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19:36 05-06-2020
Gareth W
Smallways Lake, 3 adult Med Gull.
08:47 02-06-2020
David Miller
I have been up to Calfhall and Hagg wood this morning, however unable to spot the Pied Flycatchers. Where is the best place to see them, any help would be gratefully accepted.
20:10 01-06-2020
Stang Forest last night, good views of a Nightjar churring at the top of a tree. 2 other birds were also calling at different locations within the forest. Sparrowhawk and Woodcock were also seen. If anyone is going to the forest via the A66 please note there are road works and traffic lights. Leave a bit earlier. Tracy please text me with your email 07941137953.
10:29 01-06-2020
Tracy Little
Is there a particularly good place to look for nightjars on the Stang please?
21:59 30-05-2020
Barbara Crinson
Before the crowds descended this morning I delighted in the tranquillity of our local woods - Hudswell, Calfhall and Hagg. Kingfisher, Dipper, Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, WW, CC, BC, Bullfinch, a Wren family, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush were all on offer. Special for me today was watching a Pied Flycatcher pair provisioning their young - 14 visits in half an hour - captivating! Thanks Stephen for directions!
06:11 30-05-2020
Mel Redfearn
Smallways GP yest, 8 avocet, single rl partidge, noisy colony black headed gulls, lots of shelduck, greylag, Barningham Moor, red grouse, meadow pipit and mistle thrush (they looked big, still not sure that they were thrushes but can't think of anything else)
19:38 29-05-2020
Stephen H
A pair of Spotted Flycatchers were the highlight on the moors today although the supporting cast wasn't too bad either :-Pied flycatcher, Tree pipit, Meadow pipit, Redpoll, Skylark, Curlew, Lapwing, Stonechat, Garden warbler, Redstart, Mistle thrush, Goldcrest, Linnet, Treecreeper, Bullfinch, Willow warbler, Chiffchaff, Buzzard
17:27 28-05-2020
Tim Burton
Stang Forest 26th May. 2 Nightjar churring. 1 seen well and wing clapping. Also 4 Tawny Owl and 3 Woodcock Roding.
14:42 28-05-2020
Barbara Crinson
Morning bike ride - pair of Dippers carrying food at Skeeby Bridge. Sand Martin colony in full swing, 15 birds overhead and 8 holes entered. Maximum number of airborne Sand Martins I have seen from the bike at this location is 30 on 5th May.
13:26 28-05-2020
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: The Med Gulls have hatched 2 young. Best viewed by finding a gap in the hedge which is c.100m from the hide going towards Newsham.
A Shoveler Duck has 10 young with her.
14:59 27-05-2020
David Miller
Surrender Bridge this morning at 07.30 , a number of red grouse with chicks, numerous pipits and curlew, two merlin, ring ouzel up near the ruined workings, two distinct cuckoo calling but not seen, stonechat and whinchat and wheatear. On the stream yellow and pied wagtail.
10:02 26-05-2020
Gareth W
Ben, its about a mile north of Low Row on the Langthwaite road. Here is a useful website.
19:52 25-05-2020
Ben Lawson
Gareth how far from the village do you park I don’t know where the square is
19:16 25-05-2020
Gareth W
Ben, Surrender Bridge is located north of Low Row. Park at grid ref SD 989 998. Walk over the bridge, then follow the first track going west. Enjoy the walk.
16:15 25-05-2020
Ben Lawson
About surrender bridge is there a road that leaves up to it if so can somebody put it on here for me please
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