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18:23 13-06-2020
Tony Burn
Just a question about tree bumblebees.In one of my nest boxes they have taken over from the blue tits and seem to be thriving.At the end of the year can I clean the box out or do they overwinter
14:03 13-06-2020
Steve Clough
Short walk around Butter Tubs/Lovely Seat area curlew, golden plover, lapwing, red grouse, wheatear, meadow pipit, and two pairs of dunlin in breeding habitat.
11:00 11-06-2020
Jackie Fallows
Pair turtle doves, male singing, at Sutton Bank 5pm yesterday.
14:53 10-06-2020
Gareth Wainwright
12 Common Tern flew into Smallways at 7.30 this morning. When the Gulls eventually let them settle they went to sleep on the rocks.
14:27 09-06-2020
Gaz Atkinson
Walk around Swaledale this morning
Usual suspects with plenty of Spotted Flycatchers and Sandpipers about between Scabba Bridge and Gunnerside.
Red Kite on Grinton Moor too.
Golden Plover a plenty over Whitaside on the way back
08:47 09-06-2020
Smallways, no sign of the RNP at 7.15 am.
21:00 08-06-2020
Gary h
Are the walls around scargill hard to find? Do they start from the castle?
14:01 08-06-2020
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: Red-necked Phalarope at 2pm today.
19:59 07-06-2020
Tim Burton
Scargill. 7 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 male Redstart, 1 male Cuckoo, 2 Green Woodpecker.
11:52 07-06-2020
Gaz Atkinson
Belting Male Redstart in Richmond Racecourse this morning.
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!
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