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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Saturday 31st August 2013

The picture was similar to yesterday with a couple of Wheatears in Golcar fields and four Whinchats (one of which was held by ringer J. M. who reported an earlier flock of 62 Linnets).  Grey Partridge could be heard in the long grass and an adult was guarding six juveniles in the 'horse-field'.  The Spotted Flycatchers, reported at Golcar and Glovershaw Farms were still present.
Paul King.

Denholme Clough 06.45-10.00
Lovely sunny weather with plenty of insects for the birds;
North end of the clough had Whitethroat, numerous Blackcaps
12+ Willow Warblers, 10+Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tits,
Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, 2x Kestrel, Sparrowhawk,
South end; Tree Pipit overhead, Spotted Flycatcher,
10+Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Swallows

Doe Park
4 Teal with Mallards and BHGulls all disturbed by an adult Fox.
M Doveston

Eldwick Reservoir - Buzzard 2, Kestrel, Meadow Pipit 14, Redstart, a female.
Small groups of Swallows and House Martins moving south.
Walsh Lane - Little Owl
Phil Matthews

Friday, 30 August 2013

Friday 30th August 2013

At least three Spotted Flycatchers remain at Golcar Farm where they can be seen feeding and there was a single bird in the hedgerow behind Glovershaw Farm.  Four Whinchats were flitting around the fields by Golcar Farm, but they were reluctant to settle, whilst at least 20 Meadow Pipits were using the walls and fences.  There was a Wheatear on the Golf Course and another by the farm and Stock Dove, Grey Partridge a flock of 150 Starlings and three Red Grouse completed the picture.
Paul King

I spent half an hour up at Whetstone Gate this afternoon. There were a number of Wheatear on the rocks to the right of the road on the straight stretch leading to the mast;  I also saw an unusually large number of chats on the wall area to the right of the quarry; most of them were Whinchat .
Martin Taunton

A few good sightings today at Judy Woods. - C80 Canada Geese, C50 House Sparrows, 2 Buzzard
Whitethroat, C150 House Martins, C80 Swallows, 8 Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch

Jamie Brass

A juvenile Sparrowhawk made a successful visit to a Wyke garden.  Photo: Phil Andrew.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Thursday 29th August 2013

Two Whinchats and two Wheatears were feeding in the area of Golcar Fields by the gallops, and a line of 12 Pheasants, an entire family group, occupied a low wall whilst a pair of Kestrels hunted over Baildon Moor.
Paul King

A pair of Bullfinch and a Great Spotted Woodpecker are regular visitors to Phil Matthew's feeders.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Nab Water Lane - 5 Wheatear,
Fly Flatts - Wheatear
Brian Vickers.

Meadow Pipit at Whetstone Gate.  Photo: Phil Matthews
Wheatear at Whetstone Gate.  Photo: Phil Matthews

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tuesday, 27th August 2013

Glovershaw - Another good morning.  There were six Wheatears and two Whinchats in the fields by Golcar Farm and the small party of at least three Spotted Flycatchers were still active in the trees around the farm.
Paul King.

In addition to Paul's sightings:
Birch Close Lane - Wheatear, 10 Linnet, 3 Cormorant.
Sconce Lane- Spotted Flycatcher, Kestrel, Little Owl
Behind Glovershaw Farm - female Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Paul Clough - Whinchat, Bullfinch 3, Willow Warbler 6, Spotted Flycatcher 5,Whitethroat.
Nab Water Lane - Wheatear 3, Whinchat.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 26 August 2013

Monday, 26th August 2013

There were at least three Spotted Flycatchers around the farm this morning.
Paul King

Paul Clough - Spotted Flycatcher 2 Redstart 1, Willow Warbler 3.
Barden Scale - Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard.
Brian Vickers

Kex Gill - Red Kite, Curlew 2, Lapwing 25, Teal 5
Theo Kuechal

Sunday sighting
Whetstone/Rombalds Moor
1:30 pm: Kestrel 2 - hunting - ariel acrobatics - possibly  small family party
Then attention drawn to flock  25+ hirundines mainly House Martin - some Swallows mobbing Hobby  which flew West  fast  and direct from High Moor  cam as close as  c.100m 
East Otley  - 
1 Buzzard sp. soaring and drifting  - long wings and tail made me wonder? 
Theo Kuechal

Dowley Gap to Cottingley Bridge via river - Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch 2, Treecreeper, Kingfisher 2 (or the same one 1.5 miles / 1.45 hrs apart)
All these except the second Kingfisher were seen in one spot in Hirst Wood near the railway viaduct in the space of 15 minutes. Also Jay 3, Kestrel being mobbed by around 45 Swallows near the rugby club
Black-headed Gull mixed-age flock of 42
Phil Matthews

Whetstone Quarry
Stonechats, 2 Whinchats
M&H Doveston

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Sunday 25 August 2013

Denholme Clough - Stock Dove, Willow Warblers in with feeding parties of tit family, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven, Dipper.
Doe Park Reservoir - Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Teal
Mark Doveston et al

Nab Water Lane - Wheatear, Whinchat
Brian Vickers

Whetstone Gate - Wheatear 2, Red Grouse 7, Red Kite , Kestrel
Only 1 Meadow Pipit seen.
The quarry area held Peacock, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Meadow Brown, Small Copper and Small Heath
Phil Matthews

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Saturday 24 August 2013

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull ( moulting into 1st-winter plumage ) in the Halifax Road fields near the Flappit Inn at Cullingworth
Keith Moir
3 Wheatear - Whetstone Gate
2 Buzzard above Rivock Edge (also known as High Moor Plantation)
Theo Kuechal
On members only Reservoir - 6 Greenshank
Brian Sumner

Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Fly Flatts - 1 Wheatear.
Brian Vickers

Friday, 23 August 2013

Friday 23 August 2013

A brisk walk from Upwood Hall to Whetstone Gate produced  30+  Swallow gathering on power lines, similar numbers of Goldfinch on Thistles nearby, 1 Linnet, good numbers of Mipits , 60+, further up towards the quarry, 1 Reed Bunting,  1 Willow  Warbler, 3 Stonechat, (1 m adult, 2 juv), 2 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat.
Stephen  Lilley

I've just had a productive visit to Whetstone this morning. On arrival there was a Marsh Harrier quartering the moor to the west of Whetstone Gate before following the edge of Rivock Plantation and down to Bradup Allotment. It reappeared a further twice over the next couple of hours whilst I was parked by the quarry scattering the Red Grouse..
The area opposite the quarry had at least -a family party of Stonechat, 2 Whinchat,3 Reed Buntings plus several Willow Warblers in the bracken.
Ian Hargreaves
Please note that an unnamed observer was up there first light and saw nothing!
From: "recorder@bradfordbirding.org
A juvenile Stonechat at Wetstone Gate. Photo: Ian Hargreaves
The juvenile Marsh Harrier which spent time on the Whetstone Allotment and was later, possibly seen near Dick Hudson's. Photo Ian Hargreaves
A friend and saw a male Redstart around the bushes at Golcar Farm and at the gallops at the end of Birch Close Lane, there was another one.  Also at this point, six Wheatears were feeding and over Golcar Fields a Merlin was chased by Swallows.  In the distance, towards Hawksworth Moor, Sparrowhawk and Red Kite could be seen and a large raptor which we could not positively identifiy.  Having seen the comments from Ian Hargreaves, I now wonder if it was the Marsh Harrier.  It was a very dark bird, possibly Harrier-like in it's movements with markings which suggest a juvenile bird.
Paul King and Theo Kuechel

Nab Water Lane - 5 Wheatear, 100 plus Meadow Pipits put up by a Sparrowhawk.
Flyflatts - 1Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thursday 22 August 2013

Keighley Reservoir, this morning:
2 Green Sandpipers, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Curlew, c120 Lapwing, 18 LBB Gulls
Also on small pond below dam:
5 Migrant Hawkers
Several Black Darters
Ian Hargreaves
Paul Clough - Spotted Flycatcher 2, Reed Bunting 2, Jay 2, Bullfinch 3, Little Owl, Kestrel, Linnet 4.
Barden Scale - Marsh Harrier, Hobby 2, Buzzard 15, Kestrel. Sparrowhawk, Red Kite 3.
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Timble Ings
c20 Crossbills flew over main path at Timble Ings two days ago. 
It wasn't possible to check for 2-barred Crossbill.
Pat and Ken Limb

A Spotted Flycatcher was prominent at Golcar Farm and across the fields two Whinchats were feeding close to a post-breeding flock of about 15 Linnets.
Paul King.

Paul Clough
Birds moving again today, Nab Water Lane, 4 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat
A surprise sighting, a Pied Flycatcher, only my second in fifteen years at Paul Clough.

Brian Vickers

There's been many reports of Spotted Flycatchers recently.  Here are two of the four birds seen at Paul Clough, Oxenhope by Brian Vickers
Just reported - Monday 19th August, 
Four Little Egrets were seen flying up the Aire Valley at Stockbridge at 12.35. Were you fortunate to see them? If so, we would like to know more.
Alan Cooper                                     

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The good number of young birds visiting my feeders in Riddlesden  is very encouraging, suggesting a good breeding year. Two pairs of Bullfinches have bred nearby, I photographed this young male this morning.

Stephen  Lilley

Tuesday 20th August 2013

A similar picture to yesterday with birds moving through the area.  In the 'horse-field' by Glovershaw Farm, there were five Wheatears and a couple of Spotted Flycatchers amongst a flock of finches feeding from the long hedgerow.  On the the other side of Glovershaw Lane, in the fields by Golcar Farm, another Wheatear was with a Whinchat.
Paul King.

Bradup - 3 Wheatear, juv Green Woodpecker, Raven
Shaun Radcliffe

Nab Water Lane  2 Wheatear,
Paul Clough Green Woodpecker, Willow Warbler 2, Bullfinch 8 ( Juveniles ), Spotted Flycatchers 4
Brian Vickers

Monday, 19 August 2013

Monday 19th August 2013

Kex Gill - Juvenile Marsh Harrier
Theo Kuechal
Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope - 4 Wheatear, juv Stonechat
Barden Scale - 13 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Raven, Spotted Flycatcher
Brian Vickers
Barden Moor - this evening - 2 Wheatear, pair of Stonechat with a juv.
Shaun Radcliffe
A terrific morning's birding.  A family party of six Whitethroats poured onto the bracken from the hedgerow alongside the 'horse field' which is adjacent to the Glen Road.  Smaller groups of Dunnocks, Greenfinches, Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits were about and a good number of brightly coloured juvenile Willow Warblers joined the throng.  At Birch Close, at least six Wheatears were feeding with three Whinchats and at Golcar Farm, two Spotted Flycatchers were prominent.
Paul King
Phil Matthews sent this lovely study of a Greenfinch, taken in garden.  These birds have been seriously affected by the disease  trichomonosis and numbers everywhere have seriously declined.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Guided Walk at Denholme Clough

A guided walk is taking place on Sunday 25th August at Denholme Clough.
We meet at 8 am, SE 07293 32630 is the pinpoint grid reference for the start of the walk and there is plenty of roadside parking. Should you arrive late, take either of the two footpaths down the Clough. The paths are very close to each other and meet further down which is where the walkers will be.

18th August 2013

Denholme Clough 06.30-09.00
Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,
Blackcap, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Jay
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, LBBGulls, BHGulls,
Long-tailed Tit, Coal tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit,
Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Curlew

Doe Park Res - Teal

M Doveston

Members only watchpoint -
Red Kite, Wheatear

DCBarker, H Creber, R Proctor, M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve - 4 Swift, kingfisher, family of 5 Whitethroat, GSW
Fred Drake et al

Friday, 16 August 2013

Friday, 16th August 2013

Today I watched an Osprey from the road bridge at Lindley Wood Reservoir from about 1335 to 1350hrs, when it gained height and was lost to sight. During the time in view it flew around as though hunting, but never actually tried to catch anything. At one point it tried to land on a washed-up tree stump on the mud, but got spooked by a Heron.
When first seen there were five Buzzards up in the air as well, though only one was close to the Osprey, but it never actually interacted with it.
Paul Morris
Whetstone - Wheatear, female Stonechat, Kestrel.
Buckstones - Wheatear
High Moor Plantation - Spotted Flycatcher
Addingham High Moor- 2 Wheatear
Shaun Radcliffe

An excellent morning for Spotted Flycatchers.  There were two feeding from the hedgerow in the 'horse-field' by Glovershaw Farm and a family consisting of at least three birds similarly engaged in the bushes around Golcar Farm.  Across in the fields, two Whinchats were feeding from a wall near the herd of cattle.
Paul King.
A Spotted Flycatcher by Mike Bloomfield.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

NEWS - Crossbills

There appears to have been an influx of Two-barred Crossbills into the UK over the past few weeks.
Please check any Crossbill flocks you come across just in case!

Thursday 15 August 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher came on to feeder! Great views of Whitethroat searching through the raspberry patch next to the hide. Also recorded - Blackcap, 3 GSW, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting and a dozen Blackbirds congregating for some reason. Possible cat?
Fred Drake et al

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Wednesday 14 August 2013

Swinsty Res. - flyover of 11 Crossbill.
Timble Village - House Martins still feeding young at nest.
Red Kite & Buzzard seen in the vicinity.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Tuesday 13th August, 2013

Three Whinchats were feeding from the walls on the edge of Baildon Golf Course, close to Birch Close Lane and the riding track.
Paul King.

Golcar Farm - Green Woodpecker, female Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher at 11.45
Glen Road - juv Whinchat, juv Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, Whitethroat this afternoon.
Derek Parkin

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sunday 11 August 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - movement of Swifts with 26 passing "swiftly" through. Other sightings in the last two days - 3 Kingfisher, 3 Whitethroat, 7 LTT, Reed Warbler, 2 juv Bullfinch, plenty of Willow Warbler & Chiff-Chaff, GSW, Stock Dove.
Fred Drake et al

A brisk westerly wind over Baildon Moor but a Wheatear was feeding on the Golf Course and three Stock Doves flashed by.  Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were about but in smaller numbers than previously.
Paul King

A walk around the Royds Hall/ Judy Woods area this morning showed up;3 Great Crested Grebe (1 young)
12 Tufted Duck, 8 Linnet, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl, 6 House Martins plus plenty of Swallows
Jamie Brass

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Saturday 10 August 2013

Glovershaw - Kestrel, 2 Wheatear
Birch Close Lane - 3 Wheatear, Little Owl, 30 Goldfinch
Sconce Lane - 2 juv Little Owls
About 100 House Martin hawking over Shipley Glen & the odd Swift still about.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 9 August 2013

Friday, 9th August 2013

A Wheatear was feeding on the Golf Course along with at least 40 Swallows and a Whitethroat was seen in the hedgerow below the 'horse-field' on the Glen Road.
Paul King.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Sconce Lane - at the stables at Farweather Farm, came across a flock of 35 Linnet ground feeding but not on thistle. Also seen, Little Owl, 3 Stock Dove plus fly through of a Red Kite.
Shaun Radcliffe
A juvenile Wheatear, a pair of Stonechats were amongst the birds seen today on the moorland edge.
photo album - http://tiny.cc/3dth1w
Nigel Jones

Monday, 5 August 2013

Monday 5 August 2013

Keighley (Highfield Rd. Playing Fields):  Mediterranean Gull:  The adult previously seen at Redcar Tarn.
Cullingworth (Halifax Rd. fields):  Adult Yellow-legged Gull (a different bird).
Keith Moir

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Sunday 4 August 2013

Adult Mediterranean Gull in Redcar Tarn fields.  Head pattern slightly different from the bird seen in previous days, but is probably the same bird, with increased moult.
Keith Moir
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - plenty of birds in front of the hide coming to the raspberry patch including Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaff. Feeders used by many young birds such as Reed Bunting & Redpoll. Kestrel family wandering about now.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Saturday 3rd August, 2013

A Wheatear was on the Golf Course this morning.
Paul King.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Friday 2 August 2013

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a brief visit by a Green Sandpiper this morning. It was soon disturbed by Magpies before a Moorhen saw it off.
Fred Drake
Glovershaw - young Wheatear on edge of golf course, 2 Linnet
Sconce Lane - juv Little Owl. Plenty of tiny toads on the paths plus 5 hares.
Shaun Radcliffe