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19:23 24-07-2019
Andy Johnston
Red Kite flew south over A66 at 11.15am near Smallways Lake today
07:55 21-07-2019
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: Wood Sandpiper, Snipe 18 and 2 Ruff.
08:55 17-07-2019
Andy Johnston
Hobby over Scruton 8.0 am
20:19 16-07-2019
Gareth W
Tan Hill area. 2 Golden-ringed Dragonfly and a male Black Darter

Yesterday at Cleasby pond, Emperor Dragonfly 5, Spotted Chaser 4, Black-tailed Skimmer 1, Common Damselfly and Azure Damselfly.
08:29 16-07-2019
Steve Clough
Nightjar at Stang last night. One, possibly two birds heard from clearing 100m below Peters Tree.
10:51 09-07-2019
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: A Knot in summer plumage, Green Sandpiper and 3 Common Sandpiper.
07:08 02-07-2019
Chris Knight
Butterflies not birds, sorry.

The white-letter hairstreaks are now flying in Thrintoft. The colony is even bigger than I previously thought and may be Yorkshire’s premier site! Best viewing points are the 8 or so tall wych elms surrounding the dressage warm-up field gate on Myers Lane and the last trees on the North side of the lane as you walk West in to Thrintoft.
14:45 30-06-2019
Gareth W
I forgot to add 2 Common Sandpiper to the Smallways list.
14:37 30-06-2019
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: Black-tailed Godwit 27, Redshank 25, Little-ringed Plover 4, Avocet 7 and a newly hatched Lapwing chick.
12:59 28-06-2019
Gareth W
Smallways Lake: 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
18:48 27-06-2019
Ted
15:00, Hobby over Croft this afternoon
17:23 23-06-2019
Matty
Light blue budgie foraging seeds and on the fat balls in our back garden in Tunstall this afternoon
18:26 21-06-2019
Gareth W
Caldwell: 5 Yellow Wagtail with one bird carrying food, 2 Quail calling and a Spotted Flycatcher at West Layton
13:02 19-06-2019
Richard Stephenson
Bolton on Swale gp am 3 Otters female +2 young +fox
17:09 16-06-2019
Mike Wood
A Red Kite flying south high over Gilling West towards Richmond at 4.15pm. Pair of Yellow Wagtails apparently nesting in a field north of Melsonby.
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