GREY PLOVER Pluvialis squatarola
Infrequent passage visitor
Seen most years from 1987 to 2002. Most recent sightings:
The year started well with a single recorded at Otley Gravel Pits on the 1st January. One flew south over Cold Edge Dams on 20th September. Another was noted at Leeming Reservoir on the 11th November.
There were four records after a blank year, all single birds on autumn migration. They were seen at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 21st August, and 28th and 30th September, and Denholme Clough on 2nd October.
Most of our records are of birds flying over, and the two in 2006 were so referable. Both related to autumn migration, when singles passed Denholme Clough on 2nd October, and Timble Ings on the 18th.
There was just one record: a bird flying west over Otley Wetland on 13th October.
Three autumn records of singles: at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 17th August, Kex Gill on 8th September, and High Moor Plantation on the 26th.
A poor year, with just one record: a bird at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 21st August.
An excellent year, with 11 birds seen on autumn migration. Following one over Kex Gill on 12th September, singles were seen at Thornton Moor on 19th and 26th September, and 10th, 13th and 20th October. In the same month, four birds flew over Soil Hill on the 17th.
This year’s five records are above average, and all were of passage birds. A bird at Warley Moor on 29th August was followed by one on 11th September, and another five days later over Oxenhope watchpoint, where one was also seen on 20th November. The 28th of the month produced the final bird on Soil Hill.
A poor year, as only two birds were seen, both passing Oxenhope watchpoint, on 18th September and 8th October.
2014 There were two records, both from the Oxenhope watchpoint. The first was a bird that crossed from east to west on 27th September and the other passed the observer on 20th October. These were the first Grey Plovers since 2012, when two records were submitted.
As in 2014 there were just two records, both from the Oxenhope watchpoint. The first bird was on 8th October and the second three days later.