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Close up view of Tundra Bean Geese in Dorset and a Great Northern Diver back in Yorks at Pool to end the year
Nice views of a Black-tailed Godwit at St Aidan's in November
Redpoll at Fairburn, Curlew & Little Egret in flight at St Aidan's and a rare Red-flanked Bluetail at Flamborough in November
Lovely views of Stonechat, Buzzard, Ruff & Grey Plover at St Aidan's towards the end of September.
Whinchats and a Little Stint at St Aidan's on 7/8 September
My first ever Bar-headed Goose at Eccup on 28 August + Snow Geese at York University on 10 September.
News of a rare White-tailed Lapwing at RSPB Blacktoft Sands on 26 August was too good an opportunity to miss.
Many spotters were there as it was the first ever recorded in Yorkshire and I think only the 7th or 8th record for the UK!
To view my short YouTube video of the Lapwing - click on following link
Some of the family of six Kingfishers giving lovely close views on the Roundhay Park Upper Lake in August.
Nice to see a Cattle Egret again at Fairburn in July plus a juvenile Arctic Tern at St Aidan's in mid August.
In July I enjoyed watching an Osprey for a couple of hours at Nosterfield, nr Ripon. I arrived too late to see it catch a sizeable fish but it was still a pleasure to see it flying with the fish in its talons and then settle in a nearby tree to enjoy the meal. Probably a 2019 hatch female on her first return to the UK + hope she makes a home at Nosterfield in future!
I always enjoy a yearly trip to RSPB Bempton Cliffs to see the Puffins and other sea birds but this year was a bit special as there was also a Black-Browed Albatross present + good views of a Barn Owl.
Dorset for a week in May with rare sightings of Woodchat Shrike, Dartford Warbler & Bonaparte's Gull
A couple of local rare jobs in April/May - Grey Plover at North Cave Wetlands & Ring Ouzel at Shadwell!
Wheatear at Scar House in April, young Song Thrush at the How Stean Gorge cafe + Blackcap & Whitethroat nearer home!
March to May shots from RSPB St Aidan's - always something of interest there!
A few early pics in 2021 - Finches at the side of the Wetherby to Spofforth Cycle Way