GREEN WOODPECKER Picus viridis
Fairly common resident breeder.
The first yaffling was heard in early February and subsequent reports during early spring confirmed that birds were present around moorland fringes and on the edge of woodland. Pairs were active and breeding took place in Shipley Glen, Marley Hall Farm, Hewenden and probably at Low Snowden, Otley Chevin and Harden Moor, where adults were seen during June. In the Worth Valley, at Newsholme Dean, and Slippery Ford, there was also evidence of breeding. At Keighley Moor Reservoir, a juvenile was watched at the same spot that one had been seen in 2014. Along Lady Lane (Bingley), where the species hasn’t been reported previously, a fresh juvenile corpse was found.
GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopus major
Common resident breeder.
There was a 20% drop in reports, which may indicate that some under-recording is occurring due to the widespread nature of this, our commonest woodpecker. In March and April birds were seen and heard establishing territory, chasing through trees and actively involved in breeding in many woodlands. Breeding was confirmed at Denton, Dob Park, Low Snowden and Middleton Wood, where young were ringed. Adults and juveniles were also reported at Shipley Glen, Newsholme Dean, and Hazlewood. At a private site in the Washburn, a pair was watched during the whole process, from excavating a nest hole through to feeding juveniles away from the nest. An immature was feeding in bushes near the quarry at Whetstone Gate in July and another was at Slippery Ford in August. The owner of a garden nest box was surprised to find that he had inadvertently saved a clutch of Blue Tits from a woodpecker which was determined to break inside!
LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER Dendrocopus minor
Uncommon and erratic resident breeder.
Just two records, both from the same private woodland. On each occasion a bird was heard calling: the first on 6th April and the second on 20th November.