During a mild, largely settled month, except for an over-wintering Black Redstart, there were few surprises. An e-mail from a staff member at a business off Wakefield Road, Bradford was duly followed-up and a female Black Redstart was seen sitting above razor-wire on the 19th. From conversations there was little doubt that the bird had spent some time in the vicinity.
Eight Buzzards were seen in the Washburn, three at locations in Airedale and three others circled over Haworth before drifting south-eastwards (23rd). A Peregrine was watched over Lister Park and two Hen Harriers, one a juvenile and the other a female were seen near Burley and over Hawksworth Moor respectively.
A Kittiwake was amongst the gull roost at the member’s only reserve (14th) and a Mediterranean Gull was in a sheep field by Redcar Tarn (10th).
Up to 100 Lapwings flew over Laisterdyke (12th) and 120 Curlew had gathered at Scargill Reservoir prior to dispersal. A relatively small flock of 36 Golden Plovers were occasionally at Glovershaw and five Whooper Swans were on Swinsty Reservoir at the end of the month. A skein of Pink-footed Geese flew north westwards (8th) and just three Pochards remained at Yeadon Tarn (22nd).
A male Stonechat was seen on Scargill Pasture, pairs of Dippers were watched at Dowley Gap and at Cottingley and Green Woodpeckers had once more returned to Shipley Glen to breed.