SANDWICH TERN Sterna sandivicensis
Scarce passage visitor
One flew west over Charlestown, Baildon, on 22nd July.
A bird was seen resting at Leeshaw Reservoir on 3rd May.
A bird spent all day fishing and avoiding the speed boats at Elland Gravel Pits on 22nd April
Our best year started with one at Knotford Nook on 5th and 6th April. The second was at Elland Gravel Pits and seen by many on 13th April. Finally a single reported from Fly Flatts Reservoir on 25th May.
A single bird flew west over Otley Gravel Pits on 24th April.
There was only one sighting during 1999, this being a single bird flying through at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 11th July.
A calling bird was seen in flight over Laycock on 9th April. This is only the seventh record of the species, and the first since 1999.
Sandwich Tern, seen in Spain by Brian Vickers
At Otley Wetland, one was present for about 30 minutes on 27th April. The 10th Group record.
A sub-adult bird which flew past Thornton Moor on 23rd August was only the 11th Group record, but the third in five years
Two birds were seen at Thruscross Reservoir on 25th May, and, at the opposite end of the area, one flew past Warley Moor Reservoir on 8th September.