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17:52 26-01-2021
A big flock (300-400) of Pink-footed Geese with a single Barnacle Goose feeding in Little Smeaton this morning. No scope with me so couldn’t count them more accurately.
12:07 26-01-2021
Red Kite spotted hovering in a field between Melmerby and Wath late yesterday afternoon
10:59 20-01-2021
Lucy Woodward
a Little Egret just south of Melsonby on Monday afternoon near the beck
16:19 18-01-2021
Jackie Fallows
A treecreeper and six crossbills - 3m, 3f - in pines along lane between South Otterington and Maunby this afternoon.
16:29 15-01-2021
East Layton, c 55 P F Geese were flying west this morning. A Peregrine was at Caldwell this afternoon.
11:12 11-01-2021
Lucy Woodward
In a field near Uckerby, near Scorton - 41 swans....41 !!
unfortuately couldnt identify them as I was on my bike
08:47 10-01-2021
Ian Webster
Great White Egret.08.15 hrs Ulshaw near Middleham also 2 Little Egret.
17:36 09-01-2021
John G
Surprise new addition to the garden list today when a Stonechat hit the kitchen window. We rescued it and put it in soft-lined shoebox and kept it warm and dark for 15 mins (we keep this ready and are often successful with it). When released it perched for photographs on a rail about 2 metres away (socially distanced!) then flew off in fine fettle.
Really didn't expect to see Stonechat in a suburban Richmond garden.
16:50 09-01-2021
Flock of 70+ reed bunting in various states of winter attire on Downholme Moor this afternoon, a couple of red grouse, stonechat, bullfinch, and a raven. Flock of 35 lapwing flew over Hudswell this morning heading up Dale.
11:17 07-01-2021
David Miller
Bolton on Swale nature reserve. From the hide yesterday. Usual suspects on the feeders, however included a marsh tit, six tree sparrows, in front of the hide, pair of golden eye, little grebes and an excellent view of a little egret stood on an exposed tree stump.
14:08 03-01-2021
Bolton-on-Swale one, Cattle egret in grass field between workings and lake
17:24 02-01-2021
Tim Burton
Cleasby Lake. Female Scaup with Tufties. Also 4 Male Pochard, 100+ Wigeon, 30+ Lesser Redpoll, 10+ Siskin, 3 Grey Partridge.
12:18 01-01-2021
Jackie Fallows
Happy New Year everyone. Let's hope it turns out better than the last one. Off to a good start here in South Otterington with a lovely male blackcap in the garden briefly, presumably overwintering somewhere. Only our third ever sighting of one in the garden, so really good to know it's survived the last few bitter days.
17:35 30-12-2020
Two Short-eared Owls hunting in the snowy uplands this afternoon.
19:23 26-12-2020
Lucy Woodward
A Great White Egret flew across the road in front of me at Bolton on Swale at 2.30pm this afternoon. I was cycling and stopped to watch it fly west towards the quarry areas.
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