Waxwings 18th March 2020

Report of waxwings seen on February 16th 2020. Having heard of waxwing sightings in Keighley I decided to head over there myself given that it was local. Several people gazing into a tree raised my hopes of seeing these beautiful birds. 16 waxwings were in a bare tree and had been going back and forth to a nearby berry laden tree. I took many photos of them perched and hoped to get more of them feeding on the berries. However, a black and white moggy spotted the birds, climbed their tree and scared them off. I could have throttled that cat!! Although I hung around for some time the birds never returned. At least I was fortunate enough to see the waxwings and get some reasonable photos. 

Sue Z


Wildlife Field… Wed, 18th Mar 2020, 9:18am

Garden Pond 18th March

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 18th Mar 2020, 9:01am

I love my garden pond;it was well worth the effort of digging it all out by hand.I reguarly see birds bathing in the shallow end and each spring I see frog spawn but I was thrilled to have a good view of the frogs  responsible on 10th March this year. Have a look at the photos of the frogs in the gallery as well as a recent photo of a robin bathing.. 

Sue Z  

Baildon Little Owls 17th March 2020

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 17th Mar 2020, 9:44pm

Although BEES trips are cancelled we can still take the opportunity to get out and see what nature has to offer.I had seen Little Owls in Baildon before and decided to go and seek them out again. I sat in a field for about an hour, enjoying the stillness, listening to the sound of Skylarks and seeing Lapwing and Meadow Pipits in flight. I thought I was going to fail to see the Little Owls but as I scanned the trees I spotted a pair of them sat very close together. Please look for the photos in the gallery here. 

Sue Z

WFV, 3rd March 2020, Ripley Castle Grounds

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 4th Mar 2020, 9:42am

Our planned visit to Gouthwaite Reservoir was substituted by a plan to visit Ripley Castle grounds. This was considered to be a wise decision for safety reasons. The Pateley bridge area had been subjected to flooding and there had been a flood alert for the Upper Nidd area for over a month. The recent weather had been unpredictable with rain, snow, high winds and sunshine over the preceding weeks. However this trip was well supported by a band of 10 regular Bees customers. All in all the conditions were favourable although the temperatures low. 

WFV, Blacktoft Sands, 20th Feb 2020

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 20th Feb 2020, 6:04pm

This trip had been rescheduled after the reserve was closed due to flooding when we planned to go in the autumn. 

So, we watched with fingers crossed as storms Ciara and Dennis blew through during the past couple of weeks. Luckily, the reserve didn't suffer, and we were able to proceed as planned. 

There are six hides in the reserve, facing the Humber estuary, each with a slightly different outlook. We started in Xerox hide where we spent a while looking at a Ruff and deciding that the white marking at the base of the bill seemed a good identifying feature. Some other people in the hide identified three Redshank as Spotted Redshank. They were roosting with little on show, but we felt confident with this id due to their pale breasts. 

WFV, Leighton Moss RSPB, 4 Feb 2020

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 5th Feb 2020, 5:27pm

Today we had both a full minibus and a glorious day for our visit to Leighton Moss. 

Having checked on the robin population in the lanes of Cononley, we made our way through the Dales and crossed the county border to reach the reserve which is on the edge of Morecambe Bay. The recent winds had subsided and the sun, with its warming rays, made a welcome appearance.

Once we had all got organised at the visitor centre, we split into different parties, dictated by what we wanted to see and how soon we wanted to settle down to our lunch.  

New Year Social 22nd January 2020

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 22nd Jan 2020, 11:56am

A group of 17 members gathered at the Unitarian church hall for our New Year Social. This was the last time we will be meeting at the church hall, an element of sadness as we have enjoyed many happy occasions here in the past. 

Our meeting took the same format as on previous occasions - food (all delicious), a review of the year through Sue's (and Alice's) excellent images of places, birds, flowers and insects we had seen during 2019, followed by discussion of places we might well visit in 2020.The contribution of members to the group was acknowledged and individuals thanked.  The wildlife quiz provided a humorous  note on which to conclude the meeting. We went away with a copy of the excellent Diary to enjoy reading in the quiet of our homes, also looking forward to our days ahead in the field.  Margaret

WFV New Year Walk on the canal at Brighouse 7 January 2020

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Tue, 7th Jan 2020, 9:11pm

On what proved to be a fine, albeit windy day, our first outing of 2020 was a walk alongside the Calder and Hebble canal heading for Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve.  As our group of 9 left the car park in the centre of Brighouse, our first sighting was a pied wagtail with the canal providing the usual assortment of mallard and Canada geese busily searching for food.  Fungi was in evidence en route and John noted glistening inkcap, turkey tail and smoky bracket.

WFV, Old Moor, 26 November, 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Wed, 27th Nov 2019, 6:06pm

Clustered BonnetOur last outing of 2019 took us to a reserve we have visited many times, RSPB Old Moor.  On this occasion our minibus was almost full as we welcomed to our midst newcomers Joy and Bruce and also the return of Robert.  The weather was not on our side as we left Bradford with rain accompanying our departure and greeting our arrival as well.  Fortunately this did not last all day and by the time of our departure, things had impro

WFV, Devonshire Park Arboretum Keighley, 12 November 2019

Submitted by Wildlife Field… on Thu, 14th Nov 2019, 12:15pm

Parmelia sp. lichenCreated in 1888 and listed as Keighley’s ‘Hidden Gem’ the park is indeed a beautiful Arboretum, with a huge variety of interesting species, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the area. A leaflet with a brief history and guide to the trees is available from Cliff Castle Museum.