding along the Glen Road, a brace of Grey Partridge raced across the meadow and a Buzzard drifted across the Moor.  On the Golf Course, nine Wheatears were counted on four different fairways.
Paul King

Monday, 10th September 2012

On a morning of drizzly rain a couple of Spotted Flycatchers were feeding at Golcar Farm and a Whinchat popped up onto a wall at Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 32 species recorded this morning including - Green Woodpecker, GSW, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch family, Cormorant, Blackcap, Redpoll. Most of the birds seen in the willows in front of the hide.
Fred Drake et al

Bradup, late afternoon - 2 Wheatear, Stonechat, Redpoll.
Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough 0715-0915am
Common Buzzard, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler,
Whitethroat 2, Blackcap 10+, Willow Warbler 2 singing,
Chiffchaff 30+, Goldcrests, GSWdpkr, Sparrowhawk,
Kestrel, Jays, numerous Tit-flocks, Swallows, Meadow Pipits
Reed Bunting

Doe Park Reservoir
House Martin 20+, Swallows, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipits
G Heron, LBBGulls, BHGulls, Common Gulls

Ten Yards Lane - Wheatear, Siskin 6
M Doveston

1300 hrs Bingley
3 Buzzards seen from garden

1330 - 1400   Walsh Lane
 Meadow Pipit 1, Cormorant 1 flying E-W
Phil Matthews

Sunday 9th September, 2012

Glovershaw, Baildon.
Another very bright and warm morning and some interesting birds.  A flock of chats, on the bracken, along the Glen Road, provide the best moments.  They turned out to be a couple of Stonechats and a post-breeding group of five Whinchats.  A Whitethroat was on the horse-field hedge, three Stock Doves flew by Golcar Farm and a solitary Wheatear scuttled across the Golf Course.
Paul King.

Saturday continued

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - highlights were a Spotted Flycatcher (a rarity for the site), Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Cormorant, 10 Goldfiinch feeding on thistles and drinking from river gravel bars.
Stephen Parkes

Dowley Gap - Beck Foot
Jay 7, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Grey Heron 2

Bingley - early evening from garden
Goldcrest 1, Buzzard 2, Red Kite 1

P Matthews

Saturday 8th September, 2012

On a bright warm day, two Whitethroats fed in the hedgerow below the 'horse-field', a Spotted Flycatcher launched into a swarm of midges and a Willow Warbler sang weakly whilst hidden in a birch.  At Golcar Farm, a family of five Spotted Flycatchers fed happily and three Wheatears were in the vicinity of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Thursday 6 September 2012

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded this morning including 2 Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, 3 Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, House Martin, Swallow, GSW, Kestrel.
Fred Drake et al
Ben Rhydding next to A65 at 9.00pm - estimate 200+ curlew roosting in fields next to sewage works.
Stephen Parkes

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Glovershaw - 6 Cormorant, Redpoll, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk
Sconce Lane - close to old holiday cottages - Whinchat
Hedge below Glen Road - 2 Whitethroat, Spotted Fly, male Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Stonechat.
Shaun Radcliffe
Strid Woods - 2 Spotted Flycatchers together just upstream of aqueduct plus a tight group of 8 Mandarin – mainly juveniles but with a male in eclipse.
John Flood

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Fly Flatts - Whinchat,  Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear.
Brian Vickers
Common Scoter on Lindley Wood Reservoir late afternooon.

Keith Moir

Monday, 3rd September 2012

Shipley Glen
A very quiet morning on the moor so attention switched to the hedgerow at the bottom of the 'horse-field' along the Glen Road. Here there was a hive of activity.  A big flock of Greenfinch attracted my attention, but there were many other species, including a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whitethroat, a female Blackcap, a few fresh-looking Willow Warblers and a pair of Bullfinch.  The adjacent bracken seemed alive with families of Reed Buntings.  A downy looking Stonechat hopped along the wall and two more adult looking birds were seen near Glovershaw Lane.
Paul King.

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Whitethroat, Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtails amongst 29 species recorded.
Fred Drake et al

Bradup - single Wheatear, Little Owl, Merlin.
Shaun Radcliffe

small groups of house martins passing over through the day, probably around 200 in all, heading South. Also ; Raven overhead, kestrel, green woodpecker.
Andrew Greenwood

Sunday, 2nd September 2012

Glovershaw and Shipley Glen
The interesting weekend continued with another good passage of migrants and post-breeding flocks of passerines.  In a hedgerow alongside the 'horse-field' a group of 20 or more Willow Warblers passed along before diving for cover into ferns. A Whitethroat attended to a couple of juveniles and a female Redstart flicked its tail and fled amongst the cover. Further along at Golcar, three Wheatear and two Whinchats were feeding and the moorland fringes were alive with gathering Meadow Pipits. At Brackenhall, Tawny Owls, disturbed by Crows, could be heard making contact whilst a Green Woodpecker flew over the Glen.
Paul King.

Denholme Clough 07.40-09.30
Vis-mig was very poor; Redpoll 1, Siskin 1, Tree Pipit 1.
The bushes, however, were more productive;
Tree Pipit 2, Willow Warbler 2, Blackcap 4, Chiffchaff 6,
Reed Bunting 1, Song Thrushes 6+, Goldcrest, Robins,
Bullfinches, Siskin 12, Green Woodpecker, Swallows

Doe Park Res
Swallows, House Martins, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaffs,
Lesser Black-backed Gulls 30+W, Lapwing 1 N

Ten Yards Lane
Wheatear 2

Keighley 12.30 - Cormorant 2 heading up valley

M Doveston

Saturday, 1st September 2012

Glovershaw area
It was very wet underfoot, with all the fields ankle deep in water, nevertheless, there was a good passage of birds this morning.  In the 'horse-field' on the Glen Road, a couple of Whinchats were feeding with two Wheatears and further along in the newly cut meadow a similar group but with an additional Whinchat.  A Buzzard watched for voles from a fence post at Weecher and three Stock Doves fed in the open fields.  Along the hedgerow, up from Glovershaw Farm, five Spotted Flycatchers, a Blackcap, three Willow Warblers and an adult Stonechat with juvenile completed a satisfactory tour.
Paul King, Julia and Shaun Radcliffe.

Knotford Nook and along riverbank towards Otley (part way)
Coot 22, Great Crested Grebe 2 + 2 juvenile
Tufted Duck 2, Cormorant 1, Kingfisher 2
Moorhen quite young chick seen with adults
Spotted Flycatcher 1, Herring Gull 1, Grasshopper Warbler 1 (heard)
Southern Hawker, Brown Hawker, Common Darter
Ruddy Darter, Common Blue Damselfly
Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Large White
Small Copper, Peacock

Phil Matthews