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Marsh Harrier

Marsh Harrier
NEST DESTROYED ON DENTON MOOR - click on image

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Saturday 26 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - never seen so much water with both islands under water, the fences also submerged and the feeder next to the willows completely out of sight.
The River Aire today looked more like the River Trent with the road at Stockbridge closed due to flooding.
The one feeder did attract 4 Reed Bunting, a pair of Bullfinches, whilst on the back water, 8 Goosanders sat out the torrent of water.
Once the water falls, we shall see what damage has taken place. A heap of branches piled to attract a possible Gropper this spring, is probably now in Castleford. There is still time to build another.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sunday 20 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Mistle Thrush, displaying Dunnocks, Water Rail (heard), Kestrel in box, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Jay, Goosander, Sparrowhawk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 18 December 2015

Friday 18 December 2015

Fewston Reservoir - pair of Raven, 2 Bullfinch
Timble Ings- Little Owl, single female Siskin
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Thursday 17 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 26 species recorded including Snipe flushed, Water Rail (heard), 3 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, 78 Mallard, GSW, Goosander, Peregrine flew east.
A typical December day watching birds through the recently hatched flies!!
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Bradford City Centre - Peregrine calling in flight and upsetting the local pigeons.
Ian Watson

Bingley Garden - male Blackcap
Paul Croft

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Tuesday 15th December

Riddlesden Garden. 

A flock of  around 20 Siskin on my feeders today, along with 5 Bullfinch and 6 Lesser Redpoll.

Stephen  Lilley

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Sunday 13 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - frozen conditions brought more birds to the feeders with
4 Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Goldfinch & Greenfinch. Kingfisher flew through probably coming back from canal to the river. Sparrowhawk & Cormorant recorded. 5 Siskin on nearby Alders.
John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Cononley Ings - 2 Snipe flushed, 91 Wigeon, 135 Canada Geese, 21 Greylag Geese, 2 Buzzard, Kestrel, 10 Meadow Pipit, 14 Lapwing flock flying about plus a Hare. There are possibly more ducks nearer the railway line as my sightings were from the river bank walk.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 7 December 2015

Monday 7 December 2015

Whetstone Gate - At 13.30 skein of 80 Pinkfoot flying west towards Silsden direction plus a pair of Raven
Bradup - Short-eared Owl hunting, Mistle Thrush singing.
Shaun Radcliffe
Shipley Glen
A roost of 13 Grey Herons.
Paul King

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sunday 6 December 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard only, 3 Redpoll to the feeders, Reed Bunting, Siskin, Jay, Sparrowhawk
Shaun Radcliffe 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Saturday 5 December 2015

Yeadon Tarn - 12 Great Crested Grebe, single Pochard, a female Goldeneye, plus Tufted Duck, Cormorant.
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - distant views of Wigeon flock grazing in the rain. A Snipe was flushed, Crows chasing a Buzzard & a Woodcock flew across fields towards cover.
The Nine BOG stalwarts.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Friday 4 December 2015

Strid Woods - just 3 Mandarin Duck
Barden Fell - Buzzards, Red Kite
Cony Warren - 50 Fieldfare flew past plus 31 R L Partridge in field (awaiting their fate)
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Cononley Ings - 120 Wigeon
Silsden Reservoir - 25 Tufted Duck
Silsden Ings - 350 Lapwing
Bradup - 5 Short-eared Owls hunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Sunday 29 November 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard twice, 3 Redpoll & 2 Reed Bunting to the feeders. Also, good view of Weasel as it ran along a wall.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Thursday 26 November 2015

Stockbridge reserve (members only) - Water Rail swam past the willows in front of hide. Also a small flock of 8 Siskin, GSW recorded.
John Preshaw, John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Timble Ings - Fewston - Goldcrest, Treecreeper & LTT amongst tit flocks. Small flock of Goldfinch plus 4 individual Red Kites & a single Buzzard.
Kex Gill - Short-eared Owl
Roger Nelson

Whetstone Gate - 4 Stonechat, Reed Bunting, Little Owl, 2 Grey Partridge, distant view of a pair of Red Kite plus "yaffing" Green Woodpecker near Upwood Farm. Plenty of Red Grouse &
R L Partridge
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Sunday 22 November 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 27 species recorded including Water Rail (on ice!), single Snipe feeding in the triangle, 3 Reed Bunting, Jay, GSW, Bullfinch, Redpoll, Siskin.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 21 November 2015

Bingley Town Centre on canal - single Mandarin & Wood Duck.
Tony Baines

Bradup - 4 Grey Partridge, Kestrel plus hunting Short-eared Owl

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Friday 20 November 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir area - morning, Snow Bunting on track leading to reservoir plus female Merlin. Afternoon, bunting not seen but 3 Short-eared.
Ian Hargreaves

Leeshaw Reservoir - adult Kittiwake landed on water but left after storm finished.
Lee Lane, Oxenhope - Kestrel, 25 Fieldfare, 200 Starling, Sparrowhawk
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Thursday 19 November 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Another dismal day weather wise but watching a Kingfisher fishing in front of the hide lifted the spirits. It caught two sticklebacks, knocked them senseless before downing. A Sparrowhawk came into the willows looking for tits at the feeders.
John Preshaw, John Tyson & Shaun Radcliffe.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Saturday 14 November 2015

Park Dam - 5 Little Grebe, 3 Gadwall, Cormorant, Goosander, 50 Coot, 15 Tufted Duck
James Brass

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Thursday 12 November 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - twilight watch brought a Goosander fishing, 17 Lapwing east, Kestrel in box plus 200 Starling roosting in reed bed.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Sunday 8 November 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Teal flew off, male Goosander plus the odd Redpoll & Siskin flying about. No sign of Rails.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 6 November 2015

Friday 6 November 2015

Denton Park - Curlew flock counted was 232 birds.
Theo Kuechel

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -  2 Water Rail showing (possible third after call heard later from a different area), 3 Goosanders fishing.
Bradup - Little Owl, Kestrel
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Monday 2 November 2015

Fewston Reservoir - a walk around the water in the fog produced 6 Teal. Also seen, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Bullfinch, Nuthatch & a flock of 40 Fieldfare. At about 13.00, a flock of Pinkfoot was heard going down the Washburn Valley but completely fogged out.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sunday 1 November 2015

Keighley - 100 Pinkfeet & 12 Fieldfare seen over Haworth
Steve Parkes

Stainburn Moor - 1000 Lapwing @ 11 am but no Golden Plover.
East Otley - 500 Pinkfeet going west @ 10.30

On 26 October in the Stainburn Moor/ Scargill Res area - 1500 Golden Plover flying around in flocks plus 750 Lapwing.
Theo Kuechal

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 pairs of Goosander stayed all morning catching sticklebacks. Also Water Rail (or possibly 2 ) heard whilst at the feeders, 2 Redpoll, 3 Bullfinch seen.
John Tyson, Tom Simcock & Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 30 October 2015

Friday 30 October 2015

Sconce Lane area - late afternoon -  3 flocks of Fieldfare of 140, 40 & 15, Little Owl, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Thursday 29 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail seen very briefly. When a Goosander successfully caught a fish, it had to move swiftly each time as six Black-headed Gulls tried to pounce on the duck to steal the stickleback. Goosander won the battle.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Five Rise Locks - 11 Fieldfare flew over in the mist, Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail on the canal.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
A flock of 125 Lapwings, 150 Starlings and six Redwings.
Paul King

A Black-headed Gull, photographed by Ian Hargreaves at Redcar Tarn on 21st October, was first ringed in the nest near Oslo, Norway on 12th June 2014.  It was reported from other locations in the Oslo area on 12th July 2014, 16th May 2015 and 13th June 2015.

Hen Harrier
Ian also made a comment regarding the Hen Harrier which we featured in a recent blog. The bird was seen over Keighley Moor and is a female known as 'Highlander' and was tagged in 2014 shortly after hatching. She attempted to breed in Bowland this year and twice, the males she paired with went 'missing'. She has wandered around several local moors away from the breeding season since first being tagged .

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Sunday 25 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail heard only. Very few birds and feeders did not require topping up from last week.
Shaun Radcliffe

On Saturday at Park Dam - 2 Gadwall, 20 Tufted, 61 Coot, 2 Little Grebe, 5 Wigeon along with other waterfowl.
Jamie Brass

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Thursday 22 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - A quiet day at the feeders and some Redpoll & Siskin flying about. Nice to see the Kestrel looking into the nest box a few times.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Monday 19 October 2015

Keighley Moor - Hen Harrier with tracking device


Keighley Moor Reservoir to Slippery Ford - 2 Stonechat, Wheatear, Little Owl, 11 Fieldfare


Nigel Priestley 

River Aire, Bingley to Hurst Wood - 2 Kingfisher, 6 Goosander, Grey Wagtail

Shaun Radcliffe


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Sunday 18 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Water Rail seen, Kingfisher, Redpoll, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Goosander, 2 male Bullfinch.
Penny French, Keith Allen, John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Saturday 13th October

Garden, Riddlesden. 

Single male Brambling on feeder in my garden, along with Siskin, Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Tits.

Stephen Lilley

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Wednesday 14th October 2015

Park Dam
7 Little Grebe, 5 Wigeon, Pair Gadwall, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, C80 Canada Geese
Jamie Brass

Glovershaw
Seven Grey Partridge, five Red Grouse, 12 Meadow Pipits, three Lapwing, a female Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk.
Paul King
A Green Woodpecker seen at Hazlewood Moor by Roger Nelson.



Monday, 12 October 2015

Sunday 11th October 2015

Bolton Abbey to Hazlewood Moor

14 Mandarin ducks (9m, 5f) on the river, about 40 Redwings dropping down in holly/hawthorn bushes on Storiths Lane, 12 Fieldfares in two small flocks (3, 9) on Hazlewood moorside, 3 Kestrels, 2 Red Kites and 2 Buzzards in view at once; also I have seen 4 separate little owls in the last ten days.
Roger Nelson


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Thursday 8 October 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Water Rail, GSW, singing Chiff-Chaff, Jay, Redpoll.
John Tyson, Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
One Wheatear on the 7th fairway and a male Stonechat near Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Sunday 4th October 2015

Riddlesden area - Yellow-browed Warbler
Seen briefly a couple times in a feeding party in riverside habitat during mid-morning.
No further sightings during the afternoon.
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Denholme Clough
Virtually no vis-mig recorded. Siskin, Redpoll, 6+ Chiffchaff, Cormorant,
Lapwing, Jay, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrests
M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 
Water Rail (heard only but both calls used),
8 House Martin, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Chiffchaff, juv Teal.
Penny French, Shaun Radcliffe
Siskin and Redpoll seen later, Teal and Water Rail still present.
A confiding Wheatear at Keighley Moor Reservoir. Photo: Ian Hargreaves

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Saturday 3rd October 2015

Fly Flatts - 2 Wheatear, SEO, pair of Kestrel
Fewston Reservoir - 12 Lesser Redpoll feeding on meadowsweet, Green Woodpecker, 12 Teal, pair of Tufted Duck.
Steve Parkes

Beecroft & Timble Plantations - in murky conditions, 31 species were recorded on the BOG walk.
Siskin were few with no Redpoll heard or seen. Between 80 to 100 Goldfinch watched whilst feeding on thistle heads & in a feeding party, 30 LTT were counted. A Kestrel was recorded and a Red Kite drifted past in the mist. A Little Owl sat on a wall with feathers puffed out to keep warm. Jay, Nuthatch & GSW recorded but only by call due to the poor visibility. Goldcrest was seen but hard to find but Coal Tits were everywhere. Just a couple of Chiff-Chaff recorded.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 2 October 2015

Friday 2nd October 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir
Common Scoter still present

I Hargreaves


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Thrusday 1 october 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir - Common Scoter, Short-eared Owl, Wheatear.
Ian Hargreaves

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 4 Lesser Redpoll, Willow Warbler (stayed all morning), plus 4 Swallows.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 1st October 2015

Long-eared Owl in the Fewston area.  Photo: Peter Curran
Lesser Redpoll in Upper Wharfedale.  Photo: Roger Nelson

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Organised Walk this Saturday

We are meeting at Swinsty Reservoir car park (the one nearest to Timble Village) at 8 o'clock this Saturday. The walk takes us through Beecroft & Timble Plantations and back via Timble to finish by noon. Why not come along and bring a friend? Its a case of seeing what birds turn up but Redpoll, Siskin and Bullfinch should be there along with the odd raptor. Walking boots essential.

30 September 2015

Timble Ings - 20 Lesser Redpoll plus 200 Goldfinch.
Roger Nelson

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Fewston area - Long-Eared Owl
Peter Curran

Whetstone Gate - went to look for migrants but none anywhere. Only Buzzard & Kestrels seen.
This appears to be an unusual year for migrants moving through - no SW winds?
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sunday 27 September 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 
Redpoll, Siskin, Cormorant, Jay, Kingfisher.
Penny French, Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough - fog bound
Swallows, Siskin, Meadow Pipit, Kestrel, Blackcap, Chiffchaffs, Song Thrushes,
Goldcrests, Coal Tit, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail,
M Doveston
Greylag Geese on the move over Upper Wharfedale. Photo: Roger Nelson
A Young Osprey at Swinsty Reservoir. Photo: Peter Curran
It's been a good year for Barn Owls. Here's a distant view of a bird in Wharfedale. Photo: Roger Nelson



Saturday, 26 September 2015

Saturday 26th September 2015

River Aire near Hirst Lock - Kingfisher, Dipper
Sally Varrie

Glovershaw
Two Whinchats on the bracken at Pennythorn Hill.
Paul King

Friday, 25 September 2015

Friday 25th September 2015

Glovershaw
Three Wheatears feeding on Pennythorn Hill.
Paul King

Barden Scale - Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels, Golden Plover 150, 2 skeins of Pinkfoot going west, ring-tail Hen Harrier also west, Merlin chasing Mipit.
Brian Vickers

Swinsty Reservoir - Osprey, Kingfisher
Peter Curran

Hazlewood - 70 Greylags flying west.
Roger Nelson

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Ben Rhydding G P - Little Egret & Kingfisher on river.
Finn Lisle via Steve Parkes

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Tuesday 22nd September, 2015

Glovershaw
A Whinchat was in the area at the end of Birch Close Lane and four Wheatears were on the Golf Course.  A flock of at least 60 Goldfinch were feeding on thistles.
Paul King

Low Snowden - 4 Stonechat, Red Kite, Buzzard, Redpoll, Willow Warbler, Chiff-Chaffs, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Sunday 20th September 2015

Denholme Clough - delayed visit due to fog
10:15-11:40 - Cloudy with sunny spells
very little vis-mig and few migrants in bushes
Two groups of Crossbill 2 & 5 heading south,
Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Siskin
Swallow, House Martin, Kestrel, Redpoll
c35+ Geese Sp. flew west.

M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a quiet day with a couple of Chiff-Chaff about, plus 30 House Martins fed over the water in two flocks. Jay, Redpoll & GSW recorded.
John Ogden, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 18 September 2015

Friday 18 September 2015

Sconce Lane area - 7 Reed Bunting, singing Willow Warbler, 2 Little Owl, many Chiff-Chaffs, Stock Dove, 20 House Martin plus Swallows hanging around Faweather Farm.
Shaun Radcliffe

Keighley Moor Res
Briefly a Ring-tailed Harrier

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Thursday 17 September 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, singing Chiff-Chaff, Bullfinch,
12 House Martin plus 4 Reed Bunting.
Yesterday, Paul Croft had a Reed Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 16th September 2015

Glovershaw
One Whinchat and a Wheatear
Numerous Meadow Pipits, Skylark,
Reed Bunting, Chiffchaff at Golcar Farm
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall
50+Lapwing flew over late afternoon.
M Doveston

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sunday 13 September 2015

Leeming Reservoir - 112 Lapwing counted.
Jane & Richard Topham

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - After only visiting the reserve on a few occasions during the summer, today 3 Kingfishers were on the reserve. Also a Little Grebe successfully caught sticklebacks. Other sightings - 3 Cormorant flew over, singing Chiff-Chaff, Redpoll, GSW, Swallow, Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel displaying again, Sparrowhawk & Bullfinch.
Penny French, Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 11 September 2015

Friday 11th September 2015

Silsden Reservoir -  2 Wigeon, 10 Tufted
Barden Scale - Red Kites, Kestrels, 100 plus Swallow & House Martin, Hobby, Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw
Two Wheatears and a flock of over 50 Goldfinch at 8am.
Paul King

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Thursday 10 September 2015

Foreside Lane, Denholme Gate- 2 Kestrel, Snipe, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Skylark plus Hen Harrier
Ogden Reservoir -  4 Shelduck, 12 Teal, 2 Cormorant, 2 GCG
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Juv Teal, Whitethroat, singing Chiff-Chaff, pair of Kestrel displaying.
Keith Allen, Mike Bloomfield & Shaun Radcliffe

Bradup - this evening, Short-eared Owl hunting, 3 Kestrel, 9 Curlew.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 7 September 2015

Monday 7 September 2015

Scargill Reservoir area - 2 Raven, Red Kite, 3 Little Grebe, 10 Tufted Duck
John O'Gaunt Reservoir area - 3 Little Grebe, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Grey Wagtail plus two flocks of Golden Plover of 20 & 40. No sign of migrants except Swallow & House Martin.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Sunday 6 September 2015

Redcar Tarn -    Probable Caspian Gull
K Moir

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler, 2 Redpoll, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler
Chiff-Chaff, Blackcap, GSW, Juv Bullfinch & Kingfisher.
A Brimstone Butterfly settled on a raspberry leaf in the sunshine. Plenty of Speckled Woods.
Keith Allen, peter Riley & Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough 0715
Redstart male, Siskin, Jay, Chiffchaffs
trickle of Swallows and Meadow Pipits,
no Willow Warblers at all. 2 Cormorant,
M Doveston

Oxenhope Watch Point
2 Swift, 2 Raven, House Martins, Swallows,
Meadow Pipits,
H Creber, C King

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Thursday 3 September 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - Cormorant, 270 Lapwing, Buzzard
Brian Vickers

Monday, 31 August 2015

Monday 31 August 2015

Ponden Clough - 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper on reservoir.
Steve Parkes

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Sunday 30th August 2015

Denholme Clough 07.30 - 10.30 Guided Walk
Tree Pipit, Redstart, 16+Siskin, Common Buzzard,
Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff,
Dipper, Grey Wagtail, GSWdpkr, Song thrush
Sparrowhawk

M Doveston et al

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 34 species including Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Sand Martin, Swallow, GSW, Blackcap, 6 Bullfinch plus the wandering Barnacle Goose with Canadas.
Crossflatts - pair of House Martin still feeding young at nest.

Shaun Radcliffe & Peter Riley


Saturday, 29 August 2015

Saturday 29 August 2015

Pennythorne Hill & Sconce area - 
Blackcap, singing Chiff-Chaff, juv Whinchat,
Willow Warbler, Kestrel, 2 Red Kite, 2 Linnet,
Reed Bunting, 40 Goldfinch flock.

Shaun Radcliffe

Rombald's Moor - Stone Cross area
2 Whinchat

M Doveston

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wednesday 26th August 2015

Denholme Clough
At 3.30pm, a family of at least six Spotted Flycatchers by the old railway arch.  
In bushes by Doe Park Reservoir there was a single Spotted Flycatcher.
Paul King and Bob Naylor

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

25th August 2015

Glovershaw
A Raven was feeding on the Golf Course at 7am it rose and chased a Kestrel.
Paul King

Denholme Clough 08:00-10:00
3 Tree Pipit, 2 Common Buzzard (Adult & Imm)
2 male Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff,
Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Green Wdpkr, Grey Wagtail
2 Cormorant, Swallows, House Martins,

M Doveston

Monday, 24 August 2015

24th August 2015

Glovershaw
Two immature Buzzards in the plantation at Pennythorn.
Paul King

Denholme Clough 10:45-12:00
2 Spotted Flycatcher, male Redstart, Whitethroat,
Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff,
Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Goldfinch
GSWdpkr, LBBGull, BHGull,
all birds seen at north end of Clough

Doe Park Reservoir - 2 Teal

M Doveston, L.M Doveston, L.J Doveston

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Sunday 23 August 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 Peregrines flew fast towards Keighley, one bird constantly calling. Other sightings - Whitethroat, Blackcap, GSW, Jay, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe.

Bradup. 
4 Wheatears in Paddock, Red Kite low over fields.
Nuthatch using nestbox at Curlew Cottage Upwood,  Buzzard low over fields nearby.
  2 Sparrowhawk above Bradup on edge of moor.      Stephen Lilley

A fine portrait of a Red Grouse seen by Roger Nelson in Upper Wharfedale on the 19th August

Aythya Duck species seen at Redcar Tarn

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Thursday 20 August 2015

Denholme area - Common Sandpiper, 20 Golden Plover, 150 RL Partridge, 5 Willow Warbler,
3 Spotted Fly, 2 Redstart, 3 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Cormorant
Jamie Brass

Fly Flatts - 7 Wheatear
Leeshaw - 2 Buzzard, 2 Great B B Gull, 2 Ringed Plover
Nab Water Lane  -  Buzzard
Lower Laithe - Buzzard, G C G, 4 Cormorant
Brian Vickers

Otley area -  3 Swift ( 25 on 11th & 200 on 2nd)
Theo Kuechel 

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - nice to see a pair of Kestrel flying around, Reed Warbler, Chiff-Chaff, Whitethroat, House Martin, Reed Bunting, juv Bullfinch, Jay amongst the 27 species recorded.
Mike Bloomfield, John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Hazlewood Moor - Peregrine chasing a Rook flock, 5 Buzzard,3 Kestrel, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, family of Whinchat (3 juvs).
Roger Nelson

Fly Flatts area - 3 Buzzard, Kestrel, Wheatear
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 5 Cormorant, G C G
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Ringed Plover, Cormorant
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Monday 17 August 2015

Harden Moor -  male Redstart, Green Woodpecker, Whitethroat, Willow Warblers
Danny & Nigel Priestley

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Sunday 16 August 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kestrel, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, GSW.
Peter Riley, Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough - Doe Park Reservoir & back
BOG guided walk -07.30 - 10.00am
Green Sandpiper, Peregrine Juv, male Redstart,
Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,
Cormorant, House Martins, Swallows, Bullfinch, Linnet,
M Doveston, D Parkin, J Preshaw et al

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Thursday 13 August 2015

Fly Flatts - 6 Wheatears
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Blackcap, Bullfinch plus low flying Buzzard which flew to the trees next to the river. The local crows soon spotted it & away it went.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Glovershaw At 7.30am a family party of six Buzzards (2 adults plus juveniles) were feeding on the Golf Course and then flew off and briefly landed in Pennythorn Plantation.
Paul King

Fly Flatts - 7 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - single Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Tuesday 11th August 2015

Glovershaw   At Golcar Farm - Three Spotted Flycatchers and a female Redstart.
On the Golf Course a Wheatear and in the fields at various places there were three pairs of Grey Partridge.
Paul King

Fly Flatts - 2 Wheatear
Leeshaw -  single Wheatear
Paul Clough - Buzzard, 2 Redstart
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Sunday 9 August 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) -  Whitethroat still on reserve, 18 House Sparrows raiding the feeders, Blackcap, GSW, Jay, Goldcrest
John Ogden, Peter Riley & Shaun Radcliffe

Denholme Clough
moulting male Redstart, plenty of Willow Warblers,
M Doveston

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Saturday 8 August 2015

Royds Hall Dam - G C G with 5 young, Little Grebe 4 adults & 3 chicks
Jamie Brass

Whetstone Gate area - Little Owl, Spotted Flycatcher at Upwood, distant views of 2 Buzzard & 2 Red Kite.
Steve Lilley

Low Snowden - Whinchat, Stonechat, 3 singing Willow Warblers, 4 Chiff-Chaff, 8 Linnet, plus juvenile Little Owl & Red Kite quartering over Washburn Valley. Also 7 species of butterfly including a Comma.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Thursday 6 August 2015

Raggalds - evening - 160 Lapwing
Jamie Brass

Sconce Lane area - Spotted Fly, Stonechat, Buzzard, Little Owl
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Willow Warbler, Blackcaps still visiting the raspberry patch, Reed Bunting, Jay, Kingfisher.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Tuesday 4 August 2015

Fly Flatts Reservoir area - single Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 2 Wheatear
Brian Vickers

Bradup - mid-afternoon, juvenile Marsh Harrier hunted for five minutes before flying east towards Bingley Moor ahead of rain shower. Also at least 3 Kestrel in the area.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 3 August 2015

3rd August 2015

Glovershaw
A Redstart (juvenile) was in the hedgerow in the 'horse-field' by Glovershaw Farm.  Other birds in the area included a flock of 14 Mistle Thrush at Birch Close.
Paul King
A Green Sandpiper seen at Keighley Reservoir on 31st July by Ian Hargreaves


Sunday, 2 August 2015

2nd August 2015

Aire Valley 15.45
Common Crane heading up the Aire Valley seen from Whetstone Gate

A Tremethick

1st August 2015

Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts)
One Wheatear
Nab Water lane
Three Wheatears and a Black Redstart.
Brian Vickers



Friday, 31 July 2015

Friday 31 July 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir - It obviously pays to keep watching a local water. Today, a Green Sandpiper recorded.
Ian Hargreaves

Washburn Valley - pair of Raven & 3 Red Kite, two following the farmer's tractor during mowing.
Shaun Radcliffe

Oxenhope
Four Mistle Thrush, 30 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plover heading south, 15 Swift, 20 Swallows and 100 gulls, mostly Lesser Black-backed

Jamie Brass

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir - Scoter gone but an adult Sanderling was feeding on the shoreline.
Ian Hargreaves

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Keighley Moor Reservoir- male Common Scoter
Ian Hargreaves

Oxenhope Village Pond - Kingfisher

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sunday 26th July 2015

Stockbridge (Members only) Reserve 0830-0930
Kingfishers heard on the R.Aire and one seen on reserve.
40+Swifts overhead, Sand Martin, Swallow,
Common Gull (adult), Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat,
Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch,
(Redpoll overhead along Grange Road). Also Stock Dove calling from gardens.

M Doveston, S Radcliffe

Redcar Tarn 1500 in the rain
Common Gull 2, LBBGulls, BHGulls with juvs
lots of House Martins, Swallows, Pied Wagtails,
Snipe on roadside pond opposite Tarn

M Doveston

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Saturday 25 July 2015

Lower Barden Reservoir - 4 Kestrel, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Stonechat
Shaun Radcliffe


Juvenile birds seen on the River Wharfe.  A Common Sandpiper and an Oystercatcher.  Photos: Roger Nelson.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Friday 24 July 2015

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 2 Wheatear (included a juv)
Brian Vickers

Bolton Bridge to Bolton Abbey - Kingfisher, juv Redstart, 3 Swift, 4 Sand martin, Common Sandpiper,
Grey Heron, 12 mandarin Duck in eclipse & Juv Oystercatcher.
Roger Nelson

Keighley Town Centre - Little Ringed Plover flew over Sports Direct shop this morning.
Yesterday - Common Buzzard over house at Oxenhope. The day before, Red Kite flew over.
Howard Creber

St.Ives -dusk visit
Tawny Owls calling near mansion buildings
M Doveston


Thursday 23 July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a decidedly cooler day with a fresh wind blowing produced less sightings. For once Whitethroat was not singing or seen. The raspeberry patch still attracted the Blackcaps with four seen but earlier in the week eight of this species recorded. Bullfinch kept regularly visiting the feeding stations along with many other young birds.
Shaun Radcliffe & John Preshaw

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Overlooked report

Sunday 19 July - Heights Lane, Bingley - 2 Kestrel, Pied Wagtail feeding juv, Grey Partridge, Stock Dove, 30 House Martin. Also - Spotted Flycatcher pair with 3 Juvs. An adult chasing a butterfly almost collided with observer.
Phil Matthews

Tuesday 21st June 2015

Saltaire
A Common Tern, fishing on the canal, flew off towards Shipley (12.30pm).
Paul King

Monday, 20 July 2015

Monday 20th July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve. ( members only)
Whitethroat, G.S. Woodpecker, Male and juvenile Bullfinch amongst usual suspects. Also three Blackcap, not sure if female or juvenile, photo of one attached.
Stephen  Lilley

St.Ives 1845 - Cricket Pitch fields
Grasshopper Warbler reeling briefly

M Doveston, J Middleton

Friday, 17 July 2015

Friday 17 July 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Common Sandpiper, Swifts, Swallows & House Martins, 2 Common Gull
Brian vickers

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Thursday 16 July 2015

Cullingworth - seen near the village hall, a single Rose-ringed Parakeet.
Ian Skayman

Otley area - 100 plus Swift over the town with parties of 12 "screaming" indicating families are out.
Willow Warbler in Otley garden. Yesterday, a cuckoo flew south.
Theo Kuechel

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Whetstone - pair of Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, 3 Linnet, 2 Stock Dove, Reed Bunting, Curlew.
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher (not recorded here since end of March), Blackcap, Chiff-Chaff, Whitethroat, Reed Bunting plus (at the foot of the feeder) a Hedgehog.
Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
A juvenile Wheatear was feeding on the 10th Green at 7.30am.

Shipley Glen
A flock of four Oystercatchers (including two juveniles) flew over the Glen
Paul King

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sunday 12 July 2015

A Short-eared Owl which was seen in the north of the area.  Photo: Peter Curran
Leeshaw Reservoir - 300 Lapwing, 8 Oystercatcher, Goosander.
Brian Vickers

Fly Flatts - 11 Wheatear (includes juvs), 6 Common Sandpiper, a juv Redshank, 3 Tufted Duck (drakes in eclipse)
Brian Sumner
Juvenile Wheatear at Warley Moor Reservoir (Fly Flatts).  Photo: Brian Sumner

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Thursday 9 July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Blackcap & Whitethroat now visiting the raspberry patch next to the hide along with other birds. Male Reed Bunting still singing along with Whitethroat.
Kathryn & Keith Allen, Shaun Radcliffe

Glovershaw
morning - A post-breeding flock of Lapwings were at rest and a flock of 15 or so Goldfinch were feeding on thistles.  Meadow Pipits, Sky Larks, Reed Buntings were seen carrying food.  A pair of Grey Partridges could be heard and a couple of Kestrels were hunting.
evening - 12 Herring Gulls, attracted by silage cutting, were in the area.  Two Whitethroats were singing, over 40 Swifts were feeding, six Swallows skimmed the bracken and a post-breeding flock of Jackdaws were roosting in trees on the Glen Road.
Paul King

Monday, 6 July 2015

Monday 6 July 2015

A male Lesser Whitethroat was in song at the Old Low Moor tip site today.  
Very interesting ! One appeared in May but I could not locate it again..will visit site again in next few days...to look for any signs that it bred..
Martyn Priestley

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sunday 5 July 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Grasshopper Warbler (reeled twice with a 3 hour interval!), singing Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Blackcap & Chiff-Chaff. Pair of Bullfinch with juv, plenty of young birds eg Greenfinch, Chiff-Chaffs, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Dunnock plus Mallard ducklings. Reed Warbler heard briefly.
Chiff-Chaff - a few birds hung around the cage which has the feeders in waiting for other birds to arrive for food. As these birds left, on most occasions, the Chiff-Chaff followed and chased the bird with the food.
Shaun Radcliffe

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 2 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 3 Buzzard, 2 Common Sandpiper, Snipe plus numerous Swifts.
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Oystercatcher, G C G, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Sandpiper.
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Saturday 4 July 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - Arctic Tern, 2 Dunlin
Brian Vickers

Bingley (opposite grammar school) - singing Whitethroat, species been on site since 20 May.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Kestrel, 6 Oystercatcher
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Common Sandpiper
Brian Vickers

Monday, 29 June 2015

Monday 29 June 2015

Low Snowden - 2 juv Stonechat, 2 Snipe drumming. Birds singing - Whitethroat, Willow Warbler & Chiff-Chaff. Also seen - 3 pair of Linnet, 5 Redpoll, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk & Green Woodpecker. A pair of Red-legged Partridge were enjoying a dust bath.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sunday 28th June 2015

Stockbridge - members only reserve - 36 species
Common Gull 1st Summer, Oystercatcher,
35+Swifts, Swallow, Sand Martin, House Martin
Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, et al
M Doveston

Stockbridge continued -got to the Reserve much later than Mark in the morning. In addition to his species list, I heard a brief outburst of a Grasshopper Warbler literally for a few seconds. Also a Peregrine Falcon circled overhead. Close to the gardens, Goldcrest was singing and a pair of Reed Warblers kept bringing in food to their nest site.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Saturday 27th June 2015

Wharfedale
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker - Roger Nelson
Spotted Flycatcher - Roger Nelson
A male Whinchat - Roger Nelson
Willow Warbler - Roger Nelson

Friday, 26 June 2015

Friday 26th June 2015

East Riddlesden Hall
Among the usual finches a pair of Siskin spent a bit of time fending off Greenfinches.
Could not locate any young.

M Doveston

Thursday 25 June 2015
Hazlewood Village - GSW pair with a juv, nesting Willow Warbler & Spotted Flycatcher in garden.
Hazlewood Moor - 3 Snipe, Cuckoo & Whinchat (not seen since 2008)
Roger Nelson

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff feeding 3 Juvs in willows plus Reed Warbler regularly visiting site in reed bed.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - singing birds were 2 Whitethroat, Garden Warbler,2 Blackcap,
4 Reed Bunting, 2 Chiff-Chaff, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler. Also seen - Bullfinch, 8 Oystercatcher,
3 Tufted Duck, Little Owl, 2 juv GCG plus Garden Warbler carrying food.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sunday 21st June 2015

Redcar Tarn & Flash
Redshank and Snipe on the flash.
LBBGulls, BHGulls, Mallard, Tufted Duck
Swallow, Swift, House Martin
Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail,

M Doveston

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - still plenty of bird song on the reserve this morning with Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Chiff-Chaff, Wren, Blackbird & Reed Warbler heard. Young Reed Bunting, Blue Tit, Moorhen & Whitethroat seen. A pair of Bullfinch came to the feeders.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Saturday 20 June 2015

Judy Woods - Tawny Owl family consisted of two young. 5 Nuthatch included juveniles plus Treecreeper & 2 Grey Wagtail seen.
James Brass

Friday, 19 June 2015

Friday 19th June 2015

Yeadon Tarn
Two juvenile Coot
Photo: Mike Bloomfield

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Thursday 18 June 2015

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Blackcap, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, GSW, LTT & Chiff-Chaff.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Wednesday 17th June 2015

Strid Woods
A female Pied Flycatcher - photo: Phil Matthews
A male Redstart - photo: Phil Matthews
Knotford Nook
A female Goosander and her creche of juveniles. photo: Phil Matthews
A female Mandarin and brood.  photo: Phil Matthews
Not the best photo, but a very important one.  Phil just managed to get most of the Yellow Wagtail before the bird was disturbed by walkers.  This spot, on the Wharfe at Knotford, has long been a favoured site for these birds which have become very scarce.  It's time for 'birders' to make a visit!


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Soil Hill
Brian Sumner sent these photos of Sedge Warblers on Soil Hill where these birds are doing well.



Sunday, 14 June 2015

Sunday 14th June 2015

Redcar Tarn
Garganey eclipse♂
Swifts, Swallows, House Martins, Sand Martin,
Oystercatcher, Curlew, Lapwing,
Herring Gull, LBBGull, BHGull,
Tufted Duck, 4 pairs of Coot, Skylark,
M Doveston, N Ward

phone-scoped images of the Garganey on the roadside pond



Denholme Clough & Doe Park Res
Tufted Duck ♂, Whitethroat 2♂
Chiffchaff, Willow Warblers, Blackcap
Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Dipper
Sand Martin, Swallow, Swift
M Doveston

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Saturday 13th June 2015

Soil Hill - 3 Sedge Warblers
Brian Sumner

Park Dam - Breeding successes - family of 6 Grey Wagtail, juv Swallows, juv GSW, Juv Pied Wagtail. Failures - GCG & Mute Swan.
Keighley Moor - 8 Curlew & 3 chicks, 40 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover, Kestrel, Snipe
3 Red Grouse chicks & 8 Greylag goslings.
Jamie Brass

Glovershaw
At 7.30am, a Raven flew across the moor and was chased by Meadow Pipits.  On the 7th fairway, three Golden Plovers, an adult and two juveniles were feeding with Lapwings.
Paul King

Redcar Tarn - Garganey ♂ eclipse
Seen at lunchtime when flushed by toy boaters
R Proctor
Again at 20.30 on the pond opposite side of road
M & L Doveston
In with the Black-headed & Lesser Black-backed Gulls this evening were a Herring Gull, 2 Common Gulls.

Friday, 12 June 2015

Friday 12th June 2015

Redcar Tarn, Keighley
A male Garganey, in eclipsed plumage was on the tarn this afternoon.
Keith Moir

Birds at Lower Barden included:  Red Grouse (incl chicks), Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Golden Plover (heard only), Common Snipe (heard only), Curlew, Common Sandpiper (2), Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cuckoo (heard only), Sky Lark, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat (incl 2 males and 2 juvs), Ring Ouzel (prob 2 males seen very well, plus 1 fledgling seen and another fledgling heard calling), Mistle Thrush (incl 2 juvs), Willow Warbler, Linnet and Reed Bunting.  
Birds at Strid Wood included: Grey Heron, Goosander (6), Mandarin (up to 8), Common Sandpiper (2, plus a chick), Lesser Black-backed Gull, poss Yellow-legged Gull (lost behind trees), GS Woodpecker (heard only), Grey Wagtail (many incl juvs), Dipper (2 only), Redstart (just 1 singing male), Blackcap, Garden Warbler (2 heard only), Spotted Flycatcher (up to 4, incl pair building nest in tree stump by the path), Pied Flycatcher (approx 3 pairs, incl 1 fledgling seen), Nuthatch and Jay.
John Armstrong 

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Thursday 11th June 2015

Knotford Nook area
Yellow Wagtail – Male on river fly-catching near two Greys
Mandarin – 2 separate females (one with 4 young in tow)
Goosander – 14 in a creche
Reed Bunting – female carrying food to a nest site
Great Crested Grebe – 2 family groups  (one with 4 young, one with 2)
Tufted Duck – pair
Coot – at least two young seen

Plus
Red Kite, Buzzard, juvenile Robin, juvenile Blackbirds, Oystercatcher

Phil Matthews

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Tuesday 9th June 2015

Edge of Ilkley Moor -Cuckoo calling.
Andrew Kitts

Tony Gough

Dear All,

Mr (Anthony)Tony Gough (of Baildon nr Bradford) passed away on 28th May 2015. Today 9th June he was laid to rest at Nabwood Cemetery.

The birding community turned out from all over Yorkshire and beyond to pay their respects.

Tony Gough (1937-2015) was a founder member of Bradford Ornithological Group and will be missed.



Monday, 8 June 2015

Mystery bird call



Just a bit of fun for those who weren't at the last group meeting. Can you identify the species doing the wren-like "Trrrrr", it is not a Wren or a Mistle Thrush but is a common UK garden bird.
This was recorded a couple of weeks ago.

Monday 8th June 2015

Sconce, Baildon
A pair of Stonechats were feeding three juveniles by the quarry on the Golf Course.  A couple of pairs of Linnets were in the vicinity along with four male Reed Buntings and numerous Willow Warblers and Meadow Pipits.
Paul King





Sunday, 7 June 2015

Sunday 7th June 2015

St.Ives Estate 07.00-10.45
Cuckoo (possibly 2) at heather park and Altar Lane, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck 3 pairs, G Heron, Swift, Swallow, Reed Bunting breeding, Jay, Skylark, GSWdpkr, Treecreeper,
M Doveston et al

Hebers Ghyll
At 6.15am there at least two Wood Warblers here.
Helen Kidman

Storiths
An adult male Whitethoat, Linnet and at least three pairs of Redstarts.
Roger Nelson

Shipley Glen Road
A pair of Green Woodpeckers and a couple of pairs of Great Spotted Woodpeckers could be heard around the Glen.  A Cuckoo flew over the Glen Road and across the 'horse-field'.  At least 16 Willow Warblers were in full song, 19 Swifts and a couple of House Martins were feeding over the Glen and a Red Kite drifted over.  Four Reed Buntings were singing on the open ground, Meadow Pipits were carrying food and juvenile birds in the form of Blackbird, Starling and Mistle Thrush were about.
Paul King
Roger Nelson's photo of a Redstart at a nest hole at Storiths.



Saturday, 6 June 2015

Saturday 6th June 2015

East Riddlesden Hall - breeding successes
Seen so far this year, adults with young;
Blackbird, Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch,
Goldfinch, Great Tit, Robin, Hedge Accentor,
Woodpigeon, Stock Pigeon, Starling, Nuthatch,
Blue Tit.....
M Doveston

Adult and Immature Stock Pigeon

Friday, 5 June 2015

Friday 5th June 2015

Riddlesden Garden.

It seems as though a peak of activity has been reached in my garden. The sole survivor of 8 nestling Blue Tits left the birdbox this morning. I fear the cold May has been responsible for the high number of deaths. Jackdaws that have been  breeding (squatting) in my Owl Box are making an making  a huge din , I think they are ready to leave.  Other young birds are coming to the feeders for the first time, sometimes with adults feeding them .

Stephen  Lilley


Hewenden
At least 20 pairs of Swifts are using the viaduct as a nest site.
A pair of Oystercatchers are nesting on an old tractor tyre nearby.
Paul King

East Riddlesden Hall
Raven high overhead, Skylark singing,
Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat,
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Nuthatch
M Doveston

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Thursday 4th June 2015

Shipley Glen.

Female Blackcap yesterday.

Stephen  Lilley

Glovershaw
A great surprise was a female Wheatear which was seen around the cabins at Pennithorn. The bird kept returning to its favoured perch, which is beginning to look well-marked.
Nine male Reed Buntings were singing in the area and a pair of Kestrels were busily hunting and returning with food for two juveniles which had settled on the wall of Pennithorn Plantation.  A Garden Warbler could be heard singing from amongst the birches and  a Little Owl was enjoying the sun from its perch on the old building.
Other birds included up to five adult Snipe, three pairs of Curlew, a Redshank and an Oystercatcher.  Meadow Pipits and Skylarks were seen collecting food on the Golf Course.
Paul King