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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
Ted
SEO quartering close to Shaw Farm this evening
10:08 15-05-2020
Seb
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
Gareth
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
Ted
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.
19:37 09-05-2020
Gareth Wainwright
A Tawny Owl was being mobbed by several birds at Hutton Magna this morning. At one point a Blackbird left its perch and flew straight into the Owls chest. The Owl did not budge; it just continued to scan the ground before flying off after a couple of minutes.
15:54 09-05-2020
Chris Knight
Spotted Flycatcher in Little Langton this morning. Barn owl hunting at 08:30 and two new sites in Thrintoft for sedge warbler.
16:48 08-05-2020
Seb
Pair of spotted flycatcher in woodland near bottom of Hudswell steps, good to see them back to this regular territory.
23:16 07-05-2020
Steve Clough
Swifts have now reached Gunnerside. Garden Warbler added to in garden list
22:19 07-05-2020
Barbara Crinson
8 Redstarts found on my bike loop yesterday, 6th May - route being Richmond, Ravensworth Road, the lane north of Washton, Hartforth Lane, Gilling West, Skeeby back to Richmond. Good numbers of Whitethroats, Yellowhammers, Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs on route.
Today, 8.30a.m. during a quick hop off the bike at Skeeby Bridge, I counted 20 Sand Martins and saw 5 birds enter different holes. There were none around at noon the previous day!
20:15 07-05-2020
Mel Redfearn
Reed bunting seen in woods between Catterick Village and old A1, a first for me around here.
18:27 07-05-2020
Chris Knight
At last, my first swift over Thrintoft. Also hobby and wheatear.

More generally, unprecedented numbers of whitethroat, lesser whitethroat, blackcap, garden warbler and linnet.
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