Exciting news from Dealburn Road…

On Saturday I went to the Dealburn Road site ( Old Low Moor tip ) which our group is involved in and I keep a database of all the records for the site. The main reason was to look for early signs of the Bee Orchids  Ophrys apifera as I am running a walk at 14.00 on the 28/6/2018 to hopefully view them.  If you would like to come along please email me for further information.  I however, didn’t find any signs of the Orchids….so no pressure Martyn…But it is a bit early!

But the exciting news is I heard and saw a male singing Lesser Whitethroat at a suitable nest site.  The bird flew off and sang again at the top of the site.  After looking for the Orchids I went back to the area and was immediately ‘ scolded ‘ by a very anger female Lesser Whitethroat with a tiny amount of food in her beak…..The male then returned and well basically ‘ Told me to clear off ‘  I did as I was told and left the area and viewed at a safe distance the female dive into some high Bramble.

The Lesser Whitethroat is an uncommon breeding bird in the Bradford district…so this is excellent news…But there may be a twist to this story in that the LW above is the male from TH Beck I recorded in mid May.  He left as he couldn’t find a mate but then a male turned up at nearby Dealburn Road 2 days later…so is this bird the TH beck bird who at last has found love…


One thought on “Exciting news from Dealburn Road…

  1. Stuart Tordoff

    Hi Martyn

    Through the wonders of modern science I am able to follow your blog from the Rocky Mountain National Park in the USA. Knowing your affinity to the lesser whitethroat I know that you will be delighted at your nesting pair. I do hope that the nest is successful!
    As we are in the USA for another 2 weeks I won’t be able to join your Bioblitz, much as I would have liked to.
    I hope that you have good weather and a successful 24 hours
    Best regards
    Stuart Tordoff

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