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THORNE MOORS BIRDING BLOG 2018

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LATEST SIGHTINGS:

31/12/18 Helen Kirk Tufted Duck 3 (2 s), Red-breasted Merganser 1, Goosander 17, Marsh Harrier 6, Hen Harrier 1 first seen at 15.56, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1 , Peregrine 1, Water Rail 1, Snipe 2, Goldcrest 2, Bullfinch 2.

31/12/18 Bev Baxter ringing Top House Farm Redwing 2, Greenfinch 2, Goldfinch 2, Reed Bunting 1.

31/12/18 Bryan Wainwright Tufted Duck 3, Goosander 2, Marsh Harrier 1, Jay 2. Roe Deer 1.

27/12/2018 Martin Warne Pink-footed Goose 47, Gadwall 4, Shoveler 7, Goosander 3, Marsh Harrier 3, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 2, Snipe 1, Woodcock 1, Jay 2, Goldcrest 4, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 4, Willow Tit 1, Cetti`s Warbler 1, Long-tailed Tit 2, Starling 40, Fieldfare 4, Stonechat 4, Meadow Pipit 5, Goldfinch 50, roving flock along Fisons Rd, Lesser Redpoll 20, Bullfinch 2.

27/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Bill Priestley Teal 10, Mallard 110, Shoveler 7, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Goosander 2, Marsh Harrier 2, Hen Harrier 1, Kestrel 2, Moorhen 1, Snipe 2, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Stock Dove 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Jay 2, Jackdaw 6 over E, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 2, Blackbird 5, Mistle Thrush 2, Robin 2, Stonechat 1, Dunnock 1, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Goldfinch 40, Lesser Redpoll 30, Bullfinch 2. Roe Deer 1.

26/12/2018 Martin Warne, Ian McDonald Mute Swan 1, Feral Greylag Goose 2, Wigeon 4, Gadwall 33, Teal 12, Mallard 270, Shoveler 2, Red-breasted Merganser 1 Will Pits Scrape am (photos MW), Goosander 16, Marsh Harrier 2, Merlin 1, Water Rail 1, Lapwing 7, Barn Owl 1, Jay 1, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 2, Coal Tit 1, Long-tailed Tit 2, Treecreeper 1, Stonechat 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Lesser Redpoll 15, Bullfinch 4. Common Frog 1.

26/12/18 Bryan Wainwright Pink-footed Goose 13, Greylag Goose Domestic 2, Teal 21, Mallard 130, Shoveler 1, Red-breasted Merganser 1 type Woodside floods (thanks to Ian McDonald and Martin Warne), Goosander 25, Marsh Harrier 1, Water Rail 1, Snipe 1, Woodcock 1 along road in dark, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Barn Owl 1, Jay 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Lesser Redpoll 30.

24/12/18 Rob Watson Red-breasted Merganser 1 type (photos x3), Goosander 15, Hen Harrier 1 low across middle heading NW.

24/12/2018 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk Feral Greylag Goose 2, Gadwall 5, Mallard 160, Shoveler 2, Red-breasted Merganser 1 "redhead" Will Pits Scrape  Goosander 9, Marsh Harrier 4, Sparrowhawk 1, Water Rail 3, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Jay 3, Blue Tit 3, Great Tit 5, Willow Tit 1, Stonechat 2, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Meadow Pipit 4, Lesser Redpoll 90, Bullfinch 6.

22/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Gary Featherstone Greylag Goose Domestic 1, Gadwall 18, Teal 30, Mallard 225, Shoveler 4, Goldeneye 1 female, Pheasant 10, Marsh Harrier 2, Hen Harrier 1 W of Will Pits from 10.15, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 2, Merlin 1 juvenile on stump W side, Peregrine 1 Paraffin area, Snipe 1, Woodpigeon 850, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Blue Tit 8, Great Tit 4, Cetti's Warbler 2, Long-tailed Tit 5, Wren 2, Blackbird 3, Redwing 1, Robin 2, Meadow Pipit 1, Goldfinch 30, Lesser Redpoll 10, Bullfinch 2, Reed Bunting 2. Red Deer 9, Roe Deer 3.

21/12/18 Bryan Wainwright Teal 21, Mallard 130, Shoveler 1, Cetti's Warbler 2, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 2, Meadow Pipit 1. Red Deer 1, Roe Deer 1.

18/12/18 Bryan Wainwright Pink-footed Goose 100, Little Egret 1 Inkle Flatts, Hen Harrier 1 ♂ from fields W of Inkle Moor along Moor edge to E Durham’s Garden at just above tree height 15.50, Buzzard 1, Woodpigeon 40, Little Owl 1 calling from poplars on Recreation Ground, Magpie 2, Jay 1, Wren 2, Blackbird 11, Fieldfare 183, Redwing 11, Robin 1, Meadow Pipit 2, Chaffinch 35, Goldfinch 15. Roe Deer 1.

18/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Gary Featherstone, Bill Priestley Greylag Goose Domestic 30, Wigeon 2, Gadwall 42, Teal 80, Mallard 250, Pintail 2 immatures, Shoveler 8, Goldeneye 1 female, Goosander 4 (3 males), Marsh Harrier 5, Hen Harrier 1 floods to Will Pits Scrape mid-am, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 2, Common Gull 42, Black-headed Gull 1, Woodpigeon 200, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Magpie 2, Jay 1, Carrion Crow 14, Goldcrest 1, Blue Tit 6, Great Tit 6, Long-tailed Tit 20, Treecreeper 1, Starling 8, Blackbird 5, Fieldfare 40, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 2, Robin 2, Stonechat 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 12, Lesser Redpoll 140 Will Pits Scrape, nothing unusual today: note description of possible Coues's put in on 15th below.  Bullfinch 4. Stoat 1 Will Pits, Red Deer 6, Roe Deer 1.

17/12/18 David Slack Greylag Goose Domestic 35, Mallard 45, Marsh Harrier 5 (1 ), Kestrel 1, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Jay 1, Great Tit 6, Long-tailed Tit 4, Wren 2, Stonechat 2, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Reed Bunting 6. Red Deer 1, Roe Deer 2.

16/12/2018 Lance Degnan, John Wozencroft Wigeon 3, Gadwall 2, Teal 80, Mallard 80, Shoveler 8, Red-breasted Merganser 1, "red head" Will Pits Scrape Second Record for Thorne Moors, Goosander 14, Marsh Harrier 6, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Water Rail 1, Golden Plover 11, Goldcrest 2, Willow Tit 1, Stonechat 4, Lesser Redpoll c100, Common Redpoll (Mealy) 1 (the first this back end).

16/12/2018 Martin Warne Teal 32, Goosander 4, Marsh Harrier 4, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1, Golden Plover 11, Snipe 1, Great Black-backed Gull 2, Short-eared Owl 1, Jay 3, Goldcrest 1, Blue Tit 5, Great Tit 3, Coal Tit 1, Willow Tit 2, Long-tailed Tit 16, Fieldfare 22, Redwing 2, Stonechat 2, Lesser Redpoll c100, Common Redpoll (Mealy)1 (the first this back end), Bullfinch 9.

15/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Gary Featherstone Pink-footed Goose 500, Teal 20, Mallard 110, Shoveler 1, Marsh Harrier 2, Kestrel 2, Peregrine 1 W side, Golden Plover 11, Lapwing 50, Common Gull 28, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Magpie 4, Jay 1, Long-tailed Tit 16, Lesser Redpoll 180, Coues's Arctic Redpoll ? 1 Adult seen in scope (Swarovski ATX95) in good light 10.00, all features clear at about 100m at NE shed (BPW, GF) Description: appeared same size as Lessers but much whiter overall, head white with pale feint light brown markings, bill noticeably smaller than Lesser (or Common), back white with dark brown streaks, rump pure white extending up back, broad white wingbar, below nearly all white with very few streaks at top of breast and one 'line' along side, breast with large pink patch, undertail coverts and along tail underside pure white no markings. Bullfinch 4. Roe Deer 5.

15/12/2018 Martin Warne Pink-footed Goose 380, Marsh Harrier 2, Buzzard 4 together Goole Fields, Kestrel 2, Great Black-backed Gull 2, Goldcrest 1, Fieldfare 27, Redwing 3, Stonechat 2, Greenfinch 1 with Goldfinch flock, Goldfinch 40.

14/12/2018 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk Pink-footed Goose 210, Marsh Harrier 4, Buzzard 1, Water Rail 1, Lapwing 3, Snipe 3, Woodcock 4, Goldcrest 2, Long-tailed Tit 8, Starling 60, Fieldfare 10, Stonechat 3, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 2, Lesser Redpoll 20, Yellowhammer 1. Brown Hare 1.

14/12/18 Peter Hinks, Brian Smith, Barry Thompson Pink-footed Goose 1500 NE fields, Wigeon 26 SE towards Will Pits Scrape, Teal 20, Mallard 140, Goosander 3, Kestrel 1, Woodcock 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Goldcrest 1, Blue Tit 5, Great Tit 9, Long-tailed Tit 32, Wren 4, Starling 150, Fieldfare 90, Redwing 10, Stonechat 1, Goldfinch 50, Siskin 2, Lesser Redpoll 30, Bullfinch 7. Roe Deer 1, Weasel 1 Snaith & Cowick Moor.

14/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Steve Hiner Pink-footed Goose 750, Greylag Goose Domestic 7, Gadwall 16, Teal 30, Mallard 80, Goosander 8, Marsh Harrier 2, Lapwing 5, Jay 1, Willow Tit 1 E end Goole Moor Tram, Skylark 1, Cetti's Warbler 2 E end Goole Moor Tram, Long-tailed Tit 2, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Lesser Redpoll 80, Bullfinch 4, Yellowhammer 12 fields opposite Pony Bridge. Roe Deer 5, Red Deer.

10, 14/12/18 Bev Baxter, Ron Moat, Ringing Top House Farm Sparrowhawk 1, Great Tit 1, Blackbird 3, Fieldfare 1, Redwing 31, Chaffinch 2, Goldfinch 2, Reed Bunting 8.

13/12/18 Gary Featherstone, Bill Priestley Gadwall 20, Teal 30, Mallard 150, Shoveler 4, Goosander 2, Marsh Harrier 3, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 2, Water Rail 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Blue Tit 7, Great Tit 2, Cetti's Warbler 1, Long-tailed Tit 10, Treecreeper 1, Lesser Redpoll 6, Bullfinch 6. Red Deer 6, Fox 1.

10/12/18 Bev Baxter ringing Top House Farm Blackbird 4, Redwing 17, Chaffinch 1, Greenfinch 1, Goldfinch 2, Reed Bunting 3.

10/12/18 Bryan Wainwright Marsh Harrier 11 to roost pm all on view perched in 3 bushy birches NW Shoulder o’ Mutton, Water Rail 4, Jack Snipe 1 Excellent views on Fisons’ Road North in headlights pm, Woodcock 1 Will Pits dusk, Barn Owl 1 flying Woodside, Goldfinch 30. Red Deer 14.

09/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Richard Sprakes Pink-footed Goose 1600, Greylag Goose Domestic 24, Canada Goose 2, Gadwall 18, Teal 30, Mallard 70, Pintail 1 female/immature, Goosander 1 female, Marsh Harrier 7 together at roost pm, Hen Harrier 1 seen twice, brief and distant at dusk, Sparrowhawk 2, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 1, Water Rail 2, Woodcock 1, Common Gull 25, Herring Gull 1, Great Black-backed Gull 18, Woodpigeon 180, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Magpie 1, Jay 3, Carrion Crow 14, Goldcrest 2, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 5, Willow Tit 1 Will Pits, Skylark 9, Wren 2, Starling 30, Blackbird 6, Fieldfare 120, Redwing 3, Robin 2, Stonechat 2, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Meadow Pipit 5, Chaffinch 4, Goldfinch 5, Linnet 1, Lesser Redpoll 90, Coues’s Arctic Redpoll 1 first winter seen in scope (Swarovski ATX 95) in perfect light for 10 minutes from 09.00, with Lessers, all features clear. Road to NE shed Third record for Thorne Moors (BPW, RJS), Bullfinch 4, Reed Bunting 8. Red Deer 22 at least 4 males, Roe Deer 4. Collared Eathstar 18.

09/12/2018 Martin Warne Pink-footed Goose 1750, Feral Greylag Goose 67, Canada Goose 1, Marsh Harrier 7, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 1, Jack Snipe 1, Woodcock 2, Jay 3, Starling 60, Fieldfare 80, Redwing 3, Stonechat 2, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 2, Lesser Redpoll 29. Roe Deer 3. Collared Earthstar (photos).

08/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Gary Featherstone Wigeon 2, Gadwall 6, Teal 140, Mallard 200, Shoveler 7, Goosander 10, Marsh Harrier 3, Kestrel 2, Stonechat 1 male, Lesser Redpoll 30, Bullfinch 2.

07/12/2018 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk Marsh Harrier 3, Kestrel 1, Snipe 3, Goldcrest 5, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 1, Coal Tit 2, Willow Tit 1, Long-tailed Tit 14, Treecreeper 1, Starling 115, Fieldfare 31, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Lesser Redpoll 6. Collared Earthstar Fungi 52.

07/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Steve Hiner WeBs Mute Swan 1, Pink-footed Goose 61 NE over Green Belt, Greylag Goose Domestic 2, Gadwall 14, Teal 160, Mallard 249, Pintail 1 , Goosander 6, Marsh Harrier 3, Hen Harrier 1 juvenile W side early am, Peregrine 2 adult s in combat over Southern Canals, Jay 4, Goldcrest 2, Blue Tit 5, Great Tit 5, Willow Tit 2 Green Belt, Goole Moor, Cetti's Warbler 1, Goldfinch 70, Lesser Redpoll 8. Red Deer 5.

06/12/18 Steve Hiner, Rachael Blackham Wigeon 5, Will Pits Scrape, Teal 150 Will Pits Scrape, Mallard 200 Will Pits Scrape, Pintail 1 Will Pits Scrape, Buzzard 1 Bank Top, Lesser Black-backed Gull 4 Paraffin, Blue Tit 2 Bank Top, Long-tailed Tit 4 Bank Top, Lesser Redpoll 200 NNR shed, Bullfinch 2 Will Pits.

06/12/18 Tom Lowe Whooper Swan 2 adults, Pink-footed Goose 2200 left roost on Goole Moor at dawn, Greylag Goose Domestic 65.

06/12/18 Gary Featherstone, Bill Priestley, Wigeon 6, Gadwall 10, Teal 90, Mallard 300, Pintail 2, Shoveler 1, Goosander 3, Marsh Harrier 2, Merlin 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Fieldfare 30, Stonechat 2, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Goldfinch 40, Lesser Redpoll 230, Bullfinch 2.

06/12/2018 Martin Warne Teal 16, Mallard 383, Marsh Harrier 4, Buzzard 1, Water Rail 1, Moorhen 1, Snipe 1, Barn Owl 1, Goldcrest 2, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 3, Willow Tit 1, Cetti`s Warbler 1, Long-tailed Tit 10, Starling 30, Fieldfare 76, Stonechat 1, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Meadow Pipit 7, Lesser Redpoll 240 including flock of 200, Bullfinch 4.

05/12/18 Tom Lowe Pink-footed Goose 160, Greylag Goose Domestic 73, Grey Partridge 10 Goole Fields, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 1, Merlin 1, Peregrine 1 juvenile, Common Gull 300, Waxwing 1 north edge of Goole Moor briefly mid morning then flew west.

05/12/2018 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk, Ian McDonald Feral Greylag Goose 16, Shoveler 1 male, Goosander 1 male, Marsh Harrier 1, Water Rail 1, Moorhen 1, Woodcock 6 (IMcD), Jay 2, Goldcrest 3, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 1, Willow Tit 1, Long-tailed Tit 3, Treecreeper 1, Stonechat 1, Lesser Redpoll 80.

02/12/18 Bryan Wainwright Pink-footed Goose 700, Greylag Goose Domestic 4, Canada Goose 22, Wigeon 4, Gadwall 19, Teal 150, Mallard 200, Pintail 1 floods, Marsh Harrier 2, Buzzard 1, Lapwing 7, Great Black-backed Gull 1, Jay 1, Blue Tit 3, Great Tit 9, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Meadow Pipit 10, Reed Bunting 14 . Red Deer 8, Roe Deer 3.

01/12/18 Bryan Wainwright, Gary Featherstone, Bill Priestley Wigeon 9, Gadwall 17, Mallard 238, Shoveler 1, Marsh Harrier 7, Hen Harrier 2 a and a ringtail N of road separate, Sparrowhawk 1 ♂ with prey, Peregrine 1 going through Starling flock over fields, possibly a second, Water Rail 1, Jay 1, Goldcrest 1, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 3, Cetti's Warbler 1, Long-tailed Tit 2, Starling 800, Meadow Pipit 3, Goldfinch 66, Lesser Redpoll 120, Bullfinch 3, Reed Bunting 5.