GREENSHANK Tringa nebularia
Recorded each year from 1987 to 2008. Most recent sightings:
There were no more than six different birds in another mediocre year. Individuals were recorded at Oxenhope on 6th May, Leeshaw Reservoir on 16th July, and Redcar Tarn on 24th August, following which up to three birds were at John o’ Gaunt’s Reservoir between 25th August and 9th September.
For some reason, Greenshank numbers are now consistently down on those regularly recorded in the 1990’s, even this year when shoreline conditions were generally favourable. Apart from singles at Redcar Tarn on 11th April, and in August at Warley Moor on the 1st and Lindley Wood on the 14th, all the reports were from Thornton Moor. Individuals were noted on 17th May, 25th July (with two on the 23rd), 1st and 30th August, and 9th September.
The perplexing drop in records of the once common Greenshank continues, and only six reports are now no less than expected. July produced two birds at Warley Moor on the 2nd, followed by singles a week later at Oxenhope and Beaverdyke Reservoir, and another (or perhaps the same) at nearby John o’ Gaunt’s on the 11th. A very good count of six was made there on 2nd August, and a bird was at Warley Moor from the 21st to the 25th.
The Greenshank mystery continues! In the Group’s worst ever year, there were just two records of that number of birds, both from Oxenhope watchpoint on 19th and 31st August.
Just four records, all of them over a ten day period at the end of August. On the 21st, there was a bird recorded at Fewston Reservoir. Three days later, in the south of the area, four birds flew over Thornton Moor Reservoir, but two more came down to feed on the shoreline. On the 29th another bird was sighted at Ogden Reservoir and on the last day of the month a single dropped in to Leeshaw Reservoir.
Once more, as last year, there were only four records. A bird was at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 20th and 21st July and another was present on 13th September. At Keighley Moor Reservoir a bird was seen on 3rd August and a second bird, present on the 18th August, was probably the same bird that was there four days later.
Just three records, all of them in August, were very much in line with the two previous years. On the 9th a bird was seen at Lindley Wood Reservoir and on the 24th one arrived at Keighley Moor Reservoir in the early evening before flying off south-east. The final record was at Fewston Reservoir on 28th August.