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11:49 11-12-2021
Nick Morgan
Peregrine and Green Sandpiper at Morton on Swale
11:45 13-10-2021
John G
Passage of Redwings yesterday and today in first 2 hours of daylight, flocks of upto 30.
19:49 07-08-2021
Gareth W
Last Friday morning a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Smallways.
18:33 05-08-2021
Mike Wood
After more than twenty years of living in Melsonby, we have just had our first-ever Nuthatch in the garden this evening. They are firmly established in the Holme and Tees valleys to the south and north of Melsonby (around Hartforth and Piercebridge for example), but this is maybe an indication of a minor extension to their range.
15:31 01-08-2021
Smallways Lake: Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Sandpipers, 8 Avocet, Black Godwit, Dunlin, LR Plover with 2 juv, c23 Curlew, 7 Oystercatcher and a Ruff.
20:27 18-07-2021
Mike Wood
Hobby hunting over fields south-west of Aldbrough St John this evening.
07:18 13-07-2021
Yesterday at Smallways, Black-tailed Godwit 8, Green and Wood Sandpipers.
19:55 11-07-2021
Gareth W
Smallways Lake, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Dunlin.
21:19 04-07-2021
Tim Burton
Helwith/Shaw Beck.
Green Woodpecker x 2 adults and 1 juvenile, Redstart x male & female and 3 juveniles, Spotted Flycatcher x 4, Red Kite x 1.
Also Dark Green Fritillary x 1.
17:31 30-06-2021
Smallways Lake: Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, LR Plover and 2 Redshank. The 4 remaining Avocet chicks are doing well.
08:37 28-06-2021
Chris Knight
…and now a turtle dove! It’s like a summer 50 years ago!
08:20 28-06-2021
Chris Knight
Cuckoo calling in Thrintoft. A late record for these parts!
18:38 16-06-2021
Ian Webster
18.00hrs. Osprey over Leyburn.
20:39 13-06-2021
John G
Bolton on Swale Reserve this evening: Hobby hunting over the lake and the adjacent fields, Reed Warbler and Sedge Warbler both singing, Little Egret, about 18 Cormorant Nests many with big youngsters, about 600 Grey Lag Geese and 80 Canadas with many goslings. On the next gravel pit to the North, 2 Avocets.
19:59 03-06-2021
Gareth W
A Hobby was hunting Martins near Caldwell early this morning. We also have a calling Cuckoo which first appeared on the 1st June. The first for several years.
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