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Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl photo: Stephen Lilley

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Wishing you all a good year's birding in 2014.

Sunday 30 December 2013

Royds Hall area - 65 Redwing, 6 Bullfinch, Brambling with finch flock, 2 Jay, 2 GSW, Nuthatch,
250 Woodpigeon, 8 Tufted Duck, Goosander, 51 Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebe.
James Brass

Saturday 29 December 2013

Bradley/ Snaygill area - 7 Common Buzzard, mixed flocks of winter thrushes feeding on berries, pair of Goosander on canal.
Paul Croft

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Sunday 22 December 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrel sat in box for some time whilst a Sparrowhawk patrolled the reserve. Redpoll, Siskin, Bullfinch and a few Fieldfare were seen. Cormorant & Goosanders flew along the river.


Not a Turkey seen anywhere!!!

Happy Christmas to one and all.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Saturday 21 December 2013

Soil Hill - Snow Bunting, last light.
Brian Sumner
A juvenile Sparrowhawk seen by Paul Croft at Stockbridge on the 16th December.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Thursday 19 December 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail seen briefly, 2 Snipe on area cleared by volunteers (but still hard to see), Kingfisher, a few Siskin coming down to bathe, Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Glovershaw - 40 Fieldfare ground feeding plus Kestrel
Baildon Moor - 40 Golden Plover.
In the area - 3 Reed Bunting dotted about. No other buntings!
Shaun Radcliffe
Upwood - Whetstone Gate-  2 Brambling in mixed flock of Chaffinches and Tits at Upwood.
Female Stonechat below Bradup by stream, Male Stonechat  between Bradup and Quarry feeding on roadside. Kestrel hunting by quarry.
Stephen  Lilley
Soil Hill - Jack Snipe late afternoon.
Keith Moir

Monday, 16 December 2013

Monday 16 December 2013

Dowley Gap S W - Chiff-Chaff seen from aqueduct this morning. Two Chiff-Chaffs this afternoon in the fenceside bushes. No sign of a bird from the aqueduct, so one of them is presumably the bird seen earlier in the day.
Shaun Radcliffe & Keith Moir

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Sunday 15 December 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species recorded this morning including - 4 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Kingfisher, a Snipe which the Water Rail chased off, 2 Redpoll, 120 Woodpigeon flew east, 20 Siskin, Goosander, 23 Fieldfare, hunting Kestrel and Tawny Owl in its box.
Fred Drake et al

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Denton Hall - 44 Wigeon grazing, 100 Curlew
Beecroft Plantation - 2 Reed Bunting, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Red Kite
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 9 December 2013

Monday 9 December 2013

Redcar Tarn - Adult Med Gull in winter plumage mid-afternoon left with several other gulls.
Keith Moir

Barden Scale - 2 Kestrel, Buzzards, 2 Raven, 25 Redwing, 2 Goldcrest, 20 Fieldfare,
100 plus Golden Plover.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Sunday 8 December 2013

Stockbridge Reserve - very active Sparrowhawk chasing Blackbirds, Tawny Owl in box, movement of winter thrushes passing through heading west. Possibly over 200 Fieldfare but less Redwing.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Saturday 7 December 2013

Allerton - Peregrine seen hunting in the area.
Jon Middleton

Yeadon Tarn - 14 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 12 Tufted Duck, male Goldeneye & 19 Goosander and a Wigeon.

A male Tufted Duck and a male Wigeon on Yeadon Tarn.  Photos by Phil Matthews.

Shaun Radcliffe et al

Friday, 6 December 2013

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Stainburn Forest - 20 Crossbills
Leathley - 3 Red Kites
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Thruscross Reservoir - Peregrine, 53 Canada Geese, Kestrel
Fewston Reservoir - 170 Canada Geese, 15 Greylag, 7 Tufted, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite. In the beech wood next to A59 near Blubberhouses - 4 Brambling, Treecreeper.
Shaun Radcliffe

Baildon
A Rose-ringed Parakeet in a garden on The Rowans, just off Lucy Hall Drive.
Paul King

Strid Woods - 100 Brambling on north bank of the river just east of the aqueduct. Very mobile.
Mandarin Duck total 49 birds in small parties.
Keith Moir

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Sunday 1 December 2013

Stockbridge Reserve - 34 species recorded this morning including -
Water Rail, 3 Reed Bunting, Siskin, GSW. No Snipe seen.

Shaun Radcliffe et al

St.Ives Estate
Redpoll, Fieldfare, Redwing, Common Gull,
30+Blackbird in one flock, Mistle Thrush,
30+Goldfinch in one flock, Chaffinch, 6+Bullfinch,
Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit,
Nuthatches, Treecreeper, Jay numerous,
Grey Heron, Canada Goose, 130+Mallard, Moorhen,
Wren, Hedge Accentor, Robin, Pied Wagtail,
6+GSWdpkr (3 together in same tree)
Little Owl in usual spot.

M Doveston

Baildon Moor
The flock of Golden Plover, in the field below Hope Hill, was down to 25 but there was the addition of three Lapwings.  About 50 Fieldfare were seen feeding on berries in various parts of Shipley Glen.
Paul King.

Bingley - on the canal near the town centre this afternoon - male American Wood Duck
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Saturday 30th November, 2013

Upwood- Whetstone Gate

3 Bramblings, GSW, Nuthatch, Kestrel around Upwood,  single Meadow Pipit  above Bradup.

Stephen  Lilley

Baildon Moor
There was a flock of 30 Golden Plovers in a field on the southern edge of Hope Hill, Baildon.
Paul King.

Shelf Moor trailer park field - 278 Lapwing, 31 Common Snipe, C200 Starling, 3 Golden Plover,
4 Reed Bunting
Brian Sumner

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Thursday 28 November 2013

Cullingworth Fields - adult Med Gull in winter plumage.
Keith Moir

Stockbridge Reserve - A Snipe still feeding opposite hide but Moorhen keeps bothering it. Quiet morning with a few Reed Bunting, Fieldfare & nice to see a Goldcrest which is not a regular here. Cormorant flew down river plus Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Monday 25 November 2013

Strid Woods - mixed flock of Chaffinch & Brambling towards Cavendish Pavillion, about 50 birds feeding on beech mast.

Brian Vickers

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Sunday 24 November 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded including Tawny Owl at box, single Snipe feeding on edge of lake, Water Rail, Fieldfare, 5 Cormorant flew west, Redwing, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, small Siskin flock.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday 23 November 2013

Silsden Res - Pink  Footed Goose, Goldeneye 3, Tufted Duck 26
Chelker Res. - Greylag Geese 116, Goosander.
Barden Scale -  Red Kite, Peregrine, Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Hawksworth Moor - female Stonechat, 2 Snipe flushed, Red Kite, 300 Starlings.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 18 November 2013

Monday 18 November 2013

Whetstone Gate - male Snow Bunting. Bird feeding at the side of the road just up from the quarry as the road levels off.
Bradup - pair of Stonechat.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Sunday 17 November 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded this morning including - Water Rail, Kingfisher, Redpoll, Siskin, Redwing, GSW, Grey Wagtail, Jay, Bullfinch. Continental Blackbirds everywhere.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Saturday 16 November 2013

Royds Hall area/ Judy Woods -good numbers of birds in the area today;
Great Crested Grebe, 15 Common Gulls, C30 Long Tail Tits, 3 Meadow Pipits, C60 Redwings
3 Green Finches, Bullfinch, C500 Woodpigeons, C40 Jackdaws,62 Canada Geese,Rook
7 Jay, Nuthatch, Sparrowhawk,3 Mistle Thrushes, C60 Starlings,2 Buzzards
Jamie Brass

Friday, 15 November 2013

Friday 15 November 2013

Sconce Lane - 7 Grey Partridge, Little Owl, 4 Reed Bunting
Shaun Radcliffe
Yeadon Tarn
The Tarn was quiet this afternoon, but a Pochard, a couple of Great Crested Grebes and a solitary Goosander were present.
Paul King
Stephen Lilley photographed this Goosander on the River Aire

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Wednesday 13th November, 2013

Shipley Glen
An enjoyable walk with stunning autumnal colours, and there was plenty of bird activity including a Blackcap and a Kingfisher on the river at Hirst Wood.
Paul King

Strid Woods - from Cavendish Pavillion up river to Strid, 45 Mandarin. Above Strid to aquaduct, another 25 birds. With the woods full of acorns, is this count of 70 going to be beaten? Also seen by one of the observers, a single Brambling near Cavendish. (Better luck next time Malcolm!)
Fran & Malc Stones

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Monday 12 November 2013

Private Wetland (permit holders only) - Wigeon 26, Goldeneye 3 (all females), Tufted Duck 9,
Goosander 2, Coot 37, Little Grebe, Mallard 30, Cormorant 10, Mute Swan 4, Moorhen 2, Canada Geese 11, Greylag Goose, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Reed Bunting 2, Little Owl, Buzzard, flyovers - 60 Lapwing, Fieldfare 22.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday 10 November 2013

Stockbridge Reserve - the feeders were quiet this morning due to regular visits by a Sparrowhawk and the local black cat. Brief view of Water Rail plus Kingfisher & Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al

Shelf Moor Trailer park field - 1500 hrs
38 Common Snipe, 277 Lapwing, C200 Starling
Brian Sumner

Caldene Fields - 20351 Woodpigeon mainly S/SW plus Little Egret flew to N/E but at a distance of about eight miles away.
Martyn Priestley

Friday, 8 November 2013

Friday 8 November 2013

Visible migration observations from Caldene Fields, South Bradford watch point
included, Woodpigeons - 11,293 S/S/W + 1 Twite S +1 Crossbill N.
Martyn Priestley

Strid Woods - 41 Mandarin Duck, 4 singing Dippers.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Thursday 7 November 2013

Glovershaw Farm - in the field at the back, a covey of 7 Grey Partridge plus a Little Owl.
Sconce Lane - Little Owl
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Ilkley Moor under White Wells. 12noon . Cool and overcast.
Ring-ouzel, Nuthatch, LTT'S x 6, Gt Tit x2, Goldcrest, Wren, Blackbird 3, Robin,
Penny French

Bradup - 2 flocks of 30 & 40 Fieldfare appear to be heading for evening roost at High Moor Plantation.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday 4 November 2013

Street Lane above Riddlesden - single Brambling with mixed flock. Flock of 35 wandering Lapwings.
Shaun Radcliffe.

Caldene Fields - 7378 Woodpigeon south & 39 north. Chiff-Chaff on site.
Martyn Priestley

Yesterday
Kingfishers - today I had three showing very well along the canal: Two near Crossflatts and one between the Three and Five-Rise Locks.
Also seen were 9 Redwing near Five Rise Locks.
Some nice flocks of House Sparrows also along the canal especially near Micklethwaite Mill.
Phil Matthews

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Saturday 2nd November, 2013

Hawksworth Golf Course
The 1st winter Spotted Flycatcher seen on Hawksworth Golf Course on 28th October by Roger Wilkinson.
Spotted Flycatcher at Hawksworth. Photo: Roger Wilkinson

Ogden Reservoir
A Firecrest was reported via Calderdale Birders.  The bird was amongst a flock of Goldcrests.
Photo: Brian Sumner
Brian Sumner


Thursday, 31 October 2013

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Askwith Moor - 2 Buzzard,  Sparrowhawk,  15:30
Denton Hall fields - 620 Curlew - my largest count for a few years 16:00
Theo Kuechal

Timble Ings
Snow Bunting were reported flying by and over 50 Crossbills were showing well with 10 Brambling seen in the area.  In addition, there were five Mealy Redpolls, 26 Lesser Redpolls, 20 Goldcrests, one of which was ringed there in August 2012.
Andy Jowett.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Hawksworth - Spotted Fly seen again on golf course (see yesterday's entry).
Roger Wilkinson

Scargill Reservoir area - Buzzard, 35 Lapwing, 2 Grey Wagtail plus two Fieldfare flocks of 35 & 30
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 28 October 2013

Monday 28 October 2013

Bradford Golf Course, Hawksworth - a very late record of a Spotted Flycatcher seen within 10 feet for 20 minutes.
Roger Wilkinson

A Parakeet has been frequenting a garden in Saltaire for the last few days.

Jonathan Morton

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sunday 27th October 2013

St.Ives
Redwing, Fieldfare, Brambling, Little Grebe,
2 Sparrowhawk, Nuthatch, Jays, Bullfinch,
Little Owl, plus usual woodland species
26 Canada Geese, BHgulls

M Doveston

Denholme Clough
Fieldfare, Redwing, 9 Bullfinch, Goldfinch,
Goosander,

Doe Park Reservoir
2 Goosander, several Mallards, Sparrowhawk,
LBBGull, BHGulls

DCBarker, M Doveston

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Saturday 26 October 2013

Pennythorne Hill - pair of Stonechat
Sconce Lane - 100 Fieldfare, 4 Reed Bunting, Kestrel plus a few Mipits.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Thursday 24 October 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Kingfisher, Chiff-Chaff, female Blackcap plus 370 Pinkfoot flying west in three skeins at 10.00.
Fred Drake et al

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Glovershaw - small flock of Lapwing
Birch Close Lane - 50 Fieldfare feeding on Elderberry & Holly, 2 Reed Bunting.
Sconce Lane - two Woodpigeon roosts of 62 & 60, Red Kite, 6o Fieldfare flock plus another 100 birds in a mixed flock of winter thrushes. Also a single Brambling calling in flight (tapes now checked).
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 21 October 2013

Monday 21st October 2013

Shipley Glen
A flock of 12 Fieldfares flew from east to west at 9 am.
Paul King.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Sunday 20th October 2013

Denholme Clough 0735-1030
vis-mig counts;
Pink-footed Geese x75+, Redwing x355, Fieldfare x170,
Brambling x15, Woodpigeon x257, Cormorant x3,
Meadow Pipit x23, Starling x157, Greenfinch x14,
Goldfinch x17, Chaffinch x27, Redoll x3, Siskin x7,
Common Gull x2, Jackdaw x34, Pied Wagtail x9
In the woods and bushes; Green Woodpecker, Bullfinch 8+,
Sparrwhawk 2, Kestrel 2, Jay 8+ singing Chiffchaff,
Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit,

Doe Park Reservoir
10+Mallard, 30+Black-headed Gull, Redwing
Fieldfare, Bullfinch

M Doveston

Oxenhope Watchpoint 1045-1200
200+Pink-footed Geese, 2 Skylark, 1 Golden Plover
Fieldfare, Redwing, Raven - Crossbills seen earlier

DCBarker, H Creber, M Doveston, R Proctor

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species recorded this morning including 2 Kingfisher, Fieldfare, Goosander, Redwing, Siskin, Reed Bunting.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Saturday 19th October 2013

Wharfe Valley
A grey male Hen Harrier (passed through NW), a Red Kite, at least 2 Sparrowhawks, 7 Buzzards, 2+ Kestrels & a male Peregrine.  Also 110+ & 55+ Pinkfeet > W plus 100's of thrushes moving through (in some cases perhaps to & fro), mostly Fieldfares but some Redwings & many very, very distant!

AGGough

Oxenhope Watchpoint - Day of the Fieldfare
Massive migration for most of the day of 15796 Fieldfare.

DCBarker, H Creber

Friday, 18 October 2013

Friday 18th October 2013

East Riddesden Garden
2 Goldcrest feeding among shrubs, Nuthatches,
GSWdpkr, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch,
Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie,
Jackdaw, 2 Collared Dove, Woodpigeon,
Robin, Hedge Accentor, Blackbird,

Crossflatts School
Grey Wagtails, Redwing, Long-tailed Tits

Keighley Town Centre
Goldcrests in trees at bottom of Oakworth Road

M Doveston

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Thursday 17 October 2013

Migration watch from Caldene Fields -  2 Shags with a Cormorant S/W,
single Red Kite east, Pink-footed Goose 89E + 102N. On 16/10 A Rose-ringed
Parakeet flew S/W.
Since the N/E winds on 9th until 15th - 17327 Redwings observed from the watchpoint.
Martyn Priestley

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Denholme Clough - migration watch from 07.40 to 09.30
Fieldfare 116, Redwing 74, Chaffinch 12, Goosander 9,
Greenfinch 20 plus local GSW & Pied Wagtail.
The drizzle & rain made viewing difficult (especially through glasses!).
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 14 October 2013

Monday 14 October 2013

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - migration watch - 2036 Redwing, 2 Swallows
Previous records at this site: - 5932 Redwing on 10th, 2 House Martin on 11th, 2120 Redwing on 12th & yesterday, 4256 Redwing, 15 Whoopers plus a feeding Chiffchaff.
Martyn Priestley

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Sunday 13 October 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 35 species recorded this morning including - Redwings, Kingfisher, Teal, Cormorant, 2 Swallow, Goosander, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch.
Earlier - Water Rail on 5th & seen a few times since, Chiffchaff & Redpoll on 11th.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Saturday 12th October 2013

Denholme Clough 0725-0930
vis-mig count in the drizzle;
1 Brambling, 572 Redwing, 6 Fieldfare, 8 Siskin,
1 Reed Bunting, 17 Chaffinch, 6 Meadow Pipit,
12 Goosander, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Greenfinch,
In the bushes; Chiffchaff

St.Ives - Coppice Pond
Little Grebe

M Doveston
 
Soil Hill
This salubrious location contained a lot of fog, plus a Woodcock and a Jack Snipe.
Keith Moir

Beckfield Road Cottingley -
5 Redwing, 4 Greenfinch & a Mistle Thrush in a Rowan Tree
Robert Conderson
 
 

Friday, 11 October 2013

Friday 11th October 2013

Oxenhope
A mega arrival of Redwing recorded, some Fieldfare too.

DCBarker

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Thursday 10th October 2013

Paul  Clough

1350  Redwings all heading west,  25 Fieldfare,
Peregrine Falcon,  Sparrowhawk, 6  Bullfinch.
Brian Vickers

Oxenhope
Large arrival of Redwing witnessed

H Creber

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Sunday 6th October 2013

Denton Park 10.30am
Yellow-browed Warbler
Steve Blain  (Bedfordshire Recorder) et al managed to obtain this recording of the warbler, though it is faint, the Coal Tit-like "Sweest" can be heard.
http://snd.sc/17VSNpp

Denholme Clough 0715-1100
Vis-mig;
Highlight was a site first - Hawfinch north at 0925.
3+11 Crossbill also north, 3 Swallow, 9 Skylark,
Meadow Pipits passing through all morning in small groups,
Pied Wagtail, Starling, 15+Redwing, Mistle Thrush,
Song Thrush, Linnet, Goldfinch, Siskin, Redpoll,
Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Grey Wagtail, Collared Dove,
1 Reed Bunting,
In the Clough;
Common Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
5+Chiffchaff (3 singing), male Blackcap,
Butterflies - Speckled Wood, Peacock, Red Admiral

Doe Park Res - 2 Raven

Aire Valley
25+Pink-footed Geese seen from Denholme Clough

Dick Hudson's area - Red Kite (pm)

M Doveston   


Upwood  Hall  -  This morning 4 Buzzard, 2  overhead , 2 some distance to the west.

Stephen  Lilley

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Saturday 5th October 2013

Paul Clough
There were four Swallows a Ring Ouzel, 69 Chaffinch, Bull finch, Reed Bunting and 160 Meadow Pipits.
Brian Vickers
A female  Sparrowhawk dries  her feathers, Stockbridge Reserve.
 Paul  Croft

Whetstone Gate
4 Stonechat, (2m, 2f) all four looked like young birds, seen  200m or so below  quarry, feeding on roadside.  Single Reed  Bunting, same  area.
Single Wheatear at  Bradup
Stephen  Lilley

Glovershaw
Three Wheatears, one on the 11th fairway and two in Golcar Fields.  Four Red Grouse were flushed from the heather on the Golf Course.
Paul King and Richard Butler

East Riddlesden Hall
Early morning vis-mig;
4 Redwing, Pied Wagtails, Finches, Meadow Pipits.
At the feeders;
20+Goldfinch, 12+Chaffinch, Nuthatches, GSWdpkr,
4+Jackdaw, Coal Tit, 3+Dunnock, Robin, Blackbirds
M Doveston


Friday, 4 October 2013

Thursday 3 October 2013

6 Redwings at Caldene Fields, South Bradford and 4 Song Thrush south + 1 north and a
further 2 in nearby bushes all in heavy fog.
Martyn Priestley


Stockbridge Reserve -
3 Chiffchaff, GSW, Grey Wagtail, 3 Swallows
Steve Webb et al

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Denholme Clough - 07.15 - 09.30
Meadow Pipit 39, Mistle Thrush 14, Chaffinch 7, Pied Wagtail 6, Siskin 25, Redpoll 3, Goldfinch 7, Greenfinch 4, Tufted Duck & Goosander.
On the reservoir, Cormorant.
In the Clough - 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, Bullfinch, 2 Grey Wagtail, GSW, Green Woodpecker, LTT, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 30 September 2013

Monday 30th September 2013

Silsden  Res    
3 Wigeon, 1 Teal, 3 Cormorants

Chelker  Res  
Little  Grebe, 5 Cormorants

Wharfe Valley
Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Merlin,  Sparrowhawk,
 Kestrel,  Peregrine,  2 Raven,  Swallows.

Brian  Vickers


Driving over from Dick  Hudsons to Menston this afternoon, 4 Red  Kites, one by Weecher  Res, a party of 3  over Reva  Hill.  The latter were still there on the way back an hour later.
Stephen Lilley

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Sunday 29th September 2013

St.Ives - Coppice Pond - Mansion
Nuthatches, Jays, 40+BHGulls, Canada Geese, Mallard,
Moorhen, Coot, Coal Tit,
M, H, L &L Doveston


c70 Black-headed Gull  Dowley  Gap and c150 near  rugby club.
2 Grey  Wagtail on river at Dowley  Gap.  
Female  Goosander   and  Kingfisher by viaduct.
4  House Martin  Wagon  Lane.
6 Pied  Wagtail   Dowley  Gap  
Phil  Matthews


Saturday, 28 September 2013

Saturday 28 September 2013

High Eldwick area.
Little Owl 1 (Walsh Lane)
Buzzard 1 (Heights Lane) being mobbed by corvids
Partridge 7 (Heights Lane) - 1 definite Grey, rest unidentified
Also seen - Pheasant, Goldfinch (19 birds seen, one flock of 10 rest smaller groups), Greenfinch
Phil Matthews

Friday, 27 September 2013

Friday 27th September 2013

Denholme Clough 0715-1000
Vis-Mig Counts;
16 Pied Wagtail, 78 Meadow Pipit
38 Siskin, 7 Chaffinch, 6 Goldfinch,
16 Greenfinch, 1 Redpoll, 1 Reed Bunting,
7 Snipe West in one flock, 4 House Martin
Also present;
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Jays,
3+Chiffchaff, 3+Blackcap, Wheatear
GSWdpkr, Pheasant, Little Owl, Bullfinch
Goldcrest,

Doe Park Res
3 Ruff, 2 Cormorant, G Heron,
Chiffchaff, Canada Geese, Mallard

S Radcliffe, M Joyce, M Doveston

St.Ives  Coppice pond - Mansion House
Chiffchaff, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
Nuthatches

S Radcliffe, M Doveston

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Thursday 26 September 2013

Nab Water LaneOxenhope - Wheatear, Kestrel.
Brian Vickers


Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 4 Chiff-Chaff, Cormorant, Teal, Bullfinch, male Blackcap
Steve Webb et al

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Glovershaw - 3 Wheatear (on 11th fairway), Snipe, Little Owl calling.
Golcar Fields - Kestrel, 8 Grey Partridge
Crawshaw Moss, Rombalds Moor - 3 Snipe flew down in the mist.
Shaun Radcliffe

Fly Flatts ( Warley Moor ) - Wheatear, Snipe, Kestrel.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 23 September 2013

Monday 23 September 2013

Bingley to Hirst Wood along River Aire - 3 Dipper, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 Kingfishers, 2 House Martin.
Shaun Radcliffe

Recently reported - On 19th Hawfinch heard around Coppice Pond area, St Ives, Bingley.

Glovershaw
Once more there were lots of Meadow Pipits on the bracken and walls and at least a dozen Skylarks on various parts of the Golf Course.  Two families of Reed Buntings were noted and two Wheatears were feeding on the 11th fairway.
Paul King.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Sunday 22 September 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, House Martin, Swallow, Blackcap, GSW, Bullfinch.
Earlier this week - Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Kingfisher, Goldcrest, flock of 30 Goldfinch.
Fred Drake et al

Glovershaw
There were six Wheaters in the area of the 11th fairway, the 'Gallops' and the 'shed corner' this morning.
Paul King.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Saturday 21st September 2013

Denholme Clough 0745-0930
Delayed start so little vis-mig watching done. Meadow Pipits & Swallows trickling through.
Jays moving south, 11 Siskin, 15 Goldfinch, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch,
In the Clough; Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Green Woodpkr, Kestrel, Song Thrush,
Long-tailed Tits, Robins. Goosander leaving roost. Sparrowhawk.
M Doveston, M Joyce

Glovershaw
Lots of activity from Meadow Pipits which seemed to be everywhere, on walls and bracken, interspersed with Reed Buntings and a few Skylarks.  There were also four Wheatears on the Golf Course.
Paul King

A male Green Woodpecker an uncommon visitor here in Low Moor flew south this morning over Caldene Fields.
Martyn Priestley


Friday 20th September 2013

Denholme Clough 0645-
Empty skies for an hour. Just 11 Meadow Pipits & 5 Mistle Thrushes.
In the Clough were 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk.
Both GSW & Green were heard. The dozen or so Swallows amounted to 8 youngsters with 4 adults bringing them food to the wires.

S Radcliffe

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Thursday 19th September 2013

Denholme Clough 0655-1035
Overcast, southerly wind, occasional drizzle, rain from 9.40am
A good two hours vis-mig was steady until the rain.
Meadow Pipit 772, Swallow 118, and low numbers of House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Mistle Thrush, Starling.
In the bushes were 6+Chiffchaff, male Blackcap with the tit-flocks.
Other birds; Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Jay
GSWdpkr, Green Wdpkr, Siskin, Song Thrush, Robin

Doe Park Res
Grey Heron, Cormorant, 3 Goosander, Chiffchaff,
House Martins, Swallows, BHGulls, Common Gull,
LBBGulls, Woodpigeons, Moorhen

East Riddlesden garden feeders
Numerous Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit,
Robin, Hedge Accentor, Blackbird, Coal Tit,
Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon,
Jackdaw, Magpie,

M Doveston

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday 18th September, 2013

Glovershaw
A quiet morning after two days of rain was enlivened by a Sparrowhawk which leapt from a fence-post and flew about three feet above the ground.  The bird plucked a Meadow Pipit from amongst a small feeding flock and it was immediately harassed by a Kestrel, which chased the predator to a tree by Golcar Farm.
Later at 10.25am - A flock of 30 Pink-footed Geese headed north west.
Paul King

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sunday 15th September 2013

Fly Flatts
The Turnstone, first seen yesterday, was still at Warley Moor (Fly Flatts) at 3pm.  There was also a single Curlew.
Brian Sumner

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Saturday 14th September 2013

Denholme Clough 0700-1015
Vis-mig not very good with few Meadow Pipits, Swallows, House Martins, Pied Wagtails, Chaffinches and Grey Wagtails. A single Golden Plover the highlight.
In the bushes was a different story;
Tree Pipit flushed from Blackthorn bush north of railway bridge. Sedge Warbler in boggy grass area mid-clough. At least a dozen Chiffchaff were in a mixed flock with 20+Long-tailed Tit. Blackcap was heard at the south end. Swallows also still present.
Also present;
Common Buzzard, 2+Kestrel, Sparrowhawk.

Doe Park Res
Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Golden Plover, 24 Lapwing,
Cormorant south, 21 Goosander NE, House Martin
M Doveston

Oxenhope Watchpoint - to be updated later;
14+Common Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
Swallows, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Raven
2 Golden Plover
H Creber, DCBarker, M Doveston


Fly Flatts
There was a Turnstone and a Common Sandpiper this evening at this location.
Brian Sumner
Turnstone at Fly Flatts by Brian Sumner
Glovershaw
This morning there was a glut of Wheatears with seven counted, five on the fairways, one at Golcar and another on the Glen Road.
Paul King

Ponden
A walk up Ponden Kirk and beyond today showed up three Ravens, c50 Meadow Pipits, a solitary Wheatear and a Kestrel.  High up several raptors were circling, one heavier bird sped off west looked to be a Peregrine. Couldn't confirm but the sight certainly lifted my spirits.
Jamie Brass




Friday, 13 September 2013

Friday 13th September 2013

Glovershaw
Wheatears have continued to pass over Baildon Moor.  Today there were three birds by the 11th fairway and in this area an impressive flock of over 60 Meadow Pipits swirled around the bracken, and about half a dozen Skylarks were feeding on the shorter grasses.
Paul King.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Thursday 12 September 2013

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon (this afternoon)- Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, 3 Reed Bunting
Sconce Lane - 2 Redstart, Little Owl
Glovershaw - Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel & Little Owl behind farm.
Shaun Radcliffe
Glovershaw (late morning)
Three Wheatears were seen on the 11th fairway and a big flock of dozen or so Grey Partridge shot from the field by Golcar Farm where a Spotted Flycatcher was still present.
Paul King.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 6 Wigeon, Garganey, Curlew, Grey Heron
Flyflatts ( Warley Moor ) - Curlew Sandpiper, 9 Lapwing. ( Pm )
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Denholme Clough - late morning visit, 4 Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk.
Ogden Water - Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
One Wheatear and a Whinchat this morning.  Yesterday (9th), it was reported that two Yellow Wagtails landed briefly at Golcar Farm (JM)
Paul King

Monday, 9 September 2013

Monday 9th September, 2013

Glovershaw
An excellent day for Wheatears with seven birds seen, two on the 11th fairway of the Golf Course and another five in the fields by Golcar Farm.  The birds were inevitably accompanied by two Whinchats and over at the farm, Spotted Flycatcher could still be seen.
Paul King.

Leeshaw Reservoir - Cream Crown Marsh Harrier hunting low over the moor west of the res. pm,chased briefly by a Merlin.Curlew 1, Swallows and Martins feeding over the water.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sunday 8th September 2013

Denholme Clough 06:55-10:00
Notably different birds from last Thursdays visit.
2male 1 female/Imm Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher,
4 Willow Warbler (no Chiffchaff or Blackcap seen or heard),
Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Kestrel,
2 Pheasant, 75+Lapwing in ploughed fields, Curlew,
Jay, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, lots of Robins.
Vis-mig was just a trickle of Meadow Pipits & Swallows.

Doe Park Reservoir
3 Teal, 2 Raven, BHGull, LBBGull,
29 Goosander overhead leaving roost.

M Doveston

Whetstone Gate

Whetstone Gate, a party of 4 Raven were noticeable by there raucous calling flying in wide circles for 30 minutes or so. Sparrow Hawk and Kestrel.
Little Owl at  Bradup.  Few  Passerines other than Meadow Pipits.
Stephen  Lilley

Glovershaw
Two Whinchats and two Wheatears in the vicinity of the 11th Fairway.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 31 species recorded including Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Cormorant, Grey Wagtail.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Saturday 7 September 2013

A party of 3 low flying Yellow Wagtails flew south over Caldene Fields watchpoint, South Bradford.
Martyn Priestley

BOG members walk around Baildon Moor area.
In the bracken on edge of Pennythorn Hill - 2 Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler & Reed Buntings
Glovershaw Fields - 3 Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Skylark, 3 Buzzard in the distance, Kestrel.
Golcar Farm - 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Sparrowhawk.
Little Owl seen near Sconce Lane and another behind Glovershaw Farm. A Curlew was heard and Swallows & House Martins were passing through.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Thruscross - Red Kite, Sparrowhawk.
Kex Gill - Green Sandpiper, 8 Lapwing, 8 Teal, 200 Starling
Theo Kuechal

Oxenhope Watchpoint - Marsh Harrier
Howard Creber

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Thursday 5th September 2013

Glovershaw
There were six Wheatears around the 11th fairway of Baildon Golf Course and a Stonechat was feeding by the tee.  A flock of seven Red Grouse flew from the heather and by the 'gallops' a couple of adult Grey Partridge shepherded their seven juveniles.  At least three Spotted Flycatchers were still active at Golcar Farm and a flock of up to a 100 Meadow Pipits were swirling around the cattle in the adjacent fields.
Paul King

Denholme Clough
Common Buzzard, 4+Spotted Flycatcher, numerous contact calls from Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff with the latter two species singing. Two groups of Swallows either end of the Clough and a party of House Martins passed over. Also present; Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, tit flocks, few Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail, 8+Magpie, Jay

Doe Park Res - 4 Snipe west, BHGulls, LBBGulls, Mallard

Stockbridge
Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Grey Heron,
Mallard, Sparrowhawk
S Radcliffe, M Doveston

Knotford Nook -first visit this year, what a change from its heyday in the late 80's - has declined even from last year with the new fences around both pools limiting viewing even more - if not for the dragonflies would probably give this place a miss totally now. 
Willow Warbler - a few juveniles, Swallow 30+, Coot 20, Great Crested Grebe 2 adults and 2 juveniles
Mute Swan 12 (included a family party of 2 adults with six well-grown young)
Kingfisher 2, Buzzard 1 - low over the river-line being hounded by crows, Mallard - most ( a party of 14) on the river, Dipper 2, Tufted Duck 1 male 2 female.
 Dragonflies
An excellent visit with over 50 large dragonflies seen, included Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter and Common Blue Damselfly
 Byron Mews - Bingley
1 possibly 2 juvenile Willow Warblers in the garden (also seen on the 6 Sep)
 Phil Matthews
 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Wednesday 4th September 2013

Glovershaw
There were two Wheatears on the 11th fairway of Baildon Golf Course and there were groups of very active Meadow Pipits on the bracken and amongst the heather.  A Spotted Flycatcher was feeding in the hedgerow behind Glovershaw Farm and at least 20 Swallows swept along the Glen Road.
Paul King.
Library Spotted Flycatcher - http://bradfordbirders.blogspot.co.uk/p/flycatchers.html

Flock of 9 Pintail flew very high & fast over Queensbury this afternoon at 5.10.


Denise Shields

Tuesday 3 September 2013

Leeshaw Reservoir - Merlin, Common Sandpiper, Whinchat, Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew
Paul Clough - Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher
Nab Water Lane - Stonechat
Brian Vicker

Lower Laither Reservoir - 10 Shelduck, 3 Gry Wagtail
Brian Vickers & Keith Moir
Library - Wildfowl - http://bradfordbirders.blogspot.co.uk/p/wildfowl1.html

Embsay Moor - Juv Marsh Harrier
Jamie Brass

Monday, 2 September 2013

Monday 2 September 2013

Scargill Reservoir - 25 Golden Plover
John O'Gaunt Reservoir - 41 Teal, Little Grebe, 15 Tufted Duck & Green Woodpecker seen.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Saturday 31st August 2013

Glovershaw
The picture was similar to yesterday with a couple of Wheatears in Golcar fields and four Whinchats (one of which was held by ringer J. M. who reported an earlier flock of 62 Linnets).  Grey Partridge could be heard in the long grass and an adult was guarding six juveniles in the 'horse-field'.  The Spotted Flycatchers, reported at Golcar and Glovershaw Farms were still present.
Paul King.

Denholme Clough 06.45-10.00
Lovely sunny weather with plenty of insects for the birds;
North end of the clough had Whitethroat, numerous Blackcaps
12+ Willow Warblers, 10+Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tits,
Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 2x Kestrel, Sparrowhawk,
South end; Tree Pipit overhead, Spotted Flycatcher,
10+Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Swallows

Doe Park
4 Teal with Mallards and BHGulls all disturbed by an adult Fox.
M Doveston

Eldwick Reservoir - Buzzard 2, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit 14, Redstart, a female.
Small groups of Swallows and House Martins moving south.
Walsh Lane - Little Owl
Phil Matthews

Friday, 30 August 2013

Friday 30th August 2013

Glovershaw
At least three Spotted Flycatchers remain at Golcar Farm where they can be seen feeding and there was a single bird in the hedgerow behind Glovershaw Farm.  Four Whinchats were flitting around the fields by Golcar Farm, but they were reluctant to settle, whilst at least 20 Meadow Pipits were using the walls and fences.  There was a Wheatear on the Golf Course and another by the farm and Stock Dove, Grey Partridge a flock of 150 Starlings and three Red Grouse completed the picture.
Paul King

I spent half an hour up at Whetstone Gate this afternoon. There were a number of Wheatear on the rocks to the right of the road on the straight stretch leading to the mast;  I also saw an unusually large number of chats on the wall area to the right of the quarry; most of them were Whinchat .
Martin Taunton

A few good sightings today at Judy Woods. - C80 Canada Geese, C50 House Sparrows, 2 Buzzard
Whitethroat, C150 House Martins, C80 Swallows, 8 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch

Jamie Brass


A juvenile Sparrowhawk made a successful visit to a Wyke garden.  Photo: Phil Andrew.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Thursday 29th August 2013

Glovershaw
Two Whinchats and two Wheatears were feeding in the area of Golcar Fields by the gallops, and a line of 12 Pheasants, an entire family group, occupied a low wall whilst a pair of Kestrels hunted over Baildon Moor.
Paul King


A pair of Bullfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker are regular visitors to Phil Matthew's feeders.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Nab Water Lane - 5 Wheatear,
Fly Flatts - Wheatear
Brian Vickers.

Meadow Pipit at Whetstone Gate.  Photo: Phil Matthews
Wheatear at Whetstone Gate.  Photo: Phil Matthews

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tuesday, 27th August 2013

Glovershaw - Another good morning.  There were six Wheatears and two Whinchats in the fields by Golcar Farm and the small party of at least three Spotted Flycatchers were still active in the trees around the farm.
Paul King.

In addition to Paul's sightings:
Birch Close Lane - Wheatear, 10 Linnet, 3 Cormorant.
Sconce Lane- Spotted Flycatcher, Kestrel, Little Owl
Behind Glovershaw Farm - female Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Paul Clough - Whinchat, Bullfinch 3, Willow Warbler 6, Spotted Flycatcher 5,Whitethroat.
Nab Water Lane - Wheatear 3, Whinchat.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 26 August 2013

Monday, 26th August 2013

Glovershaw
There were at least three Spotted Flycatchers around the farm this morning.
Paul King

Paul Clough - Spotted Flycatcher 2 Redstart 1, Willow Warbler 3.
Barden Scale - Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard.
Brian Vickers


Kex Gill - Red Kite, Curlew 2, Lapwing 25, Teal 5
Theo Kuechal

Sunday sighting
Whetstone/Rombalds Moor
1:30 pm: Kestrel 2 - hunting - ariel acrobatics - possibly  small family party
Then attention drawn to flock  25+ hirundines mainly House Martin - some Swallows mobbing Hobby  which flew West  fast  and direct from High Moor  cam as close as  c.100m 
East Otley  - 
1 Buzzard sp. soaring and drifting  - long wings and tail made me wonder? 
Theo Kuechal

Dowley Gap to Cottingley Bridge via river - Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch 2, Treecreeper, Kingfisher 2 (or the same one 1.5 miles / 1.45 hrs apart)
All these except the second Kingfisher were seen in one spot in Hirst Wood near the railway viaduct in the space of 15 minutes. Also Jay 3, Kestrel being mobbed by around 45 Swallows near the rugby club
Black-headed Gull mixed-age flock of 42
Phil Matthews

Whetstone Quarry
Stonechats, 2 Whinchats
M&H Doveston

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Sunday 25 August 2013

Denholme Clough - Stock Dove, Willow Warblers in with feeding parties of tit family, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven, Dipper.
Doe Park Reservoir - Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Teal
Mark Doveston et al

Nab Water Lane - Wheatear, Whinchat
Brian Vickers

Whetstone Gate - Wheatear 2, Red Grouse 7, Red Kite , Kestrel
Only 1 Meadow Pipit seen.
The quarry area held Peacock, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Small Copper and Small Heath
Phil Matthews

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Saturday 24 August 2013

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull ( moulting into 1st-winter plumage ) in the Halifax Road fields near the Flappit Inn at Cullingworth
Keith Moir
3 Wheatear - Whetstone Gate
2 Buzzard above Rivock Edge (also known as High Moor Plantation)
Theo Kuechal
On members only Reservoir - 6 Greenshank
Brian Sumner

Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Fly Flatts - 1 Wheatear.
Brian Vickers
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Friday, 23 August 2013

Friday 23 August 2013

A brisk walk from Upwood Hall to Whetstone Gate produced  30+  Swallow gathering on power lines, similar numbers of Goldfinch on Thistles nearby, 1 Linnet, good numbers of Mipits , 60+, further up towards the quarry, 1 Reed Bunting,  1 Willow  Warbler, 3 Stonechat, (1 m adult, 2 juv), 2 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat.
Stephen  Lilley


I've just had a productive visit to Whetstone this morning. On arrival there was a Marsh Harrier quartering the moor to the west of Whetstone Gate before following the edge of Rivock Plantation and down to Bradup Allotment. It reappeared a further twice over the next couple of hours whilst I was parked by the quarry scattering the Red Grouse..
The area opposite the quarry had at least -a family party of Stonechat, 2 Whinchat,3 Reed Buntings plus several Willow Warblers in the bracken.
Ian Hargreaves
Please note that an unnamed observer was up there first light and saw nothing!
From: "recorder@bradfordbirding.org
A juvenile Stonechat at Wetstone Gate. Photo: Ian Hargreaves
The juvenile Marsh Harrier which spent time on the Whetstone Allotment and was later, possibly seen near Dick Hudson's. Photo Ian Hargreaves
Glovershaw
A friend and saw a male Redstart around the bushes at Golcar Farm and at the gallops at the end of Birch Close Lane, there was another one.  Also at this point, six Wheatears were feeding and over Golcar Fields a Merlin was chased by Swallows.  In the distance, towards Hawksworth Moor, Sparrowhawk and Red Kite could be seen and a large raptor which we could not positively identifiy.  Having seen the comments from Ian Hargreaves, I now wonder if it was the Marsh Harrier.  It was a very dark bird, possibly Harrier-like in it's movements with markings which suggest a juvenile bird.
Paul King and Theo Kuechel

Nab Water Lane - 5 Wheatear, 100 plus Meadow Pipits put up by a Sparrowhawk.
Flyflatts - 1Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thursday 22 August 2013

Keighley Reservoir, this morning:
2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Curlew, c120 Lapwing, 18 LBB Gulls
Also on small pond below dam:
5 Migrant Hawkers
Several Black Darters
Ian Hargreaves
Paul Clough - Spotted Flycatcher 2, Reed Bunting 2, Jay 2, Bullfinch 3, Little Owl, Kestrel, Linnet 4.
Barden Scale - Marsh Harrier, Hobby 2, Buzzard 15, Kestrel. Sparrowhawk, Red Kite 3.
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Timble Ings
c20 Crossbills flew over main path at Timble Ings two days ago. 
It wasn't possible to check for 2-barred Crossbill.
Pat and Ken Limb


Glovershaw
A Spotted Flycatcher was prominent at Golcar Farm and across the fields two Whinchats were feeding close to a post-breeding flock of about 15 Linnets.
Paul King.

Paul Clough
Birds moving again today, Nab Water Lane, 4 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat
A surprise sighting, a Pied Flycatcher, only my second in fifteen years at Paul Clough.

Brian Vickers

There's been many reports of Spotted Flycatchers recently.  Here are two of the four birds seen at Paul Clough, Oxenhope by Brian Vickers
Just reported - Monday 19th August, 
Four Little Egrets were seen flying up the Aire Valley at Stockbridge at 12.35. Were you fortunate to see them? If so, we would like to know more.
Alan Cooper                                     

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The good number of young birds visiting my feeders in Riddlesden  is very encouraging, suggesting a good breeding year. Two pairs of Bullfinches have bred nearby, I photographed this young male this morning.

Stephen  Lilley

Tuesday 20th August 2013

Glovershaw
A similar picture to yesterday with birds moving through the area.  In the 'horse-field' by Glovershaw Farm, there were five Wheatears and a couple of Spotted Flycatchers amongst a flock of finches feeding from the long hedgerow.  On the the other side of Glovershaw Lane, in the fields by Golcar Farm, another Wheatear was with a Whinchat.
Paul King.

Bradup - 3 Wheatear, juv Green Woodpecker, Raven
Shaun Radcliffe

Nab Water Lane  2 Wheatear,
Paul Clough Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler 2, Bullfinch 8 ( Juveniles ), Spotted Flycatchers 4
Brian Vickers



Monday, 19 August 2013

Monday 19th August 2013

Kex Gill - Juvenile Marsh Harrier
Theo Kuechal
Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope - 4 Wheatear, juv Stonechat
Barden Scale - 13 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Raven, Spotted Flycatcher
Brian Vickers
Barden Moor - this evening - 2 Wheatear, pair of Stonechat with a juv.
Shaun Radcliffe
Glovershaw
A terrific morning's birding.  A family party of six Whitethroats poured onto the bracken from the hedgerow alongside the 'horse field' which is adjacent to the Glen Road.  Smaller groups of Dunnocks, Greenfinches, Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits were about and a good number of brightly coloured juvenile Willow Warblers joined the throng.  At Birch Close, at least six Wheatears were feeding with three Whinchats and at Golcar Farm, two Spotted Flycatchers were prominent.
Paul King
Phil Matthews sent this lovely study of a Greenfinch, taken in garden.  These birds have been seriously affected by the disease  trichomonosis and numbers everywhere have seriously declined.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Guided Walk at Denholme Clough

A guided walk is taking place on Sunday 25th August at Denholme Clough.
We meet at 8 am, SE 07293 32630 is the pinpoint grid reference for the start of the walk and there is plenty of roadside parking. Should you arrive late, take either of the two footpaths down the Clough. The paths are very close to each other and meet further down which is where the walkers will be.

18th August 2013

Denholme Clough 06.30-09.00
Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,
Blackcap, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Jay
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, LBBGulls, BHGulls,
Long-tailed Tit, Coal tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit,
Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Curlew

Doe Park Res - Teal

M Doveston

Members only watchpoint -
Red Kite, Wheatear

DCBarker, H Creber, R Proctor, M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve - 4 Swift, kingfisher, family of 5 Whitethroat, GSW
Fred Drake et al

Friday, 16 August 2013

Friday, 16th August 2013


Today I watched an Osprey from the road bridge at Lindley Wood Reservoir from about 1335 to 1350hrs, when it gained height and was lost to sight. During the time in view it flew around as though hunting, but never actually tried to catch anything. At one point it tried to land on a washed-up tree stump on the mud, but got spooked by a Heron.
When first seen there were five Buzzards up in the air as well, though only one was close to the Osprey, but it never actually interacted with it.
Paul Morris
Whetstone - Wheatear, female Stonechat, Kestrel.
Buckstones - Wheatear
High Moor Plantation - Spotted Flycatcher
Addingham High Moor- 2 Wheatear
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
An excellent morning for Spotted Flycatchers.  There were two feeding from the hedgerow in the 'horse-field' by Glovershaw Farm and a family consisting of at least three birds similarly engaged in the bushes around Golcar Farm.  Across in the fields, two Whinchats were feeding from a wall near the herd of cattle.
Paul King.
A Spotted Flycatcher by Mike Bloomfield.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

NEWS - Crossbills

There appears to have been an influx of Two-barred Crossbills into the UK over the past few weeks.
Please check any Crossbill flocks you come across just in case!

Thursday 15 August 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher came on to feeder! Great views of Whitethroat searching through the raspberry patch next to the hide. Also recorded - Blackcap, 3 GSW, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting and a dozen Blackbirds congregating for some reason. Possible cat?
Fred Drake et al

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Swinsty Res. - flyover of 11 Crossbill.
Timble Village - House Martins still feeding young at nest.
Red Kite & Buzzard seen in the vicinity.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Tuesday 13th August, 2013

Glovershaw
Three Whinchats were feeding from the walls on the edge of Baildon Golf Course, close to Birch Close Lane and the riding track.
Paul King.

Golcar Farm - Green Woodpecker, female Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher at 11.45
Glen Road - juv Whinchat, juv Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, Whitethroat this afternoon.
Derek Parkin

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sunday 11 August 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - movement of Swifts with 26 passing "swiftly" through. Other sightings in the last two days - 3 Kingfisher, 3 Whitethroat, 7 LTT, Reed Warbler, 2 juv Bullfinch, plenty of Willow Warbler & Chiff-Chaff, GSW, Stock Dove.
Fred Drake et al

Glovershaw
A brisk westerly wind over Baildon Moor but a Wheatear was feeding on the Golf Course and three Stock Doves flashed by.  Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were about but in smaller numbers than previously.
Paul King

A walk around the Royds Hall/ Judy Woods area this morning showed up;3 Great Crested Grebe (1 young)
12 Tufted Duck, 8 Linnet, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, 6 House Martins plus plenty of Swallows
Jamie Brass

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Saturday 10 August 2013

Glovershaw - Kestrel, 2 Wheatear
Birch Close Lane - 3 Wheatear, Little Owl, 30 Goldfinch
Sconce Lane - 2 juv Little Owls
About 100 House Martin hawking over Shipley Glen & the odd Swift still about.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 9 August 2013

Friday, 9th August 2013

Glovershaw
A Wheatear was feeding on the Golf Course along with at least 40 Swallows and a Whitethroat was seen in the hedgerow below the 'horse-field' on the Glen Road.
Paul King.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Sconce Lane - at the stables at Farweather Farm, came across a flock of 35 Linnet ground feeding but not on thistle. Also seen, Little Owl, 3 Stock Dove plus fly through of a Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe
Whetstone
A juvenile Wheatear, a pair of Stonechats were amongst the birds seen today on the moorland edge.
photo album - http://tiny.cc/3dth1w
Nigel Jones

Monday, 5 August 2013

Monday 5 August 2013

Keighley (Highfield Rd. Playing Fields):  Mediterranean Gull:  The adult previously seen at Redcar Tarn.
Cullingworth (Halifax Rd. fields):  Adult Yellow-legged Gull (a different bird).
Keith Moir

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sunday 4 August 2013

Adult Mediterranean Gull in Redcar Tarn fields.  Head pattern slightly different from the bird seen in previous days, but is probably the same bird, with increased moult.
Keith Moir
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - plenty of birds in front of the hide coming to the raspberry patch including Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff. Feeders used by many young birds such as Reed Bunting & Redpoll. Kestrel family wandering about now.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Saturday 3rd August, 2013

Glovershaw
A Wheatear was on the Golf Course this morning.
Paul King.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Friday 2 August 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a brief visit by a Green Sandpiper this morning. It was soon disturbed by Magpies before a Moorhen saw it off.
Fred Drake
Glovershaw - young Wheatear on edge of golf course, 2 Linnet
Sconce Lane - juv Little Owl. Plenty of tiny toads on the paths plus 5 hares.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Wednesday 31st July 2013

A juvenile Blackcap seen amongst the raspberries at Stockbridge on Sunday 28th.  Photo: Paul Croft

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Cullingworth - Still plenty of gull movement. A different Yellow-legged Gull & an adult Mediterranean Gull (not the Redcar Tarn bird) in the Halifax Road fields.
Leeshaw Reservoir: A female Marsh Harrier appeared briefly at 1110, flushing everything in sight, before disappearing west over the moor.
A Raven came down on the moor near Oxenhope Stoop.
Keith Moir

Monday, 29 July 2013

Monday 29 July 2013

Glovershaw
Baildon Moor was alive with birds, predominantly Meadow Pipits but there were also post-breeding flocks of Linnets, three singing Reed Buntings and a few Skylarks which were still engaged in breeding.  A flock of 50 or so Swallows swept across the Golf Course and an adult Curlew kept an eye on its off-spring.  Last evening, whilst a dozen Swifts skimmed across the Glen, an adult Green Woodpecker was taking a juvenile bird through the tree tops.
Paul King.

Scargill Reservoir - 2 juvenile Shelduck, Redshank, 3 Oystercatchers & post breeding flock of 50 Lapwing.
John o'Gaunt Reservoir - two Tufted Duck familes of three & six ducklings.
Shaun Radcliffe

July 28:  Mediterranean Gull still at Redcar Tarn, and an adult Yellow-legged Gull at Cullingworth ( Halifax Road fields: Flappit ), with a different bird (probably a 4th-winter) there on July 29.
 Keith Moir