WEST YORK­SHIRE

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BRAD­FORD: A Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker recorded in the Wash­burn Val­ley (6th), a Snow Bunting seen at Ringby Top (24th) and an Ice­land Gull seen at Culling­worth were the high­lights. Eight Waxwings were at Yeadon (17th). Pink-footed Geese passed through the area en masse, with nearly 400 over Queens­bury (5th). Five Whooper Swans were at Og­den (14th). Conon­ley Ings held max­ima of 750 Lap­wings, 720 Wi­geon and 530 Curlews. There were 57 Man­darins at Lind­ley Wood Reser­voir (25th). Four Tree Spar­rows were at Do­brud­den Farm (4th). Thirty Bram­blings were at Og­den (mid-month). The Wa­ter Rail re­mained at the Keigh­ley Re­serve. LOWER AIRE VAL­LEY: Nine tun­dra Bean Geese were on the ridge and fur­row (7th), with two Rus­sian White-fronted Geese there (17th) and nine (22nd). The Scaup at Skel­ton Lake and Long-tailed Duck on Le­mon­royd Lake re­mained through­out. Two Smew were at Skel­ton Lake (9th), with a pair on Le­mon­royd Lake (10th). The Great White Egret dropped in on a few days. A Green Sand­piper was seen sev­eral times at Le­mon­royd. There was an Ice­land Gull (13th), and Glau­cous Gull (19th). A Kit­ti­wake was at Skel­ton Lake (5th). Two Short-eared Owls con­tin­ued to show. Five Waxwings were in Swill­ing­ton vil­lage (11th), in­creas­ing to 70 (26th). A Cetti’s War­bler was heard (14th). The Siberian Chif­fchaff re­mained (to 3rd). A Marsh Tit was in Tem­ple Newsam (6th). Chris King (Brad­ford Or­nitho­log­i­cal Group) and Paul Mor­ris

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