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Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)
photo: Keith Allen

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Saturday 16 January 2021

 Bingley Bog North - 2 Little Egrets this afternoon.

Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Tuesday 12 January 2021

Sunnydale reservoir area
Kingfisher fishing on the reservoir, 4 Buzzard, 3 Red Kite, 2 Kestrel, Bullfinch, Nuthatch, Cormorant
Shaun Radcliffe

Bingley Bog North and adjacent stretch of canal
Two Goosander, four Moorhen, a flock of over eight Long-tailed Tits, a couple of Bullfinch, Greenfinch and single Kingfisher, Grey Heron and Kestrel. An Otter was recorded in the canal on the stretch between the locks.

Goosanders, Bullfinch, Grey Heron and Kingfisher
Phots and Report from Phil Matthews

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Saturday 9th January 2021

Baildon Moor
A single Stonechat, two Lapwings and three Red Grouse
A Red Grouse in the snow on Baildon Moor
Saltaire Garden
A Fieldfare enjoying windfall apples, six Blackbirds, four Bullfinch, six Chaffinch and flocks of tits.
Photo and Reports from Steve Meredith

Wibsey Park, Bradford

A drake Shoveler             photo: Brian Sumner                more on Brian's blog

A Black-headed Gull seen on Harold Park Lake on 1st September 2020 was carrying a davic ring.
More information is available here  http://www.lowmoorwildlife.co.uk/the-norway-connection/
Martyn Priestley

Friday, 8 January 2021

Wednesday 6th January 2021

Bingley Area
Over 30 Redwing on a fairway of Shipley Golf Course as viewed from Beckfoot Lane, a single Fieldfare with them and four Mistle Thrush. There was a Kingfisher on the canal between the 3 Rise and 5 Rise locks.
Ian Skayman

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Riddlesden - Leeds & Liverpool canal
Three female and two male Goosanders, a Tufted Duck (a long time resident), and a Grey Wagtail.
Riddlesden Garden
Six Siskins (which have visited since 24th December), a Greenfinch, 12 Goldfinch, two Chaffinch, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Treecreeper,. two Nuthatch, a Jay, three Magpies, four Jackdaws, three Crows, a Wren, a couple of pairs of Blackbirds, three Long-tailed Tits, a Dunnock and a Sparrowhawk.
Penny French

Baildon Garden
A pair of Collared Doves.
Paul King

Monday 4th January 2021

Bingley Garden
Four Bullfinch, three Siskin, three Greenfinch, at least six Goldfinch in addition to a female Pheasant and a cast of tits.

Heights Lane and Eldwick Reservoir in poor weather
Two Sparrowhawks, seven Goldfinch, 37 Common Gulls, seven Black-headed Gulls, a couple of Lapwing, 18 Fieldfare, two Kestrels two Snipe, a Cormorant, a Little Owl and two Redwing.

Photos and Reports from Phil Matthews

Farnhill - Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Two Mute Swans (an adult and a 1st-winter), 51 Mallard, two Goosander (pair), 27 Redwing at Farnhill Hall and a Common Buzzard over Farnhill Moor.

Photos and Report from Mike Smith

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Saturday 2nd January 2021

A Saltaire garden
The new year brought four Redwings into the garden along with four Siskins. A flock of Long-tailed Tits roosted in a beech hedge and 20 Blackbirds and 10 Woodpigeons were attracted to windfall apples.
Steve Meredith

Myrtle Park, Bingley
Present in the park and along the riverside: three Cormorants, two Kingfishers, two Grey Herons, three Goosanders, a Dipper and a Grey Wagtail.
Phil Matthews

Photos and Reports from Phil Matthews

Friday, 1 January 2021

Friday 1st January 2021

Stockbridge Nature Reserve
Cetti's Warbler still present.
Mark Doveston

Keighley Golf Course:  Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 25 Linnets.
Low Wood: Sparrowhawk (possibly the same from golf course) being mobbed by Jays.  Three Nuthatch,  1 Redwing.  (5 Roe Deer)
Leeds/ Liverpool canal: Kingfishers (at Booths Bridge), 25 Linnets, 1 Redwing, 2 Bullfinch.
Low Lane:  44 Lapwing, Sparrowhawk (definitely different one), Kestrel, redwing (5 + 45), chiffchaff
Silsden, Cloggs Bridge - kingfisher
Aire: Silsden to Riddlesden: Buzzard, Little Grebe, 12 Redwing, 2 goosander.
Stockbridge Reserve:  Goldcrest, Reed bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Water Rail, Sparrowhawk.
Leeds/ Liverpool canal (Riddlesden to Utley): Goosander (m&f)
Josh Selfe

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Thursday 31 January 2020

Stockbridge Reserve - 2 Water Rail, Reed Buntings, Bullfinch
Shaun Radcliffe

Otley Wetland Nature Reserve
A 1st-winter male Scaup.
Andy Jowett

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Wednesday 30th December 2020

Stockbridge Nature Reserve
A Cetti's Warbler,  first seen yesterday was relocated at the reserve today.  This is the second record in the Group's recording area.  The first was on 31st October 2016 at Snaygill.
John Middleton

Glovershaw, Baildon
A Barn Owl was seen hunting over the moor.
Paul King

Applerley Bridge
A skein of about 150 Pink-footed Geese flew westwards at 11.15am.
Damian Pearson

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Tuesday 29th December 2020

Ten Yards Lane, Thornton
Seen on Sunday 27th - An adult Mediterranean Gull and two 1st-winter birds.
A 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull (left) and an adult Mediterranean Gull
Juvenile 1st-winter Mediterranean Gull
Adult Mediterranean Gull
Photos and report by Mark Pearson

Monday, 28 December 2020

Monday 28th December 2020

Cullingworth Fields
A Caspian Gull - 1st-winter
Two Mediterranean Gulls - An adult and a 1st-winter.  Note the adult bird is different from the bird seen at Ten Yards Lane yesterday (27th).
Keith Moir

Tong Park, Baildon
A skein of 200 Pink-footed Geese flew north-westwards (12.50pm)
Paul King

Sunday 27th December 2020

Ten Yards Lane, Thornton
One Mediterranean Gull - An adult.
Brian Sumner      see more on Brian's blog

Low Wood, Riddlesden

A large flock of tits consisting of Long-tailed, Coal, Blu and Great.  Also seen were Treecreeper, Bullfinch, Sparrowhawk and Great Spotted Woodpecker.  On the canal, both Cormorant and Goosander were present.
Silsden Fields: 40 Fieldfare, two Mistle Thrush, eight Red-legged Partridge and two Common Buzzards overhead.
Josh Selfe

Saturday 26th December 2020

St. Ives, Bingley
On the lake : 12 Goosander and two Gadwall.
Josh Selfe

Friday, 25 December 2020

Friday 25th December 2020


A Kingfisher on the River Aire at Hirstwood                    photo: Steve Meredith

Sunnydale area above East Morton - flock of 30 Fieldfare, 2 Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite, calling Stock Dove & superb views of Kingfisher on reservoir.
Shaun Radcliffe

Myrtle Park, Bingley
GSW, Nuthatch, Grey Heron, Goldcrest, Jay, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit.
Phil Matthews

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Tuesday 22nd December 2020

Bolton Bridge
Two Little Egrets took off the river and flew upstream.
Roger Nelson


A Little Grebe on the Aire near the Boathouse
Graham Wood

Monday, 21 December 2020

Sunday 20th December 2020

Stockbridge Reserve
A Little Egret, Goldcrest and Bullfinch plus a Water Rail was heard.
Shaun Radcliffe

Aire Valley - Utley to Riddlesden
A singing Mistle Thrush 15 Fieldfare, a handful of Redwing, a Grey Heron and two Cormorants.  There was also a Little Egret, three Goosanders, a Jay and a Bullfinch.
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Two Common Buzzards were calling whilst they circled overhead and six Goosanders and a Kingfisher were noted along the walk.
Josh Selfe

Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Riddlesden
Two pairs of Goosander, five Mute Swans, a Kingfisher, a Tufted Duck, and a Grey Wagtail were the pick of the species.  
Bingley Moor/Ikley Moor
A walk over the area produced a Rite Kite, two Common Buzzards and a male Stonechat.
Penny French

A Barn Owl was seen from the road whilst passing through the area.
Tom Simcock

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Saturday 19th December 2020

A flock of 40 Goldfinch in an Utley garden.
River Aire, near Silsden
A Common Buzzard low over the river near Silsden, possibly just been feeding on a nearby dead sheep.  Also 50 Lapwing flying over and a Kingfisher on Holden Beck.
Josh Selfe

Monday, 14 December 2020

Sunday 13th December 2020

Stockbridge Reserve
A Little Egret, Goosander, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Northcliffe Woods, Shipley
Ring-necked Parakeets in Northcliffe totalled at least 10 noisy individuals.
Paul King

Apperley Bridge
300 Pink-footed Geese flew west at 1pm.
Damian Pearson

Otley Wetland Nature Reserve
A Common Scoter was the highlight of John's walk around Otley Wetland, here are the other species recorded:

Wigeon: only about 25, although were about 190 on 30th Nov

Teal: one female in flight, although a few hidden males heard,

Goldeneye: about 8 about, both sexes.

Tufted Duck: just 2 males [there seem to be very few Tufties around in the area this winter; has anyone else noticed this?]

Goosander: pair on fishing pond, and another in flight

Little Grebe: 1-2 on sailing lake; first I've seen here for a while

Grey Heron: 2

Cormorants: as per

Water Rail: heard only (as usual), in reed bed

Oystercatcher: 1 (seems to be wintering)

Lapwing: 200+

Green Sandpiper, which I've seen 3 times in last month or so, not seen today

Herring Gull: 1 over (plus usual Common and Black-headed Gulls)

Stock Dove: 1

Little Owl: usual bird in dead tree within showground field

Kingfisher: 1 seen, another heard

GS Woodpecker: 1

Fieldfare: small flock nr sailing clubhouse

Chiffchaff: heard only

Goldcrest: 1

Jay: heard only

Siskin: flock c50 in alders

Bullfinch: at least 5 seen

John Armstrong