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00:01 25-05-2020
Gaz Atkinson
Short eared owl on Arkengarthdale moor this evening, along with go,den plovers and 3 woodcock.
20:07 24-05-2020
Gareth W
At Smallways this morning I watched as a Curlew inflicted a sustained attack on a Lapwing chick. The Curlew repeatedly stabbed the chick with its bill as the parents of the chick tried in vain to chase the Curlew away. Luckily, 4 other Lapwing came to help out and they managed to move the Curlew on. The chick looked like it was okay as it continued to feed.
11:06 23-05-2020
Smallways Lake: Dunlin 8, Little-ringed Plover 3 and a Ringed Plover.
19:55 20-05-2020
Chris Knight
Surrender Bridge is randomly the only place I’ve ever SEEN a quail. My family and I were picnicking by the stream when two flew in, drank, then flew away... within 12ft of us.
19:44 20-05-2020
Chris Knight
Good for green hairstreak too there, Gareth.

Cuckoo calling this morning from Thrintoft Ings. Present since Sunday. The giddy romantic in me hopes it’s a first year male from the female I witnessed searching for nests in May last year (p20 on this thread). Sedge Warbler also still present and appears to have coupled up... if I can confirm breeding it will be the first to do so on my patch since I discovered a nesting pair at Northallerton Equestrian Centre 8 years ago.
19:25 20-05-2020
Surrender Bridge: Whinchat, Wheatear 5, Stonechat 2, Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel and a Buzzard. A Ring Ouzel nest was also found containing 4 chicks. When I was adding sightings to my note book a Small Copper landed on the page and enjoyed the sun before flying off moments later. There were several of these butterflies at this site.
17:41 19-05-2020
Ian Webster
Ulshaw Bridge nr Middleham,
2 Osprey 17.00hrs headed off West after quarter of an hour.
18:44 18-05-2020
Hilary Pickard
Ted/Gareth visiting the area, can you give directions to carpark for Brignall Woods. Which side of river best for sightings of pied flycatcher? Thanks
09:30 18-05-2020
Nick Morgan
Just heard from a reader that a Hoopoes was seen in Newton le Willows on 6th May
11:47 16-05-2020
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 4 Little-ringed Plover and a Wood Sandpiper.
20:35 15-05-2020
SEO quartering close to Shaw Farm this evening
10:08 15-05-2020
Following BTO/Gov guidelines I surveyed a BBS square this morning at the top of Bishopdale. Golden plover, snipe, wheatear and the usual moorland suspects. Driving through the Dales early the verges were covered in goldfinches enjoying dandelion seeds, never seen so many goldfinch - another perk of leaving verges uncut.
19:28 13-05-2020
Yesterday at Smallways Lake, a Great Black-backed Gull flew across the lake and tried to take a Mallard. The duck managed to free itself from the Gull's bill and swam off with his mate.
At Brignall Woods this morning, I saw 1 Spotted Flycatcher and it was taking nest material into a crevice on a tree. The tree was just over the other side of the road from the car park. What struck me as unusual was that the crevice was 40-50 ft up the tree. I always thought they nested at lower levels. I can add 7 male Pied Flycatcher south of the car park and 2 Redstart to Ted's list..
17:47 13-05-2020
Brignall woods; upstream of bridge, 3 singing Pied Flycatcher, 3 Spotted flycatcher, Cuckoo and numerous Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcaps. Dipper seen near the bridge.
15:30 11-05-2020
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: Greenshank, a pair of Little-ringed Plover and a Shelduck with 7 young.
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