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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Havenah Park birding near Harrogate

As Harry was asleep I took the opportunity to go for a walk and birding session on the outskirts of Harrogate.
A beautiful day saw a handful of species

A calling Great Tit

Male chaffinch

Oystercatcher at Scargill ressie
Male Pheasant 

Bullfinch at Stone rings

A lovely pair of BULLFINCH are regular visitors to Jen & Jon's feeders.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Non official tick list (NOL)

I have seen the following species in the UK that were not in a 'bird zoo' (clipped and there just for general public amusement...) I call these my NOL (Non official list)

1. SACRED IBIS (2012  Stanwick Lakes, Northants)
2. BLACK SWAN ( First encounter at Dinton many years ago)
4. MONK PARAKEET (Borehamwood with LGRE in 2015)
5. HOODED MERGANSER (Radipole, 2015,2017)

It's of note for my own record, as a bird spotter in the UK that I have seen these unusual species in a wild environment.

Yorkshire Bufflehead & Grouse!

A trip up to the in laws - first sighting was a RED GROUSE driving back from Billy Bobs kids haven after seeing Ruth, Gwen et al - it was a very fortunate spot as it flew across some scrub by the side of the road whilst driving back to Harrogate. Then a cheeky twitch to see a female BUFFLEHEAD at Rodley NR near Leeds. This bird is of unknown origin so has to go down as a plastic tick. Great to see one anyway as its a first for me
Year list @ #115
NOL @ #6

Female Bufflehead 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Back at Wilstone

Driving back from Northampton I thought I would stop off at Wilstone. Two lovely BLACK TERN and a YELLOW WAGTAIL were great sights on a beautiful early evening - it's been a while since a yellow wag has been in my sights. Great calling as it flew off towards Startops

Yellow Wagtail by the jetty 

Black Tern

The Fonz! Maybe. 
Black Tern in flight  

Woodpecker @ Granville

Walking back into our house after an early morning swim I heard a close by squeak of a woodpecker. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER has returned to Granville Road! A male returns again - maybe the same one from last year.

Great view of the male markings

GSW enjoying the suet - last seen May last year

Monday, 8 May 2017

Wilstone visit

A quick visit to Wilstone to see if and black terns were in town - none to be seen but COMMON TERN and SWALLOW & HOUSE MARTIN a plenty 

Swallow at the ressie

Common Terns