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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Tuesday, 30th April 2013

Harden Moor - Cuckoo, 30 Sand Martin in quarry, 2 Wheatear, 2 Chiff-Chaff.
Penny French
Glovershaw, Baildon - At 8am this morning there were seven Wheatears and two Whinchats at the end of Birch Close Lane.
Graincliffe Reservoir area - 5 Crossbills, Siskins
Twelve Apostles, Rombalds Moor - 3 Wheatear.
Whinchats are beginning to move through the area.  Photo: Brian Vickers.

Paul King.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Monday 29 April 2013

About 30 Waxwings in the trees behind the Asda car park, Shipley, this morning.
Casper Pottle

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Sunday 28th April 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Still a few Redpoll coming to the feeders along with Reed Bunting and Bullfinch. The cold wind kept bird song down with just Willow Warbler and Blackcap the only migrants heard. A few Swifts are now around the houses and Swallows are pushing through.
Shaun Radcliffe
St.Ives - Friends of St.Ives Guided Bird Walk 0730-1030
Cuckoo, 2 Crossbill, Siskin, 6+Redpoll, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Little Owl, Tufted Duck, GSWdpkr, Nuthatches, Jay, plus all the usual common species.
Wilsden Main Street - 10x Waxwing @ 14:30
East Riddlesden Hall
Blackcap pair coming to feeders, Chiffchaff singing all day long, GSWdpkr, Swallow, 2 pair of Siskin at feeders, Redpoll overhead, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush.
M Doveston

Blackcaps have been widely reported this week.  Here's a pair seen a couple of years ago by Brian Vickers.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Saturday 27th April 2013

Swift flew east of Silsden along the Aire Valley.

Fly Flatts Reservoir
A pair of Oystercatchers, a pair of Common Sandpipers and 10 Wheatears on bank below the reservoir and along Nab Water Lane.
Stephen Parkes

Two Jays, several Long-tailed Tits and a good passage of Lesser Black-backed Gulls throughout the day all moving north-east.
Brian Sumner

Friday, 26 April 2013

Friday, 26th April 2013.

Two Swifts were seen heading northwards over Yews Green, Queensbury this evening.  This coincided with further sightings by Halifax Birders at Elland Gravel Pits earlier in the day.
Brian Sumner.

It's always satisfying to report the first Swifts.  This view was captured by Ian Hargreaves in 2011.
Upper Washburn
From woodland near Dob Park, four Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart and a Cuckoo was calling in the distance.
Stephen Lilley
A nice male Pied Flycatcher in the Upper Washburn, 26th April.  Photo: Stephen Lilley.
A beautiful, chilly day on the moor and with a dominating northerly wind was unlikely to be a day for passage migrants.  However, it was certainly pleasing to watch the resident waders particularly Snipe, Oystercatchers, Curlews, Lapwings and a surprise Redshank which fed quite happily near Birch Close Lane.  A pair of Kestrels hunted over the Glen Road and Skylarks sang from the moorside and whizzed by in their courtship flights.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Thursday, 25th April 2013

There were 14 Waxwings feeding on berries in the town centre.
Casper Pottle

Waxwings are still being reported late into April.  This photo was taken a few years ago by Stephen Lilley.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wednesday, 24th April 2013

Strid Wood
Five Pied Flycatchers and three Redstarts.
Malcolm Stones

Foxhill, Queensbury
Two Waxwings were seen high and flying >N over Foxhill, Queensbury at midday today along with several Swallows.
Brian Sumner 

A flock of 30 Golden Plover flew from their roost, Curlews were active, Snipe were calling and on the golf course Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were plentiful.
Paul King.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Wheatears are now on the move through our area.  This fine male was seen by Brian Sumner at Fly Flatts.
A single Swallow over Cullingworth and a Peacock butterfly in the garden.
David Ogden

Monday, 22 April 2013

Monday 22nd April 2013

Prospective occupants? House hunting in Riddlesden.

A male Twite seen by Brian Sumner in the Warley Moor Reservoir area.
Glovershaw, Baildon
A pair of Wheatears were feeding on the golf course and two pairs of Oystercatchers were very active and calling as they whizzed by.  A Green Woodpecker was heard calling from High Eldwick.
Paul King.

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Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday 21 April 2013

Haverah Park
There were 48 species in this area with two male Redstarts singing near John o'Gaunts Reservoir  and four Chiffchaffs and 11 Willow Warblers in the wider area.  A Great Crested Grebe was on John o'Gaunts Reservoir along with 17 Canada Geese, four Greylags, 14 Tufted Duck, four Mallard, two Teal and 10 Coot.  A couple of Oystercatchers, four Grey Herons and two Tree Sparrows by Beaverdyke completed the picture.
John Poland.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 37 species this morning including - pair of Kestrel, Whitethroat, pair of Bullfinch, 20 Redpoll with up to 10 on the feeders at a time.
Fred Drake et al



Saturday, 20 April 2013

Saturday, 20th April 2013

Sandwith Moor
Two Tree Pipits seen near the car park at Sandwith Moor/Stainburn plantation this morning.
Stephen Lilley. 

glorious morning for birding and Glovershaw was at its best. A pair of Red Grouse sailed off into the mist whilst Snipe were belting round or calling from fence posts.  A flock of 50 Golden Plovers occupied the damp fields near Golcar Farm and Lapwing protected their territory from marauding crows.  Five Wheatears, three males and two females, rested in the sun at Birch Close Lane, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were everywhere and the evocative call of Curlews drifted across the moorland. 

Willow Warblers in full song, with five reported. 
Paul King. 

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - Goldeneye, Goosander (pair on river), Grey Partridge (pair), Redshank - 2, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern - 2, Stock Dove, Sand Martin - 8, Redwing, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap - 2 singing males, Willow Warbler - at least 4, Chaffchaff (many), Jay, Siskin (pair), Bullfinch (2 pairs). 
John Armstrong

Friday, 19 April 2013

Friday, 19th April 2013

Birch Close Lane, Glovershaw
It appears the mass movement of Wheatears is underway.  This morning nine birds, five males and four females were feeding just across the race track at Birch Close Lane.
Paul King. 

Birch Close Lane, Glovershaw - later 
By the afternnon, only a single male Wheatear was seen, so the birds are moving quickly through. 
Shaun Radcliffe. 

Bingley Garden 
A male Blackcap 
Paul Croft

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Weecher and Sconce
I seem to miss Paul's golfing Wheatears but had one below Weecher. My count at Glovershaw was 100 Golden Plover but the flock keeps moving around.
Sconce Lane area - Swallows around the farms, 6 singing Willow Warblers amongst the dead bracken area on small trees, Little Grebe on small pond, 4 Tufted Duck flew over plus a House Martin.
Also Willow Warblers singing in Shipley Glen.
Pair of Linnet on Glen Road.
Shaun Radcliffe
Thackley - 12 Waxwings flew over.
Casper Pottle

Glovershaw, Baildon.
A single male Wheatear flew along the 12th fairway of the Golf Course whilst a flock of 40 Golden Plovers flew from the fields by Golcar Farm.  Pairs of Skylarks and displaying Meadow Pipits occupied the moorland fringes.
Paul King
Some of the flock of over 100 Golden Plovers at Glovershaw.  Photo: Stephen Lilley.