Doves, Nightjar & Alpine Swift

TURTLE DOVE    Streptopelia turtur    Scarce passage visitor
1988  A bird was seen and heard at Timble Ings on 12th and 13th July was unusual as this species is rare locally.
1989  A Turtle Dove was in the conifer plantation at Timble Ings on 7th May, curiously, in exactly the same spot as the only one reported in 1988. The other was in more typical habitat at Scolebrook Lane near Black Carr Wood on 21st May.
1990  One record, namely a single at Timble Ings on 25th May; this the third consecutive year tha a bird has been reported from this moorland conifer plantation.
1993  A rare bird in the area, so a single at Elland Gravel Pits on 22nd May was a surprise find.
1994  This species continues to be elusive in our area and as last year only a single bird was found, at Beechcliffe Ings near Keighley on 29th June. What was presumed to be the same bird was seen nearby on 5th July.
1997  A single bird was seen at Bingley South Bog on 5th August; this represented the first recorded sighting of this species in the Group’s area since 1994.
1999  Just one record was received in 1999, of a bird in Haworth Road, Bradford on 13th May.
2000  The only record was of a calling bird at Denholme Sewage Works on 10th May.
2002  A bird was seen near Mytholroyd, on the fringe of the recording area, on 21st May. It represents the eigth record for the Group
2004  A better year than usual, with two records. A single bird was discovered drinking from a pool on the track at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 4th August, and an individual was seen in Silsden on 20th May.
2014  On the 22nd September a bird was seen from Oxenhope watchpoint as it flew northwards. This was the first since 2004 and the 11th recorded in the BOG area.
ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET    Psittacula krameri    Scarce passage visitor
The species was first reported in 1990. It was also seen in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999.
2002  A single was reported from Pudsey on 3rd February. With the numbers of feral birds now in the country, this species can no longer be automatically considered an escapee, though this must remain likely.
2003  One bird frequented Caldene Fields between 17th and 28th August.
2004  There were three records. One was at Crossflatts Railway Station on 30th April, one at Thornton Moor Reservoir from 10th to 16th July, and another at Caldene Fields on 7th November.
2006  There were two records of this well-established British breeding bird. On 2nd January, one was seen in Shipley, and two birds flew over a Silsden garden on 2nd and 4th May.
2007  A bird seen at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 8th September might have been the one present there in mid-August, and which was then considered by different observers to show some aberrant features for this species. Interestingly, there was another record on the same date: a bird in Shipley Glen, which was also seen three days later.
2010  One was at Thornton Moor on 24th April.
2012  Birds of unknown origin turn up periodically, and this year one flew over Caldene Fields on 8th September (MVP)
NIGHTJAR    Caprimulgus europaeus   Scarce summer visitor
Most recent sightings:
2010  Whilst, hopefully temporarily, breeding has petered out, there was some consolation this year in the discovery of a migrant at Caldene Fields on 3rd July. Local residents who found the bird had close views, and provided convincing descriptions
2011  After only a brief migrant in 2010, this was the best ever year for the numbers of birds and locations, though there was again no evidence of breeding activity. Birds were seen in June and July at seven locations, including the one where breeding has been attempted in the past, and up to 10 birds were observed in total, though, as some of the sites are relatively close, this might be overstated. Individuals were the norm, though two and three were seen on single dates.
2012  Locations and numbers were well down on last year, and it is likely birds summered at only two adjacent sites, where at least two were seen at both between 9th June and 11th July, and one was caught and ringed. Singles found elsewhere on 21st May and 4th June could have been transient. As in 2011, there was no indication of breeding.
2013  Deforestation of the sites at Stainburn Forest and Norwood Edge have provided new locations where at least three pairs have been watched late into the summer evenings. Although there was no evidence, it is reasonable to assume that breeding did take place at these locations. Another pair was identified during July at Rivock Plantation, where churring and display flights were witnessed.
2014  As in recent years, the areas where deforestation has taken place have provided excellent habitats for this species. The newly-cleared areas at Sandwith Moor, Norwood Edge, and Rivock Plantation have remained prime locations. At Sandwith Moor two pairs were active, with two birds seen in one location and a third was heard elsewhere. At Norwood Edge a male was heard in July and at the Rivock Plantation up to three birds were identified.
2015  The eight reports were from watchers who spent late evenings at Stainburn Forest and covered the period from 3rd June to 2nd July. The submitted information indicated that at least two, possibly three pairs were active. Males were heard churring and engaging in wing clapping, and females were seen hawking for insects, but there was no further information concerning breeding.
ALPINE SWIFT    Apus melba    Vagrant
2003  Following acceptance by the British Birds Rarities Committee, a bird seen on 26th April at Otley becomes the first Group record
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