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Thursday, 9 July 2020
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Monday, 6 July 2020
Dowley Gap & Bingley Bog South - both had singing Common Whitethroat.
Saturday, 4 July 2020
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!
Friday, 3 July 2020
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
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.
Sunday, 28 June 2020
Friday, 26 June 2020
Thursday, 25 June 2020
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Monday, 22 June 2020
Sunday, 21 June 2020
Saturday, 20 June 2020
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.
River Aire: Utley - Riddlesden
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Common Sandpiper, thre grey partridges
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.
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
Two breeding pairs of Common Whitethroat by the gallops.
Glen Road, Baildon
Two breeding pairs of Common Whitethroat.
Thursday, 18 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.
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.
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
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.
Carrying on down the lane I approached the usual field for Little Owls and could again see a bird perched on the usual wall.
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.
Walking on, as I rounded the corner I could see the other side of the main wall and spotted a Little Owl chick.
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.
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
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
Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Monday, 15 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.
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.