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  1. Notice :- The Twitter feed has run into technical problems due to unforeseen circumstances, hopefully it will be restored shortly. Until then access Twitter then @SwillyBirder for the latest Tweets.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 16, 2017 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  2. Long-tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd Lake but too misty and miserable to work up the enthusiasm to cover the whole site today.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 16, 2017 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  3. Two Glaucous Gulls a adult & juvenile also a juvenile Iceland Gull in the main lake roost, the adult Glaucous Gull was seen at first light this morning flying up the valley, (MB).
    Long Tailed Duck still on Lemonroyd lake, Black Necked Grebe still on the eastern reedbed.
    3 Water Pipits on the filter beds.
    2 Short Eared Owls & Tawny owl seen late evening. (AR).
    2 White Fronted Geese were on Leventhorpe flash, (JMS)

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 15, 2017 @ 5:54 pm | Reply

    • Also Willow Tit East end of Lowther Lake mid aft.

      Comment by John Martin — January 16, 2017 @ 11:47 am | Reply

  4. Brambling reported again late afternoon.
    Barn Owl and at least 2 Se Owls, Juv Glaucous Gull, ad Iceland Gull and 2 Lbb Gulls (juv+ad) in roost on Main Lake . A Bittern flew across R&F dropping into one of the small remaining stands of Reed.
    Water Pipit calling West side of Bower’s this morning.

    Comment by John Martin — January 14, 2017 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • 3 water pipits on the lemonroyd filter beds mid afternoon

      Comment by Paul Bagguley — January 14, 2017 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  5. Long-tailed Duck again on Lemonroyd Lake. Two White-fronted Geese still on Ridge and Furrow and 2 Little Egrets and 100+ Golden Plovers there. Single Redshank around the Main Lake. At least one (possibly 2) Woodcock in flight seen from the Warren mid-morning by MB, GYL, DIH. 50+ Fieldfares on the hillside; Marsh Harrier patrolling the site and Red Kite over Astley. 15+ Siskin, 20+ Redpolls, 25+ Chaffinches around Methley copse, but no sign of the Brambling during the two visits I made.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — January 14, 2017 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

    • A single dunlin also on the main lake early afternoon

      Comment by Rob Hunton — January 14, 2017 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  6. 2 White-fronted Geese on Ridge and Furrow (DAH) The Waxwings found by JDM on Aberford Rd. on Wednesday were in the same tree off site,
    and frustratingly flew to within 15 yds. of the site boundary.
    Having a late lunch in the Marina, a Green Sandpiper flew over towards the sewage farm, 14.05.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — January 13, 2017 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  7. Black-necked grebe still present on the eastern reedbed, Short eared owl at the bottom of the hillside, Marsh Harrier and a few Stonechats around and great views of the Long-tailed duck on Lemonroyd. Standing on Methley bridge, the Tawny owl made us wait until 16:55 as it flew over the trees towards Methley triangle.

    Comment by jim munro — January 12, 2017 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  8. The Long-tailed Duck was back on Lemonroyd Lake at St. Aidan’s today, with a Water Pipit on the causeway and three more on the filterbeds at Lemonroyd.
    On the way home, still about 50 Waxwings in trees by the Ring Road at Crossgates, between Austhorpe and Barwick Roads.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 12, 2017 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

  9. Jan 10th. 15 Grey Partridge in field at back of Newsmen Green Farm.
    Brambling usually on left hand side of path to the Warren 100yds. from gate.
    Seed has been put down just be patient.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — January 11, 2017 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  10. Long tailed Duck remains at Skelton Lake, Stock Dove 18 in nearby fields

    Comment by John Martin — January 11, 2017 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

  11. Long-tailed Duck and the very pale Buzzard again at Skelton Lake.
    Two Water Pipits on Lemonroyd filterbeds.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 11, 2017 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

  12. Brambling reported again today on the path at Methley copse, (JMS), also reported there yesterday by , (REL).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 11, 2017 @ 10:10 am | Reply

  13. Barn Owl back of Astley this afternoon at 1630, at least 1 SEO at distance on hillside.

    Comment by Gordon — January 10, 2017 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  14. Still at least seven Water Pipits on the filterbeds at Lemonroyd (most on the nearest bed).

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 10, 2017 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  15. Adult Glaucous Gull on Skelton lake this afternoon and Long-tailed Duck still present

    Comment by Dave Hunton — January 10, 2017 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  16. Of interest but sadly just outside the recording area were 21 Waxwings opposite the New Masons Arms on Aberford road,seen twice late morning.

    Comment by jim munro — January 10, 2017 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  17. An unproductive last hour on the Warren with no large gulls at all until 4.30. By 4.45 around 200 had shown up but by then it was too dark to make out any white-wingers and the team left. As we walked over the bridge envious mention was made of the jamminess of yesterday’s birders who even saw a Tawny owl as they walked out in the gathering gloom. Hey Presto! No sooner was the owl mentioned when presumably the same bird reappeared and flew West over Methley Triangle. Apologies to REL et.al. for our jealous thoughts.

    Comment by Dave Musgrove — January 9, 2017 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

    • It’s a lot easier looking for white-winged gulls at the weekend when the tip closes earlier and the gulls also come down earlier.
      The tip closes earlier on Sundays than Saturday, and can therefore be the best day. Jamminess doesn’t come into it it’s pure skill !!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Rob Leighton — January 9, 2017 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

  18. The Long-tailed Duck was back on Skelton Lake this morning, nothing else of note.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 9, 2017 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  19. An excellent end to the day thanks to Mr. Allen with a juvenile Iceland Gull and an adult Glaucous Gull on Main Lake. Having spent the previous 6 hrs with only Dunlin new for the year.
    An added bonus was the Tawny Owl on the way back to the car.
    Cheers Dave, and thank goodness I didn’t follow Hunton seniors advice.

    Comment by Rob Leighton — January 8, 2017 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  20. Peregrine on ridge & furrow, jack snipe & chiffchaff near Caroline lake (DIH) & 5 dunlin on main lake (DIH) 1 bird later flew over the lagoon heading west.
    Black necked grebe still on eastern reedbed.
    Brambling loosely associating with a flock of about 30 chaffinch in Methley Copse

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 8, 2017 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

    • Also 300+ Pink-footed Geese flew west at 08.45

      Comment by Dave Hunton — January 8, 2017 @ 5:05 pm | Reply

    • Not sure who re-located it, but the long tailed duck was also on Astley Lake today

      Comment by Rob Hunton — January 8, 2017 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  21. Pintail on Astley lake. Duck and drake

    Comment by James Walsh — January 8, 2017 @ 11:06 am | Reply

  22. A Bittern flying low out of the mist over Astley at 1635 quickly flew over the spillway and into the western reedbed.
    Best bird of the year so far for me.

    Comment by petegriff — January 7, 2017 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  23. Long-tailed Duck found on Lemonroyd Lake (JB, MB, GYL). Similar plumage to the bird at Skelton Lake, so presumably that individual unless subsequent sightings prove otherwise. Flock of 400-420 Pink-footed Geese flew NW over the Main Lake and up the valley (AJR, MB, GYL, REL). 250 + Golden Plovers and 5 Dunlin around Main Lake / Ridge & Furrow. 6 Stonechats seen around Site; 8 Siskin in Methley Copse; 2 Fieldfare on the hillside; single Redwing and Green Woodpecker by the Warren. Marsh Harrier patrolling the site. REL reported 78 Red-legged Partridges in set-aside field near Lowther Lake (presumably reared birds recently released) and 120 Linnets.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — January 7, 2017 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

    • 1st Winter Glaucous Gull in the tip area this morning, first seen briefly by (JMS) at 09:30 then seen again later at noon by (PRM).
      1st Winter Iceland Gull into roost on main bay 16:20, (GYL, MB).
      3 Short Eared Owls on the hillside 14:30.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 7, 2017 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

      • Possibly of interest ‘re today’s juv.Glaucous Gull at the tip early afternoon: Despite a number of members waiting at Astley there was a no show, however a large pale juv Glaucous flew into Wintersett roost at 1525 from the north, possibly our bird. They also had a dark juv after 1600 but no direction given.

        Comment by petegriff — January 7, 2017 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

    • Woodcock flew north over fleet lane at 16.50 just past the farm

      Comment by Dave Hunton — January 7, 2017 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  24. Long-tailed Duck at Skelton.
    6+ Water Pipits at Lemonroyd, 30+ Redpolls nearby.
    First-winter Iceland Gull flew east over Astley Lake at 11.45hrs. Female Marsh Harrier over the reedbeds.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 6, 2017 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

  25. 67 species recorded in just over 3 hours this afternoon ! Highlights included 2 Water Pipits and 3 Chiffchaff at Lemonroyd, Long-tailed duck still at Skelton, Short eared owl and Red Kite over the hillside, Barn Owl at the back of Astley, and just as light was fading a Bittern dropped into the western reedbed.

    Comment by jim munro — January 5, 2017 @ 6:36 pm | Reply

    • 101 species recorded in the recording area so far this year .

      A good three hours birding Jim.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 5, 2017 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  26. B n Grebe, Marsh Harrier plus a Chiffchaff in gorse bushes near the crossroads signpost

    Comment by vaughan — January 5, 2017 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

  27. http://raptorpolitics.org.uk/2017/01/03/h5n8-found-on-rspb-reserves-at-frampton-and-marshside/

    Something to watch out for.

    Comment by John Martin — January 5, 2017 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  28. Adult Iceland Gull Skelton lake this morning

    Comment by Dave Hunton — January 4, 2017 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

    • 1st Winter Glaucous Gull this afternoon at Skelton, (MR).
      Long Tailed Duck still present.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 4, 2017 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

    • A couple of pics of the Iceland Gull in the gallery. One of the shots seems to show pale grey primaries with white tips. This couldn’t be seen in the field but at times the primaries didn’t appear to be as white as might be expected.

      Comment by Dave Hunton — January 4, 2017 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  29. Another record breaking 2016 for this Website with over 218,000 hits which is 50,000 more than the previous year, the best month was October with over 24,000 hits. Since the website was formed in 2009 there has been over 810,000 hits.
    There has been hits from 79 different countries this year , but looking at the search engines maybe a few of our continental friends have ended up on the wrong Website or they are really interested in one particular species of bird family ? Nice to see interest in Great Tits, Blue Tits etc.

    Thank you for your support over the last seven years.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 3, 2017 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  30. Marsh Harrier & Peregrine on ridge & furrow this morning (DIH) who also had Little Owl.
    Black tailed Godwit still on ridge & furrow/black pipe bay.
    Woodcock over Newsam green farm at dusk.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — January 3, 2017 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  31. Long-tailed Duck still at Skelton Lake. Four Grey Partridge in the north fields.
    At least 11, possibly a round dozen, of Water Pipits at Lemonroyd (seven on the near left-hand bed by the railway line, four or five on the rear two right-hand beds). Nearby a Treecreeper in the plantation.

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 3, 2017 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

  32. Since no-one else has posted, today’s highlight was a Jack Snipe bobbing away on the south bank of the Main Lake close to where one was seen last year (well spotted Alan). Also two Bitterns, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Black-tailed Godwit, over 700 Tufted Ducks (but hardly any Pochard). Probably the rarest sighting was of three House Sparrows in bushes by the Visitors’ Centre – possibly the first record on the site proper (away from the local villages).

    Comment by Paul Morris — January 2, 2017 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  33. Green Sandpiper past hide. Good spot Julian.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — January 2, 2017 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  34. Nikon Lens/Scope Hood found on track to Skelton Lake (22/12/16) left in hide today.

    Comment by JK — January 2, 2017 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  35. Four Water Pipits on the filter beds this afternoon also two Green Sandpipers, one was seen later flying in front of Astley lake hide and over the Oil depot. Chiffchaff also at the filter beds by the railway embankment.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 2, 2017 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  36. Today’s highlight’s , Long Tailed Duck Skelton, 6 Water Pipits Filter beds mid afternoon with one also on the ridge n furrow late morning, Brambling at Methley copse, ( PRM, GYL). 2 Short Eared Owls hillside, 2 Barn Owls Astley, Black Necked Grebe Eastern Reedbed, Black Tailed Godwit main bay, 70 Fieldfares hillside, 8 Barnacle Geese ridge n furrow, Woodcock flew over the river towards the Western Reedbed at 16:50, (MB).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — January 1, 2017 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

  37. Long-tailed Duck Still at Skelton (PRM)

    Comment by Rob Leighton — January 1, 2017 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  38. Message:
    Hi… I have lost a female gyr/saker around the Wakefield area 2days ago and could easily be blown into your ways by the winds…if you have any sightings please can you contact me immediately… There is a huge search going on for this bird atm as she has a tracker but we haven’t had much luck and neither picked a signal up.. Please inform me if you see her.. Inform others if you can thank you

    Zak; Contact number: 07510667592

    Comment by Rob Hunton — December 28, 2016 @ 1:08 pm | Reply

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