Saturday 5th January 2013

Shipley Glen
17 Grey herons were roosting at the bottom of the Glen where a Mistle Thrush was in full voice. A flock of 12 or more Long-tailed Tits flitted through the tree tops and Nuthatch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay and a Grey Wagtail were all seen during the walk.
Paul King.

Bingley to Dowley Gap (via canal) to Beckfoot (via river) to Myrtle Park
34 bird species seen - highlights:
Wood Pigeon / gulls sp (0815 as day broke) 100+ Wood Pigeon in small groups, over a few minutes, from area of St Ives towards town in Ireland Bridge area; followed shortly after by 200+ gulls heading up the valley in various sized groups. Long-tailed Tit two groups of 9 and 7 in Bingley
Goosander a total of 10 males and 11 females seen (i suspect some duplication) 2 males on the canal near Britannia Wharf in Bingley, at least 3 males and 4 females along river (more if none duplicated), 3 males and 2 females on river within Myrtle Park. Pied Wagtail 60+ on filter beds and surrouding areas at Dowley Gap. Grey Heron at least 6 seen (saw two groups of 3 plus 3 singles, I am sure the 3s were the same birds). Kingfisher 1 on canal approaching Dowley Gap. Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming in trees near Dowley Lock. Meadow Pipit 1 on filter beds at Dowley. Chiffchaff 1 on the island under the Dowley Gap viaduct. Treecreeper 2. Redwing 5. Redpoll 3 (along Beckfoot Lane).
Roe Deer a female swimming in the river near Ireland Bridge.

P Matthews