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Pennithorn, Baildon photo: Keith Allen

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sunday 11th May 2014

East Riddlesden Hall 07.00-10.00
A very successful guided bird watching walk at East Riddlesden Hall this morning produced the following;
2x Little Egrets (landed next to the stream before departing, one up river the other down), Goosander with chicks, 2 Mute Swans, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mallard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Black-headed Gull, Oystercatcher, Moorhen, Woodpigeon, Stock Dove, Swift, Sand Martin, Swallow, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Robin, Wren, Hedge Accentor, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler, 4x Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.

M Doveston et al

Four Swifts flew over the Moor and there were seven Wheatears feeding on the Golf Course, some of them showing features of the Greenland race.  Other species included Grey Partridge, Red Grouse, Pheasant, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Snipe, Lapwing, Mallard, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Meadow Pipit, Sky Lark, Stock Dove, Reed Bunting and Linnet .
Shipley Glen
Three Swifts flew over the Glen and other birds included Jay, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Song Thrush.
Paul King.

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Redpoll & 3 Bullfinch at feeders, male Kestrel alone with no sign of female, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, nearby street full of Swifts.
Amusing confrontation between an Oystercatcher with one of the 3 female Goosanders sleeping on the bank opposite. The wader obviously wanted to move one of the duck and kept walking nearer & nearer whilst piping. Did this bother the Goosander? Not at all and it slept on until the Oyk gave up & flew off.
Shaun Radcliffe
From the same site in the evening - 13 female & 4 male Goosanders roosting on the islands.
Steve Parkes