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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Wednesday 30th April 2014

A Cuckoo was calling and was clearly visible at the Plantation to the north of Pennithorne Hill, Baildon Moor.
Paul King.

Timble - Cuckoo & Tree Pipit, west of Anchor Farm.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Monday 28th April 2014

Sconce Lane area - Cuckoo calling and perching on wires etc. Pheasant flushed off nest with 16 eggs in clutch.
Mark Scrimshaw

Bradup - 3 Wheatear, Whinchat, 2 pair of Linnet, Redshank. Another Wheatear at Whetstone.
Shaun Radcliffe

There were six Wheatears on the Golf Course this morning, one male and five females.  Two of the females were bigger and brighter then their two companions and suggested that they were of the Greenland race Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoa.  Here's a photo taken by Brian Vickers in 2011.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Sunday 27 April 2014

Opposite Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - Little Egret. Bird was originally on shingle but moved to the north bank opposite the Gravel Pits.
Helen Kidman

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 singing Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warblers on or near the reserve, 3 Blackcap. Interestingly, the pair of Kestrels spent the morning defending their box against three separate female Goosanders. The Goosanders also tried both the old Kestrel box and the Stock Dove nest box.
Yesterday, a single Brambling was seen.
Fred Drake et al.

3 female Wheatears.
Paul King.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Saturday 26th April 2014

Washburn Valley (upstream from Lindley Wood Reservoir/ Folly Hall Wood area.
Highlights from the group outing this morning, a more detailed report will be made in Lapwing.
Apologies for any omissions, my notepad was soaked

Cormorant 2 possibly 3, Chiffchaff 4+, Willow Warbler 9+, Great Crested Grebe 2, Mandarin male, Swallows 30+, House Martin 5+, Nuthatch 2, Pheasant common, Blackcap 5+, Garden Warbler 1, Redstart 4, Oystercatcher 1, Pied Flycatcher 3, Treecreeper 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Tawny Owl 1, Sparrowhawk 3, Siskin 1, Linnet 2, Goldcrest 1 possibly more, Lesser Redpoll 1
Oystercatcher 2, in wet field, seen near Dick Hudson's on way home
Phil Matthews

Seven Wheatears on the Golf Course and on the walls near Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Friday, 25 April 2014

Friday 25th April 2014

Howgill Lodge, Barden - Cuckoo
Mandy Mitchell

Hazlewood Moor - Cuckoo, Ring Ouzel, Snipe drumming, 3 Golden Plover.
(Yesterday - Thruscross - pair of Bullfinch, pair of Redstarts, female Tawny Owl flying)
Roger Nelson

In the mist and drizzle, three Wheatears were feeding around the Golf Course and a Cuckoo was calling from the Sconce area.
Paul King

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Thursday 24th April 2014

Addingham High Moor - heard and saw a Cuckoo which flew towards the fringe edge of the moor.
It was at this point I noticed 6 ring Ouzels feeding in the flat field below.
John Preshaw

Morning - After the overnight rain there were five Wheatears and two Whinchats.  Both the Whinchats looked in prime condition, the male in particular was superb.
Afternoon - There were 11 Wheatears on the 11th fairway of Baildon Golf Course.
Baildon Garden - Juvenile Robin.
Paul King
Two of the 16 Wheatears seen at Glovershaw today. photo: Paul King
Round Hill
Two Dotterel were seen yesterday (23rd).
Andy Jowett

Micklethwaite area - Cuckoo calling.
Mike Gurney

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat.
Fred Drake

Yeadon Tarn - 3 Common Terns at rest & in flight, watched for an hour. Also a Swallow & Sand Martin.
(Tuesday - 100 Swallow, 50 Sand Martin, single House Martin).
Theo Kuechel

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Glovershaw- The situation was very much the same with a tremendous amount of activity across the moor.  This was Glovershaw at its best.  The additions included four Wheatears, three pairs of Grey Partridge and three pairs of Reed Bunting. 19 singing Willow Warblers were counted on the Sconce and Baildon side of the moor.
Paul King

Tong Park Dam - nesting Mute Swan & Coot, pair of Common Sandpiper, pair of Redshank, Little Grebe courtship witnessed, female Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch.
Mark Scrimshaw

Bradup - 2 Wheatear, pair of Linnet, Redshank, 3 Snipe drumming.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Bradford City Centre - 2 Linnets feeding on dandelion heads, Grey Wagtail in Ivegate.
James Brass

Monday, 21 April 2014

Monday 21 April 2014

Yeadon Tarn - Arctic Tern resting on pole. Theo Kuechel
A Roseate Tern was also here very briefly in the afternoon.   Tony Gough

Damart Mill, Bingley - Red Kite flew over at noon.
Shaun Radcliffe

Trough Lane - 4 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - pair of Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sunday 20 April 2014

Yeadon Tarn - Little Gull at noon
A Jowett

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 38 species recorded this morning including -
Whitethroat singing, still 4 Brambling about, 5 singing Willow Warblers on reserve & nearby field, 5 Redpoll with one carrying nesting material, pair of Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, GSW drumming, Goosander.
Fred Drake & Shaun Radcliffe

St.Ives - 07:00-10:30
Tufted Duck, Green Woodpecker, GSWdpkr, Skylark, Stock Pigeon, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers, Redpolls, Siskins, Nuthatch, Long-tailed Tit, Coalt Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Starling, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Jackdaw, Magpie, Jay, CCrow, GHeron, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot,
M Doveston, S Warrillow, et al

Upper Marsh - 263 Golden Plover in sheep field.
Brian Sumner

Crossflatts - single Swift
Prince of Wales Park, Bingley - Nuthatch gathering nest material, 2 Treecreeper, 6 Willow Warbler
Phil Matthews

Pitty Beck/Bell Dean, Thornton - 2 Green Woodpecker, 3 GSW, Tawny Owl calling, 2 Linnet, 4 Song Thrush, Chiff-Chaff, many Willow Warbler, Swallow.
James Brass

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Saturday 19 April 2014

Sconce Lane area - pair of Stonechat plus another male, Little Owl, 3 pair of Stock Dove, good numbers of Reed Bunting, Willow Warblers.
Glovershaw - Wheatear. Hares seen in the area.
Shaun Radcliffe

Strid Woods - at least 5 Pied Flycatchers, Common Sandpiper on river, male Redstart near aqueduct area.
Roger Nelson

Bradup - Snipe, pair of Stonechat, Raven overhead.
Phil Matthews

Friday, 18 April 2014

Friday, 18th April 2014

Glovershaw - There were two pairs of Wheatears, one at Golcar Farm and the other near the Pennithorne Plantation.   In addition there were six different types of waders - Oystercatcher, Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe, Golden Plover and for the first time a pair of Redshank.  Two pairs of Grey Partridge, a pair of Red Grouse, two pairs of Reed Bunting and numerous Sky Larks and Meadow Pipits completed an excellent walk around the moor.
Paul King

Trough Lane - 6 Wheatear.
Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 White Wagtail, pair of Raven, female Stonechat, 2 Common Sandpipers.
Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 30 Golden Plover
Brian Vickers

Eldwick Reservoir - Redshank
Heights/Walsh Lane - Little Owl, 2 Grey Partridge, 2 Oystercatchers.
Phil Matthews

East Riddlesden Hall
Sand Martins and Swallows - lots over the River Aire and Marley,
(no sign of last weeks House Martin)
Blackcap, 4 singing Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Kingfisher,
Goosander, BHGull, GSWdpkr,
M Doveston

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Thursday 17th April, 2014

Glovershaw - A pair of Wheatears and four Golden Plovers which tried to land amongst the breeding Lapwings but were chased away.
Paul King.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Brambling, 6 Redpoll, Oystercatcher, Blackcap, Kestrels mating regularly.
Fred Drake & Shaun Radcliffe

Thruscross - Pied Flycatcher, Redstart - males singing.
Roger Nelson

Sandy Lane - 2 Swallows, Skylark
Manywells Beck (runs thro garden) - female Yellow Wagtail, pair of Bullfinch.
David Ogden

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Lower Laithe Reservoir - Common Sandpiper, distant Buzzard high flying east.
Trough Lane - single Wheatear.
Brian Vickers

Bradup - this evening, 3 Snipe drumming, single male Wheatear.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tuesday 15th April 2014

River Aire, (by Keighley Golf Club).

26 Sand  Martin, 2 Willow Warbler.
Stephen  Lilley

Bradup - single Wheatear.
Buck Stones - Redshank flew over.
Addingham Moorside - 4 or more Willow Warblers.
Shaun Radcliffe

Folly Hall Wood - Pied Flycatcher
Mike Bloomfield

Strid Woods - Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, pair of Mandarin.
Roger Nelson & Brian Vickers

Silsden Reservoir - 3 Wigeon
Trough Lane - Wheatear.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 14 April 2014

Monday 14th April 2014

Glovershaw - Six Wheatears, one Swallow, pair of Grey Partridge, three pairs of Curlews, pair of Reed Buntings, pair of Red Grouse plus Snipe, Lapwing, Oystercatcher and Stock Dove.
Paul King & Ben Desborough.

Whetstone Gate -  Pair Stonechat just below quarry.
Stephen  Lilley

Low Snowden area - 2 pair of Curlew, Mipits passing through in small numbers, Kestrel hunting, a Golden Plover calling, 1 Snipe drumming, 5 Lapwing territories.
Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits (BRGP) - pair of Blackcap, 3f,1m Goosander, Mallard plus 6d,
Willow Warbler, Oystercatcher pair on shingle, 2 pair of Tufted Duck.
Theo Kuechal

Hazlewood Moor -   A Hobby moved east up the valley at 11.30, gradually gaining height, until eventually lost from view.
Silsden Ings -  Two Dunlin early evening.  The two Whooper Swans were also still there this evening, though they were absent this morning, having been replaced, and presumably seen off, by five Mute Swans.
Keith Moir

Trough Lane - 6 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - male Stonechat
Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 2 Wheatears, 77 Golden Plovers (include northern race).
Barden Scale - female Redstart, Swallows & Martins.
Storiths Road, Barden - male Redstart, Jay, Treecreeper.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunday continued

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - no new migrants today but still 2 Brambling visiting the feeding station.
Shaun Radcliffe

Lindley Wood Reservoir - 2 House Martin with Swallows
Folly Hall Wood - Redstart fly catching.
Thruscross - Wheatear, 2 Redshank
Roger Nelson

Trough Lane - 3 Wheatear
Moorside Lane, Oxenhope - 35 Golden Plover
Leeshaw Reservoir - Swallows
Brian Vickers

Park Wood, Keighley
Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Jays, Blackcap, Chiffchaff,
Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit,
Siskin, Robin, Wren, Hedge Accentor
M Doveston & Friends of Park Wood

Sunday 13th April

Higher Coach Rd, Baildon.

13 Swallows gathered in the top of a dead , ivy clad tree. I can only summise that the ivy was attracting insects on which the Swallows were feeding.

Stephen  Lilley

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Saturday 14 April 2014

Ben Rhydding G P - 12 Sand martin, Swallow, 2 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Blackcap, Willow Warbler, pair of Little Grebe, 3 female Goosander.
Steve Parkes

TroughLane - 3 Wheatear.
Brian Vickers.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Brambling, 5 Redpoll, pair of Bullfinch, 2 Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 11 April 2014

Friday 11th April, 2014

Glovershaw - There were four Wheatears on the Golf Course (two males and two females) and two Willow Warblers singing from the plantation beyond Pennithorn Hill.  A Swallow flew by and three pairs of Red Grouse and three pairs of Curlews were in the area.  Snipe were displaying and calling from the fields by Golcar Farm and to the north of Pennithorn.
Shipley Glen
A Green Woodpecker was calling.
Paul King

Altar Lane, Bingley - singing Willow Warbler, Blackcap & 3 Chiff-Chaff, 2 GSW drumming plus 2 Redpoll.
Harden Moor - Willow Warbler catching flies, Little Owl, 10 Swallows west, 7 Linnet (one bird in song),
Reed Bunting singing plus Chiff-Chaff in Deep Cliff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Ben Rhydding area - single Swallow reported. Yesterday, a Raven flew south.
Brian Ford

Bolton Bridge - male Blackcap, 2 Chiff-Chaff
Roger Nelson

Soil Hill - Wheatear, 8 Skylark
Trough Lane - 6 Wheatear, 2 Snipe, pair of Stonechat
Storiths Road, Barden - Chiff-Chaff
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thursday 10th April 2014

Glovershaw - Nine Wheatears, five of them at Birch Close and four on the Golf Course.  Two pairs of Red Grouse and five Oystercatchers were feeding at Birch Close.  As I was returning to the car a Swallow flew by.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve - 33 species this morning including - singing Blackcap, 2 Brambling, 2 singing Chiff-Chaff, 3 Redpoll, pair of Bullfinch, Kestrels mating, pair of Goosander on the water, 2 Reed Bunting,
2 Oystercatchers.
Shaun Radcliffe

Trough Lane - 6 Wheatears
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday 9th April 2014

Glovershaw - There were five Wheatears on the Golf Course fairways and a pair of Grey Partridge.  Also there were two pairs of Curlew, a pair of Oystercatchers in addition to the Lapwings, Snipe, Stock Doves, Sky Larks and Meadow Pipits.
Paul King

Barden Scale - House Martin 2, several Swallows and numerous Sand Martins.
Silsden Floods -  - Redshank 12, Ringed Plover 3, Whooper Swans still present.
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

8 April 2014

Yesterday - Single swallow over tithe barn at Bolton Abbey just after sunset.
At least six Sand Martins back around nesting bank today a few hundred yards above Barden Bridge.
Roger Nelson

Trough Lane - 3 Wheatear
Silsden Floods - Dunlin, 7 Redshank, 2 Whooper, Mute Swan.
Brian Vickers

Late news - Osprey drifted over East Morton on Saturday (5th) at 1pm.
Mike Gurney

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Sunday 6th April 2014


2 Redshank in muddy sheepfield.
Stephen  Lilley

Caldene Fields, South Bradford - singing Willow Warbler
Martyn Priestley

Lower Laithe Reservoir - 3 Little Ringed Plovers moved through.
Keith Moir

Wagon Lane, Cottingley - singing Blackcap.
Thomas Sincock

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Saturday April 5th

RSPB   Walk  - Glovershaw. 

c 40 Whooper Swans (distant view) over Baildon heading SW at 10.10 am.
1 Reed  Bunting, 2 Stonechat, 100+ Meadow  Pipit, 20+ Skylark, 2 Linnet, 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Snipe, 5 Curlew,10+ Lapwing, 6 Red  Grouse, 200 or so Redwing flying south.
Chris  King

Hazlewood Moor. 

Mallard with 10 ducklings, my earliest record of ducklings up here, in 40 years of recording.
Roger  Nelson

Toad Holes Beck - 2 Blackcaps feeding together.
Martyn Priestley

Saturday 5th April 2014

St.Ives Estate- 7am to 10am
Highlight was my first ever Raven high over Coppice Pond heading north. At least 10 singing Chiffchaff, Tufted Duck, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Pheasant, Curlew, Skylark, Stock Pigeon, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Siskin in song-flight, Little Owl, 2 yaffling Green Woodpecker, several GSWdpkr. 2 Redwing.

M Doveston

Friday, 4 April 2014

Friday 4th April 2014

Silsden Floods 
2 Whooper  Swans, 4 Redshank, 1 Swallow.
Jon  Middleton

Later in the evening,  1 Ruff, 1 Snipe,10 Redshank, 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Oystercatcher, 14 Curlew, 70  Teal, 2 Tufted Duck
Brian Vickers
Earlier in the afternoon Keith Moir had reported in addituon to the above, 2 Shoveller,110 Teal,11 Redshank and 10 Snipe

Silsden Res.
1Swallow,several Sand  Martin
Brian Vickers

Nab Water Lane
Pair  Stonechat
Brian  Vickers

Tong  Park
3 Mandarin  Duck, Little  Owl, Chiffchaff
Roger  Wilkinson

Esholt area
Red Kite headed west, 4 Blackcap, 15 Chiffchaff.
M Cunningham

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Thursday 3 April 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - male Brambling, pair of Bullfinch, Redpolls & Reed Buntings. Also an incident when Jackdaws & Magpies together, tried to remove the pair of Kestrels from the box. One Magpie even forced a Kestrel to the ground but try as they may, the swooping Kestrels eventually saw them off.
Steve Webb et al

Ogden Reservoir - 8 Whoopers on the water in thick fog (pm).
Brian Sumner

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Wagon Lane, Cottingley - 15 Sand Martin on River Aire plus a Reed Bunting.
Tom Simcock

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Trough Lane - Wheatear,
Fly Flatts/ Warley Moor Res -  32 Teal, 2 Snipe displaying
Silsden Floods -  65 Teal, 6 Redshank, a family party of 3 Whooper Swans ( 1. Juvenile )
Brian Vickers