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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Thursday 5th September 2013

There were six Wheatears around the 11th fairway of Baildon Golf Course and a Stonechat was feeding by the tee.  A flock of seven Red Grouse flew from the heather and by the 'gallops' a couple of adult Grey Partridge shepherded their seven juveniles.  At least three Spotted Flycatchers were still active at Golcar Farm and a flock of up to a 100 Meadow Pipits were swirling around the cattle in the adjacent fields.
Paul King

Denholme Clough
Common Buzzard, 4+Spotted Flycatcher, numerous contact calls from Blackcap, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff with the latter two species singing. Two groups of Swallows either end of the Clough and a party of House Martins passed over. Also present; Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, tit flocks, few Meadow Pipits, Grey Wagtail, 8+Magpie, Jay

Doe Park Res - 4 Snipe west, BHGulls, LBBGulls, Mallard

Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Grey Heron,
Mallard, Sparrowhawk
S Radcliffe, M Doveston

Knotford Nook -first visit this year, what a change from its heyday in the late 80's - has declined even from last year with the new fences around both pools limiting viewing even more - if not for the dragonflies would probably give this place a miss totally now. 
Willow Warbler - a few juveniles, Swallow 30+, Coot 20, Great Crested Grebe 2 adults and 2 juveniles
Mute Swan 12 (included a family party of 2 adults with six well-grown young)
Kingfisher 2, Buzzard 1 - low over the river-line being hounded by crows, Mallard - most ( a party of 14) on the river, Dipper 2, Tufted Duck 1 male 2 female.
An excellent visit with over 50 large dragonflies seen, included Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Common Darter, Ruddy Darter and Common Blue Damselfly
 Byron Mews - Bingley
1 possibly 2 juvenile Willow Warblers in the garden (also seen on the 6 Sep)
 Phil Matthews