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.
|It's always satisfying to report the first Swifts. This view was captured by Ian Hargreaves in 2011.|
From woodland near Dob Park, four Pied Flycatchers, a Redstart and a Cuckoo was calling in the distance.
|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.