Thrushes

NIGHTINGALE    Luscinia megarhynchos    Rare passage visitor
1991   A bird was seen briefly at Raw Nook, Low Moor, on 8th September.

BLUETHROAT    Luscinia svecia    Rare passage visitor
1996   Conducting a distribution survey in a new area can be rewarding, with the observer perhaps finding the occasional surprise bird, but nothing prepared two members for the excellent female Bluethroat they found in Fish Beck Lane, Silsden on 8th May during the year’s survey! The bird stayed until 11th, delighting many birders (the number of birders on one occasion reached a maximum count of 27).
2008   A female found at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 23rd May was only the second Group record after a gap of twelve years
A female Bluethroat at Thornton Moor Reservoir on 23rd May 2008. Photo: Brian Vickers
A male Black Redstart seen in June 2008 in the centre of Bradford.  Photo: David Barker.
Ring Ouzel                             photo: David Barker
BLACK REDSTART    Phoenicurus ochrurus    Uncommon passage visitor, casual breeder
Most recent sightings:
2002   There were two substantiated records, both in November. A first-winter male was at Kex Gill Quarry from 1st to 10th, and a bird Burley on 9th provided a nice garden record.
2005   A male and female were located in the Trough Lane fields, near Oxenhope, on 21st April, but both had moved on within the day.
2006   Recorded for the second successive year, a bird was present at Thornton Moor Reservoir for a few hours on 4th August. Reports of another bird later in the year were, unfortunately, not supported by a description.
2007   A 1st-winter male was found near Soil Hill on 25th August, and remained for at least five days.
2008   A pair in Bradford from 19th to 24th June had originally been discovered some weeks previously. There was no evidence of breeding.
2009   Individuals were seen at Whetstone Gate on 29th March, at nearby Burley Moor on 7th April, and a probable juvenile was found above Halifax in late August 
2010   An exceptionally good year, with nine identifiably different birds seen. A spring record of one on Rombalds Moor on 19th March, was followed by four July records. On the 23rd one was at Cold Edge, on the 25th a single was on Soil Hill and two were at Thornton Moor, and another was there three days later. Within a week, two more were seen: individuals near Glovershaw on 2nd August, and at Addingham Moorside on the 3rd. The final bird was again at Cold Edge on 23rd November. For the second year running, one of the birds was a very young juvenile, again prompting suspicions of possible local breeding.
2013   A female bird was seen and photographed outside Ilkley Lido on 1st May. This was the first record since 2010, when nine birds were reported.
RING OUZEL    Turdus torquatus    Migrant breeder/passage visitor
Most recent sightings:
2010  Spring migrants were seen at Trough Lane on 24th March and 3rd April, and at Thornton Moor on the 9th and 23rd, with another single at Oxenhope the following day. Departing birds comprised Thornton Moor individuals on 4th and 12th October (with two on the 10th), and a notably late bird on 9th November. Two birds were also seen at Paul Clough on 30th September and on Soil Hill on 11th October, and one was on Barden Moor on that date.
2011  After several mediocre years, just five reports make 2011 the worst on record. Apart from a bird at Warley Moor on 28th March, all the sightings were in April. Individuals were found at Thruscross on the 7th, and four days later at Warley Moor, followed by one on Burley Moor (a traditional site) on the 19th, and another on Soil Hill on the 23rd.
2012  It is pleasing to report that after last year’s worst on record, 2012 was in many aspects the best since 2007. There were 18 records involving around 25 birds, and, most importantly, the distinct probability of breeding. Nine reports came from around Airedale, and the rest from the moors above Wharfedale, where the highlights were five birds on Ilkley Moor on 17th October. The probable breeding concerned a bird carrying food at Slippery Ford in June, a known previous breeding site.
2013  After the improvements shown in 2012, this was a disappointing year. There were just seven records which featured eight birds on passage, a situation comparable with the depressingly low point of two years ago. The earliest report was of a bird at the likely spot of Warley Moor on 14th April. Two of the three other spring records came from Barden Moor, where a male bird was heard on two occasions, six days apart, in May, raising the distinct possibility of breeding. Later, between 18th September and 5th November, two birds were seen on Addingham Moorside, singles at Paul Clough, from the Oxenhope watchpoint and finally a bird was with a mixed flock on Ikley Moor.
2014  A pair seen in Wharfedale on 21st May gave an indication that they were engaged in establishing a possible breeding site. This area was traditionally used by the species until 1995, but no further reports of any outcome were submitted. Earlier, three birds visited Soil Hill on 9th April and a male was there on 9th May. On 24th April, at Addingham Moorside, a feeding flock contained six Ring Ouzels (four males and two females) and a Cuckoo. Other sightings were limited to returning birds: three on Soil Hill on 4th September and singles at Paul Clough on 20th and 27th September. On 21st September an adult and a juvenile were feeding on rowan berries at Slippery Ford, and migration watchers at Oxenhope supplied records of single birds on 11th and 14th October; a threesome was present there on 16th October. The final bird was a male seen at Thornton Moor Reservoir on the following day. This was a very pleasing year and equalled the 25 reported in 2012.
2015   It was another interesting year, with birds seen at seven locations, mainly on spring and autumn passage. There were two confirmed reports of breeding, the first since 2012. The first arrivals were two birds on Burley Moor on 9th April; this figure rose to ten a week later. During the period 16th to 25th April, up to six birds were watched on Soil Hill, a single was at Timble Ings and later, on 9th May, an individual was at Whetsone Gate.   Breeding took place on Barden Moor, where three young fledged in June, whilst at Kex Gill a male was seen carrying food to a nest. The final record was a solitary juvenile on Beamsley Beacon on 19th July.
AMERICAN ROBIN    Turdus migratorius    Vagrant
2007   On 5th January, the Group received an unauthenticated report from J. Crawshaw of this species being seen near Dowley Gap, but nothing was subsequently located. However, reports from P. Davison of a bird in a nearby Gilstead garden were fully verified on 24th January. The bird, a first-winter female, remained faithful to its favoured areas in Primrose Lane until 13th February, and was seen by many admirers from all over the country. Unsurprisingly, the first Group record.
The event of 2007.   A first-winter female American Robin spent January and some of February in Bingley.
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