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  1. Today’s sighting of a Mandarin on the river was in fact a Wood Duck. Photo in gallery.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — July 23, 2017 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

    • Mandarin on Wednesday, Wood Duck today, has there been a mass break out ?

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 23, 2017 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  2. On Astley this evening, two Black-tailed Godwit, two Common Sandpiper and single Dunlin. There were also 84 Lapwing visible from the hide, probably well in excess of 100 with those out of sight.

    Comment by Rob P — July 23, 2017 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  3. Highlights from this mornings WEBS count at Lowther Lake (Carp Fishery) Bittern and Willow Tit .

    Comment by John Martin — July 23, 2017 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

    • Surely you mean Carp factory;)

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — July 23, 2017 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  4. Male mandarin up river, right side, from shan house bridge stood on submerged debris (3:30pm)

    Comment by mike pullan — July 23, 2017 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

    • Sorry about the mis-ID, I’ve just been told it’s a wood duck.

      Comment by mike pullan — July 23, 2017 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

  5. Black Tern again this morning seen at varies spots down the ings, drake scaup still on main lake.
    An interesting warbler call on the eastern reedbed by the crossroads, but only reed warbler seen.
    Grasshopper warbler singing from bottom of hillside at lunchtime.
    10 black tailed godwit flew straight through east at around 12pm.
    Peregrine present again.
    4 common sandpipers (main lake) & 1 turnstone (lagoon).

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 23, 2017 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  6. Late news Wednesday 19th. Mick Noble photographed a Mandarin off the main causeway on Lemonroyd lake. Pics in gallery.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — July 22, 2017 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  7. Black Tern Astley but still very mobile.
    Drake Scaup main lake.
    5 Blackwits over the reserve.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 22, 2017 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  8. No sign all day of the Caspian Tern.
    Black Tern, Marsh Harrier, Garganey & Whimbrel other Highlights today.

    The Swilly Listers page has been updated with the latest additions including the Caspian Tern. Also the Members Life Lists Table has been updated with the addition of the Caspian Tern plus a few other updates.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 21, 2017 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

  9. No sightings of Caspian Tern from 5am

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 21, 2017 @ 8:04 am | Reply

  10. Caspian Tern again in roost on Astley but same as Tuesday, everything flushed and Tern lost to sight (BE)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 20, 2017 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

    • In addition this evening, Brent Goose dropped onto main lake and juvenile Marsh Harrier over r&f. Two Common Sandpiper on lagoon island and one on south shore with a Ringed Plover.

      Comment by Rob P — July 20, 2017 @ 10:57 pm | Reply

  11. 4.30pm Caspian Tern still flying around Astley Lake before heading South towards Warren. Also Black Tern still present, young female Peregrine, Hobby and Red Kite all over Astley area.

    Comment by Gary Vause — July 20, 2017 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

    • Photo’s in the Gallery of the above birds, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, Peregrine.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 20, 2017 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

  12. Brilliant flight shot of Caspian Tern by Andy Hood, see Twitter feed on the right hand side of the page below the page menu.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 20, 2017 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  13. Caspian Tern main lake most of the morning, heavy rain hampering birders searching for the bird, good views had by those who braved the conditions. The Tern was back on Astley mid afternoon ( RDH).
    A drake Scaup was reported on main lake by Glynn Taylor and his group.
    Black Tern still present but mobile. Greylag Goose with neck ring PZA opposite the hide on river bank this morning.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm | Reply

  14. The Caspian Tern was at the eastern end of the main lake at 07.45. Other birds were limited but included Ringed Plover 1, Common Sandpiper 3, Black Tern 1, Red Kite 1, Grasshopper Warbler singing at the base of the hill, Little Owl and Kingfisher. The Red Kite was in heavy primary moult and was trailing some strands (plastic/grass?).

    Comment by Paul Doherty — July 20, 2017 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  15. Caspian Tern again on Astley this morning (PB)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 20, 2017 @ 8:08 am | Reply

  16. Dave McMahon photographed a Wood Sandpiper on the south side of Main Lake at 14.40 today. Pic in gallery

    Comment by Dave Hunton — July 19, 2017 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  17. Thank you to everyone who came for the Caspian Tern today, it was great to see so many faces (old & new!!) and it looks like a great day was had by all!

    If anyone wants to join the group, membership for the year is only £5 and includes the fabulous previous years bird report, and also the access code to the hide. For an extra £2.50 we will post your report out to you! It’s a bargain really! All money goes comes to the Bird Group for hide maintenance, management of Astley Lake (which is also funded by RSPB), and further west up the valley, purchasing of bird food and production of the annual report (which is also subsidised by Biffa). Details of how to join are on the “Application Form” tab under the noticeboard on the right hand side, or you can click here – https://sibg1.wordpress.com/notice-board/application-form/ Online banking is available, or you can use the traditional method of a cheque.

    Anyone twitching the Tern tomorrow good luck, but the bird appeared to be roosting on Astley at 21:20 which is what it did last night. Unless any members are down early, the hide will be locked so you will have to view from the bank. (so you may as well join up now!) 😉

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 19, 2017 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

  18. John Ingham’s first Caspian Tern pic in the gallery also appears to show a juvenile Med Gull left hand side foreground (Gary Leach)

    Comment by Dave Hunton — July 19, 2017 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

    • Looks like a med gull to me!

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — July 19, 2017 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  19. Also this afternoon a very nice Sanderling in sum plum at the back of large island Astley, and a Black Tern still present aswell.

    Comment by jim munro — July 19, 2017 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  20. In other news, Marsh Harrier over Astley late morning, Green Woodpecker on path at Methley copse about 08:30, male and female Sparrowhawk active across site early morning.

    Comment by Jim Welford — July 19, 2017 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

  21. Caspian Tern on lagoon islands main lake St Aidans – 6.30am
    It appears the bird had roosted on Astley Lake, was picked up earlier but flew east and relocated on the Main Lake.

    UPDATE bird flown East again 6:50 towards Fairburn

    ANOTHER UPDATE Caspian Tern at main lake St Aidans near new sluice 7:18 (JMS)

    FLOWN WEST and appeared to go down on BLACK PIPE BAY @ 7:47

    Continued WEST towards Astley @7:50

    8:07 Caspian Tern back on Astley. Will update when I can but going to work now

    Caspian Tern still on Astley at 9:10 (per John McLoughlin)

    9:50 – Actively fishing over Astley

    10:05 flown east towards main lake
    10:13 fishing over Western Reedbed – St Aidans. (per John Ingham)
    11:06 Back on Astley (per Gavin Orr)

    13:50 Caspian Tern still present on Astley Lake

    14:30 Caspian Tern STILL present on Astley Lake – on chain islands (per GYL)

    15:00 flown east toward main lake at St Aidan’s.
    15:50 – back on Astley Lake

    18:50 Still on the chain islands Astley lake.
    21:00 Still present on Astley, presumably roosting overnight.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 19, 2017 @ 6:38 am | Reply

  22. Photo in the Gallery from tonight of the Caspian Tern.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 18, 2017 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

    • is the Caspian tern still present

      Comment by Richard Harrison — July 19, 2017 @ 10:44 am | Reply

  23. After receiving the message that the Caspian Tern had flown west through Fairburn just before 9pm this evening, I dashed down to Astley on the off chance. Initial couple of scans through the gulls didn’t show anything unusual, but on the third sweep of Large Island, a large tern picked its head up and revealed a large red bill. I managed to get the news out and grab a better record shot before DA arrived. It seemed to go into roost, head tucked in and looked settled. Thankfully he got it before everything flushed up, and the Tern was lost.
    We had a really good look through everything, and nothing seemed to leave either east nor west, so we imagine it came back down and went to roost behind the hump on large island out of view from the hide.
    Sorry to everyone who made the journey we couldn’t relocate but worth while I think checking at first light

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 18, 2017 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  24. Think I need to retire! Great result Paul.
    In other news: late afternoon saw four Common Sandpiper hiding in reeds on south shore of main lake. A Greenshank on black pipe bay. Juvenile Marsh Harrier over eastern reedbed. Five Little Egret flew over from NW between 17:00 & 18:30, only one came down on hidden pond.

    Comment by Rob P — July 18, 2017 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  25. Caspian Tern on Astley lake now (RDH)

    Comment by Dave Hunton — July 18, 2017 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  26. Following a report last night of a ‘large red-billed tern’ flying west over Fairburn Ings late evening Caspian Tern was on my mind this morning. Having checked Skelton Lake, Astley Lake and the Main Lake without success I decided to go to the ‘dark side’ (Fairburn Ings) to look for the Cattle Egret, so headed back to the hide car park. I thought that it was worth one last check of the resting gulls on Large Island at Astley Lake and almost immediately came across a stonking red bill. Knowing what I’d found, I checked a few more features and then put the news out at about 0950hrs. The bird was sitting on the island seeming quite settled and allowed several of the closest locals to get down before, at about 1020hrs, it was disturbed and took flight. Initially it looked liked it was just fishing and would return to roost, but after a minute or so is flew off over the Astley spillway then south over the river before swinging round and headed west up the valley. When the bird stood up what looked like a red ring was noticeable on the left leg, which seemingly ties in with other reports in the last week or so. I suspect most people have a few birds that they dream of finding on their local patch, this was certainly one of mine (Lesser Yellowlegs next hopefully).

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 18, 2017 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

    • Well done Paul and full marks for perseverance – pity I missed it.

      Comment by Gordon — July 18, 2017 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

    • I forgot to mention that Mr Haigh owes me a pint from his ‘new bird sweep’ winnings.

      Comment by Paul Morris — July 18, 2017 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

      • Caspian reported again tonight heading west from Fairburn. Back to roost?

        Comment by Jim Welford — July 18, 2017 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

        • well prophesised!

          Comment by Dave Hunton — July 18, 2017 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  27. Still no sign of the Caspian Tern by 16:30 .
    juvenile Redstart still present at Skelton lake at 15:30 on the Southern bank by the sluice.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 18, 2017 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  28. Still no further sign of Caspian Tern. Flew west following the canal toward Leeds c10:20. More details to follow later I’m sure.
    Redstart reported southern end of Skelton Lake nr sluice this morning

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 18, 2017 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

    • Perhaps the worst record shot in the history of bad record shots of the Caspian Tern in the gallery. Also the juv Redstart.

      Comment by Dave Hunton — July 18, 2017 @ 2:19 pm | Reply

  29. 95 Black Tailed Godwit Astley Lake (14.00), Black Tern also. 4 Curlew Main Lake (12.00).

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 17, 2017 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

    • May have been part of the same group but 28 Black-tailed Godwits on Main Lake Lagoon Island 20:00
      Also at least 185 Gadwall on East Reedbed

      Comment by sibgchairman — July 17, 2017 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

      • The Blackwits flew from Astley at 19:20 and split into two groups. Smaller group appeared to drop onto r&f, larger group went over river heading SE. Sixteen more came high over hide from NW at 19:30 and looked to continue down the valley.

        Comment by Rob P — July 17, 2017 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  30. A party of six Common Sandpipers at Skelton Lake this morning, with three more at St. Aidan’s. Also at St. Aidan’s the eclipse Garganey, a juvenile Marsh Harrier and a Hobby. At Astley Lake a breeding-plumaged islandica Black-tailed Godwit was looking particularly splendid.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 17, 2017 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  31. Early morning saw eight Ringed Plover, including a juvenile, which was on its own near the new sluice. Two Common Sandpiper on the main spit along with single Redshank. Two Dunlin on main bay with single Curlew.
    This evening the Common Sandpiper and Dunlin remained. A Greenshank flew over the causeway and appeared to land on the south shore, near Caroline spit. Sparrowhawk flew over river near Lemonroyd bridge.

    Comment by Rob P — July 16, 2017 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

    • Adult yellow-legged gull on lagoon island and drake garganey main lake this evening.

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — July 16, 2017 @ 10:20 pm | Reply

      • Juvenile LRP on R&F near end of causeway

        Comment by sibgchairman — July 16, 2017 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  32. Black Tern at Skelton lake this afternoon. Around 30 House Martin over Dunstan Hills in Temple Newsam (most I’ve seen this year) and 2 Red Kite over Shroggs. Two juvenile Willow Tit close to boards below storytelling area.

    Comment by Rob P — July 14, 2017 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  33. Early morning at the Main Lake produced 2 Garganey at the E end, 3 Little Egrets, 6 Ringed Plover, 1 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpipers, Hobby, Black Tern and Kingfisher. Also 880 Starlings flew E and S soon after dawn.

    Comment by Paul Doherty — July 13, 2017 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  34. Main Lake 17.00 – 8 black tailed godwits (summer plumage), 3 curlew, 3 redshank, 1 common sandpiper. Black tern over Balance Reservoir mid afternoon.

    Comment by Dave McMahon — July 12, 2017 @ 8:51 pm | Reply

  35. A few images of the White Winged Black Tern now in the Gallery.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 11, 2017 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

  36. I had an adult summer plumage White winged Black Tern on Astley Lake heading west at 1 pm but lost it in heavy rain. Glad to hear it was relocated at Skelton Lake later. Also adult Bittern flying over the reed bed and 2 juv Bearded Tits. 3 Little Owls near visitor centre

    Comment by Phil Espin — July 11, 2017 @ 5:07 pm | Reply

    • HI Phil, Thank you for reporting this bird, it gave the local members the chance of looking for it, and luckily it was relocated by (PRM the local recorder) at Skelton Lake. Black Tern also present at Skelton.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 11, 2017 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

    • That’s a great day Phil & WWBT is a brilliant find! Nice one. RDH

      Comment by Rob Hunton — July 11, 2017 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  37. Black Tern again at Astley Lake, beginning to moult out of breeding plumage. Two Ringed Plovers and six Dunlins at St. Aidan’s.
    Whilst standing by the crossroads I heard splashing behind me. When I investigated I found a Mute Swan had fallen into the sluice from the eastern reedbed. I contacted the Visitor’s Centre, but by the time the Assistant Warden arrived the bird had disappeared into the tunnel taking water from the eastern reedbed to the main lake. When we lifted the metal flap at the other end of the tunnel the swan swam out, followed by a Canada Goose! Both birds seemed OK, despite the ordeal. Now that the danger is known RSPB should be netting off the top of the sluice to prevent this happening again, but until that happens it is worth keeping an eye on this and the other sluices across the site.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 10, 2017 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

  38. Afternoon shift produced the dark-bellied Brent Goose on the main lake. Originally on the water with a flock of 90 greylag by the new sluice, it stayed with them and set up camp on the north bank of the main lake.
    Also in the area, 5 common sandpiper, 7 curlew, 1 dunlin, 1 ringed Plover & 2 redshank.
    1 Wigeon also in Black pipe bay

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 9, 2017 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  39. Bittern flew from edge of western reedbed this evening. Peregrine over eastern reedbed, mobbed by gulls and terns, before causing murmaration of Starlings.

    Comment by Rob P — July 8, 2017 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  40. 0730 Common Sandpiper on spit near x-roads main lake
    Family of Bearded Reedlings Eastern reedbed near x-roads
    Little Owls again in usual habitat.
    Marbled White butterfly near Dragline.

    Comment by Mick Noble — July 8, 2017 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

    • First common Sandpiper moved to main spit and was joined by two more (JB). Four Curlew on main bay.

      Comment by Rob P — July 8, 2017 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  41. Dark-bellied Brent Goose on black pipe bay this lunchtime, mixing with Canada Geese (not the main flock).
    1 dunlin on main bay and 1 wigeon in black pipe bay.

    A tawny owl was dead on Astley lane, collision with a vehicle by the look of it

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 8, 2017 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  42. More images of Butterflies, Moth’s & Insects including Pink Grasshopper in the Gallery.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 7, 2017 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  43. Second-summer Mediterranean Gull again at Skelton Lake this morning, then flew off towards Leeds.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 7, 2017 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  44. Summer plumaged Spotted Redshank main lake this morning, (JMS, INS).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 7, 2017 @ 1:03 pm | Reply

  45. Adult Mediterranean Gull on Astley Lake & Black Tern still mobile around the site.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 6, 2017 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  46. Early morning at the main lake produced Canada Goose 334, Goldeneye 1 (female), Ringed Plover 9, Ruff 2 males, Dunlin 2, Black-tailed Godwit 3, Common Sandpiper 2, Little Egret 1, Sandwich Tern 1 briefly at about 6am.

    Comment by Paul Doherty — July 6, 2017 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

    • Also juv Peregrine hunting the area.

      Comment by Paul Doherty — July 6, 2017 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

  47. Sandwich Tern went west over central causeway at 9:30, 2 Greenshank south and 6 Curlew main lake

    Comment by vaughan — July 6, 2017 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  48. 21 Shelduck flew west at 21:00. Two Common Sandpiper Main Lake

    Comment by sibgchairman — July 5, 2017 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  49. Black bellied brent goose on main lake little ringed plover on r&f adult and 2 juvenile little owls showing well on drag line

    Comment by jockslad — July 5, 2017 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  50. A second-summer Mediterranean Gull on the spit at Skelton Lake this morning had different dark marks in the primaries to the regular St. Aidan’s bird (which was in its usual location later on). Also on the Main Lake at St. Aidan’s (in addition to the Brent Goose) was a Ringed Plover and a group of six Redshanks on the north bank and a new brood of three Gadwall on the main spit.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 4, 2017 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  51. Please can I remind you about “Not” reporting Schedule 1 (Rare) Breeding Birds on this page or any other social media site. Thank you.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 4, 2017 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  52. Brent Goose ( Dark Bellied ) on the main lake again this morning, (PRM ).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 4, 2017 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  53. 3 little owl in compound afternoon; hobby over hillside 6.30pm July 3.

    Comment by Brian Needham — July 3, 2017 @ 9:42 pm | Reply

  54. No Brent goose for me this evening, perhaps it had melted in the afternoon sun?? 😉 but a minimum of 244 Canada Geese on the Main Lake, 186 Greylag geese, 1 Canada x Greylag hybrid Goose.
    1 Common Sandpiper on the bulge.
    1 Common Buzzard flew west up station road and over Methley Triangle towards the marina

    Comment by Rob Hunton — July 3, 2017 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

    • Peregrine was over r&f, went to ground after being mobbed by gulls. Two curlew over Astley at 7pm.

      Comment by Rob P — July 3, 2017 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  55. A dark-bellied Brent Goose was at Astley Lake and then flew to the ridge and furrow area this morning. Presumably this same bird had been recorded in the hide logbook on 26th June, but the entry seems to have gone unnoticed until today. A new brood of Pochard (six young) and two new Tufted Duck broods (six and one) at Astley Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — July 3, 2017 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  56. New images in the Gallery of Butterflies, Moth’s, Dragon & Damselflies plus a few Birds from the weekend.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 2, 2017 @ 11:52 pm | Reply

  57. Black Tern still present today Astley lake.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — July 2, 2017 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

    • 20+ Blackwits circled Astley for a while about 11:30 and then departed, 23 reported at Fairburn later. Small amounts of blueish green scum developing on Lemonroyd by the causeway path, not certain it’s the algae but reported to visitor centre for them to check out.

      Comment by Jim Welford — July 2, 2017 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

  58. Two second summer Yellow-legged Gulls on the main lake this evening one with adult type bill and one with dark in bill – must be more amongst 100s of mobile large gulls in the area. Avocet with 2 chicks still on Astley, Shelduckling still surviving, 1 Buzzard over Swilly park.

    Comment by Paul Bagguley — July 1, 2017 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  59. 42 Blackwits reported on main bay this morning (RSPB)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — June 30, 2017 @ 8:57 pm | Reply

    • Report was from last night.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — June 30, 2017 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  60. Hobby over Beck Cottage Little Preston late afternoon.
    Plus family party of Goldcrest ,3young.

    Comment by John Martin — June 23, 2017 @ 10:27 pm | Reply

    • Thought I caught a glimpse of a hobby on hillside last night but it disappeared behind trees before I could confirm it.

      Comment by Andy Hopkinson — June 24, 2017 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  61. Also Stoat ran across path at bottom of hillside

    Comment by sibgchairman — April 26, 2017 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  62. Pete Griffin

    23/03/17 Mink observed from hide stalking Mallards.
    Pics available

    Comment by Mick Noble — March 25, 2017 @ 11:52 am | Reply

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