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THORNE MOORS BIRDING BLOG 2020

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LATEST SIGHTINGS:

Due to few visits, limited ability to visit the site and amount of site that can be covered; I have decided to suspend the blog until further notice.

Please note: Though I work for Natural England/government, I offer no in-depth guidance here. Please consult official sources for that. Note that though many National Nature Reserves are not closed to the public, you should not make unnecessary journeys by vehicle to visit them. If you do visit them by foot or bicycle for daily exercise please follow guidance on distancing and sanitization. Above all please stay safe, thanks.

28/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Shoveler 2, Tufted Duck 8, Marsh Harrier 4, Buzzard 1, Snipe 2, Redshank 1, Black-headed Gull 30, Great Tit 2, Skylark 1, Chiffchaff 15, Wren 2, Stonechat 2, Dunnock 3, Meadow Pipit 2, Water Pipit 2, Yellowhammer 1, Reed Bunting 6. Photo: Dead Mole on limestone Road from a couple days ago. 

27/03/2020 Bill Priestley Whooper Swan 9 Inc. 1 juvenile, Gadwall 4, Teal 20, Shoveler 4, Tufted Duck 20, Grey Heron 2, Little Grebe 2, Marsh Harrier 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 2, Merlin 1 immature, Water Rail 1, Snipe 1, Black-headed Gull 60, Coal Tit 2 carrying nest material, Skylark 2, Cetti's Warbler 3 all W side, Chiffchaff 47, Fieldfare 20, Redwing 10. Please note Bill walked all way alone.

27/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Kestrel 1, Moorhen 2, Stock Dove 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Chiffchaff 24, Fieldfare 2, Song Thrush 3, Mistle Thrush 2, Dunnock 5, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 2, Goldfinch 4, Bullfinch 4, Yellowhammer 1. Please note Bry walked all way alone.

all visits above were made by bicycle and/or on foot

26/03/2020 John Durrant Brent Goose 1 landed in field but flushed by worker and flew towards Inkle Flatts 2nd Record for Thorne Moors.

26/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Garden News: (since not able to go birding (or work) on moors now unless on foot; I live 1 km away from Thorne Moors) Redstart 1 garden (which backs onto horse meadows), an early record but definitely not Black, seen very close (10 m with binoculars catching flies in open for 2 minutes before going round side of horse stables out of sight. Note; Redstarts were already back in Derbyshire before my sighting). Weasel 1 in garden ran round pond then under fence other side. Both garden ticks, only lived here 18 months.

25/03/2020 John Durrant Cetti's Warbler 1 at Longthorpe’s (new W location).

25/03/2020 Robert Broch Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 2, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1 drumming N end Will Pits, Willow Tit 2 N end Will Pits, Adder 8.

Ringing News Greenfinch ringed Finningley 09.11.19 re-trapped Thorne (Top House Farm) 14.03.20 (23 kms). Greenfinch ringed THF 07.12.19 dead at Fotherby, Louth (68 kms).

23/03/2020 James Hinchliffe Red Kite 1 over Rawcliffe Bridge.

23/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Marsh Harrier 4, Peregrine 1 immature W side, Shoveler 7, Water Rail 3.

23/03/2020 Bill Priestley Shoveler 2, Marsh Harrier 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Chiffchaff 32, Stonechat 2. 20/03/2020 

22/03/2020 Martin Warne Gadwall 8, Teal 5, Shoveler 9, Marsh Harrier 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 3, Peregrine 1, Water Rail 2, Lapwing 1, Fieldfare 38, Redwing 4, Chiffchaff 3, Stonechat 4 (photo), Greenfinch 1. Orange Underwing 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Photos bee spp. x2; Greylag Goose; Wren; Stonechat.

Steve Hiner Mute Swan 10 Will Pits Scrape, Mallard 39, Tufted Duck 27, Goosander 13 Will Pits Scrape (9 males), Marsh Harrier 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 1, Blue Tit 4, Great Tit 3, Coal Tit 2, Willow Tit 4, Chiffchaff 1, Reed Bunting 35. Common Frog 14.

20/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Tufted Duck 23, Goosander 5, Marsh Harrier 5, Buzzard 1, Water Rail 2, Lapwing 5, Snipe 1, Barn Owl 1 W side, Jay 1, Bearded Tit 1, Cetti's Warbler 4, Stonechat 4, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Meadow Pipit 3 including odd one, Water Pipit 1. Mole 1 dead on Fisons’ Road North, Red Deer 11, Roe Deer 3. Frogs 20 in different colony.

18/03/2020 Martin Warne Gadwall 16, Teal 6, Mallard 19, Shoveler 3, Tufted Duck 3, Grey Heron 1, Little Grebe 1, Marsh Harrier 3, Moorhen 1, Coot  3, Redshank 1, Chiffchaff 2, Stonechat 3. 

17/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Marsh Harrier 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Water Pipit 1 S bends. Common Toad 50 (photos).

17/03/2020 Tom Lowe, Mute Swan 2, Whooper Swan 98 NW in 3 flocks, Greylag Goose Domestic 12, Pheasant 28, Grey Heron 1, Marsh Harrier 7, Buzzard 7, Kestrel 2, Peregrine 1, Golden Plover 4, Lapwing 7.

17/03/2020 Martin Warne, Ian McDonald Canada Goose 1, Gadwall 2, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 12, Marsh Harrier 4, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2, Merlin 1, Water Rail 4, Coot 6, Lapwing 5, Snipe 1, Curlew 1, Redshank 1, Willow Tit 1, Chiffchaff 4, Stonechat 5. 

16/03/2020 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk Wigeon 2, Tufted Duck 18, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Goosander 6, Marsh Harrier 3, Buzzard 5, Kestrel 1, Water Rail 2, Moorhen 1, Lapwing 2, Redshank 3, Jay 1, Willow Tit 1, Cetti`s Warbler 3, Chiffchaff 5, Fieldfare 50, Redwing 12, Stonechat 3, Dunnock 1, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Meadow Pipit 8 (photos x3 odd one), Water Pipit 1, Bullfinch 1, Reed Bunting 5. Little Grebe photo.

16/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Chiffchaff 5. Common Toad 18.

15/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Mute Swan 2, Whooper Swan 92 With 65 Blackwater floods and rest W side floods, Marsh Harrier 2, Barn Owl 2, Water Pipit 1. Red Deer 13, Roe Deer 3.

14/03/2020 Bev Baxter, James Hinchliffe Whooper Swan 30 NW, Great Tit 1, Blackbird 1, Dunnock 1, Chaffinch 11, Greenfinch 9, Goldfinch 3, Linnet 5, Yellowhammer 4, Reed Bunting 17.

14/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright, Bill Priestley Mute Swan 2, Whooper Swan 65 Blackwater floods, Pink-footed Goose 110 over W, Greylag Goose Domestic 30, Canada Goose 2, Tufted Duck 24, Grey Heron 2, Marsh Harrier 6, Buzzard 2, Water Rail 2, Moorhen 1, Lapwing 6, Stock Dove 3, Barn Owl 1 W side, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Skylark 1, Cetti's Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 1, Blackbird 10, Song Thrush 2, Redwing 8, Stonechat 4, Pied Wagtail (yarrellii) 1, Water Pipit 2 at Blue bridge and S bends, Bullfinch 6, Yellowhammer 1, Reed Bunting 8. Red Deer 28, Roe Deer 3. Common Frog 4 lots of spawn along E-W road each well over 2 buckets full.

13/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Canada Goose 8, Shoveler 3, Tufted Duck 9, Marsh Harrier 2, Lapwing 2, Barn Owl 2 W side, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Bearded Tit 2 E end Goole Moor Tram, Cetti's Warbler 3, Yellowhammer 2. Red Deer 2, Roe Deer 2.

11/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright Pink-footed Goose 12 Inkle Flatts, Greylag Goose Domestic 24, Canada Goose 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 3, Woodcock1, Skylark 1, Chiffchaff 1 singing Bell’s, Stonechat 4, Water Pipit1 Probably 2 S bends, Reed Bunting 4, Common Frog 20, 3 colonies with about a bucket and half of spawn, Common Toad 8 (photos x4).

10/03/2020 Martin Warne, Ian McDonald Shoveler 2, Tufted Duck 2, Goosander 5, Marsh Harrier 3, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 2, Water Rail 2, Cetti`s Warbler 1, Stonechat 3, Meadow Pipit 3, Water Pipit 1 (photo IMc), Reed Bunting 4. Common Toad 6 (photos x3 MW).

09/03/2020 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk, David Slack in part Canada Goose 2, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 3, Marsh Harrier 2, Sparrowhawk 1, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 2, Snipe 1, Black-headed Gull 159, Barn Owl 1, Long-tailed Tit 1, Fieldfare 60, Mistle Thrush 1, Stonechat 4, Meadow Pipit 2, Water Pipit 1, Yellowhammer 3, Reed Bunting 18. Orange Underwing 2.

07/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright, Gary Featherstone, Bill Priestley Gadwall 17, Mallard 40, Tufted Duck 32, Goosander 7, Grey Heron 1, Marsh Harrier 5, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 4, Moorhen 3, Lapwing 24, Snipe 1, Stock Dove 36, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 2, Skylark 2, Cetti's Warbler 5, Blackbird 10, Song Thrush 4, Robin 4, Stonechat 6, Dunnock 1, Water Pipit 1, Bullfinch 1. Red Deer 34.

07/03/2020 Peter Short and partner Whooper Swan 4, Willow Tit 2.

07/03/2020 Bev Baxter, Rebekah Beaumont James Hinchliffe Whooper Swan 116 NW over Top House Farm, Great Tit 1, Blackbird 2, Robin 1, Dunnock 2, House Sparrow 2, Tree Sparrow 3, Chaffinch 1, Greenfinch 4, Goldfinch 3, Linnet 3, Yellowhammer 3, Reed Bunting 6.

06/03/2020 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk Shoveler 8, Goosander 3, Marsh Harrier 2, Buzzard 1, Kestrel 2, Woodcock 1, Barn Owl 2, Cetti`s Warbler 1, Song Thrush 1, Stonechat 7, Yellowhammer 1, Reed Bunting 3. Tiger Beetle 1.

05/03/2020 Bryan Wainwright, Steve Hiner Greylag Goose Domestic 124, Canada Goose 8, Gadwall 28, Teal 56, Mallard 147, Shoveler 8, Pochard 2, Tufted Duck 22, Goosander 2, Grey Heron 1, Marsh Harrier 7, Sparrowhawk 2, ♂♀, Buzzard 4, Kestrel 3, Lapwing 2, Woodcock 1, Black-headed Gull 56, Stock Dove 2, Woodpigeon 24, Great Spotted Woodpecker 2, Magpie 8, Jay 1, Carrion Crow 16, Blue Tit 8, Great Tit 12, Willow Tit 2 Will Pits, Skylark 4, Cetti's Warbler 2, Treecreeper 1, Wren 1, Blackbird 12, Song Thrush 3, Robin 3, Stonechat 10, Dunnock 1, Meadow Pipit 1, Water Pipit 1 S bends, Chaffinch 6, Goldfinch 3, Bullfinch 2, Yellowhammer 2, Reed Bunting 2. Stoat 1 Fisons’ Road North, Roe Deer 8, Brown Hare 1.

05/03/2020 Martin Warne, Ian McDonald Canada Goose 1, Gadwall 14, Shoveler 11, Pochard 1 male, Tufted Duck 24, Goosander 10, Grey Heron 1, Red Kite 1 above New Moor 11:25, Marsh Harrier 4, Buzzard 3, Kestrel 2, Water Rail 2, Lapwing 6, Jack Snipe 1, Snipe 1 both Middle Moor Tram, Black-headed Gull 22, Jay 2, Willow Tit 1, Skylark 2, Cetti`s Warbler 2, Long-tailed Tit 13, Chiffchaff 1, Stonechat 1, Dunnock 1.

04/03/2020 Bev Baxter, Ringing Top House Farm Blue Tit 1, Robin 1, Tree Sparrow 2, Chaffinch 3, Greenfinch 6, Goldfinch 4, Linnet 4, Yellowhammer 1, Reed Bunting 10.

04/03/2020 Pat Heath Greylag Goose Domestic 6, Shelduck 2, Mallard 6, Shoveler 1, Marsh Harrier 2, Buzzard 5, Kestrel 1, Merlin 1 /juvenile, Water Rail 2, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Skylark 2, Cetti's Warbler 3, Song Thrush 1, Mistle Thrush 1. Red Deer 5 stags in goat field (photo), Roe Deer 1.

04/03/2020 Mute Swan 2 flying West over moor, Canada Goose 1, Gadwall 18, Shoveler 1, Tufted Duck 3, Goosander 10, Marsh Harrier 3, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 2, Peregrine 1 female, Water Rail 1, Woodcock 1, Black-headed Gull 10 Paraffin Pools, Barn Owl 2, Willow Tit 1, Skylark 2, Cetti`s Warbler 2, Fieldfare 40, Stonechat 4, Meadow Pipit 3, Water Pipit 1 flooded road at Paraffin Pools, Reed Bunting 5. Small Tortoiseshell 1.

03/03/2020 Martin Warne, Ian McDonald Mute Swan 2, Canada Goose 2, Teal 12, Mallard 78, Shoveler 2, Marsh Harrier 6, Buzzard 6, Kestrel 1, Peregrine 1, Water Rail 4, Moorhen 4, Lapwing 48, Woodcock 1, Barn Owl 1, Jay 1, Goldcrest 1, Bearded Tit 1, Skylark 2, Cetti`s Warbler 2, Stonechat 4, Lesser Redpoll 5, Reed Bunting 4.

02/03/2020 Bev Baxter, Ringing Top House Farm Blackbird 1, Tree Sparrow 6, Chaffinch 2, Greenfinch 5, Goldfinch 2, Linnet 3, Reed Bunting 10.

02/03/2020 Martin Warne, Helen Kirk Gadwall 2, Mallard 8, Tufted Duck 2, Goosander 2, Marsh Harrier 4, Buzzard 2, Kestrel 2, Woodcock 2, Barn Owl 2 (photos MW), Goldcrest 3, Skylark 3, Fieldfare 20, Redwing 1, Stonechat 4, Linnet 5, Yellowhammer 1.