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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Monday, 31 March 2014

Monday 31 March 2014

Dowley Gap - singing Blackcap, 3 Oystercatcher with plenty of bird song in nearby Hirst Wood.
Shaun Radcliffe

Kex Gill - all in two pairs - Redshank, Oystercatchers, Wigeon & Lapwing. Also a single Snipe drumming.
Stephen Parkes

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday 30 March 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - an interesting morning with 39 species recorded including - singing Chiff-Chaff, scrap over Kestrel box with two females involved, Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch and up to 12 Brambling. Mid-morning 100 plus Pinkfeet flew west fairly low below the mist.
Shaun Radcliffe

A pair of Wheatears and lots of aerial activity from the Snipe above their breeding area.
Paul King.

Trough Lane - 110 Fieldfare, 700 Starlings
Nab Water Lane - Snipe displaying, Skylarks, Sparrowhawk.
Brian Vickers

A very enjoyable hour and half spent around Bradup in  the afternoon:
Pheasant 10+, Pied Wagtail 10+, Oystercatcher 2 (they did not linger), Curlew 5+, Lapwing 50+ (lots displaying), Meadow Pipit 20+, Snipe 3 (two drumming), Red Grouse 6+, Skylark 1
No Wheatears seen.
Phil Matthews


Saturday, 29 March 2014

Saturday 29 March 2014

Glovershaw - 4 Wheatear (one male and three females), 4 Snipe flying about and much displaying, 1 Linnet singing.
Sconce Lane - 7 Linnet plus another pair near Pennythorn Hill along with Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe with additions by Paul King

Silsden Floods - Whooper Swans 2, Redshank 2.
Nab Water Lane - Wheatear 1, Snipe displaying.
Brian Vickers

Friday, 28 March 2014

Friday 28 March 2014

Bradup - single Redshank feeding in muddy ruts in field opposite. Plenty of Lapwings displaying.
Shaun Radcliffe

Large pied wagtail roost this eve c100 birds between Keighley asda and sainsburys tonight
Jon Middleton

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Thursday 27 March 2014

Upper Marsh Lane, Oxenhope - 42 Golden Plover
Nab Water Lane - Wheatear, pair of Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sand Martin, 4 Brambling, pair of Bullfinch, pair of Kestrel, Curlew, 2 Lesser B B & 6 Oystercatchers flew past, Redpolls on feeders, Reed Bunting singing.
Fred Drake et al

Four Wheatears (2males and 2 females) in the usual area at the bottom of Birch Close Lane.  They seem to like the newly dug ditch and the old wall.  There was a flock of 11 Sky Lark feeding on a fairway and two more singing nearby.  Six Golden Plovers tried to land amongst the Lapwings but they were moved on.
Paul King

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Glovershaw - A pair of Wheatears were feeding at Birch Close, they were disturbed by a flock of 30 Fieldfares which landed momentarily before moving away.
Paul King

Trough Lane - 2 Wheatears
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Harden Moor - in very misty conditions, singing Redpoll, Green Woodpecker (seen & heard for a change)
Members only reservoir - pair of Goldeneye plus a female, Redshank heard in the mist.
Shaun Radcliffe

Raw Nook, South Bradford - a little later than in other BOG areas, first singing Chiff-Chaff recorded.
Martyn Priestley

Monday, 24 March 2014

Monday, 24th March 2014

There five Wheatears in the area. Two were feeding on the Golf Course and three more at the bottom of Birch Close Lane.
Paul King.

Trough Lane - Wheatear, Reed Bunting
Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope - 3 Wheatear, Snipe displaying

N B - a sighting that got lost in the system - Osprey over Esholt on Wednesday 19 March going north.
Matthew Rawnsley

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday, 23rd March 2014

Long Liberty Farm near Beaver Dyke Reservoir - at 4.30 this afternoon, a Firecrest was seen near the bottom of the public footpath.
John Poland

Glovershaw - Three more Wheatears on the Golf Course and at least seven pairs of Sky Larks on Pennithorne Hill.  Meadow Pipits are displaying and five pairs of Curlew were on Golcar Fields in addition to Snipe and Oystercatcher flying in from Weecher.
Paul King

Trough Lane, Oxenhope - 9 Wheatears (males)
Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear, pair of Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 39 species recorded this morning including - Redpoll, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Chiff-Chaff, Kestrel, Bullfinch plus 12 Bramblings in hedges of nearby fields.
Fred Drake et al

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Saturday 22nd March 2014

On a cold, bright, blustery morning, three male Wheatears were on the Golf Course with up to 10 Skylarks.  In the fields near Golcar Farm up to 20 pairs of Lapwing had settled on territory where two pairs of Curlews, a few Snipe, two pairs of Grey Partridge and a pair of Stock Dove were feeding. A pair of Reed Bunting also flew over.
Paul King

 Red Kite flying low, Kestrel,  4 Skylark, 30 or so Lapwing fairly widely dispersed, 2 Curlew, Snipe heard.
 Single Redshank in boggy sheepfield on east side of road.
  male Stonechat and 2 Skylark at Whetstone below quarry.
 Stephen Lilley

Friday, 21 March 2014

Friday 21st March 2014

Hirst Wood - It certainly felt like the first day of spring this morning with a nice selection of breeding species recorded.  These included three pairs of Treecreepers, three pairs of Nuthatches, 1 pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers, four pairs of Jay, including the spectacle of four birds on one branch and two pairs of Mistle Thrush, one pair of which were busily carrying moss to their chosen site.  Two female Goosanders were fishing in the river, a Grey Wagtail flitted about near the weir and eight Redwings fed in the pasture.
Paul King.

Nab Water Lane, Oxenhope - 3 Wheatears, 3 pair of Skylark, plus a Snipe displaying.
Brian Vickers

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 2 Sand Martin, Chiff-Chaff, Kingfisher
Stephen Parkes

Tong Park area - 6 Sand Martin, 2 Chiff-Chaff, 2 pair of Reed Bunting, 2 Red-legged Partridge.
Roger Wilkinson

Fewston Reservoir - 5 pair of Teal, 13 Tufted (9males), 4 Oystercatchers, 35 Fieldfare, 30 Siskin plus some Crossbills heard but not located. At the base of Swinsty Reservoir dam (east end), 30 Meadow Pipits feeding.
Shaun Radcliffe

20 March continued

Shelf Moor - single Wheatear
Brian Sumner

Stockbridge Reserve - 3 Redpoll, pair of Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting.
Earlier this week, 6 Bramblings in nearby field, singing Chiff-Chaff.
Fred Drake et al

Thursday, 20 March 2014

20th March 2014


Riddlesden Garden  

 Brambling, Siskin, and Redpoll have been regular  daily visitors to  my feeders for much of the winter. They do not venture far during the daytime , sitting in trees in my own and my neighbours gardens.The numbers seen today are fairly typical.
On my  feeders today ,3 Brambling (1m +2f),  5 Bullfinch, 8 Siskin, 6 Redpoll. Both male and female Blackcap still putting in a daily appearance.
Stephen  Lilley

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Bradup - a few Lapwings & Meadow Pipits displaying with Snipe heard in the undergrowth. Between here & Sunnydale, calling Redshank, may have been two.
Shaun Radcliffe

Soil Hill - 2 Wheatears near to trig point.
Brian Sumner

One singing Chiff Chaff yesterday at about 17.30, near Cottingley.  It was by the River Aire, just beyond the A650 bypass flyover (on the Hirst Wood side).  The first of the spring!
Thomas Simcock

Monday, 17 March 2014

Monday 17 March 2014

Bingley to Hirst Wood along R Aire (Webs) -6 Goosander, 57 Mallard, Kingfisher plus 2 pairs of Grey Wagtail. No Sand Martin yet at Dowley S W.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday 16th March 2014

East Riddlesden Hall
2 Chiffchaff singing along R.Aire, Goosander,
2 Meadow Pipits in fields, Mute Swan on lake,
Greylags flying up & down Aire Valley,
Siskin on feeders, Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatch

M Doveston

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Saturday 15th March 2014

Tong Park, Baildon
There was a Chiffchaff singing, seven Crossbills flew over and a Siskin was seen, in addition to a weasel and a bank vole.
Roger Wilkinson

Three Rise to Myrtle Park, Bingley & return.
5 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 pair of Goosander, Kingfisher
Phil Matthews

Friday, 14 March 2014

Friday 14 March 2014

Bingley Bog North - 2 singing Chiff-Chaff
Shaun Radcliffe

Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts)
A pair of Stonechats have been seen on the moor in addition to numerous Meadow Pipits and Curlew
Brian Vickers

Baildon Moor
We have been reliably informed that two male Yellowhammers were seen by Dobrudden caravan park earlier in the week.
Paul King

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Thursday 13 March 2014

Lower Laithe Reservoir - 6 Wigeon, 3 Goosander, pair of Pintail (a rare sighting here).
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Wigeon, 2 Redshank, 6 Oystercatchers, Cormorant, Little Owl.
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Fly Flatts/ Warley Moor Reservoir - 6 Shoveler Duck ( 5 males)
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Buck Woods - 4 singing Chiff-Chaffs.
Casper Pottle

Scargill Reservoir - female Goldeneye, 2 Oystercatchers, 21 Lapwing
Beaverdyke Reservoir - no water & plenty of disturbance but in Spruce Wood next to it, singing Goldcrest, Siskin, Redpoll & Coal Tit, GSW drumming& Sparrowhawk. 25 Curlew in field above wood.
John o'Gaunts Reservoir - 3 Redshank, 25 Teal, 6 Tufted, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Lapwing, 8 Greylag & 28 Canadas.
Shaun Radcliffe

Spring Wood, between Baildon and Hawksworth
Two Little Owls were disturbed along the path from the White House into the wood and nine Fieldfare also flew off.  In the wood, a commotion involving four Jays was soon resolved when one these birds emerged, clinging onto the back of a male Sparrowhawk.
Tong Park Lake
Two pairs of Little Grebes and ten Moorhens were on the lake.  Nearby, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming lightly, calling and chasing each other.
Paul King

Monday, 10 March 2014

Monday 10 March 2014

River Aire, Keighley Golf Course - 3 Sand Martin
Jon Middleton

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday 9 March 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species recorded including - Water Rail, pair of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 3 Redpoll, pair of Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, pair of Stock Dove. Nest built by Long-tailed Tits now completed. Also two butterflies seen probably Speckled Wood.
Fred Drake et al
Little Owl near Bingley.  Photo: Phil Matthews
Park Wood, Keighley (Noon)
Nuthatch, Jay, Goldcrest, Long-tailed Tit, Great Tit
Magpie, Carrion Crow

E Yaffey

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Saturday, 8th March 2014

On very gloomy morning there were at least 12 pairs of Lapwings on territory in the fields around Golcar Farm.  There was also a pair of Grey Partridge feeding alongside a flock of 150 Starlings.  At least two pairs of Snipe flew up and around their breeding area and a two pairs of Curlew probed the soft ground.  Two pairs of Oystercatchers could be seen across Birch Close Lane and a pair of Red Grouse flew from a grassy bank.  A Reed Bunting persistently sang from a low tree, Sky Larks were on the wing and Meadow Pipits were active.
Paul King

In addition to the birds mentioned by Paul, I had a pair of Linnet at Faweather Farm with one of the birds singing plus 2 hares near Weecher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Leeshaw Reservoir -93 Canadas, 22 Greylags & 4 Oystercatchers
Brian Vickers

Walsh Lane, Heights Lane, Eldwick Reservoir, Golcar FarmPrince of Wales Park
Siskin 2, Little Owl 2, Lapwing 50+, Meadow Pipit 18 (one flock on Heights Lane), Kestrel 3, Curlew 8, Oystercatcher 4, Cormorant 1
(28 other species seen). Also Long-tailed Tits seen in Bingley collecting nesting material, Rooks in the Lady Lane rookery are repairing nests and building new ones.
Phil Matthews

Friday, 7 March 2014

Friday, 7th March 2014

Yeadon Tarn
On a very breezy afternoon a male Shoveler was on the tarn together with six Pochard, seven Tufted Duck, four Goosanders, a pair of Great Crested Grebes and 13 Mute Swans.
Paul King

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Thursday 6 March 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 5 Redpoll at feeders, Siskin, Bullfinch, Cormorant, Kingfisher heard on river, Kestrels mating & in and out of box, Grey Heron after the frogs.
Fred Drake et al.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Monday 3 March 2014

Bradup - 8 Meadow Pipits
Stephen Lilley

Northcliffe - 2 Rose-ringed Parakeets
Casper Pottle

Pennithorne Hill, Baildon
10 Skylarks were around the highest fairways on the Golf Course and some were in song.
The Lapwings at Glovershaw were now defending their territory.
Paul King

Barden Scale - Red Kite 2, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard 6, Kestrel 2, Raven.
Brian Vickers

Sunday 2 March 2014

Yeadon Tarn - 13 Mute Swan, 8 Tufted, 4 G C G, 6 Pochard amongst the birds recorded.
Nigel Jones