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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
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.
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