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  1. Short eared Owl on Hillside at first light, Male Grey partridge calling also on Hillside, another (possibly 2)on R&F.
    Later Green Sandpiper at Waste Water Plant and Tawny Owl nearby.

    Comment by John Martin — February 20, 2017 @ 4:58 pm | Reply

  2. 45 Waxwings still present this morning at Swillington lane / Wakefield road junction, birds are very mobile and seem to be ranging further afield for longer periods.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 20, 2017 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  3. There were 45 Waxwings this morning at the bottom of Swillington lane. A 1st year Glaucous Gull flew up the valley from the south mid-morning (MB), Long-tailed Duck on Lemonroyd still, Great White and Little Egret on Ridge and furrow, Black-necked Grebe on eastern reedbed. Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite and Buzzard over site.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — February 19, 2017 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  4. More Waxwings! c25 flew NE over Little Preston at 1415Hrs and further group of c20 flew on a similar heading at 1505 Hrs.

    Comment by John Martin — February 19, 2017 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  5. Several photo’s of today’s Waxwings in the Gallery.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 18, 2017 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

  6. Scaup still at Skelton.
    Green Sandpiper on a pool in Lemonroyd WWTW compound, with a Chiffchaff singing in the plantation there.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 18, 2017 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  7. L.T. Duck still on Lemonroyd. B.N. Grebe still Eastern Reedbed. 1 Pink Foot on hillside.
    4 Stonechat on site with 3 Little Egret.
    Lowther Wed. 21 Goldeneye and 6 Gooseander.
    Astley Stables 26 Blackbird in 1st Coach road field.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — February 18, 2017 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

  8. 29 Waxwings near junction of Swillington Lane and Wakefield Rd this morning from 0945 until mid day at least. Three + were present yesterday evening in same area.
    A touch of spring this morning with N bound Jackdaw 2 and Wood Pigeon 7 over Little Preston. Also a Reed Bunting on garden feeders.

    Comment by John Martin — February 18, 2017 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

    • 31 Waxwings present at 15:00.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 18, 2017 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  9. Long Tailed Duck on Lemonroyd lake again this morning.
    Black Necked Grebe still on the eastern reedbed.
    Two White Fronted Geese this evening on the hillside before being flushed onto the ridge n furrow, ( JB).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  10. 8 Waxwings flew over Fleet lane late morning, heading in the direction of Rothwell sports centre. A Green Woodpecker flew up from Methley copse and a Peregrine was on the ridge and furrow again. There were 4 Oystercatchers on the main bay and probably a different 4 at Skelton, where there was also a Little Egret and 1 Snipe.

    Comment by jim munro — February 16, 2017 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  11. 5.30pm on 14/02/17 – Short Eared Owl around hillside and patrolling over reeds before having a ‘dog fight’ with a Kestrel. Male Marsh Harrier flying over reeds slightly earlier. Large flocks of Herring Gulls and Lesser Blackbacked Gulls gathering at dusk along with small Starling murmeration near crossroads.

    Comment by Richard O — February 15, 2017 @ 8:50 am | Reply

  12. Bittern booming on western reedbed around 15:45, first I’ve heard this year. Two marsh harrier over beds. Short eared owl over hillside and then barn owl behind visitor centre at dusk.

    Comment by Rob P — February 14, 2017 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  13. Scaup still on Skelton black necked grebe redshank and goosander on eastern reedbed mistle thrush and stoat down old Ashley lane

    Comment by jockslad — February 14, 2017 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

  14. A Cetti’s Warbler singing in an area with no public access was a new bird for the year. Three Chiffchaffs nearby.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 14, 2017 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

  15. Late record.
    Lark singing near Bowers lake 12.2.17

    Comment by Caroline Smithson — February 13, 2017 @ 9:17 pm | Reply

  16. The Scaup was still at Skelton Lake and an adult Iceland Gull (with quite a bit of light brown streaking on head and breast) was in with about 300 large gulls.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 13, 2017 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

    • Long Tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd lake this morning.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 13, 2017 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  17. Long-tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd Lake and Black-necked Grebe remains on the Eastern Reedbed. Red Kite over Swillington Park at 0830. No sign of yesterday’s Waxwings

    Comment by sibgchairman — February 12, 2017 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  18. The Scaup was still at Skelton Lake this morning, but very few gulls there or around the Tip. Almost 50 Blackbirds, 65 Redwings and 25 Chaffinches in or feeding under hedges in that area.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 11, 2017 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  19. Waxwings first seen 0945 hrs,. no sign 1200 hrs. But always worth checking.

    Comment by John Martin — February 11, 2017 @ 1:06 pm | Reply

    • No sign at 14.30 but 2 aggressive Mistle Thrush guarding tree.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — February 11, 2017 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

    • Wheres the best place to see the waxwings please. Ive not seen them for years thanks

      Comment by trev cook — February 12, 2017 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  20. 5 Waxwings Primrose Hill gardens Swillington, (JM)

    Comment by Rob Leighton — February 11, 2017 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  21. Saw the harris hawk complete with jesses at Lowther today. Made its way upstream towards Swilly at about 10:15.

    Comment by Linda Jenkinson — February 10, 2017 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  22. The first-winter male Scaup remains at Skelton Lake, but no signs of yesterday’s two redhead Smews. Instead a pair of Smews (male and female) were on Lemonroyd Lake at St. Aidan’s to noon only, but no sign of the Long-tailed Duck there. Also at St. Aidan’s single Red Kite and Peregrine and 180 Golden Plovers. Black-necked Grebe still on the eastern reedbed and brief Bittern flight (per JB).

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 10, 2017 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

    • The Male & Female Smew flew towards Lowther area and could have come down on the river as they disappeared behind the trees seemingly getting lower in flight at 12:10 pm, ( GYL, DN).

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 10, 2017 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

      • Photo’s of yesterday’s and today’s Smews in the Gallery, ( mainly distant record shots).

        Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — February 10, 2017 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

  23. A very confiding Harris Hawk reported at Lowther Lake this morning by John Ingham

    Comment by sibgchairman — February 10, 2017 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  24. Willow Tit on the table at the Warren, Water Pipit on the causeway, Juv Peregrine on the ridge and furrow, B N Grebe still on the eastern reedbed, single Redshank and 2 Oystercatcher’s on the main bay.

    Comment by jim munro — February 9, 2017 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  25. At Skelton Lake this morning two redhead Smews (possibly both first-winter males) and the first-winter male Scaup still.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 9, 2017 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  26. The Long-tailed Duck was back on Skelton Lake this afternoon, along with the first-winter male Scaup. Over 50 Goldeneyes between Skelton and the Main Lake. One (at least) Water Pipit on the lagoon islands in the Main Lake during maintenance work this morning.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 8, 2017 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

    • Two Water Pipits on islands this am and another off Caroline Bridge. 3 Little Egrets on R&F

      Comment by John Martin — February 8, 2017 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

  27. Fledgling Starling murmuration over Western Reedbed this evening (1700hrs) 150-200 birds

    Comment by JK — February 7, 2017 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  28. After a couple of false starts in January some genuine Bean Geese today, with nine Tundras resting on the north Bank of the Main Lake. Also single Barnacle and Pink-foot in the goose flock on the hillside. The Great White Egret was back on the ridge and furrow area this afternoon. The trinity of Scaup, Black-necked Grebe and Long-tailed Duck are still in situ. Female Marsh Harrier and Red Kite over the reedbeds. Still at least four Stonechats and a flock of about 60 Meadow Pipits at the bottom of the hillside.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 7, 2017 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

    • The Bean Geese flew south off site at 16.10. They are thought to have landed in the vicinity so are maybe roosting with the Greylags. Hopefully they will be back on site tomorrow. Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl and Green Woodpecker seen on walk back to Dragline around 16.30.

      Comment by Dave Hunton — February 7, 2017 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

      • They all definitely all dropped down together, somewhere between lower mickletown & Castleford.
        As viewed from the rabbit warren, they dropped down directly in front of the two tall chimneys of Ferrybridge and looking on google maps, the fields around the oxbow lakes south-east of lower mickletown look likely to me.

        Comment by Rob Hunton — February 7, 2017 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  29. This evenings gull roost was quite small with birds still coming down the valley after dark, GBB c60, HG c800, CG 5 and rather surprisingly BHG 210. A bittern went to roost in Western Reed bed. 20+ Reed Bunts at feeder.

    Comment by John Martin — February 6, 2017 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

    • Plus Barnacle Goose and 31 Curlew

      Comment by John Martin — February 6, 2017 @ 8:00 pm | Reply

  30. Another misty morning meant a slow start and a visit to Temple Newsam woods, where visibility issues aren’t as important as over the lakes. It was fairly quiet, only a couple of small tit flocks and single Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch, in the main wood so I wandered further afield than usual and located a Marsh Tit (one of the target birds of the visit), initially by call, in the field containing quite a bit of gorse on the left on the main Avenue path as you drop down from the rise after the Avenue Ponds.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 6, 2017 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  31. Long-tailed duck showing well 13:00 hrs. Lemonroyd lake, March harrier flew east to west across main causeway, Black-necked grebe Eastern reed bed, 2 Water pipit sewage along with several Mipit, Grey and Pied wag.

    Comment by Alan Tremethick — February 6, 2017 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

  32. Also yesterday an egret was feeding around the ponys on Pontefract Lane at lunch time causing an emergency stop.
    But it was a Little Egret.

    Comment by John Martin — February 6, 2017 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  33. Great white egret with two little egret late afternoon on r&f. Redshank on eastern reedbed again. Short eared owl near causeway interacting with gull. Marsh harrier over western reedbed. Meadow pipit, red kite, kestrel and two short eared owls on hillside, one seo worked r&f at sunset.

    Comment by Rob P — February 5, 2017 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  34. At Skelton Lake this morning, as well as the regular Scaup a Kittiwake was in with the loafing gulls. An interesting birds, showing small white tips to a couple of primaries in each wing – photo in gallery (thanks to Dave Hunton).
    At St. Aidan’s the Great White Egret finally gave itself up to the masses. Two skeins of Pink-footed Geese (about 300 in total) flew north-west. The Siberian Chiffchaff is still just upriver from the Astley Lake hide (MB).

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 5, 2017 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  35. Barn owl on hillside, then r&f this evening. Two short eared owls weren’t impressed.
    Lone redshank on eatern reedbed

    Comment by Rob P — February 4, 2017 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  36. A great raptor day. 5 buzzards over the hillside and another 5 over fields west of Rivers Meet. 2 kestrels, 1 sparrowhawk and a female peregrine on the ridge and furrow eating what looked like a moorhen.

    Comment by Linda Jenkinson — February 3, 2017 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

  37. Single Whooper Swan at the east end of the mail lake. Siberian Chiffchaff again just to the west of the hide

    Comment by vaughan — February 3, 2017 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  38. All the usual suspects this morning – Scaup on Skelton Lake, Long-tailed Duck on Lemonroyd Lock, Black-necked Grebe on the eastern reedbed.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 3, 2017 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  39. It was almost too misty to see Astley Lake from the hide this morning so I thought I’d check the riverbank for Water Rail and as I scanned across one popped out right on cue.

    Comment by Paul Morris — February 1, 2017 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  40. SEO on hillside 3pm.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — January 30, 2017 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

  41. Scaup at Skelton Lake again.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 30, 2017 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

    • Long Tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd lake and Siberian Chiffchaff still on the river bank just up from Astley lake hide.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 30, 2017 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

      • Two Sibe Chiffs at lunchtime, 14 Grey Partridge up track next to Newsam Green farm, c1000 gulls in field by Biffa tip but nearly all Herring Gulls with around 30-40 GBB gulls

        Comment by Gordon — January 30, 2017 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

  42. Scaup still at Skelton Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 29, 2017 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  43. Long tailed duck has returned to Lemonroyd lake this morning.
    MB had the Siberian chiffchaff again by the bend in the river 100 yards up stream of the hide.
    Water pipit on the main bay, 4 pintail, 1 redshank also here.
    Peregrine on the lagoon islands.
    1 Barnacle goose in with the Canada geese on the hillside.
    2 oystercatcher still on Astley

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 29, 2017 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

    • Definitely two Siberian Chiffchaff’s on the river bend this afternoon.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 29, 2017 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  44. The Long-tailed Duck was back on Skelton Lake this morning, also the first-winter Scaup is still there.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 27, 2017 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

  45. I’m well on with the 2016 report, but as usual am struggling to say much about several of the commoner species, mainly due to the lack of records submitted for them. If anyone has counts from the gull roost or starling murmurations for example, I would be pleased to receive them. Also anything concerning pigeons/doves, tits, corvids – numbers, odd behaviour or plumage, birds out of the normal range, etc.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 26, 2017 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

    • Starling murmurations – 4/10/16 1500 – 2000, 15/11/16 4-5000 looking @ some photos & video

      Comment by JK — January 26, 2017 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  46. Siberian/eastern Chiffchaff still at bend on river above hide with Common Chiffchaff nearby. Willow Tit coming to seed at Rabbit Warren, Long-tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd lake, Black-necked Grebe on eastern reedbed and the Whitefronts were on the hillside.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — January 25, 2017 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  47. My first afternoon back on site for a while provided 1 Barnacle, 1 White Front and 3 Pink Feet amongst the mixed goose flock which seems to have grown considerably over the last two weeks.. A Peregrine on the R & F put up a huge flock of Golden Plover which must have numbered close to 1000 today. No sign of the Brambling unfortunately, though at least 50 chaffinches and several siskin and goldfinches were feeding on seed on the warren path for the 45 minutes or so that I watched around 3pm.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — January 25, 2017 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  48. Scaup still at Skelton Lake, with 88 Pochards (a good number for that site).
    The Long-tailed Duck was with the Black-necked Grebe on the eastern reedbed today. On the ridge and furrow area the six Eurasian (Russian) White-fronted Geese were still present, also a single Barnacle Goose.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 24, 2017 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

    • Brambling still in Methley Copse coming to seed on path.

      Comment by Rob Leighton — January 25, 2017 @ 8:07 am | Reply


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