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THORNE MOORS BIRDING BLOG 2011 part 2

31.07.11 (BPW) Gull update. Gull is fighting fit, literally as my bleeding thumb can attest. Release is tomorrow morning, will update with photos. If you find a moribund, paralysed gull, do not take it to the RSPCA, they will put them down (they did first 2 I took, which is why I now treat them myself, don't be taken in by the make-believe on telly for their image). An otherwise fit gull will not die of Botulism regardless of what anyone will tell you, they are tougher than old boots and just need somewhere safe to recover with food and water.

Species below seen on farmland at south end of the moors. 4 Mallard 1 Tufted Duck female with 8 young Thorne Waste Drain, 2 Common Pheasant, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Kestrel, 1 Moorhen, 1 Northern Lapwing, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 1 Black-headed Gull, 6 Rock Dove/feral , 8 Stock Dove, 20 Wood Pigeon, 10 Common Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Blue Tit, 50 Barn Swallow Elmhirst Pump, 1 House Martin, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 2 Robin, 8 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Common Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer.

30.07.11 (BPW) Gull update. Gull now standing freely and flapping wings with power. Quite viscious, eats well. Release due on Monday. All photos today Clive Featherstone. Likes cheddar cheese and omellete. lbb gull 29th july 2011 (1) Clive Featherstone





















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29.07.11 (BPW) Gull update. Gull is doing very well, can now stand on own and flap wing but still weak and spends much time sleeping. Now feeds and drinks for herself (think female, yet to do biometrics). More photos soon.

27.07.11 (BPW). 5 Greylag Goose, 35 Eurasian Teal, 2 Mallard, 1 Common Pheasant, 2 Marsh Harrier 2 cc, 2 Common Kestrel, 1 Water Rail excellent views F from road, 5 Little Ringed Plover still 2 adults with 3 fledged young F, 1 European Golden Plover down, 14 Northern Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring type Gull, 30 Common Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Sky Lark, 50 Barn Swallow, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 8 Reed Warbler, 1 Robin, 18 Yellow Wagtail, 16 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit GB road, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Common Chaffinch, 20 Goldfinch, 3 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 12 Reed Bunting.

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As you can see she just sits and shits around the garden all day! But actually making good progress on diet of sardines, potatoes, oil and yogurt mash with watered milk to drink and grated cheese as a treat. Now moving legs freely, but cannot stand, can now move wings a bit, is more vicious and less gentle………must be female….? Cause of illness is Botulism from feeding on rubbish tips, this is forth such gull I have rescued in such a condition.

23.07.11 (anon.) 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 7 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon male, 6 Turtle Dove.

23.07.11 (BPW). 5 Greylag Goose, 8 Eurasian Teal, 8 Mallard, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Common Kestrel, 5 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Green Sandpiper, 18 Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 moribund taken into my care, LBBGull1

























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13 Black-headed Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 80 Common Swift, 2 Great Tit, 2 Sky Lark 1 just fledged young SOMT, 4 Sand Martin 2 Barn Swallow, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 8 Common Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 2 Wren, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 10 Meadow Pipit, 8 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 12 Reed Bunting. Also a Roe Deer, now in winter coat.

21.07.11 night (BPW). 2 Little Owl Inkle Fen, 1 European Nightjar Inkle Fen, 6 Common Swift, 1 Green Woodpecker heard, 1 Sky Lark, 8 Barn Swallow bred round colliery buildings, 6 House Martin, 4 Pied Wagtail bred round colliery buildings.

16.07.11 BOTANICAL SURVEY () TO BE UPDATED WITH PLANT LIST SOON!. 80 Greylag Goose, 1 Greater Canada/Greylag Goose hybrid, 6 Eurasian Teal, 1 Tufted Duck fm with 8 young Canals, 1 Common Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 10 Wood Pigeon, 70 Common Swift, 3 Sand Martin, 2 Barn Swallow, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 6 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 3 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting. Bog Bush Cricket,Helen Kirk

























Bog Bush Cricket,Helen Kirk

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Round-leaved Sundew cluster, Steve Hiner

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Round-leaved Sundew cluster, Steve Hiner

The extremely rare carabid beetle Bembidium humerale was seen.

Some plants seen in Canals area. Angelica, Marsh Arrowgrass, Yellow Loosestrife, Red Bartsia, Marsh Bedstraw, Gypsy Wort, Cranberry, Round-leaf Sundew, Greater Bladderwort, Greater Yellow Rattle, Southern Marsh Orchid, Twayblade, Royal Fern, Hoary Ragwort, Pennywort, Square-stemmed St. John’s Wort, Common Melliot, Lesser Stitchwort, Bog Myrtle, Hard Rush, Wood Rush, Quaking Grass, Deer Grass, Oval Sedge, Lesser Pond Sedge, Bottle Sedge, White Sedge, Glaucous Sedge, Black Sedge.

12.07.11 night (BPW). 16 Mallard, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Barn Owl Limberlost public footpath, 1 Little Owl near WC, 1 Long-eared Owl adult on post just S Whitaker's Plantation, 30 Common Swift, 6 Sky Lark, 18 Barn Swallow, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Turtle Dove. Similar mammals to previous night.

11.07.11 night (BPW). 22 Mallard, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Grey Heron, 4 Stock Dove, 30 Wood Pigeon, 1 Barn Owl Limberlost public footpath, 1 Little Owl near Limberlost ruins, 1 Long-eared Owl young calling Elmhirst pump, 20 Common Swift, 6 Sky Lark, 6 Barn Swallow, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Yellowhammer. Red Deer 8 in fields near Elmhirst. Roe Deer 2. Hare 8 at least in fields along tracks. Rabbit 2. Pipistrelle 1 Elmhirst pump.

10.07.11 night (BPW). 1 Grey Partridge heard, 1 Barn Owl heard, 1 Little Owl heard, 20 Common Swift, 6 Barn Swallow, 1 Yellowhammer. Hare 6.

09.07.11 (RW) Visited the moors pm today not very pleasant due to Horse flies. very quiet but I saw the sad sight of a Roe Deer next to gate from Crowle onto Yorkshire triangle which was turning in small circles (chasing its tail) for many minutes how long before I arrived I do not know. I moved closer and I think it became aware of me and it moved into a ditch next to the path. It was blind and I think a little crazed, very sad. Other sightings: 1 Eurasian Wigeon WPS, 2 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Kestrel, 3 Hobby, 1 Greenshank F, 4 Linnet. inc. young (Fisons’ road) also 1 Red Deer, Black Darter, Common Hawker, Black-tailed Skimmer eating a Small Copper butterfly! (photo)

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19.05.11 (Jack Hollingworth) LATE NEWS 1 CORNCRAKE calling 4 times quite close from the junction of Middle Moor with Mill Drain Marsh. First record since 1956.

02-03.07.11 (BPW, WHP for a couple of hours Saturday) 24 hours from 09.25 Saturday to 09.40 Sunday. Route Saturday: ca, GB, road, mounds at S&PD, WP, ditch ride, road, WPS, MT, MMT, platform, mounds, 1000 Acre F, mounds, platform, EB, CT, WC, EW/gate, ET, MMT. Sunday: platform, mounds, road, WP, BT N, BT S, WPS, mounds, road, GB, CA. 73 species of bird recorded.
7 Greylag Goose, 1 Common Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 14 Eurasian Teal, 27 Mallard 2 broods of 6 and 4 unfledged WPS, 2 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Quail repeated calls S end MMT (Nightjar Corner), 7 Common Pheasant, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe WPS, 1 Marsh Harrier male, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 3 Common Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Water Rail male singing 1000 Acre Floods, see photo. Water Rail 1



















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2 Moorhen, 5 Little Ringed Plover 2 adults with 3 fledged young F, 122 Northern Lapwing WPS mainly, 6 Common Snipe 3 drumming F, Sun 3 over N, 1 Woodcock on grass BT Sun, 1 Eurasian Curlew over WP S calling Sun, 1 Green Sandpiper intersection of SOMT with 1000 Acre, 2 Common Redshank others heard, GULLS: I am not an expert on gulls and welcome any comments. Second-summer Yellow-legged and Lesser Black-backed L.f. graellsii proved troublesome. Second-summer Yellow-legged was identified from Second-summer LBBG as follows: It retains its broad black, uniform tail band on white tail, LBBG has broken faded band. Second-summer Yellow-legged has mucky sides to chest, LBBG is cleaner. Second-summer Yellow-legged has dark immature bill with all yellow end, LBBG has almost adult bill.
Once Yellow-legged had been established as present along with LBBG, it was possible to see darker birds, both larger and same size. These then are Great Black-backed Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull L.f. intermedius. The palest birds are standard Herring Gull.
85 Lesser Black-backed Gull L.f. graellsii commonest gull, many more uncounted, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull L.f. intermedius probably more, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (equal all time maximum) probably far more, immatures take time to identify! 11 Herring Gull probably more, but Yellow-legged possibly commer in summer, 4 Great Black-backed Gull certainly more but busy identifying others, 159 unidentified large gulls 1000 Acre Floods most then went on to Humber, 14 Black-headed Gull, 8 Rock Dove, 1 Stock Dove, 131 Wood Pigeon large flock W edge, 2 Turtle Dove new one S&PD at mounds, 1GB, 1 Common Cuckoo, 1 Tawny Owl young calling junction WP Sun, 1 Long-eared Owl young calling WC, 8 European Nightjar 6 males: MDM, MD, C, 2ET, CM, and maybe 2 females, 40 Common Swift few Sat most Sun, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker call WP, 2 Magpie, 3 Eurasian Jay, 27 Carrion Crow, 18 Blue Tit many young, 4 Willow Tit Sun only, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Sky Lark, 35 Sand Martin Sat pm 21 S, then 2 groups E of 6 and 7, 13 Barn Swallow half as usual round colliery buildings, 1 House Martin as usual with Swifts, 12 Common Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler few singing now, 20 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler not singing now, 18 Common Whitethroat, 8 Grasshopper Warbler new areas PBM, 2MM, 2WP and regular ones, 19 Sedge Warbler, 16 Reed Warbler, 14 Wren, 18 Blackbird abundant WP dawn chorus, 6 Song Thrush all WP, 6 Robin, 2 Pied Wagtail, 7 Meadow Pipit, 3 Common Chaffinch, 15 Goldfinch, 16 Linnet, 30 Lesser Redpoll as well as adults flock of 20+ juveniles WP (don't give chatter), 5 Bullfinch, 4 Yellowhammer, 37 Reed Bunting probably far more most visible early morning. Roe Deer 10, 1 female with 2 young. Red Deer 2 females one with young, 1 small male and 1 huge male all around and about WP. Rabbit 14 BT. Bat, medium sized MMT, flying height of small birches at a guess Whiskered Bat. Frog adult WP (WHP).
Large Heath few, Ringlet fairly common, Red Admiral 2 and other common species.
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01.07.11 (Julian Small) LATE NEWS 1 Common Stonechat male and 2 female type road.

26.06.11 (BPW). Route: ca, GB (many tracks surveying Turtle Dove), road at seat GB F, back GBS, GB, ca. 2 Eurasian Teal, 2 Mallard, 3 Grey Heron distant, 1 Marsh Harrier male, 3 Common Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 10 Northern Lapwing and 2 young GB F, 2 Common Redshank, 2 Black-headed Gull, 9 Turtle Dove all GB did several minor paths as well as usual, 1 Common Cuckoo, 13 Common Swift, 12 Carrion Crow, 1 Sky Lark, 2 Sand Martin, 8 Barn Swallow, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 4 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Wren, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Common Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting. Also a male Adder GB.

25.06.11 (BPW & WHP). 1 Common Shelduck, 26 Eurasian Teal, 10 Mallard 6 young WP, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Hobby, 1 Peregrine Falcon 2nd yr male, 11 Northern Lapwing, 2 Eurasian Curlew, 1 Common Redshank, 7 Lesser Black-backed Gull 2nd yr birds at least maybe others in 1st W birds, 5 Yellow-legged Gull (all time maximum) 2nd yr birds at least maybe others in 1st W birds, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Stock Dove, 2 Wood Pigeon, 40 Common Swift, 1 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Great Tit, 2 Sky Lark, 3 Sand Martin, 4 Barn Swallow, 1 House Martin, 4 Common Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Common Whitethroat, 8 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 2 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 1 Robin, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Goldfinch, 6 Linnet, 2 Bullfinch, 14 Reed Bunting. Also a Red Deer WP and Roe Deer F. 1 Bee Orchid F.

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24.06.11 (RW) 1 Common Shelduck, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Common Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Great Black-backed Gull 3rd Summer (first returned), several hundred Common Swift, 2 Grasshopper Warbler.

20.06.11 (BPW) 10.00 to 22.00. Route: ca, RP, CTP, PLATFORM, EB, CT, WC, EW, path to S edge, C, rough path S edge to LW/PB area, PTT, PBT, SWD, WP, MT, MMT, PLATFORM, MOUNDS, ROAD, GBS, GB, ca. 12 Greylag Goose, 2 Common Shelduck, 17 Eurasian Teal, 10 Mallard, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Grey Partridge ca, 4 Common Pheasant and 5 young, 1 Grey Heron imm on F, 1 RED KITE adult low MM going W 16.00, towards WC but curved over ca gaining height, viewed from near platform. 2 Common Kestrel, 1 Hobby, 1 Water Rail, 1 Moorhen, 9 Northern Lapwing, 1 Common Snipe drumming mound, 1 Eurasian Curlew, 4 Common Redshank, 94 Lesser Black-backed Gull most roosting GB F, 4 Herring/Yellow-legged Gull roost W end SOMT, 6 Black-headed Gull, 19 Wood Pigeon, 4 Common Cuckoo, 90 Common Swift S edge mainly, 2 Magpie, 1 Eurasian Jay, 12 Carrion Crow, 10 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Willow Tit WP, 1 Sky Lark, 6 Sand Martin, 6 Barn Swallow, 12 Long-tailed Tit, 22 Common Chiffchaff, 36 Willow Warbler, 24 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 33 Common Whitethroat, 7 Grasshopper Warbler, 9 Sedge Warbler, 21 Reed Warbler, 18 Wren, 8 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 11 Robin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit PTT, 1 Meadow Pipit, 26 Common Chaffinch, 15 Linnet, 8 Bullfinch, 6 Yellowhammer, 27 Reed Bunting. Also 7 Red Deer PBW/WP and a Roe Deer. Large Heath around 60 mainly EBT.

17.06.11 (BPW). 14 Eurasian Teal, 49 Mallard 8 young, 1 Shoveler, 2 Grey Partridge GM, 2 Common Pheasant, 2 Marsh Harrier m & fm, 1 Common Kestrel, 9 Northern Lapwing, 2 Common Redshank, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 5 Black-headed Gull, 10 Wood Pigeon, 36 Common Swift, 2 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Sky Lark, 1 Sand Martin, 8 Barn Swallow, 3 House Martin, 3 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Common Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 7 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 7 Sedge Warbler, 7 Reed Warbler, 4 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 15 Meadow Pipit, 2 Common Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 13 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 2 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting. Also 4 Roe Deer (one with fawn) and a Fox WP.

15.06.11 (BPW). 2 Common Shelduck, 4 Eurasian Teal, 10 Mallard, 2 Shoveler, 1 Marsh Harrier fm, 1 Common Kestrel, 12 Northern Lapwing, 2 Common Redshank, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Black-headed Gull, 2 Turtle Dove, 50 Common Swift, 6 Carrion Crow, 6 Blue Tit, 6 Great Tit, 1 Barn Swallow, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting.

11.06.11 (Paul Adams, Pete Hinks and Brian Smith). Route. Square walk aroung Will Pitts. Then from Fison's Road along Middle Moor Tram passing the viewing platform, along Eastern Boundary Tram, around Middle Moor, back to Fison's Road. Then around Green Belt. All bird species noted as present other than those numbered (nominally number 1 or 2 here). 1 Greylag Goose, 2 Common Shelduck, 1 Mallard, 1 Common Pheasant, 4 Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Snipe, 5 Black-headed Gull, 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 European Nightjar nr WP, 2 Common Swift, 1 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 1 Barn Swallow, 1 Common Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Common Whitethroat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper, 1 Wren, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Robin, 1 Tree Sparrow, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Common Chaffinch, 1 Greenfinch, 1 Linnet, 1 Reed Bunting. Also 4 Small Tortoiseshell. 1 Peacock. 49 Large Heath. 1 Small Copper. 4 Common Blue. 8 Large Skipper. 2 Cinnabar. 2 Brown Silver-line. 1 Common Heath. (2 more Moth species still under going identification), 8 Large Red Damselfly. 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly. 5 Azure Damselfly. 4 Common Blue Damselfly. 22 Four-spotted Chaser. 2 Red Deer Hinds. 3 Roe Deer and 2 Common Lizard.

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Sundew 11-06-11(Paul Adams)

07.06.11 (BPW). 23 Greater Canada Goose, 2 Common Shelduck, 12 Eurasian Teal, 10 Mallard, 10 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier m and fm, 1 Oystercatcher over E calling, 24 Northern Lapwing, 2 Common Redshank, 4 Black-headed Gull, 4 Great Tit, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 3 Common Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 8 Common Whitethroat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 6 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Bullfinch, 10 Reed Bunting. Also a Roe Deer WP.

31.05.11 to 01.06.11 (BS) Note: spent a full 24hrs on the moors 1pm 31st to 1pm on 1st. Covered the whole area except Bells Pond/colliery area, Inkle Moor, Western and Northern boundaries and CTP. 4 Greylag Goose both pairs with juveniles, 4 Common Shelduck, 11 Gadwall, 42 Eurasian Teal, 81 Mallard, 26 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 2 Grey Partridge, 1 Great Cormorant on 1st, 3 Marsh Harrier 1m 2cc, 3 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 2 Water Rail GM, 2 Moorhen, 1 Common Coot, 3 Ringed Plover, 47 Northern Lapwing, 2 Dunlin, 5 Common Snipe drumming MM, 1 Woodcock roding WP, 2 Eurasian Curlew, 6 Common Redshank, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gull over, The Black-headed Gull colony not looking good, no real activity there. As others have also noticed they seem to have totally abandoned any attempts at breeding this season, very odd. 2 Stock Dove, 2 Collared Dove nest BT shed, 4 Turtle Dove, 10 Common Cuckoo, 2 Long-eared Owl, 10 European Nightjar N of platform, 3 Eurasian Jay, 4 Blue Tit with young, 4 Great Tit with young, 2 Coal Tit WP, 2 Willow Tit, 12 Barn Swallow, 2 House Martin, 8 Long-tailed Tit with young, 14 Common Chiffchaff, 62 Willow Warbler, 23 Blackcap, 7 Garden Warbler, 37 Common Whitethroat, 17 Grasshopper Warbler, 22 Sedge Warbler, 27 Reed Warbler, Song Thrush, 1 Spotted Flycatcher GB road, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Goldfinch, 5 Bullfinch, 6 Yellowhammer. Also: a Grey Squirrel nr. metal entrance bridge, 10 Roe Deer, 2 Fox, 1 Hare north end, 6 Red Deer (inc. a very small fawn nr. platform).

01.06.11 (BPW). 1 Marsh Harrier cc, 1 Hobby, 16 Black-headed Gull what happened to breeding colony, 2 Common Cuckoo, 2 Sky Lark NEF, 1 Barn Swallow, 1 Lesser Whitethroat ca, 3 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 3 Mistle Thrush IM, 2 Goldfinch. turtle dove





















Turtle Dove (Graham Todd)

31.05.11 (BPW) 06.40 to 11.40. Route: ca, GB edge, road, Thousand Acre, S&PD, to mound, SOMT, road, GB edge, ca. 2 Mute Swan, 2 Common Shelduck, 1 Gadwall, 6 Eurasian Teal, 10 Mallard, 6 Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Marsh Harrier m and fm, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Water Rail Thousand Acre F, 12 Northern Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Eurasian Curlew GM, 1 Common Redshank, 1 Common Gull adult, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull 1st S, 8 Wood Pigeon, 2 Common Cuckoo, 30 Common Swift, 4 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Sky Lark, 2 Sand Martin, 1 Barn Swallow, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat ca, 6 Common Whitethroat, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Robin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Pied Wagtail inc. 2 fledged young, 1 Tree Pipit GB road, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4 Common Chaffinch, 4 Goldfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 8 Reed Bunting. Also 2 Roe Deer.

28.05.11 (BPW, WHP) 07.30 to 12.30. Route: ca, SW edge, WC, CT, to ET, MMT, Road, GBS, ca. 1 Gadwall, 4 Eurasian Teal, 10 Mallard, 5 Shoveler all m, 1 Grey Partridge pit, 1 Common Quail W end MDM call, 1 Marsh Harrier male, 6 Northern Lapwing, 1 ARCTIC SKUA dark, 3rd record for Thorne Moors going W over N edge GM with 4 Herring type 11.45 viewed from road at GB, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull adult, 1 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd Summer down S of road, 4 Herring Gull type with Skua, 30 Black-headed Gull, 4 Wood Pigeon, 2 Turtle Dove ca, 2 Common Cuckoo, 60 Common Swift, 3 Eurasian Jay, 4 Carrion Crow, 3 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit WP, 1 Sky Lark, 1 House Martin, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Common Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler MM, 3 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper WP, 3 Wren, 1 Blackbird, 4 Robin, 1 Tree Pipit E end CT, 5 Common Chaffinch, 1 Goldfinch, 4 Linnet, 1 Bullfinch CT, 6 Reed Bunting.

27.05.11 (Graham Todd et al.) We eventually saw at least four Hobbies together, possibly five, over WP. We also had nice views of Turtle Dove and located a Twayblade on the Canal Tow Path to the metal platform (Southern Canals).

27.05.11 (BPW) 07.00 to 14.40. Route: ca, SW edge, WC, CT, to ET, LT to S edge to PTT, PBT, SWD, WPS, WP ditch ride, S&PD, old ride, Road, Thousand Acre, mounds, Road, GBS, Road, GB edge track, ca. 5 Greylag Goose 3 young, 12 Eurasian Teal, 30 Mallard, 14 Shoveler all males, 4 Tufted Duck WPS, 6 Common Pheasant, 1 Marsh Harrier male, 2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk pair CT, 1 Common Buzzard PBW, 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Hobby WP, 2 Common Coot S of Road, 12 Northern Lapwing, 1 Dunlin, 1 Common Redshank, 30 Black-headed Gull, 10 Wood Pigeon, 2 Turtle Dove 1LT, 1PBM, 6 Common Cuckoo, 150 Common Swift, 10 Carrion Crow, 1 Blue Tit, 5 Great Tit, 3 Sky Lark, 2 Barn Swallow, 14 House Martin, 13 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Common Chiffchaff, 23 Willow Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 7 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat ca, 16 Common Whitethroat, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 14 Reed Warbler, 9 Wren, 10 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush LW, 6 Robin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Wagtail, 5 Tree Pipit 2 E end CT, 2PTT, 1GB road, 5 Meadow Pipit, 16 Common Chaffinch, 100 Linnet NEF, 11 Common Crossbill, A new maximum count for the Moors ET at LT flew to CT calling, 15 second view, mostly bad light, but large and green on rump and back of one could be seen. 7 Bullfinch 1ca, 2PBW, 4WP, 9 Yellowhammer, 20 Reed Bunting. Also Fox wading into water and stealing eggs and 3 Roe Deer.

26.05.11 (BPW). Route: P, LM, IM. 1 Marsh Harrier male, 1 Moorhen, 150 Common Swift, 14 House Martin, 5 Meadow Pipit.

21.05.11 (BPW) 06.40-13.00 Route, ca, GB F to SOMT. 1 Mute Swan, 9 Greylag Goose, 13 Greater Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall, 17 Eurasian Teal, 66 Mallard, 15 Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Pheasant, 2 Marsh Harrier m and fm, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover GB F, 5 Ringed Plover SOMT F, 34 Northern Lapwing, 3 Dunlin SOMT F, 3 Common Redshank, 13 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Yellow-legged Gull 2nd-summer 1000 Acre F. The all black bill with yellow end/tip is a distinctive feature. 100 Black-headed Gull, 2 Wood Pigeon, 3 Turtle Dove GB, 3 Common Cuckoo, 1 Tawny Owl call ca, 3 Magpie, 8 Carrion Crow, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Sky Lark, 1 Barn Swallow, 1 House Martin with Swifts, 2 Common Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler , 19 Common Whitethroat, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 14 Sedge Warbler, 12 Reed Warbler, 4 Wren, 2 Blackbird, 1 Song Thrush, 5 Robin, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit singing GB road and P, 8 Meadow Pipit, 8 Common Chaffinch, 100 Linnet NEF, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 23 Reed Bunting, also Fox ca, 3 Roe Deer.

20.05.11 (BPW and RW) 07.00-14.20 Route, ca, GB F to SOMT. 7 Greylag Goose, 2 Common Shelduck, 12 Eurasian Teal, 30 Mallard, 7 Shoveler (5m 2fm), 1 Black-necked Grebe F, 2 Marsh Harrier m, fm F, 1 Common Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 1 Little Ringed Plover Thousand Acre F, 1 Ringed Plover SOMT F, 17 Northern Lapwing, 3 Dunlin SOMT F, 2 Common Redshank, 32 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 180 Black-headed Gull, 1 Stock Dove, 8 Wood Pigeon, 4 Turtle Dove 1ca, 3GB, 3 Common Cuckoo, img_5891 (1).jpg































Cuckoo with caterpillar (RW)



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2 Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Sky Lark SOMT, 1 House Martin S, 3 Common Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 8 Common Whitethroat , 4 Grasshopper Warbler F, 6 Sedge Warbler F, 2 Reed Warbler road, 3 Wren, 2 Blackbird , 2 Robin, 1 Tree Pipit GB along road singing, gone later, 10 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer, 30 Reed Bunting, and 1 Roe Deer.

14.05.11 (BS) 0800 to 1600, Goole Moor, Will Pits & Pony Bridge areas. 1 Tree Pipit And 2 Turtle Dove Green Belt. Goole Moor 6 Marsh Harrier (4 Cream Crown, 1 imm male 1 adult male), 11 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 8 Dunlin, 3 Redshank, 3 White Wagtail, several hundred Swift. 2 Little Grebe Will Pits, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 Hobby, only 2 Cuckoo, also 4 Red Deer on Goole Moor and 1 Grey Heron at paraffin works.

13.05.11 (Paul Leonard) entering from Crowle and moving onto Thorne as far as tower and back. c20 + Greylag and one brood, 1 Shelduck, c10 Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, c10 Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 2 Little Grebe Will Pits Scrape, 2 Marsh Harrier Shoulder o’ Mutton area, 2 Kestrel, 1-2 Water Rail calling, Main canal, W of OT, 1 Snipe 'chipping' NW of OT, Cuckoo several calling, 15-20 Swift N of FR, 2-3 Tree Pipit singing, Crowle Moor, 5 Garden Warbler. Blackcap numerous, especially around Will Pits Wood, Compound, Warping Drain, Bailey Bridge area. 5 singing Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler numerous along drains, probably c15 singing, Reed Warbler similar to above but lesser numbers. sericomyia2011pl.jpg























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Also: several Roe Deer; Small Copper (most numerous butterfly); Red Admiral, 1; Speckled Wood 2, Crowle Moor; Large Red Damselfly numerous; 4-spotted Chaser; Green Tiger Beetle numerous on Crowle; Miris Striata 1; Sericomiyia lappona 1, on track by Warping Drain, S of compound (a superb hoverfly and new for me); Anasimyia lineata or possibly lunulata unfortunately didn't get close enough to be certain, on buttercups on track following W edge of Will Pit Scrape.

11.05.11 (Melvin Grassby, Peter Hinks) 1 Grey Heron, 5 Greylag, Mallard, 4 Shoveler, Teal, 4 Tufted Duck, 1 male Marsh Harrier, 1 Kestrel, 2 Hobby, 2 Red-legged Partridge Red House Farm, Pheasant, 2 Little Ringed Plover N of Fisons’ Road, 12 Lapwing, 3 Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, 6 Collared Doves at farms, 4 Cuckoo, Swallow, 12 Meadow Pipit, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, 6 Grasshopper Warblers areas around WP, Sedge Warber, 4 Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Maagpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Linnet, Reed Bunting. 1 Brown Hare Fisons’ Road nr Fillinghams’ Gate. Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper. Four-Spot Chaser, Large Red Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly.

07.05.11 (WHP) 2-4 Hobby, 4 Kestrel, 2 Canada Geese with 4 chicks WPS, 1 Quail calling Southern Canals, 2 Ringed Plover, 1 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 2 Curlew, 11 Garden Warbler 4ca, 7WP, 1 Cuckoo, 3 Linnet, 2 Turtle Dove RP.

04.05.11 (Rob Watson) 4 Turtle Dove, 10 Grasshopper Warbler, 04.05.11 Grasshopper Warbler (RW)



































2 m+f Wheatear, 2 Redshank, 6 Hobby, 5 Marsh Harrier, 1 Buzzard, 3 Kestrel, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 6 Greylag goslings, 3 Cuckoo, 2 Willow Tit, Also: Small Copper Butterflies & Four Spotted Chasers (Dragonflies).

02.05.11 (WHP) 1 SANDWICH TERN over GB going E (2nd record for Moors), 11 Cormorants New all-time maximum for Moors, 3 Marsh Harrier, 100 Swifts, 2 Cucckoo, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Greenshank, 3 Ringed Plover, 1fm Wheatear Fisons’ Road.

02.05.11 (Robert Broch) 3 Turtle Dove 1B, 1RP, 1GB, 1 Woodcock nest of 4 eggs produced 3 young.

30.04.11 (Carl Cornish) 1 pair peregrine (east of Fisons' Road North), 1 cc marsh harrier (east of Fisons' Road North), 1 buzzard (Pony Bridge Marsh), 2 garden warblers singing (Pony Bridge Wood), 1 blackcap (Pony Bridge Wood), 1 treecreeper (Pony Bridge Wood), 1 blackcap (Will Pits Wood), 1 whitethroat (Will Pits Wood), Also: 1 common lizard (Pony Bridge Wood), Large red damselfly (numerous), and four-spotted chaser (several, Pony Bridge Wood).

30.04.11 (WHP) 5 Shelduck, 4 Marsh Harrier, 5 Arctic Terns, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Greenshank, 1 Tree Pipit platform, 1 Garden Warbler.

29.04.11 (WHP) 13 Arctic Terns New all-time maximum for Moors.

23.04.11 (WHP) 2 Common Shelduck 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Eurasian Hobby, 2 Common Coot, 3 Common Cuckoo, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Garden Warbler, 1 Coal Tit.

22.04.11 (WHP) 4 Canada Goose with young WPS, F, 5 Common Shelduck, 3 Eurasian Marsh Harrier 2 cc and male, 1 Eurasian Hobby, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Common Cuckoo, 2 Tree Pipit SOM, BT, 19 Common Grasshopper Warbler, 35 Sedge Warbler, 13 Common Whitethroat, 25 Blackcap, 50 Willow Warbler, and a Grey Squirrel.

22.04.11 (WHP) 2 Tree Pipit SOM, platform.

21.04.11 (PA) The following from Red House Farm to Swinefleet Peat Works. 1 Eurasian Collared Dove, 1 Sky Lark, 5 Barn Swallow, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Winter Wren, 1 Northern Wheatear, wheatear 21.04.11(pa)2























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3 European Greenfinch, 30 European Goldfinch, 7 Common Linnet, 2 Yellowhammer.

21.04.11 (RW) 14 Greylag Goose plus 4 young, 2 Eurasian Marsh Harrier male and fm F, marsh harrier 21.04.11(rw)



















2 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard CM, 1 Common Cuckoo Will Pits, 4 Yellow Wagtail, 3 Common Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler Will Pits. Also 1 Adder - Mill Drain Marsh, 10 Red Deer - Crowle, Large Red Damselflies, Four Spotted Chaser Dragonfly.

17.04.11 (Anon.) 5 Eurasian Marsh Harrier, 1 Hen Harrier ringtail, 2 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Common Redstart Jone's Cable.

16.04.11 (WHP) 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon. and Red Deer 12 WP.

16.04.11 (Paul Adams and Pete Hinks) Route. Red House Farm to Top Moor Farm. Top Moor Farm to Bailey Bridge. From Bailey Bridge along Yorkshire Triangle, Ribbon Row, Nelson's Tram. Northern Tram and Modge Hall Tram back to Bailey Bridge. From Bailey Bridge along Angle Drain Track, Middle Moor Tram turning right towards Will Pits.

1 Little Grebe WPS, 10 Greylag Goose, 5 Gadwall, 18 Eurasian Teal, 31 Mallard, 9 Northern Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier female MMT, 1 Common Kestrel, 6 Common Pheasant, 300 Black-headed Gull, 1 Common Wood Pigeon, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 7 Winter Wren, 9 European Robin, 2 Common Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Common Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 1 Eurasian Reed Warbler EARLIEST EVER, 2 Common Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 9 Common Chiffchaff, 46 Willow Warbler 1 Long-tailed Tit, 11 Blue Tit, 3 Great Tit, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper, 8 Carrion Crow, 12 Chaffinch, 2 European Greenfinch, 3 European Goldfinch, 5 Common Linnet, 1 Common Bullfinch, 12 Reed Bunting. 2 Brimstone. 1 Green-veined White. 4 Orange Tip. 1 Small Tortoishell. 21 Peacock. 2 Speckled Wood. 1 Water Vole warping drain across from WP. 1 Fox Angle Moor Tram.

14.04.11 (RW) Eastern Moors 2 Redshanks on territory (floods) 2 Grasshopper Warblers (Will Pits Scrape) 2 Swallow (WPS) 1 Little Grebe (WPS) 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (Will Pits) 1 Sedge Warbler (floods) 7 Red Deer (Pony Bridge Marsh)

09.04.11 (Paul Adams, Peter Hinks) 4 Goosander WPS, 3 Eurasian Marsh Harrier BT & F, 1 Tawny Owl called WP, 6 Common Bullfinch WP,

09.04.11 (WHP, Anon.) 3 Eurasian Marsh Harrier, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Eurasian Hobby EARLIEST EVER IN YORKSHIRE (RJS only), 1 Peregrine Falcon male, 2 Common Redshank displaying, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Northern Wheatear, 4 Common Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Ring-necked Parakeet. 1 Sedge Warbler EARLIEST EVER,

09.04.11 (Paul Adams, Peter Hinks) Route. Swinefleet Peat works to Top Moor Farm. Top Moor Farm to Will Pits. Fisons Road to Shoulder o'Mutton Tram. 7 Greylag Goose, 3 Eurasian Wigeon, 29 Eurasian Teal, 34 Mallard, 10 Northern Shoveler, 12 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Kestrel, 5 Northern Lapwing, 300 Black-headed Gull, 15 Meadow Pipit, 6 Winter Wren, 1 Hedge Accentor, 3 European Robin, 1 Common Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Blackcap, 12 Common Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, 2 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper, 1 Eurasian Jay, 30 Carrion Crow, 5 Chaffinch, 3 European Goldfinch, 1 Common Linnet, 5 Reed Bunting. 2 Orange Tip. Several Peacock and Small Tortoishell. 3 hind Red Deer WP.

08.04.11 (Paul Adams) Red House Farm and Swinefleet Peat Works. 30 European Golden Plover, 2 Northern Wheatear, 26 European Goldfinch. (to the north of the recording area at Puddiners Lane in the square SE7820 6 Northern Wheatear and a Little Ringed Plover)

07.04.11 (JGH) 1 Hen Harrier ringtail.

06.04.11 (Peter Hinks, Melvin Grassby, Simone Maw) 1 Whooper Swan F, 2 Greylag Goose, 8 Eurasian Teal, 20 Mallard, 6 Northern Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck WPS, F, 4 Goosander WPS, 15 Common Pheasant, 9 European Golden Plover, 2 Northern Lapwing, 10 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Wood Pigeon, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker WP, 1 Barn Swallow GBS, 2 Winter Wren, 2 European Robin, 2 Common Blackbird, 4 Common Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Willow Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Eurasian Jay, 2 Black-billed Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 14 European Goldfinch, 4 Reed Bunting. Also 1 Roe Deer, 1 Grass Snake (GBS) and frog colonies WPS and WP.

04.04.11 (RW) 12 Greylag Goose, 1 Willow Tit WP, 1 Common Kestrel, 3 Common Buzzard WP, 1 Blackcap WP, 1 Willow Warbler WP, 20 Common Chiffchaff ca and WP, 1 Whooper Swan, 17 Pink-footed Goose. 3 Eurasian Marsh Harrier 2cc 1 adult male. Also 6 Red Deer WP.

04.04.11 (BPW). 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Mallard, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Redshank GB F, 40 Black-headed Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gull all imms, 8 Herring Gull all imms, 6 Common Wood Pigeon, 1 Sky Lark, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Winter Wren, 42 Fieldfare NEF, 10 Common Chiffchaff ca, GB, 3 Willow Warbler ca, GB, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit GB edge, 6 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 8 Black-billed Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 10 Chaffinch, 2 European Goldfinch, 6 Common Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Corn Bunting Longthorpes, (JD) 7 Lesser Redpoll. Also 3 Roe Deer.

01-02.04.11 (JGH) 12 Pink-footed Goose (02.04.11), 14 Northern Shoveler (02.04.11), 1 Barn Swallow WP (01.04.11). Also a colony of frogs at BWD.

02.04.11 (PA) c.100 Golden Plover flying north. Viewed from Red House Farm. I have regularly seen spring passage movements of this species in recent years. Some occasionally fall in to the fields south of the recording area. Also seen recently to the south of Saltmarshe Delph.

26.03.11 (BS). 08:30-16:30, route Jone’s Cable - Woodpecker Corner - Elmhirst - Pony Bridge - Will Pits – floods. 1 Little Grebe, 2 Whooper Swan ads, 18 Pink-footed Goose, 36 Greylag Goose, 1 Common Shelduck, 23 Gadwall, 104 Eurasian Teal, 131 Mallard, 9 Northern Shoveler, 21 Goosander, 2 Eurasian Marsh Harrier both cc, 1 Hen Harrier ringtail, 4 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kestrel, 29 Northern Lapwing, 1 Common Redshank, 1 Common Gull adult at BH Gull colony, 40 Meadow Pipit, 3 White / Pied Wagtail, 21 Common Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Tit, 2 Eurasian Treecreeper, 1 Eurasian Siskin, 10 Common Bullfinch, 7 Reed Bunting.

26.03.11 (BPW). IM only. 31 Fieldfare, 5 Common Chiffchaff flat tip and IM, 1 Willow Tit, 2 Common Bullfinch. Also 6 Common Frog and 5 small bits of spawn and 2 Common Toad IMP.

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The first photo of the year is a toad! If you have any photos for blog they would be much appreciated. Thanks. 5 Greylag Goose, 14 Mallard, 2 Northern Shoveler, 2 Tufted Duck, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Kestrel, 4 Common Pheasant, 1 Water Rail GB F, 50 Northern Lapwing, 20 Black-headed Gull, 1 Herring Gull imm, 2 Common Wood Pigeon, 1 Meadow Pipit imm, 1 White / Pied Wagtail, 2 Winter Wren WPS, 2 European Robin, 3 Common Blackbird 1 Mistle Thrush, 5 Common Chiffchaff, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Blue Tit, 2 Black-billed Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow 2 3 Chaffinch, 3 Common Bullfinch, 2 Reed Bunting. Also 2 colonies of FROGS (c.10 in each) both with large clumps of spawn. First N of road near BB, second S of road SW of WP towards MT. Also 3 TOADS IMP, may all be same sex as not coupled and no spawn.

18-19.03.11 (RB) 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker WPS, 18th, 11 Whooper Swan 19th, 4 Meadow Pipit 19th.

18.03.11 (BPW). 1 Whooper Swan, 1 Common Shelduck WPS, 12 Gadwall, 30 Eurasian Teal, 14 Mallard, 4 Northern Shoveler, 3 Tufted Duck, 5 Goosander, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier cc, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard, 4 Northern Lapwing holding territory, 227 Black-headed Gull at colonies along road, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull adult over N, 2 Herring Gull down with BH Gulls, 4 Stock Pigeon, 2 Sky Lark ca, 8 Meadow Pipit, 1 White / Pied Wagtail, 2 Common Chiffchaff ca, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 7 European Goldfinch, 3 Common Linnet, 8 Lesser Redpoll GB, 2 Mealy Redpoll GB, 3 Common Bullfinch, 8 Reed Bunting. And 4 Roe Deer.

17.03.11 (WHP) 1 Northern Wheatear fm.

14.03.11 (P. Hinks, B. Smith) 3 Whooper Swan on E end F, 2 Northern Shoveler, 4 Tufted Duck, 15 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 6 Fieldfare, 1 Willow Tit WP, 100 Common Linnet BT. Also a Common Lizard at P.

11.03.11 (P. Hinks, P. Kendall, B. Thompson) 20 Greylag Goose, 2 Gadwall, 25 Eurasian Teal, 30 Mallard, 8 Northern Shoveler, 8 Tufted Duck, 10 Goosander WPS, 2 Common Pheasant, 1 Water Rail heard WP, 1 Common Moorhen, 20 Northern Lapwing, 6 Black-headed Gull, 2 Common Wood Pigeon, 32 Eurasian Collared Dove Red House Farm,, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker WP, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 White / Pied Wagtail, 2 Winter Wren, 2 European Robin, 2 Common Blackbird, 1 Common Chiffchaff SWD at WP, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Black-billed Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Chaffinch, 20 European Goldfinch, 100 Common Linnet fields nr BT, 1 Common Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting. Also Roe Deer and Mink BT and 9 male Adders S end of GB.

11.03.11 (BPW). 6 Greylag Goose, 4 Gadwall, 7 Northern Shoveler, 6 Tufted Duck, 12 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Water Rail, 4 Northern Lapwing, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Sky Lark, 3 European Robin, 48 Fieldfare, 25 Redwing, 6 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Great Tit, 22 Black-billed Magpie, 4 Chaffinch, 2 European Goldfinch, 1 Eurasian Siskin, 180 Common Linnet ca and Bank Top (Peter Hinks), 2 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Yellowhammer.

08.03.11 (RW) 33 Whooper Swan F, 70 Eurasian Teal F, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier F, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk F, 1 Common Kestrel, 1 Peregrine Falcon F.

07.03.11 (Brian Smith) 50+ Whooper Swan F.



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06.03.11 (Adrian Scutt, Jim Snowden) 21 Gadwall, 13 Tufted Duck, 6 Goosander, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier fm, 2 Hen Harrier male and ringtail, 1 Peregrine Falcon imm male.

05.03.11 (BPW, WHP, SB). 19 Greylag Goose, 14 Eurasian Teal, 2 Eurasian Marsh Harrier m and fm F, 1 Hen Harrier fm F, 1 Common Buzzard NEF, 10 Black-headed Gull some calling and landing, 3 Sky Lark, 2 Winter Wren, 3 European Robin, 1 Song Thrush A, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper A, 2 Eurasian Jackdaw W edge singly, 4 Chaffinch, 2 European Goldfinch, 2 Eurasian Siskin, 50 Common Linnet NEF, 20 Lesser Redpoll A, 1 Common Bullfinch ca, 3 Yellowhammer, 2 Reed Bunting. Also a Mink at A.

05.03.11 (Stuart Beebee) 2 Hen Harrier m and fm F, 2 Peregrine Falcon GM.

04.03.11 (John Durrant) 2 Eurasian Woodcock ca, 2 Short-eared Owl NEF pm, possibly LEOS.

03.03.11 (Rob Watson). 12 Greylag Goose, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier imm male, 1 Common Buzzard WPS, 4 Redwing recreation ground, 1 Great Grey Shrike MM, 200 Common Starling recreation ground.

01.03.11 (Ron Moat). 310 Pink-footed Goose 3 skeins W, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Eurasian Teal, 3 Tufted Duck, 1 Common Buzzard, 2 Common Pheasant, 2 Carrion Crow.

01.03.11 (Justin Parker). 12.00 to 14.00 250+ Pink-footed Geese flew N, 1 Great Grey Shrike, 1 ROUGH LEGGED BUZZARD viewed for ten minutes from behind the viewing platform mobbed by crow viewed by me and my dad Dave Parker showed very well was circling so white across the tail was visible and pale head was noticeable in very good lighting and hovered on 2 separate occasions ok.

27.02.11 (Paul Adams, Peter Hinks) Route. Red House Farm to Top Moor Farm. Top Moor Farm to Will Pits scrape and Wood. 10.00 – 13.30 Then along Blackwater Dyke to Alder Woods. Creykes and Northern Goole Moor. Then Top Moor Farm to Swinefleet Peat Works. 15 Greylag Goose, 2 Common Shelduck, 3 Gadwall, 16 Eurasian Teal, 60 Mallard, 4 Northern Shoveler, 10 Tufted Duck, 14 Goosander 4 m + 10 fm but mobile, 1 Hen Harrier male A and NGM, 1 Common Kestrel, 2 Common Pheasant, 1 Common Moorhen, 1 Common Snipe, 5 Black-headed Gull, 5 Common Wood Pigeon, 1 Eurasian Collared Dove, 1 Sky Lark, 11 Winter Wren, 3 European Robin, 3 Common Blackbird, 20 Long-tailed Tit, 9 Blue Tit, 8 Great Tit, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper, 1 Black-billed Magpie, 16 Carrion Crow, 4 Eurasian Tree Sparrow, 38 Chaffinch, 2 European Greenfinch, 15 European Goldfinch, 3 Common Linnet, 70 Lesser Redpoll, 30 Mealy Redpoll, 22 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting.

28.02.11 (Ben Steel). 1 Whooper Swan F, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Eurasian Treecreeper A, 110 Lesser Redpoll A and ca, 100 Mealy Redpoll A and ca, 2 Arctic Redpoll A.

27.02.11 (anon.) Route: PB, MM, A. 1 Cormorant 6 Goosander, 1 Common Buzzard, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier female, 1 Hen Harrier fm, 1 Peregrine, 1 Great Grey Shrike PBM, 3 or more COUES ARCTIC REDPOLL Pony Bridge area.

25.02.11 (BPW) Route: ca, GB edge, road, A, back to road, SOMT, along then across to mound at S+PD, then S+PD into WP, BT, WPS, MT, MMT, Platform, CTP, RP, ca. 10 Greylag Goose, 2 Canada Goose F, 6 Gadwall, 34 Eurasian Teal, 50 Mallard, 4 Northern Shoveler F, 10 Tufted Duck WPS mainly, 17 Goosander F then 14 WPS (some same), 2 Eurasian Marsh Harrier male and cc F, 1 Hen Harrier fm F, 23 Northern Lapwing, 1 Eurasian Woodcock flushed at A, 4 Black-headed Gull 2 on water calling, 9 Stock Pigeon, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker fm A, m WP, 1 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1 male S+PD in WP, 3 Sky Lark, 3 Winter Wren, 8 European Robin, 8 Common Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 28 Redwing Alders, 31 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 25 Blue Tit, 9 Great Tit, 3 Eurasian Treecreeper 2 Alders (1 imm), 1 WP, 7 Black-billed Magpie, 18 Carrion Crow, 31 Chaffinch, 13 European Goldfinch, 30 Common Linnet, 150 Lesser Redpoll Alders with big flock prob many more, 8 Common (Mealy) Redpoll Alders with big flock prob many more, 2 COUES ARCTIC REDPOLL Alders with big flock, 2 Common Bullfinch WP, 3 Yellowhammer S+CM. Also 4 Roe Deer, 1 Grey Squirrel.

24.02.11 (RW). 10 Greylag Goose, 8 Eurasian Wigeon, 4 Gadwall, 6 Northern Shoveler, 10 Goosander, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier, 2 Common Kestrel, 1 Eurasian Curlew.

24.02.11 (Paul Adams, Peter Hinks). 10 Greylag Goose, 80 Eurasian Teal, 100 Mallard, 2 Common Kestrel, 3 Common Pheasant, 4 Black-headed Gull, 10 Common Wood Pigeon, 3 Eurasian Collared Dove, 4 Sky Lark, 3 Meadow Pipit, 2 Winter Wren, 2 European Robin, 2 Common Blackbird, 50 Fieldfare, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Black-billed Magpie, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Eurasian Tree Sparrow, 2 Chaffinch, 10 European Goldfinch, 10 Lesser Redpoll, 15 Mealy Redpoll, 2 Arctic Redpoll, 3 Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting.

22.02.11 (Ben Steel). The western edge, green belt, will pits areas. Headed to the Alder wood and western edge, found a very interesting flock of about 200, at least three-quarters were Common (mealy), 1 I'm very sure was a COUES ARCTIC 1 other was likely to be one and 2 or 3 others looked very good candidates for arctic’s. Flock was ground feeding on the peat just north of the north part of the alder woods, watched at only 20 feet for a few minutes then they flew off south, couldn't relocate the flock, was a pretty impressive sight with all those mealy, also on the western edge: 3 Woodcock, 20 Goldfinch, 2 Sparrow hawk, 1 Goldcrest, on the floods about 40 Greylag, 6 Shoveler, 1 Curlew, 1 imm male Marsh Harrier. Will pits, 15 Goosander, 10 Tufted Duck. 27+ Red Deer only 1 with antlers, 1 Grey Squirrel.

14.02.11 (BPW). 4 Eurasian Teal, 36 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 Eurasian Marsh Harrier imm m NEF, adult m F, 7 Northern Lapwing, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Stock Pigeon NEF, 4 Sky Lark, 2 European Robin, 1 Common Blackbird, 70 Fieldfare NEF, 6 Redwing, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 5 Blue Tit, 1 Great Grey Shrike blue bridge, 3 Black-billed Magpie, 1 Chaffinch NEF, 5 European Goldfinch NEF, 190 Common Linnet NEF, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Reed Bunting.

08.02.11 (BPW) Route: ca, SW edge, WC, CT, ET, PBT, SWD, WPS, WP, GMT, SWD, mounds at S&PD, road, GBS, RP, ca. 10 Greylag Goose, 80 Eurasian Teal, 120 Mallard, 1 Northern Shoveler male F, 6 Tufted Duck, 15 Goosander WPS, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier imm male F, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 1 Common Buzzard WPS, 2 Herring Gull, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 7 Sky Lark, 1 Winter Wren, 5 European Robin, 1 Common Blackbird, 100 Fieldfare NEF, 1 Song Thrush, 25 Redwing, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit, 4 Great Tit, 28 Carrion Crow, 2 European Goldfinch, 200 Common Linnet NEF, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Common Bullfinch, 3 Reed Bunting.

03.02.11 (BPW) Route: ca, RP, CTP, platform, MMT, MT, WPS, WP, mounds at S&PD, road, GBS, RP, ca. 4 Greylag Goose F, 12 Eurasian Teal F, 56 Mallard F, 10 Goosander WPS, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier F, imm male, 1 Common Buzzard NEF, 1 Peregrine Falcon F, big adult fm, 10 Common Pheasant NEF, 6 Stock Pigeon NEF, 8 Common Wood Pigeon NEF, 1 Sky Lark NEF, 1 Winter Wren, 1 Hedge Accentor 100 Fieldfare NEF, 6 Redwing NEF, 7 Mistle Thrush NEF, 2 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 6 Black-billed Magpie NEF, 9 Chaffinch NEF mainly, 4 European Goldfinch NEF, 150 Common Linnet NEF, 1 Lesser Redpoll, 4 Common Bullfinch 3ca, 1 WP, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Reed Bunting NEF.

29.01.11 (WHP). 150 Pink-footed Goose, 1 Great Grey Shrike near platform.

25.01.11 (BPW) Route: ca, GB, road, SOMT, mounds at S&PD, road GBS, RP, ca. 2 Greylag Goose F, 22 Eurasian Teal F, 90 Mallard F, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier cc F, 1 Common Buzzard NEF, 1 Herring Gull, 8 Fieldfare ca, 2 Song Thrush ca, 40 Redwing ca, 10 Carrion Crow F, 2 European Greenfinch ca, 1 European Goldfinch ca, 2 Lesser Redpoll ca.

18.01.11 (BPW) Route: ca, GB, road, WP, BT, WPS, MT, MMT, platform, CTP, RP, ca. 650 Pink-footed Goose going N, 1 Greylag Goose F, 8 Eurasian Wigeon F, 3 Gadwall F, 180 Eurasian Teal F, 60 Mallard, 9 Tufted Duck F and WPS, 23 Goosander WPS new all time maximum, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier cc F, 1 Eurasian Sparrowhawk WP, 1 Common Buzzard WP, 1 Common Kestrel, 10 Common Pheasant, 8 Herring Gull, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 2 Sky Lark, 2 Winter Wren, 3 Common Blackbird, 18 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing WP, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 1 Willow Tit ca, 10 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 16 Black-billed Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 7 Common Bullfinch, 10 Lesser Redpoll WP.

03.01.11 (BPW). 2 Peregrine Falcon m and fm over F, 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Grey Shrike midday halfway along road, then flew to CTP, 1 Common Bullfinch.

01.01.11 (BPW) Route: ca, GB, road, WP back same. 2 Great Cormorant 1 S am, 1 N pm, 20 Mallard, 1 Eurasian Marsh Harrier imm m F, 2 Common Kestrel, 4 Common Pheasant, 11 Black-headed Gull all NE mainly pm, 8 Mew Gull all NE mainly pm, 208 Herring Gull all NE mainly pm, 64 Great Black-backed Gull all NE mainly pm, 1 Rock Pigeon, 10 Stock Pigeon, 2 Wood Pigeon, 1 Little Owl calling Recreation Ground poplars, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Hedge Accentor, 1 European Robin, 12 Common Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 13 Redwing, 3 Goldcrest WP, 10 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Willow Tit 2GB, 2WP, 8 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 1 Eurasian Treecreeper WP, 2 Black-billed Magpie, 4 Carrion Crow, 1 Common Starling, 6 Chaffinch, 42 Lesser Redpoll GB, 2 Common Redpoll with Lesser Redpolls GB, 7 Common Bullfinch 2ca, 3GB, 2WP.

Observers 2011 Paul Adams, Stuart Beebee, Robert Broch, Carl Cornish, John Durrant, Melvin Grassby, James Hinchliffe, Paul Hinchliffe, Steve Hiner, Peter Hinks, John G. Hitchcock, P. Kendall, Helen Kirk, Paul Leonard, Ron Moat, Col Neale, Justin Parker, William H. Priestley, Adrian Scutt, Brian Smith, Jim Snowden, Richard J. Sprakes, Ben Steel, B. Thompson, Bryan P. Wainwright, Rob Watson.

THORNE MOORS BIRD REPORT 2009

All records submitted will also automatically appear in the annual bird reports.

BSG PHOTO TOUR OF THORNE MOORS PART 1 .

BSG PHOTO TOUR OF THORNE MOORS PART 2 .

BSG PHOTO TOUR OF THORNE MOORS PART 3 .

The Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve comprises the two close but separate areas, Thorne Moors and Hatfield Moors. Thorne Moors (which is often defined to mean Thorne and the smaller contiguous moors of Goole, Snaith & Cowick, Crowle, and Rawcliffe together, as in this Report). Parts of these Moors lie in three counties, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

HATFIELD MOORS BIRDING BLOG IS HERE .

All previous year's Thorne Moors Bird Reports can be found here with the most recent here THMCF there is also an up-to-date MAP. The BSG write-up is THE HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS NNR

All previous year's Thorne Moors Bird Reports can be found here with the most recent here THMCF and the BSG write-up is THE HUMBERHEAD PEATLANDS NNR

THIS IS A VERY GOOD MAP OF THORNE MOORS Same as above. MAP.

Names for sites are often given as initials, a list is given here.

ALDER THICKETS A, ANGLE DRAIN AD, BANK TOP BT, BELL'S POND B, CANALS C, CANAL TOW PATH (Northern boundary of SC) CTP, CASSON'S C, CASSON'S MARSH Cma, CHADWICK FIELD (NATURAL ENGLAND'S SHEEP FIELD) CF or NEF, CHURCH PIECE CP, colliery area ca, COLLIS'S TRAM CT, CREYKES CR, CROWLE MOOR CM, DURHAM'S GARDENS DG, ELMHIRST PUMPING STATION wood EPS, ELMHIRST TRAM ET, ELMHIRST WOOD EW, FISON'S ROAD/ROAD FR, FLOODED WORKINGS N OF FR F, FLOWER GARDEN FG, GOOLE MOOR GM, GREEN BELT GB, INKLE MOOR IM, INKLE MOOR POND IMP, LIMBERLOST TRAM LT, LIMBERLOST WOOD LW, PINE TREE or LONESOME PINE TRAM PTT/LPT LONG MEADOW LM, LONGTHORPE'S L, MEDGE HALL TRAM MHT, MERVYN'S TRAM MT, MIDDLE MOOR MM, MILL DRAIN MARSH MDM, MOUNDS M, NELLY TRAM NT, NEW CUT NC, NEW MILL DRAIN NMD, NORTHERN CANALS NC, NORTHERN GOOLE MOOR NGM, OBSERVATION PLATFORM/TOWER OP/OT, PARAFFIN CUTTINGS P, PONY BRIDGE MARSH PBM, PONY BRIDGE WOOD PBW, POPPLETON'S MOOR PM, RAWCLIFFE MOOR RM, Red House Farm RHF, Top House Farm THF, RHODODENDRON PATH RP, RIBBON ROW RR, SHEARBURN AND PITTS S&P, SHOULDER o' MUTTON SoM, SNAITH AND COWICK MOOR S&C, SOUTHERN CANALS SC, SWINEFLEET WARPING DRAIN (S end) SWD, THORNE WASTE DRAIN TWD, WESTERN EDGE WE, WHALEY BALK WB, WILL PITS WP, WILL PITS SCRAPE WPS, WOODPECKER CORNER WC.

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THE NEW REPORT IS OUT (UPDATED WITH LATE SENT IN RECORDS NOW) ON THORNE & HATFIELD MOORS CONSERVATION FORUM WEBSITE THORNE MOORS BIRDING REPORT 2010



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