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December 2007

4th, South Huggatewold - A good walk this morning in this pleasant and quiet area of the Warter Estate. Loads of Pheasants, & Red Legged Partridges about, with also very large numbers of Wood Pigeons. In the scrubland there were also lots of thrushes, including winter thrushes, and a decent variety of finches. Indeed the finches in this area are always plentiful and diverse and there’s no doubt they benefit from the feed that is put out by the gamekeepers.

6th - A flock of Fieldfares flew over the area this morning, chattering as they went.

9th, Kirby Underdale - Walked in this beautiful area of the Wolds on a bright if not necessarily sunny morning. A few Fieldfares seen along the walk, and a Buzzard was seen soaring high above the Wold. A few Hares also seen out in the fields. A pleasant walk.

10th - A couple of Redwings were seen in the garden today. Additionally on most nights at the moment, particularly towards the end of the night, the Tawny Owls have been very vocal.

11th - Stopped by at Swinemoor this morning, where over the area of winter floods at least 300 Golden Plovers were to be seen. Quite a few Lapwings too, and the odd Gull, but no wildfowl were observed. Back home a lone Redwing was seen.

12th - The feeding station was very busy today. Indeed it was cold today with the frost persisting all day in the shade.

13th - A very frosty morning, almost like snow. Persisting all day in the shade.

15th - A Fieldfare was heard in the area.

16th, Rudston - Went cycling with Jenny and Andy in the Rudston area. Very muddy and quite icy in places. Lots of winter thrushes in the fields and woods. After our cycle we went into Bridlington for fish and chips.

18th - A pair of Redwings were seen feeding on the lawn.

21st - A Treecreeper was seen on both the Hawthorn and Crab Apple today.

22nd - The Treecreeper was seen again today, and a Redwing was also observed. There’s also a decent sized flock of mixed finches moving around the area at the moment, and there were quite a few House Sparrows at the feeders today, an uncommon species in this garden.

23rd, Wheldrake Ings - Visited this wonderfully peaceful reserve, but due to fog we weren’t able to see many birds. However the combination of frost and fog made for a wonderful spectacle, added to by the calls of the wildfowl hidden in the fog. When we arrived we did hear some Whooper Swans, but unfortunately we didn’t see them. Despite the fog we were able to make a few observations including a couple of Pintails, probably my favourite duck. Quite a few Snipe also seen, and in the riverside trees and car park woodland we saw Bullfinches, and winter thrushes. The car park incidentally was flooded again, though in general water levels on the Ings were not particularly high. A good mornings outing at one of my favourite reserves.

27th, Deepdale (Calliswold) - Walked with Jenny and Dad in this favourite valley of ours, made all the better since the ‘Open Access’ act which allows us to fully explore this broad hidden valley. Along our walk two Buzzards were seen, and there were good numbers of winter thrushes in the scrubby areas of hawthorn, and in the fields on top of the Wold. A stoat was also seen. A fine walk.

30th, North Cave Wetlands - Visited our favourite local reserve for the first time in a while on a cloudy and grey morning. The Bar headed Goose still amongst the Greylag geese, but the main highlight of this morning was a lone male Pintail, an always welcome observation. A few Shelducks also around today, and all the ducks are now starting to look at their best. Indeed twelve species of wildfowl were seen. Some Stock doves seen in the fields to the west, and a flock of fifty Siskin’s were seen in the western Alders. A good mornings birding.

31st - A large number of Greenfinches were seen in the garden today with about twenty recorded. There were also Chaffinches & Goldfinches mixed in with them.