28th April 2013

Wilsden, Main Street opposite fish shop
10x Waxwings

M Doveston

Sunday 21 April 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 37 species recorded this morning including - Whitethroat, pair of Bullfinch, Kestrel, 20 Redpoll with up to 10 birds on the feeder at one time, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Sand Martin, Swallow, Cormorant.
Fred Drake et al


Saturday continued

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) -Goldeneye, Goosander (pair on river), Grey Partridge -pair, Redshank -2, Lesser Black-backed Gull -1, Common Tern -2, Stock Dove -1, Sand Martin -c8, Redwing , Sedge Warbler, Blackcap -2 singing males, Willow Warbler -at least 4, Chiffchaff -many, Jay -1, Siskin -pair, Bullfinch -2 pairs.
John Armstrong

Saturday, 20th April 2013

A glorious morning for birding and Glovershaw was at its best. A pair of Red Grouse sailed off into the mist whilst Snipe were belting round or calling from fence posts.  A flock of 50 Golden Plovers occupied the damp fields near Golcar Farm and Lapwing protected their territory from marauding crows.  Five Wheatears, three males and two females, rested in the sun at Birch Close Lane, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were everywhere and the evocative call of Curlews drifted across the moorland.
Paul King.

East Riddlesden Hall
Blackcap and Chiffchaff singing.

Chiffchaff, Blackcap, several Swallows,
Noctule Bat flying around over Coppice Pond at 12.30pm
Siskin singing in trees around Coppice Pond.

M Doveston

Friday continued

67 Waxwings in front of Morrisons HQ, Gain Lane, Bradford
R Wilkinson

Birch Close Lane - by this afternoon, only a single male Wheatear seen so the birds are moving on quickly.
Shaun Radcliffe

Bingley garden - male Blackcap.
Paul Croft

Bingley Bog North and Myrtle Park
Common Sandpiper 3 in Myrtle Park passing upstream but had paused by the weir, later saw one of them along Riverside Walk (photographed in both spots). Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff 4 - 5
Mallard - two broods seen, one already reduced to two remaining chicks, Swallow 1, Goosander pair in Myrtle Park, Nuthatch prominent in both areas, A few pairs of House Sparrows breeding (carrying food into holes) not far from 5-rise Locks, Great Black-backed Gull 2 passed down the valley, Jackdaws breeding at the Mansions and on Lady Lane, Lady Lane rookery now 12 nests with a pair of Carrion Crows nesting a few trees away
P Matthews

East Riddlesden Hall - Chiffchaff
M Doveston

Friday 19th April 2013

Birch Close Lane, Glovershaw
It appears the mass movement of Wheatears is underway.  This morning nine birds, five males and four females were feeding just across the race track at Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Tuesday continued

I seem to miss Paul's golfing Wheatears but had one below Weecher. My count at Glovershaw was 100 Golden Plover but the flock keeps moving around.
Sconce Lane area - Swallows around the farms, 6 singing Willow Warblers amongst the dead bracken area on small trees, Little Grebe on small pond, 4 Tufted Duck flew over plus a House Martin.
Also Willow Warblers singing in Shipley Glen.
Pair of Linnet on Glen Road.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thackley - 12 Waxwings flew over.
Casper Pottle

Stockbridge (Members Only Reserve)
Male & Female Kestrel visited all three nest boxes during this afternoon.
The Female then remained in the middle one for over an hour

P Croft

Tuesday 16th April 2013

A Wheatear was feeding on the Golf Course and there was also a good number of pairs of Skylarks and Meadow Pipits.  A flock of 40 Golden Plovers flew from a field by Golcar Farm where a pair of Curlew were feeding and Snipe could be heard from their nest site and one was calling from on top of a fence post.
Paul King.

Monday 15 April 2013

Caldene Fields - 3 Sand Martin, 7 Swallows plus Willow Warbler at Raw Nook N R, South Bradford
Martyn Priestley
Walk from Bingley to Saltaire along R Aire - 2 Grey Wagtail at Ireland Bridge, 3 Chiff-Chaff in Myrtle Park, Wagon Lane area - 2 singing Blackcap and 2 singing Willow Warblers. Plenty of Sand Martin and Swallows with the odd House Martin.
Shaun Radcliffe
Whetstone - male Wheatear, male Stonechat, Snipe, Redshank, Kestrel.
Mike Bloomfield

Sunday 14 April 2013

Marley Farm - Willow Warbler, 5 Swallow.
Stephen Lilley
Leeshaw Res. – 40 Canada Geese, 4 Greylags, 6 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, Reed Bunting, Little Owl, Lapwings and Curlew.
Andrew Greenwood
High Royds, Menston - House Martins
Chelker Res. - Swallow
Shipley Station - 2 Chiff-Chaff
John Healey

Saturday 13 April 2013

Graincliffe Res. - in conifer plantation at 10.41 this morning, Firecrest. Photo taken.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Swallow, Sand Martin
Fred Drake

Whestone Gate- 3 Linnet, Wheatear.
Stephen Lilley

Scargill Pasture - 200 Golden Plover, 250 flock of winter thrushes, Swallow.
Scargill Res. - male Goldeneye, 2 pair of Goosander, pair of Redshank, Chiff-Chaff
Beaverdyke Res. - Swallow, 7 Tree Sparrow and nearby, 2 Marsh Tit (on call), Swallow.
John o'Gaunt Res. - single Barnacle Goose with Canadas, 20 Tufted Duck, 12 Teal and pair of Redshank.
Shaun Radcliffe

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, 6 Goosander, Chiff-Chaff, Oystercatcher.
Steve Parkes

Oxenhope area
2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Red Legged Partridge
2 Swallow, 10 Snipe, C60 Meadow Pipit
23 Skylark, 1 Stonechat, 1 Lesser Black Back Gull
26 Curlew, C40 Lapwing, 8 Woodpigeon
2 Redshank, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Goosander
1 Song Thrush, 4 Oystercatcher, 15 Black headed Gull
4 Greylag, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler

J Brass

Friday 12 April 2013

Riddlesden Garden - single Brambling with other finches.
Stephen Lilley

Hawksworth common (guiseley)
18 waxwing today. Chiffchaff singing

Roger Wilkinson

Thursday 11 April 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Swallow, a few Redwing, pair of Bullfinch, 6 Redpoll, 4 Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al

9th April 2013

evening walk through Judy Woods to Norwood Green
Treecreeper, 2 Lapwing, C20 Meadowpipit
Kestrel, Pied Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mistle Thrush

J Brass

Monday continued

Riddlesden Garden - 6 Siskin
Peter Sutcliffe

Sconce Lane - singing Chiff-Chaff in small plantation, Raven flying east.
Glovershaw - didn't see Paul's Wheatears unfortunately but 4 drumming Snipe plus 100 Golden Plover was worth the effort.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday 8th April 2013

Two male Wheatears on the 12th fairway of Baildon Golf Course at 8.30am.
Paul King.

Weekend catchup

Have been away so sorry for late entries.
A Chiffchaff at Toad Holes Beck and a Curlew flew N/W over Caldene Fields on Saturday morning.
Martyn Priestley

Sunday - A busy day for birds in my Riddlesden garden. 17 species in all including :-
10 Waxwings (a first in my garden), 4 Lesser Redpoll, 12 Siskin, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Greenfinch
Stephen Lillley

John O’Gaunts Res. - 3 Redshank, small flock of Redwings
Scargill Res. - female Common Scoter, 2 Redshank, singing Chiffchaff showing well and several arriving Meadow Pipits
John Flood

Sunday, 7th April 2013

Glovershaw and Baildon Moor
The air was filled by the sound of singing Skylarks as a Red Grouse walked across the fairway.  The flock of Golden Plover had grown to about 150, some of them roosted at Golcar and a second group were feeding near Birch Close.  Snipe were 'belting' round, a pair of noisy Oystercatchers raced by and Meadow Pipits indulged in their courtship and display.
Paul King.

Saturday 6th April 2013

Shipley Glen
A Green Woodpecker spent the morning calling from around the Glen, a GSW was drumming and a pair of Oystercatchers flew over.
On the wet fields by Golcar Farm, 80 Golden PLovers had settled and 15 or so pairs of Lapwings were in situ.  A pair of Grey Partridge foraged by Glovershaw farm, Curlew were active and Snipe were displaying over their breeding territory.
Paul King.

Saturday 6th April 2013

Queensbury - 1 Redpoll, 3 Bulfinch, 2 Goldcrest, 8 Waxwing (There have been up to 30 Waxwing in Queensbury all this week).

Thursday 4 April 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 36 species recorded this morning including -  2 Woodcock, pair of Bullfinch, Kingfisher, 2 Snipe, a few Herring Gulls passing down the valley, Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Siskin.
Steve Webb et al

Graincliffe Reservoir area - flock of 5 Crossbill flew over plus a pair feeding on cones, 2 Woodcock (nearly stood on), 3 male Siskin, pair of copulating Curlew (just to prove it is spring).
Shaun Radcliffe

Baildon Garden - pair of Brambing
Paul Marfell

Monday 1 April 2013

Baildon Garden - Brambling
Paul Marfell
Glovershaw - 40 Golden Plover, a few Lapwing, 300 Starling
Birch Close Lane - 15 Greylag, 7 Oystercatchers, 3 Stock Dove, 3 Curlew
Shaun Radcliffe