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16:50 14-07-2020
Tony Burn
15.00 hours today-Hummingbird hawk moth in garden at Bagby.
13:54 13-07-2020
Gareth W
A Purple Hairstreak butterfly at Forcett Hall yesterday afternoon. It's the first time I have seen one of these at eye level!
10:46 05-07-2020
Gareth W
A Quail was calling near Caldwell last night.
21:16 30-06-2020
Barbara Crinson
Marfield Wetlands today. Evidence of new life everywhere - Tufted Duck with 6 ducklings, about a dozen Oystercatchers with 4 juveniles in the mix, 2 young Great Spotted Woodpeckers sporting their red bonnets and 1 adult male showing them the ropes, various excited tit families,teenage Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan with 4 well-grown cygnets. Also on site - Avocet, Little Grebe, Curlew, Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, warblers including Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler, Shelduck and the usual vocal Black-headed Gulls.
19:17 30-06-2020
Gareth W
Smalllways Lake. 11 Black-tailed Godwit.
13:32 27-06-2020
Janet Paterson
White winged dove in our garden, has been around fir a few days.
13:05 27-06-2020
Gareth W
Smallways, 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
17:27 26-06-2020
Gareth W
Common and Green Sandpiper at Smallways this afternoon.
21:55 23-06-2020
David Miller
Walk through Witcliffe woods and along part of the coast to coast walk. Female blackcap, great spotted woodpeckers feeding young on top of a fence post, three grey partridge, linnet, plenty of swallow and nuthatch activity, two distinct green woodpeckers calling but not seen.
16:35 22-06-2020
Andy B
While watering the garden flower troughs yesterday evening I disturbed a Light Orange Underwing moth, it flew off landed on the lawn rested a while then took off over the garage.
18:09 20-06-2020
p sheehan
Osprey and red kite Nosterfield 5pm
16:58 20-06-2020
An Osprey flew south over Smallways Lake a 15.40 this afternoon.
16:47 19-06-2020
Nick Morgan
Unity, there were two Ravens seens over Romanby and a possible sighting of two to the east of Warlaby earlier this spring
10:53 18-06-2020
Unity Stack
Overhead, while working in my small garden in middle of Brompton, Northallerton - a pair of ravens, very high up, 'in formation' at all times, no calls which would have clinched the matter, but with binocs, I had long hard look. Since April I have occasionally thought I have seen a raven, always high up and even thought I heard a very distant call from the east, but put this down to wishful thinking. Any other comparable sightings?
19:50 17-06-2020
Barbara Crinson
Quick hop off the bike at Skeeby bridge this morning to check on the welfare of the Sand Martins after the recent rain. Traffic an issue so only a few minutes of observation was possible. 6 holes were entered and I could see 5 well-grown chicks peeping out of the tunnels. No sign of the pair of Dippers during my brief visit.
(The heat and humidity at Staveley on Monday afternoon encouraged the emergence of many dragonflies and this, in turn, lured in a delightful Hobby. Twinkle toes were needed all day to avoid standing on the thousands of mini-frogs on the paths! The reserve was truly buzzing with activity.)
5 hours have been spent this afternoon nurturing a racing pigeon back to full strength with the aid of water, plenty zzzzs and a tummy full of nyger seed and sunflower hearts! That's my good deed for the day and I shall sleep easy tonight.
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