July Sightings

July 2016  
The weather during July was mixed, with an extremely hot spell in the third week of the month. Three Common Scoters rested at Leeshaw Reservoir (2nd) and three days later a single male visited the site. A Whimbrel was seen taking off from Leeshaw Reservoir (14th) and another stayed briefly at an Oxenhope Reservoir (10th), whilst Little Ringed Plover and Dunlin were also recorded here. A couple of the latter species were seen at Lower Barden Reservoir and a post-breeding group of 18 Oystercatchers had assembled at Leeshaw Reservoir.

A Yellow-legged Gull, thought to be the bird seen at Leeshaw Reservoir in 2014 and 2015, was photographed on Lower Laithe Reservoir (24th). Another of the same species found its way onto Leeshaw Reservoir (10th), whilst a third was also reported on several occasions in the Warley Moor area. During the middle of the month, a Common Tern was seen at Leeshaw Reservoir and down in the Aire Valley, another one flew over Cottingley village (17th).

Pairs of Stonechats were located on Baildon Moor, Lower Barden Reservoir and Hazlewood Moor where a range of breeding species were watched. These included a fully grown Cuckoo which was still making demands of its attendant Meadow Pipit. In the same area, a juvenile Ring Ouzel and Wheatear were seen and also a flock of a dozen Linnets were watched as they fed on sorrel seeds. A Grasshopper Warbler was heard on the Stockbridge Reserve and a Reed Warbler was also recorded, but there was no evidence of breeding having taken place. A male Redstart, a possible early mover, was reported at Ogden (18th).
July Images
Golden Plover - Keith Allen
Common Sandpiper (right) - Brian Sumner
Oystercatchers - Roger Nelson
July 2015 
 Long spells of unsettled weather with only an occasional bright day was typical of the weather during July.

A couple of pairs of breeding Whitethroat were by Crook Farm, Baildon and other pairs were seen at Stockbridge and in the grounds of Bingley Grammar School. A male Lesser Whitethroat was in song at the old Low Moor Tip (6th). A Grasshopper Warbler was heard ‘reeling’ at Stockbridge (5th) and another was located in the dense growth surrounding Harden cricket ground (20th). A pair of Spotted Flycatchers and three juveniles were seen at Heights Lane, Bingley (20th) and another adult was in the Lower Barden area four days later. A juvenile Redstart was watched at Bolton Bridge (24th) and there were reports of young birds including Bullfinch and Blackcaps visiting feeders and bushes close to the hide at Stockbridge.

Over a 100 Swifts, with parties of up to a dozen screamed around the houses at Otley in the middle of the month and another post-breeding group of 40 were feeding over Stockbridge (26th). On the final day of the month 15 birds were noted over Oxenhope.

An Arctic Tern was feeding at Leeshaw Reservoir (4th) and a Common Tern was fishing in the canal at Saltaire (21st).

The first signs of migration amongst passerines was noted at Warley Moor Reservoir on the 12th, when family parties of up to 11 Wheatears passed through. Three days later a juvenile Wheatear was seen on Baildon Golf Course.

A male Common Scoter visited Keighley Moor Reservoir towards the end of the month (28th) and a Green Sandpiper called in on the final day of the month. A week earlier, a Little Ringed Plover flew over Keighley town centre.

There were three reports of Kingfishers with the most impressive being a bird that found the village pond at Oxenhope much to its liking.
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