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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Friday continued

Barden Bridge to Hazlewood - 2 Sand Martin - also pairs of Mandarin, Woodcock, Dipper & Grey Wagtail.
Green Woodpecker, LBB, Reed Bunting & Buzzard in area.
Roger Nelson

Nab Water Lane - Wheatear, Stonechat
Oxenhope - SEO
Brian Vickers

Caldene Fields - 2 Sand Martin flew N W
Martyn Priestley

Stockbridge Reserve - singing Chiff-Chaff, pair of Bullfinch plus 3 Reed Buntings. Still holding on to a Water Rail heard this morning.
Shaun Radcliffe

Yesterday - singing Chiff-Chaff at Knotford Nook & Danefield Terrace, Otley.
Theo Kuechel  

Thursday 31st March 2016

I have been dabbling with the video on my camera, here is my first effort.  Some shots taken in my garden yesterday.
Stephen  Lilley

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Wednesday 30 March 2016

A Great Crested Grebe at Lindley Wood.  Photo: Roger Nelson
A Little Owl is often seen along Walsh Lane, Bingley.  Photo: Phil Matthews
Up to 10 Siskins have regularly visited a Bingley garden.  Photo: Phil Matthews

Bradup - 3 Wheatear, single Redshank & plenty of Lapwings displaying. 3 Snipe drumming the evening before.
Whetstone Gate - Kestrel, display flight of Golden Plover towards Buck Stones.
Shaun Radcliffe

Nine Wheatears (seven males and two females) were feeding on the 7th, 8th and 11th fairways of Baildon Golf Course.  Up to 12 Skylarks were also present and a Little Owl was  at Birch Close Lane.
Paul King

Lapwings are now well established at Bradup and Glovershaw. Photo: Phil Matthews.
This female Blackcap has been a regular visitor to a Bingley garden.  Photo: Phil Matthews.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Tuesday 29 March 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - female Wheatear.
Ian Hargreaves
A male Wheater in the snow at Slippery Ford on 28th March.  photo: Ian Hargreaves

Monday, 28 March 2016

Monday 28th March 2016

Slippery Ford - male Wheatear
Ian Hargreaves

Redcar Tarn - 10am
Lapwings displaying in nearby fields,
12x Tufted Duck, very few Gulls

Bradup & Whetstone Area
Golden Plover, Lapwing, Snipe
Curlew, Redshank, Red Grouse,
Pheasant, Red-legged Partridge,

M Doveston

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Sunday 27 March 2016

Lindley Road-bridge to Folly Hall Farm - pair of G C G, singing Chiff-Chaff, pair of Lesser Redpoll, 20 Fieldfare
Kexgill - at dusk, 150 Fieldfare seen across the moor.
Roger Nelson

Pool Road, Otley - 42 Redwing with 8 Mistle Thrushes.
Theo Kuechel

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 
Chiffchaff briefly sang from riverside.
Pair of Kestrel visited the box.
On the feeders - pair of Bullfinch, Reed Bunting
whilst 3 Siskin were at the top of the steps.
Mark Doveston, John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe

St.Ives Estate - Coppice Pond & Bog area
Chiffchaff singing, 6+Goldcrest, Nuthatches,
Treecreeper, GSWdpker drumming,
10x Tufted Duck (6♂4♀), Mute Swan (ringed 101)
M Doveston

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Saturday 26 March 2016

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - 1
8 Goldeneye, 4 Snipe flushed, 2 Redshank on river,
2 LBB, 3 Stock Dove, Kingfisher, 3 GSW, Swallow,
7 Sand Martin, 8 singing Chiff-Chaff, 2 Nuthatch,
Treecreeper, 2 pair of Siskin, 2 singing Redpoll.
John Armstrong  

East Riddlesden Hall
Peregrine overhead
M Doveston

Friday, 25 March 2016

Friday 25 March 2016

Timble Ings - Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Woodcock (flushed), Tawny Owl hooted briefly,  150 Fieldfare in flocks, male Siskins displaying, 3 lesser Redpoll, flock of 5-6 Crossbill.
John Armstrong

Barden Scale - Osprey at 14.15 moving up River Wharfe.
Brian Vickers

Glovershaw - male Wheatear
Sconce  - 12 Fieldfare at the scout camp, Stock Dove. In the area - Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk & Buzzard.
Shaun Radcliffe

East Riddlesden Hall - riverside walk
Chiffchaff singing, Grey Wagtail, Goosander
M Doveston

Box-cam Blue Tit

Blue Tit in nest box 
Thanks to Mark . D. helping me to post this . This is an infra red image taken at night hence black and white. This bird has recently begun to roost in the box . I am hoping  breeding will occur and I will post clips as, hopefully ,  things develop. I have had mixed success in the past. Last year ten eggs were laid , nine hatched but only one fledged, I think due to the cold spring and shortage of food.In a previous year nine eggs were laid, eight hatched but the nest was abandoned. Other years have been more successful, but it can be X rated viewing, it has had my wife in tears.
Stephen  Lilley

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Thursday 23 March 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff in willows in front of hide. After no activity near the Kestrel Box for months, two birds birds perched tightly in the entrance. At the feeders - pair of Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Dunnocks chasing each other. A Sparrowhawk flew low past from the gardens.
John Preshaw, Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 22 March 2016

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 2 Chiff-Chaff singing, Little Egret, several sightings.
Steve Parkes

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Tuesday 22nd March 2016

Allerton Road near prune Park - 92 Meadow Pipit in flocks (largest 41), 3 Stock Dove NE,
4 Goosander SW, Goldfinch 50 pre-roost, 670 Jackdaw SE
Simon Johnson  (5.30 to 6.30pm)

Shipley Glen
A Green Woodpecker was calling from 6am and was seen throughout the morning near the Old Glen House.  A fractious flock of eight Jays were disputing territory on the Coach Road and a Dipper was on the beck.
Paul King

 Riddlesden Garden.  

A pair of Tawny Owls have been heard calling nearby, ( sometimes during the daytime),  for the last week or so. At least one bird  is resident locally , it has been seen regularly throughout the year.


Monday, 21 March 2016

Monday 21 March 2016

Leeshaw Reservoir - pair of Redshank, 4 Oystercatcher
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 2 Oystercatcher, Buzzard
Brian Vickers

75 Fieldfare roosting in trees by Scout Camp.
Baildon Garden
Siskin pair
Paul King

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Sunday 20 March 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Buzzard circled high above the reserve before drifting east. At the feeders, female Siskin, pair of Bullfinch & Reed Bunting. Confrontation between two Canada Geese resulted in them low flying across the water with one bird still hanging on to the tail of the other.
Shaun Radcliffe

Three Buzzards over Weecher, two of which drifted south over Shipley Glen.
Paul King
Three bar-headed Geese with other types in Upper Wharfedale. photo: Roger Nelson
Reed Buntings visiting bird table.  Photo: Roger Nelson

Friday, 18 March 2016

Thursday 17th March 2016

Trough Lane
38 Whooper Swans counted heading north at 09.15am

Moorside, Oxenhope
98 Golden Plover

Leeshaw Res
2 Grey Wagtail

B Vickers

Fell Lane area, Keighley
42 Whooper Swans heading north at 09.20am (same flock as above?)

I Hargreaves

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Tuesday 15th March 2016

42 Golden Plovers in fields by Golcar Farm
3 pairs of Oystercatchers at Weecher
Shipley Glen
Green Woodpecker calling for most of the day.
Paul King
Rose-ringed Parakeet in a Yeadon garden.  photo: Mike Bloomfield

Monday, 14 March 2016

Monday 14 March 2016

Keighley Moor Reservoir - 2 Whooper Swan this morning.
Ian Hargreaves

R. Aire walk from Bingley to Hirst Wood - Dipper at Ireland Bridge & Cottingley Bridge. Wagon Lane stretch had Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail & Dipper. An Oystercatcher was on rugby ground.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Sunday 13 March 2016

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Bunting & Bullfinch on feeders whilst LTT looking closely at gorse bush. Fly throughs - Peregrine, Oystercatcher, Goosander & Cormorant. Plenty of frogspawn. Seen looking into the Stock Dove nest box - a Stock Dove!
Mark Doveston, John Ogden & Shaun Radcliffe.

35 Redwings at Golcar Farm
Dipper on Load Pit Beck
Paul King

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Saturday 12th March 2016

River Aire 
Plenty of birds around the river valley;
210 Wigeon, 50 Teal, 4 Shelduck
11 Oystercatcher, 80 Lapwing
55 Curlew, 3 Grey Heron, Redshank
Snipe, 2 Red Legged Partridge
12 Fiedfare, Green Woodpecker
2 Reed Bunting

about 38 species in all.
Jamie Brass

Barden Bridge - Strid Wood
Green woodpecker, yaffling regularly and showing well
2 great spotted woodpeckers drumming - one flying off as green woodpecker passed over it.
2 cormorants (1, 1) both flying upstream
8 goosanders, including five together (2m, 3f)
2 pairs of dipper, including one pair very busy carrying wet moss to nest shell, Pair of grey wagtails, 2 pairs of oystercatcher, 4 nuthatches
At least 6 singing male song thrushes (back to full numbers after "crashing" a few years ago)
Flock of about 30 fieldfares (very scarce this winter)
There has also been a large flock of starlings (well over a thousand) in  this general area for the last three days; presumably migrants
Roger Nelson

R.Aire @ Stockbridge
Goosander 8♂2♀

Keighley - Peregrines at traditional site
M Doveston

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Wednesday March 9th 2016

Riddlesden Garden.

Single male Brambling on feeders briefly this morning.

Stephen  Lilley

Monday, 7 March 2016

Monday 7th March 2016

Bolton Abbey to Hazlewood
36 Species including
Lapwings now in territorial song-flight displays after being confused by last week's snow, 
Curlews also back in nesting fields (plus flock of about 80 flying over westwards at medium height), 
Red Grouse paired up and territorial, 
6 Buzzards (3,2,1) 
2 Red Kites (1,1) 
Grey Heron, 
14 Mandarins, 
25 Oystercatchers, 
drake Goosander, 
male Grey Wagtail, 
3 Pied Wagtails (first ones up here this year),  
1 Woodcock, 
2 Stock Doves, 
also Barn Owl, hunting in bright sunlight at 5.10 pm.
Roger Nelson

Glovershaw and Sconce
Lapwings on territory and displaying
4 Stock Doves
3 pairs of Robins on Sconce Lane
40 Greylag Geese

Paul King
Red Grouse     photo: Roger Nelson
Lapwings in the snow   photo: Roger Nelson 
male Goosander    photo: Roger Nelson
Kingfisher        photo: Roger Nelson
Lapwing       photo: Roger Nelson
Robin           photo: Roger Nelson

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Saturday 5 March 2016

Crossflatts - at 09.30 a flock of 70 Pinkfoot flew west.
Shaun Radcliffe

Leeshaw Reservoir - 100+ Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 2 Curlew, 120 Starling, 80 Canada Geese,
12 Greylag, 100+ BHG, Cormorant
Steve Parkes

Stockbridge (members only) Reserve 0745-0845am
1x Skylark ­­» West, Probable Sinensis Cormorant adult » West
Siskin, Bullfinch, several Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Jay
Goosander ♂♀, 3 pairs of Canada Geese, Mallard, Moorhen,
plus usual species at feeders

M Doveston

Friday, 4 March 2016

Thursday 3 March 2016

Thruscross area - 4 Red Kite, Kestrel
Stonehouse area - 350+ Lapwing
Kex Gill - 2 Oystercatcher, SEO, pair of Tufted Duck
Theo Kuechel