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21:16 09-08-2020
Mark Britton
Heard this unusual bird 'singing' on several occasions on South Parade but never managed to see it. This morning a ring necked parakeet flew down the access road behind my flat on South Parade !
20:05 09-08-2020
Gareth W
Cleasby Lake, the weather was a bit dull this afternoon for Dragonflies with only Common, Azure and Red-eyed Damselfly seen on the pond. Walking back to the car I found a stunning male Southern Hawker hanging from a twig in the hedgerow.
19:40 05-08-2020
Gareth W
Smallways Lake, Peregrine juv, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff 5, Dunlin 2, Snipe 2, Common Sandpiper 2 and a Redshank.
16:58 04-08-2020
Gareth W
A Turnstone with a yellow flag above the knee and a yellow ring below the knee was at Smallways this afternoon. Both on right leg.
09:08 02-08-2020
Mel Redfearn
Nosterfield yesterday, l egret, heron, shelduck, avocet, c tern, c sandpiper, l & gc grebe, snipe, golden plover, dunlin, lesser yellowlegs (N American wader that has been there on and off since Jan).
08:07 30-07-2020
Ian Webster
07.45hrs. Ulshaw near Middleham, Osprey following river towards Masham.
17:40 29-07-2020
Lucy Woodward
A Peregrine falcon flew over me while I was cycling passed Croft Circuit. I knew something was up there because the birds were all frantic. It went into full stealth bomber mode but didnt get anything. Superb to watch so close. Robin King and I saw one in that area a few years ago...hopefully same one.
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
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
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.
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