Walking this morning (27 Oct 2012) across the moor at the side of Baildon Hill, overlooking the 17th fairway of the golf course, I had a pair of Stonechat perched on the gorse in the area. There were still a few Meadow Pipits around. Thanks Shaun.
Below is a photo taken in April last year of a male Stonechat not too far from the place Shaun mentions.
As many birds have now left the moors because the breeding season is over, you can
still enjoy finding birds elsewhere around the fringes.
Look for hedgerows which contain a good variety of bush and tree and it is likely
to be full of berries. These provide an important source of food for birds at this
time of the year. Try and do any bird watching in the morning looking out for areas
of hedgerow facing the sun and out of any prevailing wind. Elderberry, Hawthorn
and Blackberry all provide fruit which birds will seek out. Blackbird, Song Thrush,
Greenfinch, Bullfinch and Robin are likely to be seen.
Other birds are seed eaters and October is a month when thistle, dock and
meadowsweet are available for the birds to take the seed. Watch out for Bullfinch,
Reed Bunting and Linnet with Goldfinches sometimes in flocks searching the fields
These are just a few of the birds you can expect to see out and about Baildon Moor.
We would love to receive by e-mail information about your local sightings.
Baildon Moor is a great place for wildlife and several bird species breed in the area. Later in the Spring there will be many birds nesting on the ground. We will all need to keep our eyes open to avoid these areas so that the eggs can hatch.
Fieldfare, a winter visitor, can sometimes be seen in their hundreds in some of the adjacent fields.
This year in February there are flocks of Starlings, Lapwings, Golden Plover and a few Curlew.
Click on the photo to go to flickr to see photos of the Golden Plover and Starlings.