RUDDY SHELDUCK Tadorna ferruginea
Scarce vagrant and possible escapee
A female with Greylag Geese at Lindley Wood on 6th January was one of the few recorded in the Group area, but could well have been an escape.
One was present at Cononley Ings for two weeks from 30th June. A scarce bird in the area, but an escape is probable.
EGYPTIAN GOOSE Branta bernicla
Scarce visitor/possible escapee.
A wandering individual was at Baildon Bridge on 27th May and a pair frequented Otley Gravel Pits between 4th June and 15th August.
A bird discovered at Elland Gravel Pits on 25th February stayed until 21st April.
A single at Leeshaw on 13th March.
One was recorded at Copgrove Lake on 30th March.
This unusual species was reported from Otley Gravel Pits on several dates between 30th March and 31st May. It was un-ringed, and was described as a ‘grey phase’ bird.
There were two records: a bird was at Otley Gravel Pits on 15th May and another at Doe Park Reservoir on 13th August.
On 4th January, one flew over Glovershaw, heading for Shipley Glen.
Three were seen at Otley Wetland on 3rd April.
Last year’s birds were followed up by two at Redcar Tarn from 27th August to 6th September (IH et al).
A bird (considered an escapee), seen around Ilkley on many dates between 14th April and 3rd October (D&HK) may have been the one reported from Otley Wetland on 2nd February.
There were just two reports. One was a bird seen with Canada Geese in a field near Leeshaw Reservoir on 24th May and another was a bird seen in the Ilkley area during 2012. This latter, considered to be an escapee, was still there on 16th June