The weather during June was disappointing. The cool spell, that had dominated the month, only gave way to warmer, more seasonal weather in the final few days.
A Yellow Wagtail was photographed on the Wharfe at Knotford whilst a creche consisting of 14 juvenile Goosanders was seen battling the conditions. Ring Ouzels were in evidence at Lower Barden where two males and a couple of juveniles were reported. A Cuckoo was occasionally heard in this area and also at Glovershaw, around Ilkley Moor, Hazlewood Moor, Timble and at St. Ives where there were possible a couple of birds.
Breeding warblers were well-reported with a pair of Reeds at Stockbridge and at least two pairs at Otley Wetland. Three Sedge Warblers found the conditions on Soil Hill to their liking but there was a dearth of Wood Warblers, the only report was of a couple of singing males at Heber’s Ghyll. Grasshopper Warblers were recorded at Timble and Stockbridge, but Garden Warblers were heard at East Riddlesden Hall, Stockbridge, Glovershaw, Low Barden and Otley Wetland. Certainly one of the most widely reported species was the Whitethroat which was in residence at East Riddlesden, Hewenden, Low Snowden, Storiths, Stockbridge and St. Ives. At Otley Wetland, Glovershaw and Denholme Clough more than one singing male was located.
Stonechats bred successfully at three locations: Lower Barden and Low Snowden where adults were seen with a couple of juveniles and at Sconce where adults were attending to three young. It appears that Whinchats have also attempted breeding on Hazlewood Moor where they were last successful in 2008.
Spotted Flycatchers could be seen along the Wharfe in Strd Wood and further north at Barden and also in the Hazlewood village area.
A Garganey, in eclipsed plumage, spent three days at Redcar Tarn and a female Mandarin with four juveniles was on the river at Knotford (11th) whilst two family groups of Great Crested Grebes were watched. Two Dunlin and a couple of Ringed Plovers were seen at Leeshaw (30th) and an adult Golden Plovers was feeding with two juveniles on Baildon Golf Course (13th). This was on the day that a Raven, chased by Meadow Pipits flew across this area.