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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - 4 Stonechat, Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting plus 24 Swallow, south.
Sconce Lane area - 3 Grey Partridge, Red Kite, Kestrel, 3 Stonechat (definately different from above).
Glovershaw- 5 Reed Bunting, Wheatear plus flock of 17 Greylags going south.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 29 September 2014

Monday 29th September 2014

There were two male Stonechats on the bracken patch at the end of Birch Close Lane and a Wheatear on the Golf Course.  Four Grey Partridges were disturbed and three Red Grouse flew from the heather.  Reed Buntings were again around in good numbers.
Paul King
Over the past two weeks there have been two groups of juvenile Grey Partridges showing well in the Heights Lane area of Bingley. A group of 5 being regular along Walsh Lane just after leaving Bingley between Greenhill Lane and Four Winds (the house on the bend). In addition a larger group of 10 is frequenting the fields near the top of the bridleway that runs from Heights Lane to Eldwick. This group is the one in the attached image and was taken in the early morning sunshine yesterday. Considering I only usually see a few individuals around the patch normally, these 15 young could improve the sightings frequency if they survive into next year.  Phil Matthews
Swallow seen in the fields near Eldwick.  Photo: Phil Matthews

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday 28th September 2014

Denholme Clough 0740-1040 vis-mig
801 Meadow Pipit, 41 Swallow, 58 House Martin
2 Reed Bunting, Linnet, 14 Greenfinch, few Chaffinch,
1 Cormorant, 2 Jay,
Found in the bushes;
Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaff, numerous Blackbird,
several Song Thrushes, loads of Robins,

M Doveston

On the day before, the following were seen at Paul Clough.
200+ Chaffinch, 30 Bluetits, Coaltits,Great Tits, 3 Reed Buntings 3 Mistlethrush, 4 Song Thrush, 1 Male Ring Ouzel Sparrowhawk, Kestrel.
Brian Vickers

Friday, 26 September 2014

Catch up news

Caldene Fields on 22 Sept had 28 Jays flying north with a further 7 later in the day.
Martyn Priestley

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Wednesday 24th September 2014

There were two Buzzards over Baildon morning at 9am and three Wheatears in the area of Golcar Fields and the 11th fairway of the Golf Course.  The family party of Stonechats, which had stayed for two days, had now moved away.
Paul King

Monday, 22 September 2014

Monday 22 September 2014

Paul Clough
Pair of Stonechat, five Siskin, a Sparrowhawk and a Kestrel.
Brian Vickers

A family of four Stonechats, a Wheatear on the Golf Course and two Grey Partridge flew from near Golcar Farm.
Paul King.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday 21 September 2014

Fly Flatts - female Common Scoter, 3 Tufted Duck, 3 Teal, Wheatear, 34 Pinkfoot going east.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, 3 Chiff-Chaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk plus a squealing Water Rail which was first reported about two weeks ago and is a young bird showing very little plumage colour and hardly any white undertail.
Shaun Radcliffe

There were three Wheatears on the 11th fairway and two Whinchats on the walls of Golcar Fields.  These could be the two birds that have been seen throughout the past seven days.  Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Reed Buntings were all seen in good numbers and five single Jays passed from west to east during a 20 minute period.
Paul King

Denholme Clough
Fieldfare, Tree Pipit, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Little Owl, Swallows, Redpoll, Siskin, Linnet, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Song Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Jay, 24 Goosander leaving nearby roost, Herring Gulls, LBBgulls, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Pheasant, Goldcrest, 
M Doveston

Paul Clough
A Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, six Bullfinch, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 20 Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Great Tits, Coal Tits, Long-tailed Tits, Jay, 50" Meadow Pipits.
Brian Vickers.

Saturday 20 September 2014

Paul Clough - Ring Ousel, 5 Reed Bunting.
Nab Water Lane - 3 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Friday, 19 September 2014

Thursday 19 September 2014

Paul Clough (pm) - Sparrowhawk, 2 Raven (perched on comm. mast), 2 Kestrel.
Nab Water Lane - Little Owl, Whinchat, 2 Reed Bunting, 120 Meadow Pipits.
Brian Vickers

Two Whinchats on the bracken by the 11th green and a Whitethroat was in a nearby bush along with a family party of Reed Buntings.
Shipley Glen
At Brackenhall the flock of hirundines which has now assembled has now reached over 150 birds. Most are Swallows but there's a good number of House Martins.
Paul King

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thursday 18 September 2014

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Sparrowhawk visited a few times with the feeders busy with young birds. Willow Warbler & 3 Chiff-Chaff recorded along with Bullfinch & Jay.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Three Whinchats in Golcar Farm fields.
Paul King

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Whetstone Gate - 3 Wheatear, Raven, flock of 20 Linnet, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Three Wheatears and two Whinchats were at the end of Birch Close Lane.  Four Red Grouse and two families of Reed Buntings were on the fringes of the Golf Course.  A falcon, believed to be a Hobby came over from the west and disturbed many passerines as it circled and returned at great speed from the direction it had come from.
Paul King

Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday 15th September 2014

Nab Water Lane - Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Two Whinchats and a flock of 50+ Goldfinch were in the Golcar Farm area and a Red Kite was seen hunting over Hawksworth Moor.
Paul King

Two pictures, taken by Roger Nelson of Red Kites in Wharfedale.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday 14 September 2014

Fly Flatts -   a drake Common Scoter, a female Tufted, 1 Green Woodpecker,a Whinchat, 2 Wheatear
plus several Snipe moving >E. Good Mipit movement
Brian Sumner
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 26 species recorded including Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch, GSW, Reed Bunting, Cormorant. Although Water Rail has been seen twice last week, no sign of it today.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Saturday 13 September 2014

River Aire, Bingley - pair of Wood Duck, Dipper, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4 Goosander.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Thursday 11 September 2014

Fly Flatts Reservoir - Wheatear, adult female Marsh harrier over the moor at 14.40.
Paul Clough - 12 Mistle Thrush, Sparrowhawk, GSW
Leeshaw Reservoir - Little Owl, 7 Teal.
Brian Vickers

Bolton Abbey to Beamsley to Deerstones to Hazlewood Moor.
Nine mandarin ducks (5 m, 4 f) roosting beside river (males just emerging from moult) two grey wagtails (fem, juv) in farmyard, three separate blackcaps (2 adult males, 1 "browncap") spread over half-a-mile (both males eating elderberries) spotted flycatcher (briefly in neighbour's garden, but chased off by territorial robin) willow warbler, large (c. 150) flock of (mostly juvenile) goldfinches feeding on thistle seeds, two red-legged partridges in close association with family flock of red grouse on moor-edge, buzzard, three kestrels, and two red kites quartering the moor.

Roger Nelson

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wednesday 10 September 2014

Today 8am: female firecrest with phylloscs, tits, treecreepers, blackcaps, goldcrests in bushes behind hollins hall ninth tee (500m down Willow Lane off Hawksworth Lane. Bird in hedge line where road bends sharply to right before the buildings).
Run out of camera battery doh.
Roger Wilkinson

Pennythorne Hill, Baildon - singing Chiff-Chaff in the bracken, flock of 30 Linnet at old reservoirs,
Stonechat, Willow Warbler, 3 Reed Bunting.
Sconce area - 2 Goldcrest, singing Chiff-Chaff, 2 Kestrel, flock of 40 Linnet around Faweather Farm & a few Swallows still about. Next to scout camp, Chiff-Chaff, Willow Warbler, Stonechat family with adults feeding 2 juvs, Whitethroat.
Golcar Farm - Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Paul Clough - 2 Twite flew directly overhead, Chiff-Caff, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Buzzard, Peregrine, up to 15 Kestrel (here & nearby Fly Flatts), Great Spotted & Green Woodpecker.
Stoat observed from four feet in a wall.
Howard Creber

Monday, 8 September 2014

Monday 8 September 2014

Fly Flatts - 6 Wheatear, Whinchat
Brian Vickers

Riverside walk from Bingley to Saltaire - family of 4 Grey Wagtail in Myrtle Park plus 2 Kingfisher.
Singing Chiff-Chaff in Beckfoot Lane. Another bird singing in Wagon Lane area plus 2 more Kingfisher & a Grey Wagtail.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday 7 September 2014

Fall Top, Clayton - GSW, 15 Linnet, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Green Woodpecker, Wheatear.
James Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Kingfisher, 4 Grey Heron, Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Saturday 6th September 2014

East Riddlesden
When the rain came so did this Kingfisher to our garden

M Doveston

Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday 5 September 2014

Askwith Moor - 3 Red Kite carrying prey, pipit & 2 small mammals. Merlin also seen.
Theo Kuechal

Fly Flatts - 7 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat
Members only reservoir - 2 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Bradup - Whinchat, 2 Stock Dove, Willow Warbler, Linnet, 3 Curlew, Reed Bunting. Sky was full of Swallows & House Martins feeding low after mist had dispersed.
Whetstone - on lip of hill, Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat, 2 Reed Bunting. At the top, on the wall -
2 Wheatear plus a Redstart.
Shaun Radcliffe

In the 'horse-field' hedgerow along the Glen Road, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Redstart.  On the Golf Course, two Wheatears and over Sconce a Red Kite and a female Kestrel. Over Reva two Buzzards circled.
Paul King

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Thursday 4 September 2014

Lindley Wood Reservoir - still 2 Little Egrets today. On Tuesday, at Barden Scale, Marsh Harrier recorded (probably a juv.)
Tony Gough

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, GSW,
plus plenty of toads about.
Shaun Radcliffe

Three Wheatears on the 11th fairway (one of the birds was a very 'downy' juvenile).
Paul King

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Fly Flatts - 5 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 8 Teal
Paul Clough - 2 Spotted Flycatcher
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 9 Cormorant, Grey Wagtail
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Cormorant, Little Owl
Brian Vickers

At 8am there were three Wheatears at Birch Close Lane and other birds in the area included Sparrowhawk, Stock Doves, Goldfinches, Linnets and Meadow Pipits.
Later, at 4pm, four more Wheatears were seen along the wall adjacent to the 11th fairway.
Paul King

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - Whinchat
Sconce Lane area - 3 Redstarts together  next to the small wood along with Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat. Also elsewhere in the area - 2 Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel,
Little Owl, 3 more Whitethroat, singing Chiff-Chaff, flock of 70 Linnet, 50 Lapwing & 2 Oystercatcher.
Shaun Radcliffe

1st September
Glovershaw - Five Wheatears on the Golf Course and a Whinchat was in Golcar Fields.
Paul King

Monday, 1 September 2014

Monday 1st September 2014

East Riddlesden Hall
A pair of Sand Martin still using nest site. House Martin and Swallow present too. Kingfisher has been seen along the river and at the lakeside. Chiffchaff and Blackcap can still be found among the trees.

M Doveston