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  1. Three males and a female Common Scoter at Skelton Lake this morning, diving at times rather than just sleeping or resting as is usually the case. Up to 60 (out of ~100) Sand Martins landing on the mud on the spit there but none around the breeding areas at Woodlesford. Ten Shelducks by Leventhorpe Hall Pond.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 10, 2020 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  2. Party of 22 Long tailed Tits visiting feeders in garden in Little Preston

    Comment by John Martin — July 10, 2020 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

  3. Adult and juvenile Green Woodpecker. Also little Owl all in compound late afternoon Thursday 9.07.20.
    Also 2 Little Egrets on reserve

    Comment by George Seroczynski — July 10, 2020 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  4. Adult med gull feeding fledged juvenile regurgitated food on causeway island from the warren this morning.
    Juvenile LRP at crossroads, avocet and blackwit on main lake and two summer plumage adult dunlins in black pipe bay.
    Most of the sand martin’s perched up on predator fence near cattle gates early on were juveniles which bodes well for a successful breeding season this year.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — July 10, 2020 @ 2:02 pm | Reply

    • Also adult common gull on lagoon island

      Comment by Dave Hunton — July 10, 2020 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  5. Adult and juvenile BNG on WRB near crossroads at 10:15 this morning

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — July 10, 2020 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  6. Adult Turnstone on main lake , hobby also and barn owl hunting around lowther , also four well grown pintail young on ridge and furrow

    Comment by Jason Higgins — July 9, 2020 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  7. Single Med Gull on north side of bund between Middle Ings and North Ings about 10 yards west of predator fence.
    Also 5 young Terns a little further away on bund.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — July 8, 2020 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  8. The printed version of the annual report is now available. Most members who have ordered a copy have already either collected or received this through the post. I have only around 20 copies left. If you would to reserve a copy (which will be strictly first come first served) please contact the chairman through the link on the bottom right of the navigation panel.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — July 8, 2020 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  9. 22 Redshank in flight along with 2 Black Tailed Godwits over North Ings.

    Comment by Paul Bradley — July 7, 2020 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

    • Note these were seen 06/07/20 not today

      Comment by Paul Bradley — July 7, 2020 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

  10. c25 Black-tailed middle Ings. Hobby high over site, Common Sand and L.R.P. Astley still.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — July 6, 2020 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

  11. Three Little Egrets at Lowther this morning.

    Comment by John Martin — July 5, 2020 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  12. Barn Owl on hillside 19.00 hrs. Little Owl in compound 19.15hrs. 1 Little Egret Eastern Reed Bed

    Comment by George Seroczynski — July 3, 2020 @ 12:00 am | Reply

  13. Common Sandpiper and LRP on Astley this evening. Also 14 Black-tailed Godwits flew SE at 19:50

    Comment by Dave Hunter — July 2, 2020 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  14. At least 6 possibly 7 Bearded tits in reeds on Bowers lake 4.45pm.

    Comment by Caroline Smithson — July 2, 2020 @ 6:40 pm | Reply

  15. At least 6 Little Egrets spread between Astley, Lemonroyd and R&F. Green Sandpiper flew west around midday.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — July 1, 2020 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

  16. Single Crossbill SW and 2 Siskin SE over Little Preston 0700 hrs this morning.

    Comment by John Martin — June 30, 2020 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  17. Great news for Common Tern on Causeway Isle, viewable from the Rabbit Warren. 2 x 6 day old chicks showed tonight c7pm coming out from thick vegetation on to rocks to take small fish. Second pair in thick grass, about three feet to the left, only started sitting on the 19th, so they should hatch about 9-15 July. Saw a change-over tonight from the second pair. GCG back on Rocky isle.

    Comment by petegriff — June 29, 2020 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  18. Red-veined Darter male on site today.Picture sent in.

    Comment by tony wood — June 28, 2020 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

    • Pics in Gallery

      Comment by Dave Hunton — June 28, 2020 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

    • Any approx location please ?

      Comment by Peter Haigh — June 29, 2020 @ 8:00 am | Reply

      • Up from the RSPB carpark entrance you can access the hillside through a gate.Directly opposite over the road you can enter the field on the footpath.It was in the corner of the bottom field on the recording area boundry side of Wood Lane.

        Comment by tony wood — June 29, 2020 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  19. Just been outside, not birds but looks like noctilucent clouds, electric blue, could develop into a good show as the sky darkens.

    Comment by Julian Pickering — June 26, 2020 @ 11:10 pm | Reply

  20. A few Siskins moving today over Little Preston, a single South early morning followed by 5 at mid day and a single East this afternoon.

    Comment by John Martin — June 26, 2020 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  21. A bit of wader movement this morning, with Green and Wood Sandpipers on the Ridge and Furrow (MB), two Ringed Plovers at Skelton Lake, two Avocets flew off south-east from Astley Lake and six Black-tailed Godwits flew round and dropped onto the Main Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 26, 2020 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  22. Spoonbill on R&F this morning at 06:10.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — June 26, 2020 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

  23. Early walk 26/6…great white egret escorted away by black headed gulls over ridge and furrow, 6.30. Group of four young bearded tits in reeds at Astley; little owl near kestrel on fence up hillside near trailer gate.

    Comment by Brian Needham — June 26, 2020 @ 11:01 am | Reply

  24. Late news from June 23rd. Two juv Stonechats: one on Western Reedbed (MB) and one on fence by Eastern reedbed

    Comment by Dave Hunter — June 25, 2020 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  25. At least two gropper reeling and seen very briefly last night (23rd) at around 10:00pm, bottom of Astley between first and second bench.

    Comment by Owen Watson — June 24, 2020 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

    • Thank you and we’ll done to everyone involved in the 2019 Report. I do like the new format and it must have been a lot of hard work and is a credit to you all. Joan Fine

      Comment by Joan Fine — June 25, 2020 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  26. Common Tern pair on Causeway Isle showing signs of hatching, but no chicks seen due to vegetation. Female shuffling around and male returning to mate three times in half an hour. Each time the male flew over Caroline Bridge each time. 25 days falls within the 20-26 days incubation period. Another pair has moved within three feet of the original pair.

    Comment by petegriff — June 24, 2020 @ 1:14 am | Reply

    • Common Sandpiper near Caroline spit early morning.

      Comment by Jim Welford — June 24, 2020 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

    • Late news from Mon 22 June in the rabbit Warren brambles, probable Cetti’s fledgling, after checking photos of ‘Sylvia’ juvs. Dark brown with yellow cere and ‘tacking’. Juv Blackcap in same area on Wed. Great Crested Grebe missing from Rocky Island yest.

      Comment by petegriff — June 26, 2020 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  27. Juvenile Yellow Wagtail on the Trailer Gate at 8:20 this morning.

    Comment by Steve Cribbin — June 23, 2020 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  28. Gropper reeling tonight – started at 9:55pm below hillside between first wooden bench and black bench. Sounded like there were 2.

    Comment by Pauline Hogg — June 21, 2020 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  29. Siskin over Swillington Organic Farm this lunchtime

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 19, 2020 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

  30. On a cool damp blustery afternoon there were more than a hundred swifts over the main lake and crossroads.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — June 19, 2020 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  31. PUBLIC footpath between Great and Little Preston is posted as closed quoting covid 19 and Leeds City Council. The sign is not ‘by order’ and is not on the Councils website so it is apparently done by the farmer and not the first time he has tried to close it.

    Comment by Julian — June 18, 2020 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  32. 12 male Common Scoter still in main bay, near Rocky island at 6.30. Pair of Common Tern on the island look to have been beaten by rising water level? Not helped by baffle removal near the splitter pond? GCG is still holding on, with pair adding material all the time. Tern pair still sitting on Causeway Isle, due to hatch in next few days, joined by another pair nearby. Fingers crossed.

    Comment by petegriff — June 17, 2020 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  33. A Knot, still in non-breeding plumage, was feeding along the bund between the North and Middle Ings this morning, nearby two Snipe displaying.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 15, 2020 @ 8:55 pm | Reply

  34. Hobby over Little Preston 1600 hrs this aft, per Elizabeth Martin.

    Comment by John Martin — June 15, 2020 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

    • Probably the same one I saw. It was heading that way around the same time.

      Comment by David Musgrove — June 16, 2020 @ 8:39 am | Reply

  35. A bittern stood out by the side of the path near the cross roads was a surprise this afternoon. It soon disappeared after being mobbed by gulls. A hobby over the hillside was the only other noteworthy sighting.
    Noteworthy by abscence was a complete lack of swifts or hirundines over Astley, the Reed beds or R&F.

    Comment by David Musgrove — June 15, 2020 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  36. Honey Buzzard soaring before coming down just this side of Goody Cross.

    Comment by Julian Pickering — June 14, 2020 @ 7:10 pm | Reply

  37. A Water Rail was showing well on the western reed bed footpath at the dogleg. There were 3 LRP,s on Astley and a single bird in Black pipe Bay.

    Comment by Vaughan — June 14, 2020 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

  38. A new brood of Pochard (six ducklings) and a Peregrine carrying prey off to the south were the highlights this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 13, 2020 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  39. Two Spoonbills on the spit at Skelton Lake and one on the Stint Islands at Astley Lake. Little Egrets at Astley and Lowther Lakes. A Cuckoo was singing from the ox-bow at Lowther then from further down towards Allerton Bywater, with presumably the same bird heading back up the valley a few minutes later when singing from Saville Tip. The water level has gone up slightly in the Main Lake. The Great Crested Grebe and Common Tern nests on the small rocky island are ok for now but if we get the rain forecast for the next couple of days they could be in trouble.

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 12, 2020 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  40. 2 Little Terns fishing on the Eastern Reedbed at 17:50 until 18:15 at least.
    In the same area a juv Bearded Tit showed really close at the side of the path.
    Little Egret feeding at the side of the river near Methley Bridge.

    Comment by jim munro — June 10, 2020 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  41. Little Tern , Eastern reedbed 17:00

    Comment by Paul Bradley — June 10, 2020 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  42. Yesterday during a 6-hour visit, although many hirundines noted, only 2 swallows over the entire period seen. Also very dark imm female marsh harrier and 2 spoonbills together on ridge and furrow.

    Comment by Tony O'Neill — June 10, 2020 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

  43. A cuckoo (JP) flew west past the warren late afternoon.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — June 9, 2020 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  44. Two Canada x Barnacle Geese hybrids flew up the valley, picked up on the unfamiliar call. Still plenty of Swifts and a few Sand and House Martins, but where are the Swallows?

    Comment by Paul Morris — June 8, 2020 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

    • Possibly the deaths of thousands of migrating birds over Greece in early April hit by high winds may be a factor – but that affected swifts too. Certainly I have seen very few swallows this year.

      Comment by Brian Needham. — June 8, 2020 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

    • There is a family of geese on the R&F, one adult is Canada × Greylag and the other Greylag. It’s going to get confusing!

      Southern Africa is into it’s third year of drought so it is possible that swallows have been hit hard on their wintering grounds.

      Comment by blah833593197 — June 8, 2020 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

  45. Spoonbill flew over Astley at 10:30 and appeared to land in Swillington Park. Also LRP and Dunlin on the Chain Islands.

    Comment by Dave Hunter — June 8, 2020 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  46. A rather wet WeBS count this morning. Bittern flew out of the western end of the West Reedbed and a juvenile male Bearded Tit was calling from the East Reedbed near the Splitter Pond.Just two Little Egrets -East RB and Lemonroyd Lake.

    Comment by sibgchairman — June 7, 2020 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  47. Adult spoonbill again on middle Ings this morning.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 7, 2020 @ 11:46 am | Reply

  48. Drake Garganey on channel at eastern end of R & F yesterday evening. Passage of swift westwards.

    Comment by Tony Stones — June 6, 2020 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  49. Ad Mediterranean Gull briefly in the river from the Woodlesford Lock viewing platform at 5pm. Came down on the gravel for a bathe and a drink, then left heading in the direction of Astley Lake.

    Comment by Reuben Mew — June 5, 2020 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  50. WhatsApp

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 5, 2020 @ 10:29 am | Reply

    • I don’t think the watsapp group should be used for records. We already have a good website for them and starting another platform will only cause confusion and omissions from the original site

      Comment by Dave Hunton — June 5, 2020 @ 11:09 am | Reply

      • Agree with Dave, there are already quite enough communications routes weakening our reporting lines, should aim at one definitive electronic log (the website).

        Comment by GordonR — June 5, 2020 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

      • In addition, the benefit of the website is that it is ‘open to all’.

        Comment by Reuben Mew — June 5, 2020 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

      • I support the responses made already. Although intended, I’m sure, to be an addition to, and not a replacement for, the website sightings page, in practice it will weaken and confuse the sharing of information which will exclude some people in the process.

        Comment by Andrew Ross — June 6, 2020 @ 8:12 am | Reply

      • The request came from a member who doesn’t use or want to use Twitter or Facebook but who would like up-to-date information when he visits. The entry does say ‘to consider using’. There is a limit to how many people can be included in Graham’s group texts (used to be 30 – above that there is a charge for sending an i-message). The WordPress website is often only updated after people have left the site, sometimes the following day.The current arrangements work very well for me but it would seem not for everyone, Can those who have commented suggest a solution that would?

        Comment by sibgchairman — June 6, 2020 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  51. Hobby went north low at Astley also drake Garganey ,a pair of Teal, Blackwit and LRP here. Single Spoonbill on the r&f still.

    Comment by Vaughan — June 4, 2020 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  52. Afternoon: June 3rd
    Black-tailed Godwit Astley. In stiff NE breeze Black Tern Main Lake, also 1st summer type tern seen distantly -probable ‘Portlandica’ Arctic Tern. Drake Garganey and Spoonbill on R&F towards dusk

    Comment by sibgchairman — June 4, 2020 @ 12:08 am | Reply

  53. Single Bearded Tit showing well in reeds at pathside between ERB and R&F.

    Comment by Dale Goodwin — June 3, 2020 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  54. Late news from yesterday, 2nd June.
    The Purple Heron dropped into the Lowther area but was later picked up circling over, gaining height then flew off to the east.
    Other birds seen on r&f were spoonbill, 2 drake Garganey, female shoveler with 2 young, drake teal with female briefly and 2 snipe

    Comment by Dave Hunton — June 3, 2020 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  55. A rather distressing sight on the river today, a family of Canada Geese with their goslings went into the water as we sat on the bank, but there was one hidden in the bank, one of the adults went over to it, and chased it to the bank and made sure it couldn’t join the rest. The poor thing struggled to swim out but it was deformed, on wing sticking out and possibly one leg deformed. It couldn’t get out and the adult chased it back and they left it. Then a swan came along, and went up to it calling to it. Not sure what this was, it stayed quite while then left it alone, didn’t seem aggressive. Nothing we could have done, I guess this nature but very strange!

    Comment by Kathy Genn — June 2, 2020 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  56. An interesting view of a Common Tern sitting on the eastern end of Causeway Island, viewable from the Rabbit Warren. I saw the male do a change-over, revealing 3 grey/green eggs. Not sure how long they’ve been sitting, but within 3 weeks we could have chicks here. The good thing is that most Black-headed Gulls have their chicks now, so territorial fighting will be less of a problem

    Comment by petegriff — June 2, 2020 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  57. C450 Gadwall flew in from Astley area after being disturbed by gunshots c5.30.Common Tern pairs on Causeway isle and Rocky isle.

    Comment by petegriff — June 2, 2020 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

    • The gunshots were fireworks Pete, in the car park area before going onto the Canal, the one after you’ve passed the hide. I was on the bench at Green Sluice.

      Comment by Paul Bradley — June 3, 2020 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

      • Thanks Paul, that explains why they finished abruptly.

        Comment by petegriff — June 3, 2020 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  58. A photograph of this morning’s Purple Heron is now in the gallery

    Comment by Dave Hunton — June 2, 2020 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  59. At around 11:20am as I was stood on the path between the eastern reedbed and the balance reservoir, a Purple Heron flew past, initially heading north towards the hillside it quickly turned sharp right and flew east over the reedbed, then the ridge and furrow and towards the main bay.
    Also seen this morning 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Cetti’s, 2 Water Rail and 1 Spoonbill. Bittern heard booming briefly.

    Comment by jim munro — June 2, 2020 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  60. Three Ring necked Parakeets in gardens at Little Preston this morning.
    Also of note a tailless Common Swift over the last few days, feeding over the village and area towards Astley Lane. Looks very odd and gave rise to suspicions of a much rarer sp.

    Comment by John Martin — June 2, 2020 @ 8:52 am | Reply

    • That’s useful to know John. I’ve just released a swift with a couple of missing tail feathers and was wondering g how it would manage. It was fine and knowing they’re ok with no tail reallly helps.

      Comment by Linda Jenkinson — June 2, 2020 @ 11:40 am | Reply

  61. Of interest the Swilly Lister’s Blog league tables have been updated with the latest information received on who has seen what species for the year, obviously the Lockdown has had an effect on the coverage the site has had with several lister’s unable to visit the site during the peak spring migration.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 1, 2020 @ 7:07 pm | Reply

  62. 2 Spoonbills on the north Ings and later a single bird on the north shore of the main lake. A drake Garganey was at the east end of the main lake and a female Teal was on Astley. A pair of Redshank where with 3 young on the south Ings and a pair of LRP’s were near the crossroads.
    Green Woodpecker in the trees on the south lakeside.

    Comment by Vaughan — May 31, 2020 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  63. Male Wheatear still on North Ings this morning.
    Goldcrest bred Little Preston garden with female feeding two young yesterday.

    Comment by John Martin — May 31, 2020 @ 9:52 am | Reply

  64. 4-Spot Chaser this morning, Gropper Corner. Dingy Skipper, half-way between Caroline Nridge and Warren. Both record early sightings I think.

    Comment by johnbrierley — May 2, 2020 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  65. The digital version of the 2019 SIBG Report has just been released. If you are or have recently been a member of SIBG and haven’t received an email today please update your email address using the ‘Contact the Chairman’ link in the navigation panel to the right of this message.

    Comment by sibgchairman — April 9, 2020 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  66. In view of the current coronavirus situation it has been decided to close the hide until further notice.

    Comment by sibgchairman — March 22, 2020 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

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