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23:10 28-07-2020
Geoff Robertson
In answer to Peters earlier question I had a ring necked parakeet in my garden in Darlington last week. That was a first.
21:52 28-07-2020
Peter Ramsden
Parakeet on feeder in South Parade , Northallerton earlier in week ( not mine but I was sent photo). Not terribly clear but looks like female ring necked parakeet. Apparently another report also in Northallerton few days earlier. Anybody else seen any locally ?
Also purple hairstreak in our garden in Warlaby last week . Seen them in oaks on roadside last 2 years.
10:05 24-07-2020
David Miller
Feldom ranges last night. Sparrow hawk, a pair of buzzards displaying, mistle thrush, spotted flycatchers, pair of curlew running up the road only metres in front of my car for several hundred metres, and red legged partridge.
21:02 22-07-2020
Gary
Barbara, was the green woodpecker on flask lane or at the main reserve?
17:49 20-07-2020
Barbara Crinson
Nosterfield today. Black-necked Grebe on main lake with 31 Black-tailed Godwits all in striking summer plumage, 6 Dunlin sporting black bellies, Little Grebes with chicks hitching a ride, numerous Great Crested Grebe juveniles, Green Woodpecker, 3 Little Owls on show - 2 of which were juveniles.
Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Common Darter, Blue-tailed Damselfly and a splendid array of wild flowers enhancing the experience.
09:04 19-07-2020
Ted
Hi Nick, if you look out after midnight you should pick Mars as well
08:43 19-07-2020
Nick Morgan
I know it's not birds but if you haven't seen comet Neowise yet try and make the effort as it's a really good one. A bonus of brilliant views of Saturn and Jupiter too.
19:45 18-07-2020
Jackie Fallows
Diamond dove a surprise visitor feeding under our bird feeders in South Otterington this evening. Beautiful little bird, presumably an escaped pet.
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.
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