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Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)

Great Spotted Woodpecker (juvenile)
photo: Keith Allen

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Thursday 9 July 2020

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Whitethroat feeding 3 young, now out of the nest.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Glen Road, Baildon
A family of Willow Warblers, two adults and at least two well developed young.
Paul King

Cullingworth garden
Lots of young birds coming to garden feeders, probably due to the good early spring weather.  As well as the the usual good numbers of Blue Tits and Great Tits, we've had at least three Coal Tits coming regularly; a first for us plus a single juvenile Bullfinch.  We get Bullfinches daily on our feeders.  The Bullfinch count, so far, is not as good as last year when we had three juveniles coming regularly.
Ian Skayman

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Barden to Storiths (Back Road)

A family flock of Spotted Flycatchers

House Martins have used a natural cavity in a window lintel, something a pair has been doing for several years

Juvenile great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Owl and a juvenile Stonechat.

Curlew and Tree Pipit in Upper Wharfedale
A photographic record by Roger Nelson

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Brian reported that Swifts were moving south in good numbers and six Ringed Plovers were on the edge of the reservoir.
Brian Sumner            more on Brian's Blog

Haworth Garden
Coal Tits and Blackbirds have successfully bred in Howard's garden.
Howard Creber

Robert's Park, Saltaire
Greylags head for the cricket pitch. Unfortunately the groundsman had gone home!
photo: Graham Wood

Monday, 6 July 2020

Monday 6 July 2020

River Aire, Wagon Lane - only two pairs of Sand Martin at the colony entering holes with food.
Dowley Gap & Bingley Bog South - both had singing Common Whitethroat.
Shaun Radcliffe

A Little Egret flew low over Carlton Avenue.

A Greylag approaches a visiting Cormorant.
Report & photo: Graham Wood

Brackenhall, Shipley Glen
A Red Kite hunted low over the fields and Swifts were feeding over the Glen.
Paul King

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Saturday 4th July 2020

River Aire between Utley and Silsden

The Aire was very high today. Two of the three Sand Martin colonies along the Utley-Silsden stretch (the busiest two of the three) were flooded, although each had one or two birds hanging around. The third was still well above water level but was completely abandoned anyway! Not sure they would have had time to squeeze a brood out before it flooded.  The two sites where Common Sandpiper seemed to be attempting to breed were also gone! However, there was action at both Kingfisher nests, so not all bad news! 

Josh Selfe

Friday, 3 July 2020

Friday 3rd July 2020

Shipley Glen
7am - A post-breeding flock of 12+ Greenfinch in a garden.
7pm - A flock of over 20 Swifts feeding over the trees.
Paul King

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Wednesday 1st July 2020

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)

One of two juvenile Ringed Plovers, now 31 days old, at Fly Flatts           photo: Brian Sumner
more information on Brian's blog

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Leeshaw Reservoir

A juvenile Wheatear at Leeshaw Reservoir       Brian Vickers

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - female Goldeneye, Kingfisher, Common Tern,
Low Snowden - Common Whitethroat taking food to a nest site plus another bird singing near Crag Farm. Snipe drumming with two other birds calling from undergrowth.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Sunday 28th June 2020

Heber's Ghyll, Ilkey
In the woodland: a Wood Warbler, breeding Spotted Flycatchers at nest hole, a Treecreeper and Jay.
On the moor, a family of Whincat and a Curlew.
Spotted Flycatchers at Heber's Ghyll
Report and images from Steve Meredith

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Birds present on a wet and very windy day included: Two Oystercatcher chicks and close by Lapwings with four chicks all sheltering and a blasting drizzle.
Brian Sumner                more on Brian's blog

Haworth Garden
Three Siskins on feeders and a Sand Martin flew overhead.
Howard Creber

Shipley Glen/Glen Road/Baildon Moor
Birds seen included: a male Blackcap, a Snipe, a male Reed Bunting and, over the moor, a Kestrel, Common Buzzard and breeding Skylark and Meadow Pipits.
Graham Wood

Saturday 27th June 2020

Whetstone Allotment
A Redshank with a juvenile in addition to other breeding species, Curlew, Golden Plover, Meadow Pipit and Red Grouse.

A Golden Plover and a Redshank
Photos and report from Steve Meredith

Allerton, Bradford
A pair of Linnets visited a garden feeder.

Ian Watson

Friday, 26 June 2020

Friday 26th June 2020

Timble Ings and Denton Moor
A walk around the southern half of Timble Ings and the adjacent Denton Moor earlier today, in very humid weather produced the following:
Highlights - A mobile male Cuckoo, a Green Woodpecker in flight, a singing Tree Pipit, a pair of Spotted Flycatchers, large number of mainly juvenile Siskins, a few Lesser Redpoll and a flock of around 60, mainly juvenile,  Common Crossbills.
Other birds - Common Buzzards, a Red Kite, Lapwings, Curlews, Swifts, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallows, Meadow Pipits, a Song Thrush, Mistle Thrushes, Blackcap, two Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Coal Tits, post-breeding flocks of Chaffinch and a pair of Bullfinch.
John Armstrong

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Thursday 25th June 2020

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Two Dunlin, two Ringed Plovers plus two juveniles at 26 days old.  Also 12 Golden Plovers, five Common Sandpipers, an Oystercatcher, a Raven and two Barnacle Geese.

From the top: Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Dunlin and Barnacle Goose
Report and images from Brian Sumner                         see more on Brian's blog

Ogden Reservoir
A family of four Whinchats on the east side of Ogden Reservoir on the way towards the turbines.
David Sutcliffe

Haworth garden    
A male Siskin on garden feeders at 14.10 hrs.  Species with proven breeding/fledgling successes in and around Haworth garden were: House Sparrow, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Jackdaw, Magpie, Rook and Pheasant.  A pair of Kestrels have fledged three young using an abandoned Raven nest on Ebor mill chimney.
A report from Howard Creber

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Stockbridge Reserve
Birds present included male Reed Warbler and two breeding Sedge Warblers which were feeding on cinnabar moths.   Others noted: two singing Reed Buntings, five Grey Herons, a cormorant, Chiffchaff and a Bullfinch.
Sedge Warbler at Stockbridge      
Photo and report from Josh Selfe

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Sand Martins in Shipley

The colony of breeding Sand Martins in an old wall beside the canal in Shipley

At least 10 birds were seen feeding young on 22nd June.  They are visible from the canal towpath between Baildon Bridge (Fox Corner) and the footbridge behind Aldi.  The Sand Martins are using the wall where the old cinema stood which was burnt down some years ago.
Photos and report from Margaret Rowen

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)

Two fledged juveniles (photo above) now 24 days old and two adults.

Also six Common Sandpiper, two Redshanks, two Oystercatchers and eight Ravens.

Two of the eight Ravens which were seen at Fly Flatts.
Photos and report by Brian Sumner                       see more on Brian's blog

Monday, 22 June 2020

Monday 22nd June 2020

A male Lesser Redpoll seen in a Farnhill garden (near Kildwick).

Two photos of the Lesser Redpoll sent in by Mike Smith.
Low Snowden
A Cuckoo calling, also Common Whitethroat, Linnet, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers were all present.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Sunday 21 June 2020

Ben Rhydding
A pair of Tree Sparrows on Cleveland Drive.
John Brookes

Shipley area
Baildon Green - A single Common Whitethroat and a Red Kite circling overhead.
Fox Corner - Several Sand Martins attending to their nests in the canal wall and Pied Wagtails are breeding in nearby derelict buildings.
Graham Wood.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -  Little Egret flyover towards Silsden, singing Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff & Reed Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Saturday 20th June 2020

Fly Flatts, Warley Moor Reservoir
The two Ringed Plover chicks have today fledged at 21 days and are starting to fly short distances.
Brian Sumner            see more on Brian's blog

Pennithorn, Baildon

6.30 to 8.30   A Little Egret flew west and a Red Kire was hunting.  There were Swallows over the fields, breeding Reed Buntings, Common Whitethroat and Linnets on the moorland slopes.  Near the gallops, a Common Whitethroat and a Little Owl was in a wall.

A male Linnet at Pennithorn     photo: Steve Meredith
Steve Meredith

River Aire: Utley - Riddlesden

Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Sandpiper, thre grey partridges

Stockbridge Reserve

Five Grey Heron, Reed & Sedge Warblers (and an otter) 

Farmland above Riddlesden

Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard and Red Kite.  Also, five Willow Warblers, Greenfinch, Lesser Redpoll & Green Woodpecker. 

Low Wood

Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Jay, 

River Aire: Utley to Silden

25 Sand Martins in total, but virtually no action at any of the three colony sights.  Swallows & Swifts counted in teens. Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Lesser Redpoll, three Common Sandpipers and a Lapwing. 

Utley garden  - Bullfinch

Josh Selfe


Two breeding pairs of Common Whitethroat by the gallops.

Glen Road, Baildon

Two breeding pairs of Common Whitethroat.

Paul King

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Thursday 18th June 2020

Little Owls in Airedale - a Report by Phil Matthews

Tuesday 16 June 2020 1730 – 1930 hrs

Generally bright and warm. Moderate E/NE wind

I went out tonight on my usual walk – Lady Lane, Walsh Lane then a bit of Heights Lane before turning round and retracing my route back home

I saw my first Little Owl as I came on to Walsh Lane, it was sitting into the wall in the usual field, the bird had its head down as if asleep.

1746 hrs

As I rounded the corner this bird could no longer be seen, but looking back at the wall from the other side another or the same bird was perched on top of the wall.

1749 hrs

I walked another 20 yards or so and stopped to count the Rabbits in the field. I noticed the owl had gone but could now see another bird on the far wall giving a Magpie the bad eye

1753 hrs

I carried on up Walsh Lane and did the part of Heights Lane I am currently doing on these mini evening walks. Then retraced my path back down Walsh Lane.  When I got to the area of Four Winds I could see another Little Owl on the wall there.

1854 hrs

Carrying on down the lane I approached the usual field for Little Owls and could again see a bird perched on the usual wall.

1859 hrs

I was then observing a male Pied Wagtail and male Blackbird collecting food in the field when I spotted a Little Owl was now on the wall to my left as well.

1901 hrs

Walking on, as I rounded the corner I could see the other side of the main wall and spotted a Little Owl chick.

1906 hrs

Looking closely I could see another chick was in a cavity a bit lower down the wall, the same spot I saw them last week.

1909 hrs

Then an adult appeared on the wall above them.

1910 hrs

When I got home I tried to work out how many had I actually seen this evening and I am still not sure. It is certain I saw two adults and two chicks as I had multiple birds in view at certain times. It is possible that is all I saw, but even so it was a spectacular show of Little Owls in one outing

Report and photos by Phil Matthews

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Ilkley Moor
There were numerous Swifts feeding over Low Cragg and at High Cragg a family of Stonechats were present.  A pair of Curlew with a chick were seen close to the main footpath.
Keith Allen.

Peel Park, Bradford
Pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers fledged three young birds.
Irene Lofthouse


A juvenile Bullfinch and 6+ juvenile Blue Tits in the garden

Prince of Wales Park, Bingley

Chiffchaff still singing, Jay and Sparrowhawk

Lady Lane, Walsh Lane and part of Heights Lane, Bingley

House Martins and  Swallows, a Lesser Black-backed Gull,  four Oystercatchers, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush andWillow Warbler.

Curlew - 10+ including the chick which has grown well since last time seen

Lapwing - still can see the sitting bird, this appears very late to be sitting on eggs?

Grey Partridge - pair with 9+ chicks

photos:  Jay, Oystercatchers, Curlew and adult Grey Partridge with two of nine chicks.
Report and photos from Phil Matthews

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Catch Up Ringing Report

Stockbridge Reserve -
Last week Jon M had a ringing session with 13 birds caught in total. 
These included 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, a Reed Bunting & Blackcap.  One of the Sedge Warblers was a previously ringed bird on 20 July 2019 at Belvide near Brewood, Staffs.  A Reed Warbler had also been ringed at Stockbridge on 9 June 2020.   Jon noticed that at least one family of Reed Warbler had fledged on the east side of the Reserve.
Shaun Radcliffe

Fly Flatts (Warley Moor Reservoir)
Three Dunlin, five Ringed Plover and two chicks, seven Common Sandpiper + chicks, two Oystercatcher, eight Redshank + chicks and a Common Buzzard.
Brian Sumner                Brian's blog for more information.

Leeds/Liverpool canal at Bradley
Common Whitethroat, Little Owl, wren, Oystercatcher, Moorhen and a breeding pair of Canada Goose with 20 goslings.
Howard Creber

Monday, 15 June 2020

Monday 15th June 2020

Heights Lane area and Eldwick Reservoir

Four Little Owls (two singles and a pair at three sites), 10 Swallow, Four Pied Wagtails at three sites (two carrying food), Curlew (adult still on Heights Lane but chick not seen, behaviour indicated it was nearby), three Oystercatcher, Five Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew over, a Redshank, two Sand Martins.  A Lapwing (adult still apparently sitting on Walsh Lane), a juvenile Robin, a Kestrel, seven House Martins plus a supporting cast of the usual species and my first Large Skippers and Broad-bodied Chasers of the year.   A pair of Siskin and two pairs of Greenfinch have been seen intermittently with the regular species on the garden feeders since around Friday.

photos: Robin (juvenile), Little Owl, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail and Curlew.
report and photos by Phil Matthews

Slippery Ford

Three pairs of Willow Warbler, a pair of Reed Bunting, a pair of Linnet, a Pied wagtail, numerous Meadow Pipit, a Lapwing, a Curlew with a large chick, a Green woodpecker, three Kestrels also Rooks and Carrion Crows.

Howard Creber