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  1. Great White Egret showing well around 11.00 this morning on Astley, for a while quite close to the causeway

    Comment by David Smart — December 7, 2016 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  2. 3 Marsh Harriers, 2 Peregrines and 2 Red Kite causing havoc over r&f this morning. Black-necked Grebe still on eastern reedbed, Water Rail showing well on here too. Green Woodpecker near Warren, 2 Redshank new sluice area and 8 Barnacle Geese on r&f (6+2)

    Comment by Dave Hunton — December 7, 2016 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  3. 12 pintail today (11 on main lake & 1 on western reedbed)
    3 marsh harriers (1 male & 2 cream crown)
    2 red kite over st Aidan’s
    1 Black necked grebe, 6 barnacle geese and several stonechat still about.
    Female type Scaup back onto the main lake from the river (GYL/MB)
    23 fieldfare through east (11,9,3)

    Comment by Rob Hunton — December 4, 2016 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

    • Three loons swimming in Bowers at 15.20!

      Comment by Dave Allen — December 5, 2016 @ 12:16 am | Reply

  4. At least 6 pintail (4m & 2f) on main lake. 2 cream crown marsh harriers.
    6 barnacle geese on r&f
    2 stonechat bottom of hillside, 2 more on r&f near trailer gate and 1 on south bank of main lake.
    17 goosander on lemonroyd lake
    Black necked grebe still on eastern reedbed.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — December 3, 2016 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

  5. Grey Wagtail breeding record 2016:
    22 July, Fishponds Lock, two adults taking food into deep drain under canal just above the lock. Only continued feeding when I moved away.

    Comment by petegriff — December 3, 2016 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

  6. Pink-footed Goose c110 W Little Preston 1030 hrs

    Comment by John Martin — December 3, 2016 @ 10:47 am | Reply

  7. This afternoon 4 Short-eared Owls flying around hillside and R&F from 15.30hrs. Also on R&F -a Marsh Harrier over and 6 + 2 Barnacle Geese. A Water Pipit was calling over main causeway. Stonechat 2 main bay + 2 bottom of hillside.

    Comment by Pete Smith — December 2, 2016 @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  8. More ringed Mute Swan details below – (First date is when bird was seen at Swillington)

    18.07.2016 Mute Swan W38587/887 – 02.10.14 – 2014 Cygnet Male Mute Swan – Parents Y725 & Yellow 925 – Royds Hall Lake, Bradford (SE 14688 28466)

    29.07.2016 Mute Swan W39562/262 – 14.04.15 – 2013 Female MUTSW – Yeadon Tarn, Leeds (SE 21379 41394)

    Comment by Dave Hunton — December 2, 2016 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

  9. More ringed Mute Swan details below – (First date is when bird was seen at Swillington)

    02.04.2016 Mute Swan red YO72 was ringed on 15.01.07 as a previous calendar year bird at Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, sighted 03.03.07 at Fairburn Ings.

    02.04.2016 Mute Swan yellow 017 was ringed on 29.08.13 as a first calendar year male Pontefract Park.

    02.04.2016 Mute Swan yellow 104 was ringed on 29.10.14 as a first calendar year male on the River Aire, Allerton Bywater

    02.04.2016 Mute Swan ZY8212/612 – 11.08.14 – 2014 Cygnet Female Mute Swan – Parents Yellow 609 & Yellow 610 – Kippax Park Fishery

    26.03.2016 Mute Swan W40393/493 – 18.09.15 – 2013 Female MUTSW – River Wharfe, Otley

    10.04.2016 Mute Swan W39520/220 – 24.01.15 – 5 Female MUTSW – River Wharfe, Otley

    Comment by Dave Hunton — December 2, 2016 @ 8:32 pm | Reply

  10. 573 Golden Plovers were on the side of the main lake this morning and the two Barnacle Geese groups on the ridge and furrow have now joined together into a super flock of 8 birds.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — December 1, 2016 @ 8:41 pm | Reply

  11. Kingfisher along Fleakingley Beck in Little Preston garden this morning (77th sp in garden this year)and Red Kite over.

    Comment by John Martin — December 1, 2016 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  12. curlew golden plover marsh harrier and 6 barnacle geese on r&f

    Comment by ken norrie — November 30, 2016 @ 4:31 pm | Reply

  13. Woodcock low over Little Preston garden this morning.

    Comment by John Martin — November 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am | Reply

  14. I’m well on with the 2016 report, certainly for the summer visitors but also some of the resident species. I will probably be asking for extra records or clarifications as things go along.
    For today, three requests.
    I’ve looked a few times in Temple Newsam woods but haven’t seen the roosting Tawny Owl this year. Has anyone else seen it?
    I’ve seen Grey Wagtails around the three locks (Fishpond, Woodlesford, Lemonroyd) at various times through the year but haven’t seen any sign of breeding at any of them. Has anyone else got any breeding records?
    All of the year listers will have House Sparrow on their lists, but I have only received three reports so far (only one from a ‘lister’). Where did you all see your birds, and how many were there?
    Either reply on here or drop me an email. Thanks

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 29, 2016 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

    • I saw tawny owl at usual temple newsam site in January.

      Comment by Paul bagguley — November 29, 2016 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

    • Checked tawny site on 6 visits this year but no sign of it.

      Comment by Linda Jenkinson — November 30, 2016 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  15. 1520 Barn Owl flew over hide into Swilly park

    Comment by Mick Noble — November 29, 2016 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

  16. Redshank flew east over Astley Causeway around 11.50.
    Black necked grebe still on the eastern reedbed, male Marsh Harrier on the ridge & furrow.
    Great White Egret flew west over Astley Causeway and seemed to go down in Swilly Park at 1pm
    Water pipit flew from eastern reedbed towards the main lake.

    Comment by Rob Hunton — November 29, 2016 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  17. Much the same as yesterday. Great White Egret on West Reedbed but often hidden from view as fishing in the numerous concealed channels. Black-necked Grebe on East Reedbed. Male and Female Marsh Harrier and Peregrine. 10 Goosander on Lemonroyd Lake. 8 Barnacle Geese on R&F. Still numerous Stonechats and calling Water Rail

    Comment by sibgchairman — November 28, 2016 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  18. 4 Short-eared Owls over hillside again late afternoon

    Comment by Dave Hunton — November 28, 2016 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  19. Great White Egret still on the western reedbed this morning. The eight Barnacle Geese are still present on the ridge and furrow area – obviously wild birds (at least they’re making a few locals wild). Two Peregrines still causing havoc, pushing 625 Wigeon out onto the Main Lake. 42 Curlews on ridge and furrow area. 17 Goosanders on the river below Lemonroyd Weir. The strikingly pale Buzzard is still on Leventhorpe plateau, with a Little Egret on Skelton Lake.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 27, 2016 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

    • Four Short Eared Owls still present , two of the birds were hunting over the Ridge n Furrow, also a Barn Owl in the same area near the path adjacent to the eastern reedbed at 16:15.
      Large Gull roost on the main lake with c2,000 large Gulls present , but no white winger’s or Caspian seen.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 27, 2016 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

  20. Two Water Pipits at bottom of hillside along with four Stonechat, Marsh Harrier roaming the site and a Merlin went through over the crossroads.

    Comment by Gary Vause — November 27, 2016 @ 2:09 pm | Reply

    • At least 8 Stonechat along Western side of R+F and base of the Hillside earlier a male Bearded Tit was in the small reed bed on the R+F nearest to the Trailer gates.
      Bn Grebe still Eastern Reed bed and Little Egret Main Lake.

      Comment by John Martin — November 27, 2016 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  21. short eared owl over hillside at 15.00

    Comment by ken norrie — November 26, 2016 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  22. A reminder to all visitors to the Astley Lake hide.
    It is (fortunately) several years since the hide was last trashed by vandals gaining unauthorised access, and we would like to keep it that way.
    If you open the hide up, please keep the padlock with you (not in a pocket, in case you forget and leave with it). Ideally place it face down on the shelving in front of you. Please don’t leave it on the bookshelf or donation box just inside the door where anyone putting a head round the door could either pinch it or at least note the numbers (if not scrambled) for future reference. Thanks.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 26, 2016 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  23. Sat am: PRM reported Great White Egret in flight over Astley to Swilly Park and Grey Plover calling at main Lake. 2 Redshanks, 100+ Golden Plovers on Ridge & Furrow where the Barnacle Geese have increased to 8 (6+ long-staying 2). Black-necked Grebe still on Eastern Reedbed. Flock of 100-120 Redpolls around Methley Bridge, but flighty and not checked for any interesting forms

    Comment by Andrew Ross — November 26, 2016 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

    • Three Water Pipits in the corner of the Ridge n Furrow near the Trailer gate late morning.

      Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 26, 2016 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  24. Four Short Eared Owls quartering the hillside this afternoon / evening, showing from 15:00 continuously.
    Two Water Pipits and a Water Rail on the ridge n furrow near the trailer gate crossroads, ( PB). Possibly a third Wipit reported same area. ( MN).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 25, 2016 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  25. 4 Short-eared Owls (GYL) at dusk over hillside. Little Owl also seen and a Woodcock flew over Astley lane near the dragline onto the site at 16.35

    Comment by Dave Hunton — November 25, 2016 @ 6:14 pm | Reply

  26. 1320 Water pipit again on corner of R&F by x-road

    Comment by Mick Noble — November 25, 2016 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  27. Short Eared Owl seen briefly on hillside at 3pm.

    Comment by Mike Pullan — November 24, 2016 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

    • 3 S E Owls on hillside 16.00am 2 light coloured & 1 Dark coloured. Jack Snipe brief flight on eastern reedbed 100yards from No fishing sign at crossroads botton of hillside.

      Comment by pgcoates — November 24, 2016 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  28. Great White Egret on R&F at 13:20 then flew off towards Mickletown. Also Female Marsh Harrier & Water Pipit over. 8 Lesser Redpoll at Old Lock.

    Comment by sibgchairman — November 24, 2016 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  29. Great White Egret seen on the western reedbed also on the ridge n furrow area.
    Two Water Pipits on the ridge n furrow with another or same two birds calling over the western reedbed later.
    Two Peregrine’s present on the ridge n furrow also two Marsh Harrier’s in the same area.
    The long staying Black Necked Grebe still on the eastern reedbed.
    Short Eared Owl again on the hillside this morning, ( DIH).
    C600 Teal & C400 Wigeon in the main lake area. 11 Pintail.
    No sign of yesterday’s Common Scoter’s.

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 23, 2016 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  30. 1230 Water Pipit corner of R&F by x-road bottom of hillside also Kingfisher.
    Bearded tit pinging hillside eastern reed bed

    Comment by Mick Noble — November 23, 2016 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  31. Gt White Egret still on Western Reedbed 30-40 Fieldfare in trees by Balance reservoir, Male Goldeneye on Astley, 8 Curlew on stint island. Willow Tit on feeding station. This morning.

    Comment by pgcoates — November 22, 2016 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

    • Also this morning, 2 female type Common Scoter on Bowers lake, male Marsh Harrier and 3 Whoopers onto main bay before flying of S/W. Water levels up over site and causeway under water but passable with wellies.

      Comment by Dave Hunton — November 22, 2016 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

      • also late afternoon
        Peregrine and 3+ Short-eared Owls hillside/R&F. Green Woodpecker in trees at SE corner

        Comment by sibgchairman — November 23, 2016 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  32. Great White Egret on the western reedbed this morning was still there when a second bird flew in from the east, first landing on ridge and furrow then flying onto eastern reedbed. The Linnets in the lagoon area are worth checking if they come any closer as there is at least one bird which looks good at distance.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — November 20, 2016 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  33. Scaup still present on Bowers Lake. Red Kite over the hillside, Stonechat along the fence line and single Redshank on Ridge and Furrow.

    Comment by Andrew Ross — November 19, 2016 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

    • Also Great White Egret in flight over reedbeds/balance res and a flock of around 20 Linnets around lagoon islands.

      Comment by Dave Hunton — November 19, 2016 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

      • Three Red Kites this morning and four Buzzard Hillside/Swillington Park.
        GWE having flown in from up valley (DG) was mobile around Reedbeds and Balance Reservoir. Single Dunlin Astley Lake.

        Comment by John Martin — November 19, 2016 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

  34. 26 Curlew on Astley
    Red Kite over hillside
    1 Dunlin on Boomerang

    Comment by Mick Noble — November 17, 2016 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  35. Scaup still on Bowers. Peregrine on site this morning along with 3 Dunlin but very little else of note. Duck numbers well down on recent levels. A dead Swan was on the path round Bowers a few days ago and what looks like a dead Little Egret was photographed from the same area. The 2 barnacle Geese remain.

    Comment by Dave Hunton — November 17, 2016 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  36. Four Whooper Swans dropped onto the Main Lake during one of this morning’s showers. A Water Pipit again on the filterbeds at Lemonroyd WWTW but flew off towards the main site (with another similar sized but unidentified bird) soon after finding. A roosting Tawny Owl nearby. About 80 Redpolls by old Lemonroyd Lock, mobile but of over half seen perched up all were Lessers.

    Comment by Paul Morris — November 16, 2016 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  37. Peregrine over Astley causeway 1.45pm PGC/AR

    Comment by pgcoates — November 16, 2016 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  38. Video of tonight’s Starling murmuration by Julian Keeble in the Twitter feed on the lower right hand side of this page.(click on twice to view).

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 15, 2016 @ 8:46 pm | Reply

  39. Ring-necked parakeet flew into trees near Methley entrance to site (SE388 275) at 13:45 15/11/16. Observed for about five minutes before flying off in the direction of Lemonroyd Bridge

    Comment by ARC — November 15, 2016 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

  40. Scaup still on Bower’s lake. Black Necked Grebe still on Eastern Reedbed. Marsh Harrier male still present. 2 Barnacle Geese still ridge n furrow. Water Pipit on the causeway another overhead near Caroline bridge. Redpoll c50+ Old lock .

    Comment by Gyl. SwillyBirder — November 15, 2016 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

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