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Monday, 31 December 2018


Wishing everybody all the best birding for 2019.

Monday 31 December 2018

Burley Moor - two flocks of 80 & 30 Golden Plovers circling high above the moor.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Sunday 30 December 2018

Park Dam, South Bradford - 24 Brambling, 50 Redwing, Shoveler, Goosander, 2 Cormorant, 4 Little Grebe, Goldcrest, 18 Herring Gulls.
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Little Grebe catching sticklebacks, Water Rail heard only, small flock of 6 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting plus sadly a dead male Goosander lying on one of the islands. It may have struck a power cable overhead.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 27 December 2018


Wishing all birdwatchers a belated Happy Christmas. All the best for 2019.

Thursday 27 December 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Snipe flushed, 5 Reed Bunting
Shaun Radcliffe

CATCH UP due to computer problems

Sunday 16th - Barden area - male Merlin, Kites, Buzzard, 2 Goosander
Monday - Oxenhope, Marsh Lane - single Brent with Greylags & Canadas.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - on 20th - Little Egret, 6 Reed Bunting
                                                                  on 23rd - single Whooper landed on lake
Low Snowdon - flock of 100 Fieldfare on 25th
Bingley Bog North - flock of 30 Siskin on 26th
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 17 December 2018

Monday 17th December 2018

Dowley Gap
Three Chiffchaffs at Dowley Gap Sewage Works.  Two were together on the fence overlooking the works whilst another searched for food close to the aquaduct.

Siskins in Upper Wharfedale         Roger Nelson

Oxenhope - Marsh Lane
A Brent Goose is with a flock of 100 Canada Geese.
Brian Vickers

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Sunday 16 December 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 3 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Water Rail heard (both calls).
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Saturday 14 December 2018

Fewston Reservoir - at the top end, feeding on Alders, 50 Siskin. This is a very reliable spot to see this species here
Roger Nelson

Friday, 14 December 2018

Thursday 13th December 2018

Silsden Reservoir
Eight Goldeneye
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Baildon Moor
A flock of at least 10 resident Tree Sparrows at Dobrudden Farm.  Lower down, adjacent to Glovershaw Lane, a flock of 26 Red Grouse flew onto a bilberry patch.  Both record numbers for this area.
Paul King.

Cononley Ings
A single Whooper Swan, 100s Lapwings plus Teal and Wigeon.
Brian Vickers

A skein of over 120 Pick-footed Geese flying NW at 13:00.
Howard Creber


Monday 10th December 2018

Silsden Floods
8 Curlew
Skipton (Castle Woods)
Flock of Brambling
Barden Scale
Four Raven, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, 18 Fieldfare, 60 Lapwing and Kites and Buzzards in the area.
Brian Vickers

Saturday 8th December 2018

A Willow Tit/Marsh Tit making regular visits to a garden bird table.
Martin Taunton

A Red Kite over the village.
David Ogden

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Thursday 6 December 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff in bush close to near feeding station, Water Rail heard, 3 male & a female Goosander on the water, Reed Buntings & Bullfinch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
A roost of 16 Grey Herons in a field at the bottom of the Glen.  This is the largest group I've seen here for many years.  A Kingfisher was at the dam, a Dipper flew up the beck and a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were chasing each other in trees at Milnerfields.
Paul King.

Crossbills recently seen by Roger Nelson in Upper Wharfedale.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday 2 December 2018

Marsh Lane, Oxenhope - single Brent Goose in a mixed flock of Canadas, Greylags & a few Pinkfeet Geese.
Brian Vickers

Dowley Gap - Little Egret flew past.
Martin Taunton

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Thursday 29 November 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - two male Goosanders & a female on the water. During gales, a male Wigeon flew in but stayed for only five minutes. Up to 5 Reed Buntings came to the feeders, a few Redwing flew over as did a Cormorant. A Sparrowhawk drifted by.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tong Park Reservoir
23 Gadwall reported.
What's App Group.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Queensbury garden - amongst a flock of 25 Chaffinch, a male has been ringed in Norway.
Denise & Colin Shields

Monday, 26 November 2018

Monday 26 November 2018

Lower Laithe Reservoir - 6 Goosander, 4 Cormorant
Leeshaw Reservoir - 6 Goosander, Kestrel
Brian Vickers 

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Sunday 25 November 2018

Bingley garden - female Blackcap
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 23 November 2018

Friday 23 November 2018

Tonge Park, Baildon - 21 Gadwall, 3 Wigeon, 12 Mallard and a Water Rail.
Roger Wilkinson

Barden Scale - Hawfinch, Goldfinch, pair of Grey Wagtail,2 GSW, Buzzards & Red Kites.
Brian Vickers

Parakeets at Apperley Bridge   photo: Martin Taunton

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Thursday 22 November 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - small flock of 10 Siskin feeding on silver birch, Water Rail visited area under the feeders twice picking up food dropped, pair of Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting, Redwing feeding on mountain ash berries, GSW. Bank Vole shot out of cover in the wall to take food left out.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Wednesday 21 November 2018

Canal at Low Wood stretch - 2 Kingfishers plus a male & two female Goosanders. Small flocks of Fieldfare & Redwing in the area.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Sunday 18 November 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a male & two female Teal, Water Rail, 4 Reed Buntings plus an all-white Pheasant.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 17 November 2018

Barden - Merlin, GSW, Fieldfare, Redwing, 3 Raven, Red Kites & Buzzards.
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Monday 12 November 2018

Silsden Reservoir - Redshank
Barden Scale - Peregrine
Embsay - 120 mixed flock of winter thrushes
Brian Vickers

River Aire, Hirst Wood stretch - 2 Kingfisher, Little Grebe.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Sunday 11 November 2018

Apperley Bridge area - 2 Kingfisher, 400+ Jackdaw, Tawny Owl, Little Owl.
Damian Pearson

Lower Laithe Reservoir - G C G.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 250 Geese consisting of Canadas, Greylags & 2 Pinkfoot.
Station Road, Oxenhope - 60 Redwing
Brian Vickers

Caldene Fields - (on migration watch) - a Woodcock flew in from N, party of Redwing, Yellowhammer flew N, 11 Crossbill flew S.
Martyn Priestley

Silsden Beck - Kingfisher
Tom Hubball

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a Water Rail swam below the willows whilst another called from the reedbed. Also seen - 2 Siskin, 5 Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk with Goosanders flying up and down the river.
Shaun Radcliffe 

10th November 2018 continued

Barden Scale - 8 Red Kite, 6 Common Buzzard, 4 Brambling, 4 Raven, 100+ Fieldfare, Kestrels.
Brian Vickers

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Saturday 10 November 2018

Barden - Little Egret flew downstream over Barden Bridge, 4 Goosander, 2 Red Kite, Common Buzzard, 3 Nuthatch, 25 R L Partridge, 19 Canada Geese.
Roger Nelson

Roger's images of birds in Upper Wharfedale: Kestrel, Red-legged Partridge, Tawny Owl, Wren and a continental type Blackbird.

Oxenhope (south of Hanging Gate Lane) - 115 Canada Geese, 135 Greylag Geese, 5 Pinkfoot
200 Starling to the north
Howard Creber

Ben Rhydding Gravel Pits - 120 Lapwing & 20 Curlew in fields opposite, Common Buzzard.
Steve Parks

Addingham Moorside - flock of 100 Fieldfare, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Friday 9 November 2018

Park Dam, South Bradford - 6 Little Grebe, Shoveler, 13 Tufted Duck, 123 Canada Geese, 65 Coot, 2 G C G
Jamie Brass

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Thursday 8 November 2018

West Lane, Haworth - Sparrowhawk plus large flocks of Fieldfare seen at 08.30.
Nigel Ward

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Goosander on the water with male displaying, 2 Reed Bunting & Water Rail, heard only.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 5 November 2018

Sunday 4 November 2018

Apperley Bridge/Esholt - Dipper, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, 6 Teal, 5 Common Gull, 10 Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush.
Damian Pearson

Friday, 2 November 2018

Friday 2 November 2018

Ireland Bridge, Bingley - Little Grebe
Matthew Rawnsley

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Thursday 1 November 2018

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - male Gadwall, 6 female Goldeneye, 3 female Goosander, covey of 9 Grey Partridge, Water Rail & Kingfisher heard, single Curlew, Redwings, 5 Siskin seen plus others heard, Nuthatch.
John Armstrong

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail feeding beneath feeders, pair of Bullfinch, Jay & Reed Buntings.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Tuesday 30th October 2018

Tuesday 30th October: Otley
Common Crossbill: 8-10 overhead, north side of town.
John Armstrong

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Sunday 28 October 2018

On the dam wall between Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs - single Snow Bunting being chased by a Pied Wagtail.

Peter Curran

Friday, 26 October 2018

Friday 26 October 2018

Graincliffe Reservoir - 6 Crossbill, Buzzard
Reva Hill - male Stonechat, flock of 30 Lapwing, Red Kite
Whetstone Gate - pair of Kestrel with male trying to mate (female not interested!)
Cow & Calf - flock of 40 Fieldfare, pair of Buzzard
Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - single Whooper Swan, 4 Female Goldeneye, 7 Tufted Duck, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Nuthatch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday 25th October: Swinsty/Fewston reservoirs
Common Crossbill: 2 flocks; about 20 birds around the main car park, and a small flock by Fewston. Those birds I saw well were Commons, although always possibility of other species in with them!
Redpolls: seem to be plenty around, a couple of sizable flocks seen. Only seen in flight; presumably mostly / all Lessers, but comments as above for Crossbills!
Siskin: one aerial flock seen, plus a few other odd birds around
Brambling: single bird in flight by Fewston, plus prob others heard
Fieldfare: 15-20 in flight Swinsty.

Other birds around incl Pink-footed Goose (heard, but couldn't be seen; I think a single bird was grounded out of sight on Fewston), Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Goldcrest, Jay and Nuthatch.  Plus Gareth Southgate out for a run!!
John Armstrong

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Tong Park, Baildon - 7 Gadwall plus a single Wigeon.
Roger Wilkinson

Monday, 22 October 2018

Monday 22 October 2018

Silsden Reservoir - single Whooper Swan
Barden Scale - male Merlin, 200 winter thrushes, Buzzards & Red Kites
Brian Vickers

Sconce Lane area - 2 Little Owl, Kestrel
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Sunday 21 October 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Water Rail, Snipe flushed, pair of Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 20 October 2018

Barden Scale - mixed flock of approx 400 Fieldfare & Redwing, Buzzards, Red Kites, & 2 Raven
Brian Vickers

A family of five Stonechats hunting from the wall through Golcar Fields.  A flock of seven Fieldfare flew over and a Snipe was flushed from the area alongside the Golf Course.
Paul King

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday 18 October 2018

Thackley garden - female Brambling on bird table, Common Buzzard overhead.
Casper Pottle

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Reed Bunting.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Shipley Glen
The escaped Harris Hawk, last seen here in February, was flying over the Glen at noon, pursued by about 20 Jackdaws.
Paul King

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wednesday 17th October 2018

Shipley Glen
A skein of 60+ Pink-footed Geese travelled east at 9am.
Paul King

Aire Valley, Keighley - pair of Barn Owls hunting early evening.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 12 October 2018

Thursday 11 October 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, Kestrel, Cormorant, Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Woodside, South Bradford - this morning, a  flock of 80-90 Pinkfoot flew over.
Jamie Brass

Shipley Glen
Rose-necked Parakeet flew from a garden on Lucy Hall Drive.
Paul King

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Monday 8 October 2018

Aire Valley - 2 Whooper Swans flying east down the valley mid-afternoon.
Howard Creber 

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Sunday 7 October 2018

Tong Park - 35 Fieldfare, 20+ Redwing, 4 Gadwall, Wigeon, Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk
Jeremy Taylor

Low Snowden - flocks of Fieldfare of 60 & 20 plus a flock of 18 Redwing. Also flock of 40 Linnet.
Shaun Radcliffe

Friday, 5 October 2018

Friday 5th October 2018

Park Dam - Goosander, 4 Wigeon, 60 Coot, 3 G C G, 3 Little Grebe, 7 Tufted Duck, 81 Canada Geese.
Jamie Brass

Shipley Glen
A flock of 40 to 50 Pink-footed Geese came from the east and flew northwards at 5pm.  They may have been looking for a roost as conditions were wet and misty.
Paul King

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Thursday 4 October 2018

Chellow Dene area - 50 Pinkfoot calling & flying west.
Ian Watson

Barden Scale - 130 Pinkfoot heading west, 4 Raven, Peregrine, Buzzards, Red Kites & 2 Jays collecting acorns.
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Chiff-Chaff, 4 Lesser Redpoll flew past.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Tuesday 2 October 2018

Glovershaw/Sconce Lane area - 4 Stonechat, 11 Linnet.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Sunday 30 September 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - return of Water Rail which showed well in front of the hide. Also seen, Blackcap, GSW, Cormorant & Reed Bunting, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, plus a Snipe was flushed.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Friday 28 September 2018

West Lane Haworth - 3 Jays SE
Nigel Ward

Thursday 27 September 2018

Private Wetlands (permit holders only) - Common Sandpiper, 10 Grey Partridge
Andrew Kelly

Nab Water Lane - pair of Stonechat
Lower Laithe Reservoir - Great Crested Grebe on passage.
Brian Vickers

Thursday, 27 September 2018


20th - Nab Water Lane - 3 Kestrels, female Sparrowhawk, Juv Peregrine, 2 Stonechats, plenty of Meadow Pipits passing through.
Brian Vickers
Blubberhouses area - female Hen Harrier.

23rd - John O'Gaunts Reservoir - Green Sandpiper feeding at southern end.
Andrew Kelly

24th - Lindley Wood Reservoir -  74 Mandarin Duck (50/50 split).
Paul Morris

Monday, 17 September 2018

Monday 17th September 2018

Three Wheatears near Golcar Farm and a Wheatear on the Golf Course.
Paul King.
Upper Wharfedale
A Ringtail Hen Harrier drifting medium-low towards north-west as it passed over Hazlewood Moor, last Saturday (15th).

Four recent images from Roger Nelson.

Redstart, Cormorant (juvenile), Dipper and Wheatear.
Fly Flatts
Viz Mig: 11am to 12:15pm 769 Meadow Pipits and 152 House Martins. All flew South West.
Dave Sutcliffe

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Saturday 15 September 2018

Hazlewood Moor - ring-tail Hen Harrier
Roger Nelson

Caldene Fields - 111 Pinkfeet flew south west.
Martyn Priestley

Fly Flatts Reservoir - 85 Pinkfoot grounded due to weather. Pintail & Cormorant also at site.
Leeshaw Reservoir - 2 Cormorant, 4 Teal
Brian Vickers

Friday, 14 September 2018

Friday 14 September 2018

Park Dam - juvenile Black-tailed Godwit, Wigeon, 6 G C G with young, 5 Little Grebe with young.
Jamie Brass

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - a Little Egret landed this morning and stayed about 30 seconds before flying off up the valley.
John Preshaw & Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Thursday 13th September 2018

Another family party of Whinchats, this time four birds, were feeding for most of the day in the fields by Golcar Farm.
Paul King

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Tuesday 11th September 2018

This pm - A family of 6 Whinchats (2 adults and 4 juveniles) hunting from the fence that runs across Golcar Farm fields.
Paul King

Monday 10 September 2018

Apperley Bridge/ Esholt - 16 Goosander, 4 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Tawny calling, Chiff-Chaff singing briefly, GSW, 2 Stock Dove, single Snipe.
Damian Pearson

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Saturday 8 September 2018

Scargill Reservoir area - 2 Whinchat, Kestrel, 2 Chiff-Chaff, Reed Bunting.
John O'Gaunt Reservoir area - 3 Snipe, 3 Little Grebe, Red Kite, small groups of Swallows, 2 Kestrel, 6 Teal.
BOG Walk

Friday, 7 September 2018

Friday 7th September 2018

Two Whinchats, a Whitethroat and a flock of 15 Greenfinch in the Golcar Farm area.
Paul King

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Thursday 6 September 2018

Nab Water Lane - 7 Kestrel, 2 Raven, Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat
Brian Vickers

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Whitethroat, Sparrowhawk, Stock Dove
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Tuesday 4 September 2018

Silsden field near river - Bar-headed Goose
Silsden Reservoir - Mandarin Duck
Along canal at Silsden - Redstart
Mark Dawson

Monday, 3 September 2018

Monday 3rd September 2018

Fly Flatts - single Ruff, Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - Cream crown Marsh Harrier, Wheatear
Lower Laithe Reservoir - 4 Grey Wagtails
Brian Vickers

A Whinchat in Golcar Fields.
Paul King

Whetstone Gate - 2 Whinchat, SEO, Little Owl, 2 Kestrel, 4 Linnet, Red Kite, Reed Bunting
Shaun Radcliffe

Yesterday at Caldene Fields - 800+ Swallows in pre-roost, best count here for over 30 years.
Martyn Priestley 

Thursday 30th August 2018

A male Redstart on the wall by Golcar Fields. In the fields nearby a family of seven Grey Partridge.
Paul King

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Nab Water Lane - Wheatear, Whinchat
Leeshaw - 4 Snipe, Little Owl
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Barden Scale - Osprey successfully fishing at Lower Barden Reservoir
Fly Flatts - Short-eared Owl
Leeshaw - 2 Short-eared Owls
Brian Vickers

Hazlewood - Barden area - adult male Redstart in Hazlewood Garden, 2 juv Wheatear, 2 separate Merlin, singing Dippers.
Roger Nelson

9am.  A Whinchat, a Wheatear and two Whitethroats were feeding the area near the "gallops" and the 11th green.
Paul King

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Kestrel, Browncap, Chiff-Chaff.
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 27 August 2018

Saturday 25 August 2018

BenRhydding Gravel Pits - pair of Little Egrets flew west up river. Brimstone Butterfly.
Steve Parkes

Nab Water Lane - 4 Wheatear
Barden Scale - 2 Raven, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Red Kites, Buzzards
Brian Vickers

Roger Nelson's video of Red Kites seen eating a rabbit in Upper Wharfedale

Try it full screen!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Thursday 23rd August 2018

am - Four Wheatears in the fields by Golcar Farm.
pm - Five Wheatears in the paddock by Golcar Farm and two Whinchats near the 11th fairway.
Paul King

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Fly Flatts - 2 Wheatear
Nab Water Lane - 7 Wheatear, Whinchat, Short-eared Owl, female Sparrowhawk, Juv Peregrine
Barden Scale - Hobby
Brian Vickers

Shipley Glen
Seven Grey Herons roosting in field at the bottom of the Glen.
Paul King

Monday 20 August 2018

Fly Flatts reservoir - 8 Ringed Plover, 6 Dunlin, 2 Curlew
Brian Vickers

One Wheatear on 8th fairway.
Paul King

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Saturday 18 August 2018

Leeshaw - SEO hunting, family of 3 Little Owls plus 3 Hares.
Steve Parkes

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Thursday 16 August 2018

Baildon Moor - male Merlin pursuing a Skylark unsuccessfully.
Mark Scrimshaw

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Storiths Road, Barden - Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Redstarts, Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, Goldfinch, Little Owl
Fly Flatts - 2 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, Wheatear.
Brian Vickers

Rombalds Moor - west
Nab End - family of 4 Kestrels
White Crag Plantation - 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Willow Warblers
High Moor Plantation - 11 Crossbill, 3 Willow Warbler, Jay & 3 Stock Dove
Shaun Radcliffe

Monday, 13 August 2018

Monday 13 August 2018

Baildon Moor
Two Barn Owl boxes, in which young owls have fledged, have been vandalised over the weekend.
Paul King

River Aire walk from Bingley to Saltaire
Myrtle Park - Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Grey Wagtail, calling Stock Dove
Cottingley Road Bridge - Kingfisher, Dipper, female Goosander with 7 juveniles.
Dowley Gap on river - adult Kingfisher plus 2 juvs.
Shaun Radcliffe

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday 12 August 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk plus 7 House Martin.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Saturday 11 August 2018

Glovershaw/ Sconce Lane area -  a few migrants showed, Willow Warblers, Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, Swallows, House Martins. Up to 3 Buzzard plus a Red Kite seen along with 3 Kestrels & distant view of Little Owl. About a dozen Linnet near Faweather Farm.
Also recorded were the following butterflies - Small Copper, Small Heath, Painted Lady, Holly Blue, Red Admiral & Wall Brown. Nice to see a few hares.
BOG walk.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Thursday 9 August 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - Reed Warbler seen & also called briefly, Whitethroat, Bullfinch family, Blackcap.
Shaun Radcliffe

Upper Wharfedale - photos by Roger Nelson
Goosander Flotilla
Spotted Flycatcher (juvenile)
Little Ringed Plover
Red Kite

Sand Martin
Spotted Flycatcher

Ringed Plover

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Two Wheatears
Paul King

Adult & juvenile Spotted Flycatcher                             photo: Keith Allen

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Wyke - Common Buzzard recorded.
Phil Andrew

Hazlewood-Bolton abbey - flock of 5 Willow Warblers plus two separate family flocks of Spotted Flycatcher (also Hummingbird Hawk Moth).
Roger Nelson

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunday 5 August 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - pair of Reed Warblers with a juvenile, singing Willow Warbler & Nuthatch.
Shaun Radcliffe

Saturday 4 August 2018

River Aire, Bingley - Little Egret fishing close to Ireland Bridge.
Matthew Rawnsley

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Upwood Farm Wood - 2 Spotted Flycatchers, GSW
Whetstone Gate area - Little Owl & juvenile, Willow Warbler, 2 Kestrel, Red Kite, Buzzard.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Monday 30 July 2018

Sconce Lane area - Little Owl with juvenile, second Little Owl in Birch Close Lane, 2 young Willow Warblers, flock of 40 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, mixed flock of Linnet & Greenfinch at Faweather Farm, Kestrel.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Thursday 26 July 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Blackcap, adult Reed Warbler, Jay, Chiff-Chaff. Earlier in the week, yellow Willow Warbler & Tawny Owl harassed by thrushes.
Shaun Radcliffe

Pennithorn, Baildon Moor
Two juvenile Redstarts. Parent birds have been seen here within past two weeks.
Paul King

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Thursday 19th July 2018

A Wheatear on the Golf Course and a family of five Kestrels feeding over the area.
Paul King

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Sunday 15 July 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - singing Blackcap near river, Garden Warbler looked around feeder, Browncap seen, Cormorant. House Sparrows have bred well along with Blue Tits & Dunnocks.
Shaun Radcliffe  

Saturday 14 July 2018

Storiths Road, Barden - Jay, Green Woodpecker, Little Owl, Spotted Flycatcher, male Redstart feeding juvenile.
Brian Vickers 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Wednesday 11th July 2018

A Grasshopper Warbler can be seen and heard singing from bracken close by the "cabins" to the north of Pennithorn Hall.
Paul King

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Tuesday 10 July 2018

Sconce Lane area - pair of Redstart, female Stonechat, Grasshopper Warbler heard, Little Owl, Kestrel, Blackcap singing from bracken, plenty of Willow Warbler & Reed Buntings about.
Shaun Radcliffe

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wednesday 4th July 2018

Upper Wharfedale
How to extract a snail, a juvenile Song Thrush demonstrates the process.    photos: Roger Nelson

Breeding Mute Swans on Yeadon Tarn.       photo: Mike Bloomfield
Pennithorn, Baildon
The male Redstart, first seen two days ago, was again by the "cabins".  An adult Little Owl and juvenile was by the 'old barn' and a Whitethroat was seen in a bramble patch.
Paul King.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Monday 2nd July 2018

Pennithorn, Baildon
A male Redstart was feeding by the cabins this morning and a male Great Spotted Woodpecker was also in the trees.
Paul King
Great Spotted Woodpecker and Redstart (record shot)

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday 1 July 2018

Storiths - pair of nesting Spotted Flycatchers. There would appear to be less of this species this year.
Spotted Flycatcher on house roof
Juvenile Lapwing
Oystercatcher chick
Photos and sightings from Roger Nelson

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Sunday 26 June 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - 2 singing Chiff-Chaffs, Blackcap, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, singing Whitethroat plus a pair with two fledglings. Also seen, Ringlets, Comma Butterfly & male Broad-bodied Chaser.
Shaun Radcliffe

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Thursday 21 June 2018

Leeshaw Reservoir - 6 Dunlin
Storiths Road, Barden - Little Owl, 6 Wheatear, Redstart, 2 GSW, 2 Linnet
Brian Vickers

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs - both had a pair of Common Sandpiper with chicks of one & two respectively.
Beecroft Plantation - singing Willow Warblers & Garden Warbler.
Shaun Radcliffe

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Fringes of Baildon Moor - Grasshopper Warbler seen & heard in area between scout camp & old holiday homes. Also singing Whitethroat near Pennythorn Hill & another near Low Spring Farm, next to road. On walk, four pairs of Linnet, 2 singing Willow Warblers, wandering Red Kite & four singing Reed Bunting.
Shaun Radcliffe

Breeding Curlews on Baildon Moor

Adult birds protecting a juvenile which wandered across the road when disturbed by a dog which was allowed to run loose by a careless owner.                 Photos by Paul Marfell

Monday, 18 June 2018

Monday 18 June 2018

Bingley to Saltaire along River Aire - juvenile GSW in Bingley allotments, pair of Grey Wagtails with juvenile at Cottingley Road Bridge, female Goosander with 6 ducklings, singing Whitethroat near new road bridge.
Shaun Radcliffe 

Sunday 17 June 2018

Hollins Hill area - Hobby chasing swifts.
Roger Wilkinson

Saturday 16 June 2018

Leeshaw Reservoir - 4 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Red Kite, Raven, Little Owl, previous day, Redshank, Lapwings & Curlews.
Brian Vickers

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Monday 11 June 2018

Hazlewood - 3 Cuckoos (presumably 2 males chasing a female|). One bird had a stutter in its call.
Roger Nelson
Other scenes from Upper Wharfedale
Juvenile Lapwing                                         photo: Roger Nelson
Oystercatcher                                                 photo: Roger Nelson 
Stock Dove                                                  photo: Roger Nelson

Male Wheatear                                      photo: Roger Nelson

Juvenile Woodpigeon                           photo: Roger Nelson

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Sunday 10 June 2018

Stockbridge Reserve (members only) - good views of Reed Warbler in small reed bed to right of hide. Also pair of Whitethroat still taking food to nest site. One bird seen leaving carrying white faecal sac.
Baildon Green - singing Whitethroat, probably breeding. Site almost opposite pub.
Shaun Radcliffe

Pennithorn, Baildon
Two singing Whitethroats, pair of Bullfinch, three pairs of Linnets, numerous breeding birds including Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Reed Buntings.
Paul King

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Thursday 7th June 2018

Great Spotted Woodpeckers feeding in Shipley Glen                            photo: Paul King
Great Spotted Woodpeckers are also breeding in Ferniehurst Dell, Baildon.
Paul Marfell

A Grasshopper Warbler was singing from the top of bramble patch on the Glen Road.
Whitethroat singing and three or four pairs of Willow Warblers are actively feeding in an area close to the scout camp.  Other breeding birds seen carrying food included Reed Buntings, Meadow Pipit, Skylark and Linnet.  A Little Owl was seen by the cabins.
Paul King

Wednesday 6 June 2018

Leeshaw Reservoir - Little Owl, 4 Dunlin, 2 Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Lapwings, Oystercatchers & Curlews.
Brian Vickers

Sconce Lane area - Gropper reeling in field between scout camp & old holiday buildings. Same species still reeling near Shipley Glen. Unusual perching position for a Snipe, on the very top of the highest power cable near Glovershaw.
Shaun Radcliffe

Strid Wood
A Nuthatch using a nesting box.     photo Phil Matthews
A male Pied Flycatcher with food                                   photo: Phil Matthews
also in the woods the following were reported by Howard Creber: Five Spotted Flycatchers, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Garden Warbler and Kingfisher.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Tuesday 5 June 2018

Shipley Glen area - late evening -  Grasshopper Warbler reeling from large bramble patch above Glen near to the road going uphill. Also Little Owl.
Shaun Radcliffe

Storiths Road - Garden Warbler, Tawny Owl, Cuckoo, Willow Warbler.
Brian Vickers

Monday, 4 June 2018

Monday 4th June 2018

High Royds - Reed Warbler singing - been here for 3 days.
Theo Kuechel

Barden area - Osprey, Cuckoos, pair of Mandarin, Garden Warblers, Willow Warblers, Pied Flycatchers, 5 Spotted Fly, 3 Redstart
Howard Creber

Airedale in Spring
Male Blackcap at Bingley Bog                              photo: Phil Matthews
Curlew at Bradup                                             photo: Phil Matthews
Golden Plover at Glovershaw                                            photo: Phil Matthews
Long-tailed Tit at Bingley Bog                              photo: Phil Matthews
Meadow Pipit with food at Sconce                              photo: Phil Matthews
Male Stonechat near Bradup                              photo: Phil Matthews