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Golden Plover

Golden Plover
Ilkley Moor photo: Keith Allen

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sunday 29th January 2017

Silsden Reservoir
Tufted Duck 32, Goldeneye 10, Great Crested Grebe
Barden Scale, Buzzards, Red Kites, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Friday 27th January 2017

30+ Waxwings feeding near junction of Westburn Avenue/Westfell Road Keighley (near Nessfield School).
Ian Hargreaves

30 Waxwings opposite the fling club at Yeadon. – Mike Bloomfield
Stockbridge Reserve (members only) – first Oystercatcher flew over, Water Rail heard, Bullfinches, Siskin. – John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wednesday 25th January 2017

Yeadon Tarn
22 Tufted Ducks and a female Pochard. Unfortunately no male birds yet!
Baildon Moor - Dobrudden Farm - Two Tree Sparrows, probably more.
Farnley Hall - Reported to me that a flock of 50 Waxwings were in trees by the entrance to the Hall this afternoon.
Paul King

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Tuesday 24th January 2017

Shipley Glen
Eight Jays, six Mistle Thrush and four Redwing were feeding amongst the leaf litter.  Four Nuthatches were very active and three Grey Herons were in the adjoining field.  
Hirstwood Weir A pair of Dippers, in adjoining fields 185 Canada Geese and 25 Greylags.
Dowley Gap At least 60 Pied Wagtails.
Paul King

Saturday 21 January 2017

Strid Woods - 15 Mandarin, Kingfisher, 3 Goosander
Mark Williams.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Friday 27th January 2017

Little Egret.

Flooded fields along Aire Valley between Keighley and Silsden.
Andrew Kitts

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Wednesday 18 January 2017

Keighley - R N Parakeet seen at the junction of West lane & Coronation Mount.
Ian Hargreaves

Baildon Moor
Two Tree Sparrows at Dobrudden, probably more as feeders are kept well-filled. A flock of 25 Golden Plovers still in the area and other birds included two pairs of Red Grouse and about 20 Common Gull
Shipley Glen  A Green woodpecker heard near Brackenhall.
Paul King

Birds recorded at Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits on Saturday - Little Grebe, male Goosander, Grey Wagtail, 80 Lapwing, 30 Fieldfare, Buzzard, Goldcrest, flock of Goldfinch on teasels.
Steve Parkes

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tuesday 17 January 2017

Oxenhope Beck area - 3 skeins of Pinkfoot - 50, 90 & 180.
Leeshaw Reservoir - Little Egret
Brian Vickers

Shipley Glen
A walk around the Glen produced a roost of 12 Grey Herons, six pairs of Jays, five Nuthatch, a Goldcrest and a Song Thrush in full song.  In fields alongside the Higher Coach Road, three Grey Partridges were feeding and nearby, on Hirstwood Weir, a Dipper was resting on top of a huge log which has become jammed on the rocks.
Paul King

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday 15th January 2017

Redcar Tarn,
The Tarn has turned up many surprises in the past and it was pleasing to receive a message from Ian Hargreaves about a Black-headed Gull, wearing a coloured band, which visited there on 11th January 2017.  The information regarding the band shows that it was ringed in Norway.  In 2015, another of the same species with a ringed band, was seen on the tarn and returned to summer in Norway.  It then made a second appearance on the tarn during the winter of 2016.
Black-headed Gull with ring JA15.
Ian Hargreaves

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Saturday !4th January 2017

Tesco Car Park Canal Rd Bradford.

Today at  4.00 pm  approx 70 Waxwings.
Keith Moir

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday continued

Keighley - Little Egret flew up the valley towards Utley mid-afternoon.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday 13th January 2017

Yeadon Tarn
There were 10 Goosander, 11 Tufted Duck, 6 Mute Swans and three Great Crested Grebes were the main occupants of the tarn, but no Pochard!
Paul King

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thursday 12 January 2017

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - nice to see Kestrel in the box again. The few twigs placed by Jackdaws do not appear to be a problem. Also seen at the feeders - Bullfinches, Reed Buntings plus a small flock of Siskins on the alders.
Keith Allen & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday 11 January 2017

Ilkley Station Plaza - 14 Waxwings battled with the windy conditions.
Helen Kidman

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tuesday 10 January 2017

Strid Woods - 25 Brambling, 35 Pinkfoot Geese flying upstream. Also seen - Cormorant, Mandarin Duck, Goosander, Dipper, Treecreeper, LTT, GSW, Nuthatch.
Roger Nelson

Monday, 9 January 2017


Sladen Beck, Haworth - Buzzard on Friday 6th
Nigel Ward

Oxenhope - at 12.10 - 450 Pinkfoot Geese in two skeins on 7th
Howard Creber

Northcliffe Woods - 5 R N Parakeets on 8th.
Peter Hughes

Barden Bridge - on 7th -  2 Dipper, Grey Wagtail, 50 Mallard, 40 Redwing on east side, 25 Canada Geese, pair of Goosander.
Mark Williams

Monday 9 January 2017

Yeadon - 45 Waxwings feeding on berries in a garden near Murgatroyd's Chippy.
Mike Bloomfield

Just heard of a report of a Short Eared Owl in Wyke, Leeds & Whitehall Road area on 5 January.
via Martyn Priestley

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Saturday 7th January 2017

A skein of 75 Pink-footed Geese flew west down the Aire Valley at 9am.  The flock of Geese at the bottom of the Glen amounted to 190 Canadas, 60 Greylag and a solitary Pink-footed.  A resident was pointing out the damaged to the riverside area in Robert's Park caused by this flock when they make their regular visits.  Urgent action is required to rid the park of this menace.  At Hirstwood weir a Dipper was feeding and in Shipley Glen eight Grey Heron were present.
Paul King.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Riddlesden Garden.

Single female Brambling on feeders today.
Stephen Lilley

Monday, 2 January 2017

Monday 2 January 2017

Ilkley Station - single Waxwing, Fieldfare, Redwings & Mistle Thrushes
Askwith - Buzzard & Tawny Owl at Red Brick Farm.
Otley - Red Kite
Richard Butler

Whetstone Gate - Stonechat
Dick Hudson's - Red Kite
Crossflatts - Kingfisher on canal.
Peter Sutcliffe 

Pennythorn Hill, Baildon - possible Lapland Bunting close to the car park. I've no experience with this bird but size was similar as Snow Bunting, with a short light brown bill, head shape as Snow but very little white on feathers, mainly brown streaks. Bird not shy at all but when it flew in, was like a small skylark.
Nearby, pair of Stonechat, single Meadow Pipit, 6 Reed Buntings plus Buzzard & 30 Fieldfare ground feeding.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 1 January 2017

1 January 2017

Ilkley - station plaza - 12-15 Waxwings attracted to the berries.
Helen & David kidman

Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 male & a female Stonechat on Harbour Lodge Road overlooking the reservoir plus 25 Fieldfare & 2 Redwing.
Howard Creber

31 December 2016

Ilkley - bandstand & station plaza area - 9 Waxwings feeding on the berries.
Jeremy Taylor, David & Helen Kidman