Long spells of unsettled weather with only an occasional bright day was typical of the weather during July.
A couple of pairs of breeding Whitethroat were by Crook Farm, Baildon and other pairs were seen at Stockbridge and in the grounds of Bingley Grammar School. A male Lesser Whitethroat was in song at the old Low Moor Tip (6th). A Grasshopper Warbler was heard ‘reeling’ at Stockbridge (5th) and another was located in the dense growth surrounding Harden cricket ground (20th). A pair of Spotted Flycatchers and three juveniles were seen at Heights Lane, Bingley (20th) and another adult was in the Lower Barden area four days later. A juvenile Redstart was watched at Bolton Bridge (24th) and there were reports of young birds including Bullfinch and Blackcaps visiting feeders and bushes close to the hide at Stockbridge.
Over a 100 Swifts, with parties of up to a dozen screamed around the houses at Otley in the middle of the month and another post-breeding group of 40 were feeding over Stockbridge (26th). On the final day of the month 15 birds were noted over Oxenhope.
An Arctic Tern was feeding at Leeshaw Reservoir (4th) and a Common Tern was fishing in the canal at Saltaire (21st).
The first signs of migration amongst passerines was noted at Warley Moor Reservoir on the 12th, when family parties of up to 11 Wheatears passed through. Three days later a juvenile Wheatear was seen on Baildon Golf Course.
A male Common Scoter visited Keighley Moor Reservoir towards the end of the month (28th) and a Green Sandpiper called in on the final day of the month. A week earlier, a Little Ringed Plover flew over Keighley town centre.
There were three reports of Kingfishers with the most impressive being a bird that found the village pond at Oxenhope much to its liking.