Category Archives: Birds

Whitby Harbour, October 2018

A day out may not involve wildlife-watching, not as a specific goal. But that doesn’t mean treats cannot be found, especially with once-wild species increasingly urbanised. I have, I’m quite sure, mentioned before that Turnstones are among my favourite birds. … Continue reading

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Save Askham Bog – Get involved

There are plenty of great examples of how conservation and development can work well together. But at other times, it can seem like nobody is ever really listening. Here in York a developer has expressed the intent to build 500 … Continue reading

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On Redcar Beach… and a dog rant

After the initial jaunt to South Gare, I headed down to the beach at Redcar, stopping in a carpark that was home to far more gulls and Starlings than cars. My goal was twofold; eat my lunch and see if … Continue reading

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South Gare and a Pomarine Skua

It’s fair to say that if you mention the mouth of the Tees to most people, “birding hotspot” is not their first thought. The imposing industrial plants that flank the river instead suggest chemicals and pollution. Yet the reality is … Continue reading

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Wheldrake Ings, September 2018

As it was a lovely evening, I decided to have a walk around Wheldrake Ings. Unfortunately what I’d not really appreciated was just how much the recent drought had depleted the pool where the waders usually hang out.

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30 Days Wild – Day 7 – Sunset over Wheldrake Ings

As it was a glorious evening, I decided to go have a couple of hours wandering round Wheldrake Ings. I hoped I might get lucky and spot a barn owl. We’ll see how that worked out later.

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30 Days Wild – Days 4-6 – Fruitless vole hunts

One thing I have been meaning to do, and running out of time for, is a formal water vole survey of the section of the River Foss that I tend to walk. It has to be done by the 15th … Continue reading

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30 Days Wild – Days 2 and 3 – Starlings and foxes

We’ve had a noisy garden invasion recently as the first set of starling chicks have tipped out into the garden. They give nobody, certainly not us or their parents, a moment’s peace as they are constantly crying for more food.

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Rosy Starling, Flamborough May 2018

There has been a mini-irruption of Rosy Starlings in the past week or two with these migrants from Asia appearing on the coast of England. By happy coincidence, myself and one of these starlings had the same destination last week: … Continue reading

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Wheldrake Ings NNR May 2018

It was a glorious sunny Sunday morning, so I decided to head for Wheldrake Ings National Nature Reserve, in the hopes of being there before most other people.

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