A flock of 90 Arctic Terns flying north-eastwards over Barden Moor (11th) was the pick of the reports. There was also a sighting of a pair of Yellow Wagtails on the Wharfe near Gallows Hill and a Lesser Whitethroat, undoubtedly on passage, was seen near the Grammar School at Bingley.
Engineering work on reservoirs in the Oxenhope area had resulted in exposed shoreline at the members’ only site. Amongst the number of visiting waders, there was Turnstone, Sanderling, Ringed Plover and Little Ringed Plover. A Whimbrel was seen at the Oxenhope site (11th) and another briefly visited nearby Warley Moor Reservoir towards the end of the month (29th). A major surprise, earlier in the month, was a pair of Greenshank at Ogden Reservoir (11th). Out on the moorland Golden Plovers, Snipe, Lapwing and Redshank were all seen at breeding sites and at St.Ives and nearby Heather Park, Woodcocks were watched by members as the birds performed their roding flight.
By the 6th, the Wheatear influx appeared to be over, however on the final day of the month, a pair were seen feeding young at their nest site at Storiths. A late passage bird was the Whinchat, a single was seen at Glovershaw and another at Ogden in the middle of the month. Stonechats were seen at Bradup, Kex Gill, Denholme Edge and at Sconce and Low Snowden where adults were seen with young.
A Sedge Warbler was singing from willows at Fewston Reservoir, another was heard at Esholt; a Grasshopper Warbler was noted at Glovershaw (4th) and a Reed Warbler (22nd) was watched at Stockbridge. Garden Warblers were well recorded with reports from Stockbridge, Keighley Gas Works, Lindley Wood and Strid Wood. Whitethroats were also similarly seen in good numbers with Stockbridge, Weecher, Glovershaw, East Riddlesden, St. Ives and Doe Park featuring in reports. Up to four Wood Warblers were singing in Strid Wood and Spotted Flycatchers and Pied Flycatchers were reported here at locations in the Washburn.
Five pairs of Linnets were noted at Bradup and pairs were seen at Low Snowden, Glovershaw and Denholme Edge where a flock of a dozen birds contained a Twite. Along the Aire, a female Goosander marshalled her brood whilst 60 Sand Martins established their colony at East Riddlesden.