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Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier
NEST DESTROYED ON DENTON MOOR - click on image

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Wednesday 31 December 2014

Graincliffe Reservoir - pair of Raven, GSW & Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Tuesday 30 December 2014

Thackley Garden - male Blackcap
Casper Pottle

Sconce Lane area - pair of Stonechat, Little Owl, 4 Reed Bunting, Buzzard, Kestrel plus flock of 50 winter thrushes, 15 Lapwing, 12 Greylags.
Yesterday - 2 Little Owl in Walsh Lane, above Eldwick & 2 Reed Bunting on Bingley Moor (no other bunting type seen on walk to Ilkley).
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Sunday 28 December 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Snipe flew in but only stayed a few minutes. Water Rail was heard whilst the feeding stations attracted 6 Reed Bunting along with finches & other common birds. A small flock of 8 Lapwing flew west. Also the strange sound of GSW drumming on the metal pylon.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
A mixed flock of winter thrushes (20 Fieldfare and 10 Redwing) were feeding with Starlings by Brackenhall.  A Kestrel was hunting nearby and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling from the Glen.
Paul King

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Saturday 27 December 2014

Silsden Reservoir & Chelker Reservoir - single & pair of Goldeneye recorded respectively a few days ago.
Mark Dawson.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Monday 22 December 2014

Northcliffe Woods, Shipley 
seen last week in the area, up to 3 Ring-necked (Rose-ringed) Parakeets.
Chris Airey

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sunday 20 December 2014

Cononley Ings - same number of duck as Friday. Lapwing count 300 today plus
2 Oystercatchers.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 19 December 2014

Friday 19 December 2014

Cononley Ings - 100 Teal, 50 Wigeon, Lapwings.
Brian Vickers

Strid Woods area - 62 Mandarin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 7 Goosander.
No Dippers seen, probably washed down to Boston Spa with the amount of water.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Tuesday 16th December 2014

Royds Hall Dam - 4 Cormorant, 2 Goosander, 2 Mallard, Pochard, 10 Tufted
10 Moorhen, 4 Mute Swan, 27 Coot, 40 Canadas, Herring Gull, Little Grebe, G C G
James Brass

Shipley Glen
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling from the highest point on one of the tallest trees and a female was also in the vicinity.  Other birds in the Glen included three Nuthatch, one Treecreeper, a couple of Grey Herons and three Redwings on the Higher Coach Road.
Paul King

Keighley Bus Station on the 12th December

At the Bus Station in the centre of Keighley it was rush hour. There was a crystal clear sky, the temperature was below freezing and it was just going dark. There are 7-8 small trees in the Bus Station itself. There was nothing to be seen at first. Then the tweet tweet call of a Pied Wagtail which landed in one of the trees. Then one or two more. Then a gradual build up as more and more flew down to the trees from surrounding rooftops. There was a lot of flying around and jostling for position for the best branches. The noise of the calls became louder and louder. Finally I managed to count approximately 300 birds. It is a spectacular sight. No-one else seemed to notice them as they rushed to get home after work. 

The roost of Pied Wagtails at Keighley Bus Station on the 12th December.  Photos and sighting by John Preshaw.


Monday, 15 December 2014

Monday 15 December 2014

Redcar Tarn - at least up to 13.10 this afternoon, a Ruff was amongst the Lapwings in the fields across from the Tarn. The bird was very active feeding most of the time but frequently harassed by BHG & takes flight to relocate in same or next field.
Ian Hargreaves

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday 14 December 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only)- Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, 5 Siskin,
40 Fieldfare flying west, 3 Reed Bunting. Total of 28 species seen plus Stoat.
A bonus was watching a male Kestrel remain in the new box all morning.
John & Bridget Ogden et al

Monday, 8 December 2014

Monday 8 December 2014

Ireland Bridge, Bingley - on the river, male Wood Duck, male Mandarin. Nine Goosanders seen between there & Hirst Wood.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 6 December 2014

6 December 2014

Redcar Tarn - 3 Pink Foot Geese, 20 Golden Plover, Bramblings with Chaffiches towards Steeton.
Brian Vickers

Yeadon Tarn - 6 GCG, 10 Tufted Duck, single Pochard, 16 Goosander
Knotford Nook - C50 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye (males displaying), 26 Tufted Duck plus a few Redwing.
Private Wetlands ( permit holders only) - 12 Tufted, 14 Goldeneye, heard Water Rail squealing, Buzzard.
BOG members outing.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday 5 December 2014

Barden Scale - Ring tail Hen Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel, pair of Stonechat, Red Kite
Whetstone Gate - Red Kite, pair of Stonechat
Redcar Tarn - 15 Canada Geese, 2 Pinkfoot Geese.
Brian Vickers

Swinsty Reservoir - At least 6 Brambling, probably more, with a mixed flock at the bottom end of the reservoir where the beeches are. Also Red Kite, Buzzard & Grey Wagtail.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

Whetstone Gate -a male Snow Bunting feeding by the masts, beyond the car park where the road ends, at 10am. The bird may stay as seed has been scattered in the area. The bird seen again in the afternoon (S. Lilley).
Also pair of Stonechat nearby.
Bradup - a pair of Raven flew towards Sunnydale.
Upwood Wood - 8 Brambling thinly scattered amongst the beech.
Shaun Radcliffe
A Snow Bunting feeding on seeds at Whetstone Gate. Photo: Stephen Lilley
Baildon Moor
A flock of 13 Golden Plovers flew around the top of Hope Hill and there were four Lapwings in the fields.
Paul King.

2 December 2014 continued

Redcar Tarn - pair of Whooper Swans, also nearby on Redcar Lane, a few Bramblings with Chaffinches.
Brian Vickers & Mark Dawson

Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Snow Bunting still present between Slippery Ford and Keighley Res.

I Hargreaves & F Drake


Monday, 1 December 2014

Monday 1 December 2014

One male Snow Bunting feeding alongside path between Slippery Ford and Keighley Reservoir about halfway between the gamekeeper's cottage and reservoir.
Ian Hargreaves and Fred Drake

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sunday 30 November 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - with temperatures high for the time of year, the feeding stations were quiet. Water Rail was seen by Keith only. We had a Grey Wagtail visit the island and it was good to see a Kestrel on site again. The bird hunted for a while and landed a few times on the tree which has the new Kestrel box on it.
Keith, Tom & Shaun

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Saturday 29 November 2014


Tong Park:  - 
Water Rail in swampy area by cricket pitch plus Kingfisher on lake.
Roger Wilkinson

Royds Hall area - 
First sighting of a Woodcock down here for me this morning along with;3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, 3 Cormorant, 4 Jay
Jamie Brass

Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday 28 November 2014

Royds Hall Dam, Low Moor - 
Cormorant 4, Herring Gull 2, Lapwing 2, Little Grebe 3
Great Crested Grebe 2
Jamie Brass

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Monday 24 November 2014

Barden Scale - Buzzards, Kestrel, Red Kite, 3 Stonechat, 30+ Redpoll,
 40+ Goldfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker.
 Brian Vickers                    
                                

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sunday 23 November 2014

Barden Scale - Red Kites, Buzzards, Hen Harrier, Kestrels, Green and Great
Spotted Woodpecker, 23 Pink Feet Geese Nw.
Brian Vickers

Bingley at three rise locks this afternoon - singing Dipper
Stockbridge Reserve ( members only) - 4 Cormorant up river, heard Water Rail briefly, Woodcock flushed, feeders quiet.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw - A skein of 70 Pink-footed Geese passed over at 2pm.  They flew from the NE towards the SW.
Paul King

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Thursday 20 Nvember 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Peregrine Falcon, Cormorant.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Oxenhope Moor - Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel.
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tuesday 18th November 2014

Yeadon Tarn
Three Pochard, 12 Tufted Duck, seven Great Crested Grebes, 11 Goosander, four Mute Swans, a Cormorant and two Siskins.
Paul King

Upwood Farm - in the swirling mist, C300 Fieldfare flew east towards Sunnydale area.
Also a Kestrel & 2 Red Kite seen.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Sunday 16 November 2014

Ben Rhydding - at 11.35 a flock of 70 Pink Foot flew S W
Helen & David Kidman

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 31 species recorded this morning including the following - Water Rail heard, a small Fieldfare flock flew east, both Redwing & a few Fieldfare fed in the hedges nearby, also a Woodcock flushed there.
The feeders attracted Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, GSW plus other finches & tits.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Saturday 15 November 2014

Bolton Abbey -Apparently monospecific flock of about 70 Bramblings on and under beech trees near Waterfall Cottage, beside tar road about 300 yds upstream from Cavendish Pavilion.
Roger Nelson

Friday, 14 November 2014

Friday 14 November 2014

Whetstone - pair of Stonechat
Bradup - Little Owl
Upwood trees - 18 Brambling, 5 Redwing
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Thursday 13 November 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - flock of 20 Redpoll closely followed by a Sparrowhawk. Water Rail only heard. Grey Wagtail on an island & 28 Fieldfare flew east.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Ben Rhydding - Male blackcap in our garden, sitting in the laurel in pouring rain! 11.30am
David and Helen Kidman

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Royds Hall area - 2 Little Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 9 Jay, 12 Chaffinch,1 Brambling
C300 Woodpigeon
Jamie Brass

Monday, 10 November 2014

Monday 10 November 2014

Strid Wood -   93 Mandarin Duck -4- Goosander - 1 Kingfisher- 2 Dipper - 1 Grey Wagtail.
Ken Limb

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sunday 9 November 2014

Barden Scale - Hen Harrier, Buzzards, Red Kites, Kestrels, Sparrowhawks,
Great Spotted Woodpeckers 3, several flocks of Fieldfare.
Brian Vickers

Guiseley garden - 2 Tree Sparrow.
Roger Wilkinson

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail showed well between the willows in front of hide, Grey Wagtail on island, Bullfinch at feeder, up to a dozen or so Redpoll feeding on Silver Birch with Goldfinches.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Saturday 8 November 2014

Queensbury - Woodcock seen in rapid flight over Foxhill Junior School at 10.20.
Howard Creber

Royds Hall area - C30 Blackbirds, C15 Robins, Fieldfare small groups at first 6, 9, 20, then C40 from > E , NE, Mistle Thrush 12, Nuthatch 6, Redwing, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Longtail tit 8,Meadowpipit 7
Pied Wagtail
Raptor high above Wibsey mobbed by crows - maybe Buzzard.
Jamie Brass

Yeadon Tarn - 9 G C Grebe, 7 Tufted, single Goldeneye & Goosander.
Knotford Nook - 24 Wigeon, 5 G C Grebe, 14 Tufted, 3 Goldeneye
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) -4 Tufted, G C Grebe, 10 Wigeon, 6 Goldeneye, Buzzard
plus a flock of 70 Fieldfare flying E.
Shaun Radcliffe


Thursday, 6 November 2014

Thursday 6 November 2014

Hazlewood Moor -  Several flocks of Fieldfares; smaller flocks of 30 - 50 in moor-side berry bushes, and one flock of about 300 rising up out of roost in heather on open moor.
Mixed flock of about 150 Lapwings and Starlings taking off from open pasture to rise above a couple of Red Kites and mob the latter en masse 
Roger Nelson.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Water Rail bathing, single Snipe flew over the reserve & dropped into farmer's field, Bullfinch.
John Preshaw, Mike Bloomfield & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Tuesday 4 November 2014

Silsden - 250 Pinkfooted Geese flying west along Aire Valley at 13.00.
Derek & Brenda Parkin

Monday, 3 November 2014

Monday 3 November 2014

Northcliffe Park, Shipley - Singing Chiff-Chaff.
A report on Twitter yesterday of five Parakeets in the Park near Westcliffe Road, Shipley.
Casper Pottle

Yesterday -  a Tree Sparrow fed with House Sparrows at the garden feeder at Low Moor, last record 1979!
Martyn Priestley

Friday, 31 October 2014

Friday 31 October 2014

Whetstone Gate - 2 Red Kite, Buzzard & Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Barden Scale - 43 Pink-footed Geese N W, 3 Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel & Raven.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Teal
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Bolton Abbey - singing Dippers on the river
Hazlewood - covey of 9 Grey Partridge in garden.
Roger Nelson



Monday, 27 October 2014

Monday 27 October 2014

John O'Gaunts Res - 10 Teal, Buzzard & 50 Fieldfare in two flocks.
Fewston Res - 6 Teal, 35 Lapwing, Red Kite
Swinsty Res - 3 Teal
Shaun Radcliffe

Strid Wood
At least 35 Mandarin Ducks between the Strid and Cavendish.
Paul King

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sunday 26th October 2014

Stockbridge - members only 07:15-08:40
Little Grebe, 2+Water Rail, 2 Sparrowhawk,
86+Pink-footed Geese flying down Aire valley,
Redpoll, Redwing, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch,
4 Grey Heron, Mallard, Dipper heard heading up river,
Herring Gull 1st W heading up valley

M Doveston

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Saturday 25 October 2014

Toad Holes Beck, South Bradford - 
Green Sandpiper dropped in for 5 minutes before moving on.
Martyn Priestley

Pennythorne Hill, Baildon - 2 Stonechat

Sconce Lane - 
2 Stock Dove, Little Owl, 2 Fieldfare & a Redwing but no large flocks of winter thrushes.
Chiff-Chaff at the triangle near Birch Close Lane.
Shaun Radcliffe

Royds Hall - Stonechat, Redwing 5, Mistle Thrush 2, Woodpigeons 50>W, 80 > SW C500 overall (numbers building up now), Nuthatch, GSW, Jay 3, Meadow Pipit 15, Little Grebe, Rook
Sparrowhawk, Greenfinch, Great Crested Grebe
Jamie Brass

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday 24 October 2014

Barden Scale Watchpoint
This afternoon : 1/2 Red Kite, 1 juv. Hen Harrier, 2+ Sparrowhawk, 8/10 Common Buzzard, 3+ Kestrel, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Raven, 1 female Roe Deer.
Tony Gough

Royds Hall, South Bradford - male Stonechat this morning. Is this a site first?
James Brass

Glovershaw
Two Stonechats in the fields by Golcar Farm.  A small flock of eight Linnets foraging on a gravel path and a Kestrel hunting over the moor.
Paul King



Thursday, 23 October 2014

Thursday 23 October 2014

Bolton Abbey - about half a dozen Bramblings in mixed tit/chaffinch flock, about 200 yds up path across river from Bolton Priory, in and under holly/beech/oak trees  (difficult to be sure of numbers with leaves still on trees, but two males and one female seen separately).
Roger Nelson
Crossflatts - at 09.10, a skein of 80 Grey Geese flying high in a V formation went east & likely to be Pink-footed.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting plus the squealing of a Water Rail, many times but never seen!  An area similar to an Eider Duck's nest of feathers showed food preparation by a Sparrowhawk, this species was also recorded this morning.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Kingfisher flying along the by-pass near Steeton which runs parallel with R Aire.
Howard Creber

Bolton Bridge - male Blackcap feeding on Elderberry.
Roger Nelson

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Thursday 16th October 2014

Storiths.

  Monospecific flock of about 30 redwings feeding in holly tree in old hawthorn hedge below Storiths Lane today.
Roger  Nelson

Keighley  Tarn.  

A juvenile Red -breasted Merganser seen by Keith Moir yesterday, photographed by Stephen Lilley today.




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Wednesday 15th Cctober

My Garden Riddlesden. 

7 (Seven) Bullfinch on my feeders this afternoon, 4 male 3 female.

Stephen  Lilley

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Thackley
Redwings were heard overnight and four were seen during the day.
Casper Pottle

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Catchup

Barden Scale Watchpoint  

Friday 10th October

3 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, 9+ Common Buzzard, 3+ Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon.

Saturday 11th October

Red Kite, 2 juv Hen Harrier,  2 Sparrowhawk, 8+Common  Buzzard, 4 + Kestrel, Little Owl.
Tony Gough

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Saturday 11th October, 2014

Hawksworth/Guiseley
A Tree Sparrow has been visiting a garden in the Hawksworth and Guiseley area over the past couple of days.
Roger Wilkinson

Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday 10th October, 2014

Glovershaw
Two Stonechats on the gorse bushes at the end of Birch Close Lane with six Reed Buntings.
Paul King

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Thursday 9 October 2014

Caldene Fields watchpoint, South Bradford - Hawfinch flying to the north low at 09.00.
Martyn Priestley

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Royds Hall Dam - 20 Coot, 15 Moorhen, single Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe,
4 Mute Swan, 8 Tufted Duck, 2 Cormorant (south).
James Brass

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 5 Grey Heron, Chiff-Chaff, Grey Wagtail, GSW, Water Rail.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sunday 5 October 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Water Rail, Kingfisher, 3 Reed Bunting, 2 Juv Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Saturday 4 October 2014

Royds hall Dam - 
7 Wigeon, 8 Mute Swan, 16 Coot, 10 Moorhen, 3 Little Grebe, 2 Great Crested Grebe
3 Common Gull, 4 Tufted Duck
Jamie Brass

Scargill Pasture - 2 Red Kite, GSW

John O'Gaunt Res. - 15 Teal, 5 Snipe, 5 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, Curlew, flock of 15 Linnet. In a mix feeding flock, 19 LTT, 2 Treecreeper & 6 Goldcrest.
A few House Martin see around Ilkley near the river.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 3 October 2014

Friday 3rd October 2014

Denholme Clough 0720-0900
Very poor vis-mig. Birds seen;
Swallows, House Martins, 6+Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, 14 Linnet, 9 Siskin, Cormorant,
Bullfinches, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, GSWdpkr, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Dipper. The Blackbirds and Song Thrushes were nowhere to be seen and the flock of 50+ House Martins appear to have left Denholme.

M Doveston

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Thursday 2 October 2014

4 Tree Sparrow flew N over Caldene Fields, South Bradford - last recorded here in 1979....
Sightings from the watch point at Caldene Fields included 92 Pink footed Geese S/W ad 8 Jay also S/W
Martyn Priestley
Stockbridge Reserve - on a quiet morning, good views of Water Rail in front of hide were enjoyed, Kingfisher visited whilst the feeders had Bullfinch, Goldfinch & Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Glovershaw
Two Stonechats on the gorse at the end of Birch Close Lane.  These were different birds from the two males seen at the beginning of the week.
Paul King

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - 4 Stonechat, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting plus 24 Swallow, south.
Sconce Lane area - 3 Grey Partridge, Red Kite, Kestrel, 3 Stonechat (definately different from above).
Glovershaw- 5 Reed Bunting, Wheatear plus flock of 17 Greylags going south.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 29 September 2014

Monday 29th September 2014

Glovershaw
There were two male Stonechats on the bracken patch at the end of Birch Close Lane and a Wheatear on the Golf Course.  Four Grey Partridges were disturbed and three Red Grouse flew from the heather.  Reed Buntings were again around in good numbers.
Paul King
Over the past two weeks there have been two groups of juvenile Grey Partridges showing well in the Heights Lane area of Bingley. A group of 5 being regular along Walsh Lane just after leaving Bingley between Greenhill Lane and Four Winds (the house on the bend). In addition a larger group of 10 is frequenting the fields near the top of the bridleway that runs from Heights Lane to Eldwick. This group is the one in the attached image and was taken in the early morning sunshine yesterday. Considering I only usually see a few individuals around the patch normally, these 15 young could improve the sightings frequency if they survive into next year.  Phil Matthews
Swallow seen in the fields near Eldwick.  Photo: Phil Matthews

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday 28th September 2014

Denholme Clough 0740-1040 vis-mig
801 Meadow Pipit, 41 Swallow, 58 House Martin
2 Reed Bunting, Linnet, 14 Greenfinch, few Chaffinch,
1 Cormorant, 2 Jay,
Found in the bushes;
Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, numerous Blackbird,
several Song Thrushes, loads of Robins,

M Doveston

On the day before, the following were seen at Paul Clough.
200+ Chaffinch, 30 Bluetits, Coaltits,Great Tits, 3 Reed Buntings 3 Mistlethrush, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Male Ring Ouzel Sparrowhawk, Kestrel.
Brian Vickers

Friday, 26 September 2014

Catch up news

Caldene Fields on 22 Sept had 28 Jays flying north with a further 7 later in the day.
Martyn Priestley

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wednesday 24th September 2014

Glovershaw
There were two Buzzards over Baildon morning at 9am and three Wheatears in the area of Golcar Fields and the 11th fairway of the Golf Course.  The family party of Stonechats, which had stayed for two days, had now moved away.
Paul King

Monday, 22 September 2014

Monday 22 September 2014


Paul Clough
Pair of Stonechat, five Siskin, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
A family of four Stonechats, a Wheatear on the Golf Course and two Grey Partridge flew from near Golcar Farm.
Paul King.



Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday 21 September 2014

Fly Flatts - female Common Scoter, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, Wheatear, 34 Pinkfoot going east.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, 3 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk plus a squealing Water Rail which was first reported about two weeks ago and is a young bird showing very little plumage colour and hardly any white undertail.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
There were three Wheatears on the 11th fairway and two Whinchats on the walls of Golcar Fields.  These could be the two birds that have been seen throughout the past seven days.  Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings were all seen in good numbers and five single Jays passed from west to east during a 20 minute period.
Paul King

Denholme Clough
Fieldfare, Tree Pipit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Little Owl, Swallows, Redpoll, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 24 Goosander leaving nearby roost, Herring Gulls, LBBgulls, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Goldcrest, 
M Doveston

Paul Clough
A Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, six Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 20 Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Jay, 50" Meadow Pipits.
Brian Vickers.

Saturday 20 September 2014

Paul Clough - Ring Ousel, 5 Reed Bunting.
Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Friday, 19 September 2014

Thursday 19 September 2014

Paul Clough (pm) - Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven (perched on comm. mast), 2 Kestrel.
Nab Water Lane - Little Owl, Whinchat, 2 Reed Bunting, 120 Meadow Pipits.
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
Two Whinchats on the bracken by the 11th green and a Whitethroat was in a nearby bush along with a family party of Reed Buntings.
Shipley Glen
At Brackenhall the flock of hirundines which has now assembled has now reached over 150 birds. Most are Swallows but there's a good number of House Martins.
Paul King

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thursday 18 September 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sparrowhawk visited a few times with the feeders busy with young birds. Willow Warbler & 3 Chiff-Chaff recorded along with Bullfinch & Jay.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Glovershaw
Three Whinchats in Golcar Farm fields.
Paul King

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Whetstone Gate - 3 Wheatear, Raven, flock of 20 Linnet, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
Three Wheatears and two Whinchats were at the end of Birch Close Lane.  Four Red Grouse and two families of Reed Buntings were on the fringes of the Golf Course.  A falcon, believed to be a Hobby came over from the west and disturbed many passerines as it circled and returned at great speed from the direction it had come from.
Paul King

Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday 15th September 2014

Nab Water Lane - Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
Two Whinchats and a flock of 50+ Goldfinch were in the Golcar Farm area and a Red Kite was seen hunting over Hawksworth Moor.
Paul King

Two pictures, taken by Roger Nelson of Red Kites in Wharfedale.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday 14 September 2014

Fly Flatts -   a drake Common Scoter, a female Tufted, 1 Green Woodpecker,a Whinchat, 2 Wheatear
plus several Snipe moving >E. Good Mipit movement
Brian Sumner
 
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 26 species recorded including Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, GSW, Reed Bunting, Cormorant. Although Water Rail has been seen twice last week, no sign of it today.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Saturday 13 September 2014

River Aire, Bingley - pair of Wood Duck, Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Thursday 11 September 2014

Fly Flatts Reservoir - Wheatear, adult female Marsh harrier over the moor at 14.40.
Paul Clough - 12 Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk, GSW
Leeshaw Reservoir - Little Owl, 7 Teal.
Brian Vickers

Bolton Abbey to Beamsley to Deerstones to Hazlewood Moor.
Nine mandarin ducks (5 m, 4 f) roosting beside river (males just emerging from moult) two grey wagtails (fem, juv) in farmyard, three separate blackcaps (2 adult males, 1 "browncap") spread over half-a-mile (both males eating elderberries) spotted flycatcher (briefly in neighbour's garden, but chased off by territorial robin) willow warbler, large (c. 150) flock of (mostly juvenile) goldfinches feeding on thistle seeds, two red-legged partridges in close association with family flock of red grouse on moor-edge, buzzard, three kestrels, and two red kites quartering the moor.

Roger Nelson

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Today 8am: female firecrest with phylloscs, tits, treecreepers, blackcaps, goldcrests in bushes behind hollins hall ninth tee (500m down Willow Lane off Hawksworth Lane. Bird in hedge line where road bends sharply to right before the buildings).
Run out of camera battery doh.
Roger Wilkinson

Pennythorne Hill, Baildon - singing Chiff-Chaff in the bracken, flock of 30 Linnet at old reservoirs,
Stonechat, Willow Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting.
Sconce area - 2 Goldcrest, singing Chiff-Chaff, 2 Kestrel, flock of 40 Linnet around Faweather Farm & a few Swallows still about. Next to scout camp, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Stonechat family with adults feeding 2 juvs, Whitethroat.
Golcar Farm - Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Paul Clough - 2 Twite flew directly overhead, Chiff-Caff, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Buzzard, Peregrine, up to 15 Kestrel (here & nearby Fly Flatts), Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker.
Stoat observed from four feet in a wall.
Howard Creber

Monday, 8 September 2014

Monday 8 September 2014

Fly Flatts - 6 Wheatear, Whinchat
Brian Vickers

Riverside walk from Bingley to Saltaire - family of 4 Grey Wagtail in Myrtle Park plus 2 Kingfisher.
Singing Chiff-Chaff in Beckfoot Lane. Another bird singing in Wagon Lane area plus 2 more Kingfisher & a Grey Wagtail.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday 7 September 2014

Fall Top, Clayton - GSW, 15 Linnet, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, Wheatear.
James Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Heron, Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Saturday 6th September 2014

East Riddlesden
When the rain came so did this Kingfisher to our garden


M Doveston

Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday 5 September 2014

Askwith Moor - 3 Red Kite carrying prey, pipit & 2 small mammals. Merlin also seen.
Theo Kuechal

Fly Flatts - 7 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat
Members only reservoir - 2 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Bradup - Whinchat, 2 Stock Dove, Willow Warbler, Linnet, 3 Curlew, Reed Bunting. Sky was full of Swallows & House Martins feeding low after mist had dispersed.
Whetstone - on lip of hill, Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting. At the top, on the wall -
2 Wheatear plus a Redstart.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
In the 'horse-field' hedgerow along the Glen Road, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Redstart.  On the Golf Course, two Wheatears and over Sconce a Red Kite and a female Kestrel. Over Reva two Buzzards circled.
Paul King

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Thursday 4 September 2014

Lindley Wood Reservoir - still 2 Little Egrets today. On Tuesday, at Barden Scale, Marsh Harrier recorded (probably a juv.)
Tony Gough

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, GSW,
plus plenty of toads about.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
Three Wheatears on the 11th fairway (one of the birds was a very 'downy' juvenile).
Paul King

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Fly Flatts - 5 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 8 Teal
Paul Clough - 2 Spotted Flycatcher
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 9 Cormorant, Grey Wagtail
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Cormorant, Little Owl
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
At 8am there were three Wheatears at Birch Close Lane and other birds in the area included Sparrowhawk, Stock Doves, Goldfinches, Linnets and Meadow Pipits.
Later, at 4pm, four more Wheatears were seen along the wall adjacent to the 11th fairway.
Paul King

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - Whinchat
Sconce Lane area - 3 Redstarts together  next to the small wood along with Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat. Also elsewhere in the area - 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
Little Owl, 3 more Whitethroat, singing Chiff-Chaff, flock of 70 Linnet, 50 Lapwing & 2 Oystercatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

1st September
Glovershaw - Five Wheatears on the Golf Course and a Whinchat was in Golcar Fields.
Paul King

Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday 1st September 2014

East Riddlesden Hall
A pair of Sand Martin still using nest site. House Martin and Swallow present too. Kingfisher has been seen along the river and at the lakeside. Chiffchaff and Blackcap can still be found among the trees.

M Doveston

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday 31 August 2014

Nab Water Lane - single Whinchat.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting, GSW, Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Glovershaw
Two, possibly more, Spotted Flycatchers could be seen in the 'horse-field' hedgerow by Glovershaw Farm.  There was another one at nearby Golcar Farm.
Paul King.

Sconce Lane
A Yellow Wagtail in the fields by Faweather Green Farm, Sconce Lane, Baildon.
Yellow Wagtail seen across the fields on Sconce Lane.  Photo: Stephen Lilley.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Saturday 30th August 2014

Barden Scale - single Swift seen along with House Martin, Swallow, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk.
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
Two Whinchats and three Wheatears in the area by the 11th fairway and Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thursday 28th August 2014

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 10 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Leeshaw Reservoir - 4 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
The juvenile Wheatear which has been seen on the 12th fairway of Baildon Golf Course since the 20th.  In recent days it has been joined by another Wheatear, possibly an adult.  Photo: Phil Mathews.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Strid Woods - adult Spotted Flycatcher plus a juv, female Redstart.
Barden back road - adult Spotted Flycatcher.
Ungayne Bank, Bolton Abbey - Browncap, juv Chiff-Chaff & Willow Warbler
Roger Nelson

Scargill Reservoir - Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 2 Tree Pipit.
Spotted Flycatcher at John o'Gaunt & Beaverdyke Reservoirs.
Single Little Egret at Lindley Wood Reservoir.
John Poland

Sconce Lane area - party of 5 Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, 2 Wheatear, 5 Stock Dove
Birch Close Lane - single Wheatear.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
There were five Wheatears around the Golf Course, including the 'downy' juvenile which has been resident around the 12th green since the 20th.  A Little Grebe and a couple of Moorhens could be seen on the lake behind the Pennithorne Plantation.
Paul King

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday 25th August 2014

Glovershaw
A couple of Wheatears and a Whinchat and a small group of six Curlews which included mostly juvenile birds.  A flock of at least 50 birds, Pipits, Reed Buntings and Skylarks swirled around Pennithorne Hill as a tractor, hauling a large spiked roller, continued the process of flattening the ferns.
Paul King

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sunday 24 August 2014

Barden Scale/Wharfedale - Red Kite, Marsh Harrier (juv), Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel,
Merlin 2 (one a juv), Peregrine. Osprey recorded the previous day.
Tony Gough

Fall Top area of Clayton - 2 Kestrel, 10 Meadow Pipits, 25 Swallow, 16 Goldfinch, 6 House Martin, Redstart, Pied Wagtail, 5 Starling.
James Brass

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 31 Wheatear in and around.
Brian Sumner

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch
Margaret & Peter Riley.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday 23 August 2014

Ben Rhydding garden - first time in 22 years, Spotted Flycatcher.
Helen Kidman (its also David's garden!)

R. Aire, Bingley - Wood Duck, nearby a Common Buzzard, singing Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
A Redstart at Golcar Farm and on the Golf Course, the same 'downy' looking Wheatear which was there three days ago.  It appears to have taken up residence around the 12th green!
Paul King

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday 22 August 2014

Raven Royd Farm near Marley - 2 Spotted Flycatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Thursday 21 August 2014

Red Kite seen across Wyke towards Low Moor this morning.
Chris Airey

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - on a filthy morning, a Redstart showed well perched on top of a bullrush in front of hide.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Sconce area - 4 Whitethroat, pair of Stonechat, 2 Redstart, plenty of Willow Warbler (one in song), Wheatear, 2 Little Owl, Kestrel.
Glovershaw - Sparrowhawk, 2 Stock Dove.
Birch Close Lane - 2 Little Owl
Little London - 2  Spotted Flycatcher
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw (8.15am)
Around the Golf Course there were two Wheatears, one a very young bird with mostly 'downy' feathers.  An adult Red Grouse with two juveniles, a flock of 20 plus Goldfinch and plenty of Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings on the bracken and walls.
Shipley Glen
A Green Woodpecker flew over.
Paul King

Two action shots of a Wheatear and a Whinchat, both seen in the south of the area on 19th August. photo: Brian Sumner

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tuesday 19th August 2014

Fly Flatts - 8 Wheatear, Whinchat
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear, Whinchat, 2 Raven
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
A Redstart at Golcar Farm
Shipley Glen
A mixed flock of 40 to 50 passerines, mainly comprising of juvenile Willow Warblers and Long-tailed Tits feeding in the Birch trees.  Across in the fields an adult Grey Partridge was seen with eight young birds.
Paul King

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday 18th August 2014

Whetstone - 2 Wheatear, 3 Stonechat, 5 Reed Bunting, 3 Linnet.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
There were four Whinchats, an adult with three young birds on the walls near Golcar Farm.  In the same area a family of five Reed Buntings, a Whitethroat and a Wheatear.
Paul King
A juvenile Spotted Flycatcher seen at Golcar, last Friday (15th).  Photo: Stephen Lilley.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday 18 August 2014

Keighley Reservoir - 2 Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, Stonechat, Whinchat & Wheatear.
Peter Williams

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Reed Warbler briefly perched on cage of feeder,
Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap & 4 Grey Heron on islands.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Saturday 16th August 2014

Lindley Wood Reservoir - still has the 4 Little Egret. Earlier in week, up to 7 G C G counted with a pair with 2 young.
Tony Gough

Royds Hall/Judy Woods - Mute Swan with 7 cygnets, 2 GCG, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, 2 Kestrel, 50 Swallow.
James Brass

Denholme Clough
2 Redstart, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Kestrel
Sparrowhawk, 40+House Sparrow, Goldfinch,
Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit, LBBGull

Doe Park Res - good shoreline
Cormorant.

Station Road, Harecroft
40+Swallows, Wheatear, 30+BHGulls

M Doveston

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday 15 August 2014

Lindley Wood Reservoir - 4 Little Egret showing well plus G C G with 3 young.
Theo Kuechal

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Thursday 14 August 2014

Otley - 50 Swifts moving west ahead of thunderstorms, 12 Swallow west, 25 House Martin, Curlew with Red Kite & Buzzard nearby.
Theo Kuechal

4 Little Egrets at Lindley Wood Reservoir.  The birds seem to be spending most of their time in the river channel at what is presently the up valley end of the reservoir and so can be out of sight.  Also a Common Sandpiper there, possibly 2 different birds.
Tony Gough

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Yesterday
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Common Scoter, Tufted Duck, 5 Cormorant
Leeshaw Reservoir - 5 Swift, 3 Cormorant.
Brian Vickers 

Today
Lindley Wood Reservoir - 3 Little Egrets - 2 up valley of the aqueduct, the other down the valley.
Also 2 Grey Heron, 4 adult G C Grebe plus 4 Cormorant.
Tony Gough
Behind Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - in one small bare bush - Wood Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler plus 6 Reed Bunting.
Glovershaw - Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting.
Golcar Farm - Spotted Fly
Sconce area - flock of 50 Goldfinch, Stock Dove, Little Owl with juv.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday 10 August 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir - 10 Cormorant plus 3 east, 12 Golden Plover, 200 plus Lapwing, Curlew
Brian Sumner

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff plus plenty of young birds at the feeders during the driving rain.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 9 August 2014

Ogden Reservoir - 3 drake Common Scoter, an adult G C Grebe plus 2 juvs.
Brian Sumner

Friday, 8 August 2014

Friday 8th August 2014

Glovershaw
Four Whitethroats (two adults and two juveniles) were feeding in a small hawthorn bush alongside the Glen Road.  On the road to Crook Farm an adult pair were also seen.  At Birch Close a pair have been seen engaged in feeding at the nest site during the week.
Paul King

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Thursday 7th August 2014

Sconce/ Glovershaw area - probably saw the same Whitethroat as Paul (see below) but my bird was carrying food. 2 Redstarts near the horse track, 2 Wheatear, Garden Warbler, male Reed Bunting carrying food, 7 singing Willow Warbler, juv Little Owl at Birch Close Lane plus an adult near Sconce Lane, flock of 15 Linnet feeding on Dock seed near Faweather Farm, Wall Brown Butterfly.
Red Kite over the road at Dick Hudsons.

Glovershaw
A juvenile Stonechat, a family of six Grey Partridge and a Whitethroat at Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Tuesday 5 August 2014

Embsay - in hedges on road to Halton East, 60 Tree Sparrows seen plus a Little Owl.
Clare Dunn

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, 2 Reed Bunting, 4 Wheatear, 3 Snipe, Whitethroat, juvenile Comorant flying around as well as a flock of 9 Dunlin.
Matt Bell

Keighley Reservoir - plenty of birds in the bracken such as Willow Warbler, 2 family of Whinchat, Stonechat family (numbers of young unknown because of dense bracken), 4 Wheatear, 2 Raven overhead.
Ian Hargreaves

Glovershaw
Four Wheatears around the Golf Course, a Spotted Flycatcher was feeding at Golcar Farm and a family of six Grey Partridges were at Birch Close.
Paul King

Monday, 4 August 2014

Monday 4th August 2014

Glovershaw
There were three Wheatears on the Golf Course and at Birch Close Lane a Whitethroat was carrying food.  At Golcar Farm, a Spotted Flycatcher was feeding in the sun and the nearby trees held a Whitethroat , two Song Thrushes and a male Redstart.  Swallows, House Martins and a couple of Swifts flew over.
Paul King

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday 3 August 2014

Embsay - 6 Tree Sparrow.
Clare Dunn

Fly Flatts Reservoir - an amazing 31 Wheatear around the shoreline with more birds on the moor.
Brain Sumner

The work at Keighley Reservoir is now almost complete and the footpath diversion that had been in place from Slippery Ford for most of the summer has now been lifted. The work has resulted in water levels that are incredibly low leaving a dry, arid landscape with several pools and islands that should look tempting to passage waders. 
This morning a Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipers were present. 
Ian Hargreaves
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 33 species recorded including Bullfinch, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Warbler, Kestrel, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Jay & GSW.
Alan Cooper (with SR who stupidly forgot his bins!)

Glovershaw
Four Wheatears, six Swifts and a Whitethroat at its nest site.
Paul King

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Saturday 2nd August 2014

Glovershaw
Five Wheatears were feeding on the Golf Course, a post-breeding flock of 20+ Goldfinch and a dozen low-flying Swallows were also seen around the fairways.
Paul King

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thursday 31 July 2014

Stockbridge Reserve - Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Jay, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Lower Barden Reservoir - 3 Wheatear, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday 27 July 2014

Coldstone Beck, Burley - juvenile Cuckoo being fed by hosts, a pair of Meadow Pipits. Nearby, an adult Cuckoo was watching but unable to link the two!
Jeremy Taylor

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 4 juv Wheatear, a Barnacle Goose, 2 Common Sandpiper.
Brian Sumner.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday 25 July 2014

Bradup - post breeding flock of 21 Lapwing plus single Wheatear.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
An adult Green Woodpecker and a juvenile were feeding near the Glen Road.
Paul King

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir - 3 Raven, 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 4 Kestrel, 70 Golden Plover.
Fly Flatts - Wheatear, 2 Redshank.
Brian Vickers

Bradup - 2 Wheatear, 6 Linnet.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday 20 July 2014

Members only reservoir - Greenshank, GCG
Brian Sumner

Leeshaw Reservoir - 71 Golden Plover, 100 Lapwing, 3 Cormorant, Willow Warbler in nettles,
2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Kestrel, Hobby, family of Reed Bunting.
Brian Vickers & Brian Sumner

Lower Laithe Reservoir - 14 Oystercatcher, 4 Cormorant, 70 plus Greenfinch in roost.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views in front of hide of Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler & Kingfisher. Feeders full with young birds.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday 18 July 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir - family of 5 Raven, 12 Oystercatchers, 200 Lapwing, Cormorant, Merlin.
Brian Vickers

Thursday 17 July 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - family of Blackcap after the rasps, Reed Warbler, Kingfisher, singing Whitethroat, Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir - Common Sandpiper, 8 Oystercatchers, Kestrel 2, 7 Snipe.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 14 July 2014

Monday 14 July 2014

Hollins Hill area - Hobby flying south following Swifts.
Roger Wilkinson

R.Aire, Wagon Lane, Cottingley - Common Sandpiper, Tufted Duck with 2 small ducklings, Comma Butterfly.
Dowley Gap - Oystercatcher plus chick. Nest was on the grass between filter beds but chick had slipped down on one of the beds, stranded. Also 4 Grey Wagtails with plenty of young Willow Warbler & Chiff-Chaffs in surrounding bushes.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sunday 13 July 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir - Snipe 6, Golden Plover 45, Oystecatcher 4
Brian Vickers

Ogden Reservoir - adult male Common Scoter
Brian Sumner

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - juv Reed Warbler, singing Whitethroat plus juv seen, gathering of Swifts with 30 circling over nearby houses.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Saturday 12th July

My Garden  Riddlesden.

10 Siskin, 6 Greenfinch, 4 Bullfinch  on feeders this afternoon.
Stephen Lilley

Friday, 11 July 2014

Friday 11 July 2014

Bolton Abbey area -Short-eared Owl hunting this afternoon.
Roger Nelson.

Glovershaw (evening)
A rather 'downy' looking juvenile Wheatear was feeding by the Golf Course.
Paul King

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Thursday 10th July 2014

Glovershaw
There was a flock of 26 Linnets feeding in the fields behind Golcar Farm.  In the nearby fields juvenile birds were much in evidence, particularly Curlew, Mistle Thrush and Jackdaws.  Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were carrying food and in the Glen a couple of adult Jays were feeding three of their young.
Paul King
An adult Jackdaw feeds two juveniles
Meadow Pipits  photos: Paul King

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Wednesday 9 July 2014

Warley Moor Res ( Fly Flatts) - Great Northern Diver
Brian Sumner & Brian Vickers

This evening, Pennythorn Hill area, Baildon - Whitethroat, Willow Warbler feeding 3 juvs, juv Reed Bunting.
Glovershaw - Wheatear, Whitethroat, Little Owl with young.
Sconce Lane area - 40 Greenfinch, 2 Linnets, another Little Owl with young.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday - Hazlewood Moor - male Cuckoo still calling.
Roger Nelson

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday 6 July 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Garden Warbler, Song Thrush are still singing. 27 species recorded including Kingfisher, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting & Oystercatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 4 July 2014

Friday 4th July 2014

Shipley Glen
Four Herons, two adults and two juveniles, were roosting at the foot of the Glen and an adult Green Woodpecker was seen off the Glen Road.
Paul King
A juvenile and an adult Jay seen in a Bingley garden.  photo: Paul Croft

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Thursday 3rd July 2014

Glovershaw
This evening, over 25 Swifts were feeding over the moorland. A juvenile Curlew was with an adult, whilst six Oystercatchers, including a couple of young birds, were probing the fareways.
Paul King

Monday, 30 June 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

Sandwith Moor - 20 Curlew feeding in newly cut field. Whitethroat singing next to Stainburn car park.
Scargill Pasture - Wheatear, Skylark carrying food, 2 Stock Dove with 2 young, Snipe heard "chipping",
distant call of a single Golden Plover.
Scargill Res. - Linnet with 2 juvs, Reed Bunting calling, 2 Oystercatchers.
From wood below Res to Long Liberty Farm - Marsh Tit, Redstart carrying food, juv Tree Sparrow plus Comma Butterfly.
John o'Gaunt Res - Female tufted Duck with 12d, 15 Lapwing, adult Snipe with a juv feeding on the fringe, good views of singing Sedge Warbler plus Stock Doves calling from two sites.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Sunday 29 June 2014

Fly Flatts Res (Warley Moor) - 3 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 3Snipe, 12 Common Sandpiper, 2 Oyks, Curlew & Lapwing.
Brian Sumner.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Redpoll, juv Bullfinches, Chiff-Chaffs, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, a few juv Jackdaws about. No Whitethroat or Reed Warbler seen but Kingfisher turning up at each visit just now. Juv Reed Bunting noted.
Two days ago, Cuckoo was heard & later seen on the reserve.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Saturday 28 June 2014

Members only reservoir - Yellow-legged Herring Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 4 Common Sandpiper,
2 Redshank, LBB on the increase, 32 Curlew N/W.
Brian Sumner

Wagon Lane, Bingley - Reed Warbler still in reeds next to sports ground, now for over a fortnight. Showing well but no signs of breeding seen by me but Jon Middleton has twice seen a bird carrying food.
Bingley centre - on canal, two young Wood Duck.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 27 June 2014

Friday 27th June, 2014

Eccleshill Area
A male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker has been seen visiting a garden feeder during the week.
Mike Welsh

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Thursday 26 June 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Redpoll back at the feeders, Whitethroat, singing Blackcap & Garden Warbler, plenty of Great & Blue Tit young. Reed Warbler appears to be bringing food to nest site.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw.
A visiting Cormorant at Stockbridge.  Photo: Paul Croft

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Knotford Nook - Gallows Hill - Marsh Tit, Green Woodpecker, G C G juv on river.
Bradup - Redshank, 5 Oystercatchers, Curlew chick seen, 2 Snipe with chick, female Wheatear.
Phil Matthews

Wharfe Valley below Otley - 8 Kites circling high.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 23 June 2014

Monday 23 June 2014

Cock Hill, Oxenhope - 8 Golden Plover
Steve Parkes

Bradup - Snipe plus 2 chicks & another adult drumming.
Whetstone - juv ale Stonechat
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sunday 22 June 2014

Bingley Bog North - 4 Goldfinch, 2 Whitethroat, 2 male Blackcap, 2 adult Willow Warbler plus 3 juvs, Kestrel, 2 Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting - also Ringlet, Meadow Brown & Large Skipper butterflies.
On the previous day on a circular walk taking in Dowley Gap to Cottingley Bridge & including the riverside walk - Willow Warbler 4, Canada Geese with broods of 4 & 5, Mallard with 6d, Reed Warbler, House Martin breeding in Wagon Lane, Grey Wagtail, 8 Sand Martin, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Oystercatcher.
Phil Matthews

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 31 species recorded this morning including the following -
Kingfisher, now visiting more regularly, Bullfinch with 3 juvs, singing Blackcap & Garden Warbler, juv Whitethroat plus adult singing, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting singing. Plenty of young birds around the feeder such as Blue & Great Tits, Redpoll at feeder & GSW along river bank.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Friday, 20 June 2014

Thursday continued

Bents Lane, Harecroft - Whitethroat seen carrying food.
Matt Bell

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Thursday 19th June 2014

Breeding Birds - Photos by Penny French




Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Monday 16 June 2014

Barden Moor - male Whinchat.
Kempley Pond, Halton East - 2 Shelduck plus 8 young, 2 Oystercatchers, 2 young Moorhen.
Clare Dunn

Friday, 13 June 2014

Friday 13 June 2014

Wagon Lane, Bingley - small reedbed next to sports club - singing Reed Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Thursday 12 June 2014

Timble Ings - several Woodcock this evening plus Cuckoo heard.
Ian Skayman

Barden Bridge - Strid Woods - male Redstart carrying food, 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Grey Wagtails,
Common Sandpiper, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher.
David Kidman

Stockbridge Resere (members only) - pair of Whitethroat with 2 juvs, Kingfisher, Sedge Warbler,
Reed Warbler, Bullfinch pair with 4 juvs, Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff.
Field opposite Bingley Grammar School - pair of Whitethroat with young which have fledged. Numbers not known as the young are staying below the large blackberry patch in various places.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen & Glovershaw
A Green Woodpecker flew across the Glen Road and an adult Great Spotted with two juveniles, passed through the gardens on Lucy Hall Drive.  At Glovershaw, three pairs of Grey Partridge were seen, four Snipe were flushed from watery hollows and an alert Redshank and lots of Lapwings circled their breeding area.  Ten Willow Warblers and four Reed Buntings were heard during the walk.
Paul King


Monday, 9 June 2014

Monday 9th June 2014

Leeshaw Reservoir
Oystercatchers have successful produced two chicks.

Both photos and report are by Brian Sumner. 

Saturday 7 June 2014

Oxenhope - 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Redshank, 2 Oystercatchers with 2 chicks, singing Sedge Warbler.
Brian Sumner

Friday, 6 June 2014

Friday 6 June 2014

Opposite Bingley Grammar School - pair of nesting Whitethroat bringing in food, also Blackcap & Chiff-Chaff singing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Wednesday 4th June

My Garden, Riddlesden.

On my feeders   12 Siskin, 4  Lesser Redpoll, 2 House Sparrow(unusual in my garden) 4 Bullfinch (3 male).
Stephen  Lilley

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Bradup - farmer disturbed 3 Redshank in distant field. Looked to be all adults. Cuckoo heard in direction of Rivock Edge. 2 Lapwing chicks at Whetstone Allotments.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 2 June 2014

Monday 2nd June 2014

Between Embsay & Halton - pond holds Shelduck & 9 ducklings but today a Little Egret took off from the site.
Shaun Pickard

Shipley Glen
There are lots of young birds now being fed on the wing, these include Robins, Great Tits, Mistle Thrush, and Great Spotted Woodpecker.  In addition, Treecreepers and Nuthatches are feeding at the nest sites.  On the Glen Road at least six male Willow Warblers and three male Reed Buntings were singing.  Two Whitethroats were in full song, a pair of Curlew were very vocal and Dunnocks and Linnets were also noted.
Paul King

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sunday 1 June 2014

Cuckoo also on Harden Moor in the evening.
Ian Skayman

Embsay Reservoir - 2 sightings of Little Owl plus Cuckoo calling.
Shaun Pickard

Elam Wood, Riddlesden - GSW (2), Chiff-Chaff & on nearby canal, Mute Swan with
5 cygnets.
Penny French


Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Sedge & Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler. Kestrel situation is female has gone with just male in box. Good views of Whitethroats plus Brimstone Butterfly.
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Shipley Glen
Cuckoo heard this pm
A Grasshopper Warbler seen by Brian Sumner on Soil Hill



Saturday, 31 May 2014

Saturday 31 May 2014

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - 2 Kestrel confrontation with, briefly, locked talons.
Sconce area - Cuckoo still calling, Little Owl.
Glovershaw - single Snipe drumming, 3 Oystercatchers.
Shaun Radcliffe

East Riddlesden Hall 07.00 - 09.00 Guided Walk
Kingfisher carrying food, Garden Warbler, Blackcap,
Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Grey Wagtail,
Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift, Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan
Goosander female with 10 young, Moorhen, Kestrel,
BHGulls, Oystercatchers 3+,
M Doveston et al

Soil Hill - Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 5 Whitethroat, 2 Reed Bunting
Brian Sumner

Between Embsay & Halton - on a small wetland area, Shelduck with 5 ducklings.
Shaun Pickard

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Thursday 29 May 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler all singing.
In the Low Wood area - Cuckoo calling.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Monday 26th May

Heights Lane/Eldwick Reservoir.

Swift, Jay, Songthrush,Greenfinch, Chaffinch ,Goldfinch,5 Willow  Warbler,2 Little Owl,8 Lapwing, 4 Curlew, Red-legged Partridge, Grey Partridge,Pied Wagtail, Swallow, Greylag Geese,2 Whitethroat, Collared Dove.
Phil Matthews

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sunday 25th May 2014

Park Wood, Keighley 07.00-08.30 Guided Walk
Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Wren, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Starling, Swallow.

M Doveston et al

Hewenden Res & Viaduct area
GCGrebe 2 adult & 2 young, Tufted Duck 2 males, Canada Goose 2 pairs with young, Mute Swan, Goosander female, Oystercatcher 2, Common Sandpiper, LBBGull, Sparrowhawk, Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Pied Wagtails, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,

M Doveston & DCBarker

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Saturday 24th May 2014

Shipley Glen
A half hour in the Glen showed just how much pressure and stress breeding birds are under. A Sparrowhawk burst through the canopy and plucked a Chaffinch from its perch and a little later, a similar bird was harassing a pair of Mistle Thrushes.  Elsewhere, a Jay, obviously up to no good, was being bombarded by Blue Tits, Great Tits and a couple of Blackbirds.
Paul King.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Wednesday 21st May 2014

Heather Park & Racecourse Plantation, St.Ives.
Cuckoo, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipits, Skylark, GSWdpkr at nest, GHeron, Swallow, Kestrel, Woodpigeon, Jay, Swift, House Martin, Song Thrush, several Redpoll, Bullfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Coal Tit,
M Doveston

Strid Woods  - Oystercatcher 4, Mallard good season with lots of duckling broods, Nuthatch 6, Song Thrush 7, Dipper 5, Goosander 2 females and 1 duckling, House Martin, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper 2, Sand Martin, Pied Flycatcher 4 males 2 females, Chiffchaff, Redstart 1 male, Blackcap, Mandarin pair. 37 species seen in total.
Phil Matthews

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Postscript to Sunday 19th May.

The identification of this bird  posted by Phil Matthews on Sunday last has not been straightforward.  Views have differed Stonechat or Whinchat. Opinion now seems to lean to Stonechat. If anybody disagrees please e mail BOG recorder.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Ben Rhydding G P - Grey Wagtail feeding young, Common Sandpiper, Dipper, Oystercatcher, Garden Warbler plus Otter seen.
Stephen Parkes

Private Wetlands ( permit holders only) - singing birds - 3 Reed Bunting, 7 Reed Warbler, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 2 Chiff-Chaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat. Also pair of Oystercatcher with 3 chicks, 2 Common Tern, 5 Tufted Duck, Curlew & kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 19 May 2014

Monday 19th May 2014

Dob Park Wood  

Pied Flyctchers this afternoon. Female was busy refurbishing nest  as well as feeding chicks. Two males were in attendance

Stephen  Lilley

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sunday 18 May 2014

Bradup & Whetstone - Linnet, 2 Wheatear, Redshank, Kestrel, 2 Snipe, pair of Stonechat plus Common Lizard & 30 plus Green Hairsteak buterflies.
Phil Matthew

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species recorded including Redpoll at feeder, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Goosander.
Crossflatts Railway Station - in neighbouring field this afternoon, singing Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff & Blackcap. Plenty of improving habitat growing now with the field unused so worth watching.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Saturday 17th May 2014

Barden Moor
Wheatear male, Curlew, Lapwing, Meadow Pipits

The Strid
2 Wood Warblers reported by other birders coming out of the woods.
Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Common Sandpiper, Mandarin, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, GSWdpkr, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swift, Swallow, Albino Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush,

Barden Bridge area
Pied Flycatcher using natural hole, Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Siskin, Grey Wagtail, Red-legged Partridge, Pheasant

Whetstone Gate & Quarry
Red Grouse, Stonechat, Curlew, Lapwing, Linnet, Meadow Pipit

Denholme Clough
2 Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Green Woodpecker, GSWdpkr, Kestrel, Swift, Swallows, Grey Wagtail,

Tewitt Lane, Thornton/Harecroft
2 Raven heading south west, Curlew

M Doveston, C & G Howen 

Dob Park.
3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, GSW, Cuckoo at Folly Hall Farm.
 Female GSW feeding young at nest at Dob Park, note tongue.
Stephen Lilley

Friday, 16 May 2014

Friday 16 May 2014

Lower Kexgill, Dearstones- Tawny Owlet on ground, mother in trees.
3 Cuckoos in the area between Beamsley Beacon and Simon's Seat.
Roger Nelson


Bingley Moor/ Twelve Apostle Area - 5 pair of Golden Plover
Bradup - 2 Wheatear
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Thursday 15th May 2014

R Aire- Riddlesden Golf Club.

Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Kingfisher, 30+ Sand Martin, Goosander with chicks.
Stephen  Lilley

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Wednesday 14th May 2014

Hazlewood, Bolton Abbey - Spotted Flycatcher in garden.
Roger Nelson

A leucistic Greenfinch seen by Peter  Price in his garden at Allerton  on 12/5/14

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Barden Bridge & Strid Woods - 5 Common Sandpiper, 4 Dipper, 5 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 7 Redstart
18 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Mandarin, 3 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap (no Wood Warbler).  Tawny Owl with 3 recently fledged young,photo below
Chris King


Harden Moor - Good views of Cuckoo.
Ian Skayman

Monday, 12 May 2014

Monday 12th May 2014

Wyke - Little Egret seen flying SW over Wyke, seen from Caldene Fields
Martyn Priestley

Heather Park, St Ives - evening watch produced 8 flypasts by Woodcock, 2 calling Tawny Owls, Kestrel, distant Cuckoo call from Harden Moor area but also short "bubble" bursts of a female Cuckoo on the Park, & no midges!
Shaun Radcliffe et al

Glovershaw
The Wheatears keep flowing through. Another six this morning.  I'm on holiday from tomorrow, so that's probably all of this species until they start to return in July.
Paul King

Whetstone - 3 Wheatear, pair of Stonechat, 6 Lapwing chicks plus Cuckoo heard towards Sunnydale.
Shaun Radcliffe
In addition to the cuckoo reported by Shaun the one in the photo was also present at Whetstone. This female appeared to be 'nest hunting' and appeared from the undergrowth and was pursued by two very aggravated Meadow Pipits.
Ian  Hargreaves