31/05/2012 Julian Small (Natural England). 3 Woodcock roding Will Pits, 7 Common Cuckoo 4 together Will Pits.

31/05/2012 Paul Adams, Pete Hinks, Brian Smith. 2 Gadwall pair, 1 Marsh Harrier male, 2 Little Ringed Plover on scrape, 1 Common Cuckoo, 30 Common Swift.

30/05/2012 Rob Adams. 1 GARGANEY male flooded workings, 1 Water Rail heard screaming.

30/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 3 Great Cormorant N, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 5 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover heard, 4 Ringed Plover count may not be too accurate watching Stint, 4 Northern Lapwing, 1 Little Stint over floods with other waders not seen again, 2 Dunlin count may not be too accurate watching Stint, 2 Common Snipe 1 drumming Mill Drain Marsh, other floods, 380 Black-headed Gull. GULL-BILLED TERN A NEW SPECIES FOR THORNE MOORS (10th for Yorkshire) I found this at 11.00 and let a local know by 11.30. Most birders, at least locals know why I am working under contract on Thorne Moors for Natural England, and will understand why I could not just put the news out nationally. After speaking with NE, there was some opposition to putting news out nationally, but as usual in these situations I was allowed to tell local birders. I think this is regrettable and that larger numbers of people should have had the opportunity to see the bird and that crowds could have been easily managed. Apologies to anyone disappointed.

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Gull-billed Tern, Thorne Moors 30.05.2012 by Rob Adams. 

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Gull-billed Tern 1, Thorne Moors 30.05.2012 by Chris Harris. 

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Gull-billed Tern 2, Thorne Moors 30.05.2012 by Chris Harris. 

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Gull-billed Tern 3, Thorne Moors 30.05.2012 by Chris Harris. 

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Gull-billed Tern 4, Thorne Moors 30.05.2012 by Chris Harris. 

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Gull-billed Tern, Thorne Moors 30.05.2012 by Rob Adams. 

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Gull-billed Tern, Thorne Moors 30.05.2012 by Rob Adams. 

The Gull-billed Tern was seen in the central area of Thorne Moors (South Yorkshire part) until 18.50 when it flew off E.

29/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 2 Common Shelduck, 3 Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Buzzard, 6 Hobby, 1 Common Starling juvenile along road.

28/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 10 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 6 Hobby, 10 Common Coot, 3 Northern Lapwing, 1 Sky Lark.

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Grasshopper Warbler by Rob Adams. 

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Grasshopper Warbler by Rob Adams. 

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Linnet by Rob Adams. 

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Yellowhammer by Rob Adams. 

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Four-spot Chaser by Rob Adams. 

27/05/2012 Rob Adams. 1 Common Shelduck, 6 Eurasian Teal, 5 Mallard, 7 Shoveler, 7 Tufted Duck, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Kestrel, 5 Hobby, 200 Black-headed Gull, 1 BLACK TERN over flooded workings 12.30 to 13.20, 2 Common Swift, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Yellow Wagtail Swinefleet fields, 6 Goldfinch. 

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Cuckoo by Rob Adams. 

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Cuckoo by Rob Adams. 

26/05/2012 Rob Adams. 4 Eurasian Teal, 6 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 6 Common Pheasant, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Kestrel, 7 Hobby at once, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Northern Lapwing, 10 Yellow Wagtail Swinefleet fields.

25/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 1 Common Shelduck, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Grey Partridge 2 Creykes, 2 colliery area, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Common Kestrel, 6 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon male over floods, 1 Moorhen, 6 Common Coot, 4 Northern Lapwing, 1 Common Redshank 1000 Acre floods, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Turtle Dove.

25/05/2012 Ron Moat. 2 Marsh Harrier males, 1 Common Kestrel W end of Blackwater, 1 Northern Lapwing near paraffin tram.

24/05/2012 Ron Moat. 9 Tufted Duck on Gull colony water off Middle Moor, 3 Marsh Harrier over flooded workings all cream crowns, 3 Northern Lapwing 2 near paraffin tram, 1 flooded workings near Will Pits, 2 Common Snipe near junction of Eastern Boundary and Angle Drain, 2 Common Cuckoo.

24/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright, Bev Baxter, Rob Adams. 10 Greylag Goose, 1 Common Pochard, 10 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 3 Common Kestrel, 4 Hobby, 1 Moorhen, 6 Common Coot, 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Northern Lapwing, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 200 Black-headed Gull, 2 Arctic Tern flying NE over Fison's Road N 17.15, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Common Swift, 1 Sky Lark, 7 Willow Warbler 7 ringed, 3 Blackcap 3 ringed, 5 Garden Warbler 5 ringed, 7 Common Whitethroat 7 ringed, 2 Grasshopper Warbler GB F, WP, 1 Wren 1 ringed, 2 Robin 2 ringed, 1 Northern Wheatear male Fison's Road N, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Common Chaffinch 2 ringed, 1 Linnet 1 ringed, 1 Yellowhammer 1 ringed. Also Grey Squirrel in Will Pits, 2 Hares and several Roe Deer.

23/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 3 BARNACLE GOOSE over floods heading NE calling, 11 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Partridge track to Creyke's, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Moorhen, 4 Common Coot, 2 Northern Lapwing, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Herring Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Common Cuckoo, 2 Barn Swallow. Also a female Adder basking along Fison's Road.

22/05/2012 John Hitchcock. 1 Common Snipe drumming Woodside, 1 Short-eared Owl Creyke's.

22/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 10 Mallard, 2 Common Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Partridge colliery area, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 4 Common Coot, 4 Northern Lapwing, 2 Eurasian Curlew Chadwick's field to colliery area calling, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Common Cuckoo, 1 Short-eared Owl Creyke's, 2 Common Swift, 2 Sky Lark, 2 Barn Swallow, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackbird 2 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting. Also a Fox, 12 Hares (S fields at night) and numerous Rabbits.

21/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 36 Greylag Goose 1 unfledged young, 2 Greater Canada Goose plus young, 6 Common Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 8 Eurasian Teal, 4 Mallard, 4 Shoveler, 2 Common Pochard (also David Smith), 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk pair Will Pits, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Kestrel, 4 Hobby, 1 Moorhen Swinefleet Warping Drain, 5 Common Coot, 4 Northern Lapwing, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 280 Black-headed Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Common Cuckoo, 280 Common Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Sky Lark, 6 Barn Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 6 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 8 Reed Bunting. Also a Stoat with prey, farm track to Creyke's gate.

20/05/2012 Rob Adams, Bev Baxter, Bill Priestley. 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Turtle Dove Will Pits, 1 Short-eared Owl Goole Moor, 300+ Common Swift, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Siskin.

19/05/2012 Julian Small (Natural England). 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 Turtle Dove Lonesome Pine, 1 Common Cuckoo Lonesome Pine, 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Tree Pipit Lonesome Pine, 3 Yellowhammer Lonesome Pine, 3 Reed Bunting Lonesome Pine.

19/05/2012 Rob Adams. 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Short-eared Owl (see photo), 150 Common Swift, 50 Barn Swallow, 50 House Martin, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Northern Wheatear. 

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Short-eared Owl by Rob Adams 19.05.2012.

18/05/2012Rob Adams pm. 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Short-eared Owl 500m from Swinefleet Gate, 200 Common Swift, 50 Barn Swallow, 75 House Martin, 3 Common Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Grasshopper Warbler.

20/05/2012 Bill Priestley. 2 Common Shelduck 1000 Acre floods, 10 Gadwall, 1 Common Pochard Fison's road floods, 4 Marsh Harrier 1 adult male 3 females, 1 Hobby, 3 Common Cuckoo, 10 House Martin 1000 Acre floods, 1 Lesser Whitethroat Rhodo' Path, colliery, 17 Reed Warbler, 4 Yellowhammer.

19/05/2012 Bill Priestley. 2 Common Pochard Fison's road floods, 200 Common Swift, 100 Barn Swallow, 21 Reed Warbler Rhodo' Path, Fison's Road & Canals, Will Pits Scrape.

18/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 2 Mute Swan Green Belt F, 3 Common Shelduck over F, 4 Grey Partridge 2 Creyke's 2 colliery area, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk female, 2 Common Coot. Also 2 Hares and 3 Roe Deer and Rabbits.

18/05/2012 James Hinchliffe. 2 Turtle Dove Top House Farm.

17/05/2012 James Hinchliffe. 1 Turtle Dove Goole Moor at Bank Top. 


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Water Vole, Shearburn & Pitts Drain in Will Pits 15.10.2011 Ray Halstead (they are just holding on!). 

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Migrant Hawker, Long Meadow summer 2011 by Brian Smith. 

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Roe Buck by Steve Hiner 2011. 

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Common Hawker mating by Steve Hiner 2011. 

17/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright, Rob Adams, Bev Baxter. Includes ringed birds at Will Pits (see photos below). 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron F, 3 Marsh Harrier, 3 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Kestrel, 4 Common Coot, 1 Common Snipe drumming Will Pits, 2 Common Tern E over F then S road away E, 1 Common Cuckoo, 1 Barn Owl (Bev at Creykes), 1 Blue Tit (1 ringed), 4 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler (1 ringed), 8 Blackcap (8 ringed), 3 Garden Warbler (3 ringed), 5 Common Whitethroat (5 ringed), 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler (1 ringed), 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper, 2 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush (1 ringed), 1 Robin, 2 Northern Wheatear, 1 Common Chaffinch (1 ringed), 1 Bullfinch. Also a Weasel along Fison's Road. 

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Blackcap
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Chafinch

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16/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 2 Mute Swan Green Belt flooded workings, 4 Gadwall, 8 Eurasian Teal, 10 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Little Grebe, 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 2 Common Coot, 2 Oystercatcher, 1 Northern Lapwing, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull immatures, 1 Herring Gull immature, 200 Black-headed Gull, 1 Turtle Dove perched Green Belt, 2 Common Cuckoo, 200 Common Swift, 1 Eurasian Jay, 1 Sky Lark, 8 Barn Swallow, 20 House Martin, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat, 6 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 3 Northern Wheatear, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer. Also 2 Hares and 4 Roe Deer.

15/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright, James Hinchliffe. Includes WeBs count. 42 Greylag Goose, 3 Common Shelduck, 32 Gadwall, 27 Eurasian Teal, 97 Mallard, 28 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 5 Marsh Harrier 2 males 3 females, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk male, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon adult male stooped over Green Belt Floods, 4 Common Coot, 2 Oystercatcher, 2 Northern Lapwing, 1 Common Gull immature with BH Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull imm, 2 Herring Gull imms, 330 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Cuckoo, 1 Long-eared Owl adult seen well while looking for calling young in Elderberry Goole Moor, 1 Short-eared Owl Fison's Road N, 480 Common Swift, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Sky Lark, 2 Sand Martin, 28 Barn Swallow, 46 House Martin, 2 Garden Warbler, 1 Whinchat male Red House Farm (JH), 8 Northern Wheatear at least 3 males, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 8 Meadow Pipit, 6 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting. Also 2 Hares, 11 Red Deer and 5 Roe Deer.

15/05/2012 John Hitchcock. 1 Whinchat male Red House Farm.

14/05/2012 John Hitchcock. 2 Barn Owl Creykes and Will Pits Scrape.

14/05/2012 David W. Smith. 8 Hobby S end Moors low.

14/05/2012 James Hincliffe. 1 Hen Harrier ringtail pm Red House Farm.

14/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright (Rob Adams in part). 10 Greylag Goose, 4 Gadwall, 12 Eurasian Teal, 18 Mallard, 8 Shoveler, 9 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Partridge track to Creykes gate, 3 Marsh Harrier male and 2 females, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk female, 2 Common Buzzard 1 killed a rabbit on road Will Pits, 2 Common Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 2 Oystercatcher near Creykes, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull 9 immatures, 1 Herring Gull immature, 1 Great Black-backed Gull immature, 330 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Cuckoo, 250 Common Swift, 8 Carrion Crow, 1 Sky Lark, 1 Sand Martin, 9 Barn Swallow, 16 House Martin, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 6 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 12 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher near Creykes, 1 Whinchat female Fison's Road N, 2 Northern Wheatear male and female Fison's Road N,, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Common Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 5 Linnet, 19 Yellowhammer, 9 Reed Bunting. Also 2 Hares and a Roe Deer.

13/05/2012 John Hitchcock. 1 Spotted Flycatcher near Swinefleet gate, 1Common Stonechat female Shoulder o' Mutton.

12/05/2012 Ron Moat. 1 Peregrine Falcon chasing pigeons over centre of moors, 1 Short-eared Owl road bend near Paraffin, 150 Common Swift, 14 House Martin.

12/05/2012 Bill Priestley. 1 Egyptian Goose reported by 2 visitors Will Pits Scrape, 1 Gadwall, 18 Tufted Duck, 6 Great Cormorant 4 SE, 2 NE, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 4 Common Kestrel, 14+ Hobby, 2 Common Coot 1000 Acre Floods, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Dunlin, 1 Turtle Dove Rhodo' Path, 1 Tawny Owl Will Pits, 400 Common Swift, 2 Lesser Whitethroat Rhodo' Path, colliery, 13 Common Whitethroat, 11 Reed Warbler Fison's Road & Canals.

11/05/2012 Bryan Wainwright. 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Greater Canada Goose, 2 Common Shelduck, 6 Gadwall, 12 Eurasian Teal, 36 Mallard, 10 Shoveler, 17 Tufted Duck, 2 Red-legged Partridge, p Common Pheasant, 4 Marsh Harrier 3 cc 1 male, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby Creykes, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull type, 100 Black-headed Gull, p Wood Pigeon, 320 Common Swift, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Western Jackdaw over Will Pits to Crowle Moor calling, 6 Carrion Crow, 5 Great Tit, 2 Sky Lark, 2 Sand Martin, 40 Barn Swallow, 30 House Martin, 5 Common Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler Swinefleet Warping Drain, 11 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 15 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 9 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 1 Northern Wheatear male Fison's Road N, 1 Pied Wagtail, 9 Meadow Pipit, 2 Common Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 13 Reed Bunting. Also 20 Hares, 2 Roe Deer, Rabbits, up to 12 Smooth Newts ditch near colliery buildings and a Black Darter.

09/05/2012 Julian Small (Natural England). 4 Common Shelduck pair Will Pits Scrape, pr on floods N of Green Belt, 8 Gadwall, 40 Eurasian Teal, 20 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe Will Pits Scrape, 1 Great Crested Grebe Will Pits Scrape, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Common Coot, 2 Common Cuckoo, 1 Eurasian Jay, 2 Western Jackdaw high N, 1 Garden Warbler Will Pits Scrape, 3 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 1 Northern Wheatear Fison's Road, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit E end Angle Drain, 1 Yellowhammer E end Angle Drain.

09/05/2012 Ian McDonald, Mick Oliver. p Eurasian Teal, p Mallard, p Shoveler, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Snipe, p Black-headed Gull, 2 Whinchat. Also a Water Vole.

08/05/2012 Paul Adams. Swinefleet Mill (dis.) to Red House Farm to Axholme Joint Railway Line 1 Common Kestrel, 2 Sky Lark, 6 Barn Swallow, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit. North of the recording area 4 Yellow Wagtail and 3 Corn Bunting.

07/05/2012 John Durrant. 1 Long-eared Owl Inkle Moor.

04/05/2012 Bill Priestley. 2 Greater Canada Goose Green Belt floods, 4 Marsh Harrier, 2 Northern Lapwing Will Pits floods breeding, 1 Black-headed Gull adult with crossed mandibles, 2 Common Cuckoo, 200 Common Swift, 1 Sand Martin with Swallows, 20 Barn Swallow, 3 House Martin with Swallows, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat Rhodo' Path, 5 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper Durham's Gardens, 1 Mistle Thrush nest recreation ground, 1 Tree Pipit Middle Moor.

03/05/2012 Bill Priestley. 2 Greylag Goose & 2 young floods on Green Belt, 2 Greater Canada Goose Green Belt floodsf, 1 Gadwall, 4 Marsh Harrier, 4 Common Kestrel, 1 Common Snipe drumming Middle Moor, 2 Common Cuckoo, 100+ Common Swift, 2 Willow Tit, 20 Barn Swallow, 5 Common Whitethroat, 11 Grasshopper Warbler floods, 18 Sedge Warbler, 1 Mistle Thrush nest recreation ground, 5 Yellowhammer.