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2024 off to a great start with Waxwings at Crossgates & a Glossy Ibis at St Aidan's on 1 January

Plus nice views of Buzzard, Greenfinch & Stonechat

Kestrel, Brambling & a Tree Sparrow at North Cave Wetlands on 3 Jan

A Drake Smew at Thorganby nr York on 4 Jan

Sleeping Owl in N Yorks, Golden Plovers put to flight by a Sparrowhawk at Nosterfield & Goldeneyes at Staveley on 6 Jan

Cattle Egrets at Fairburn, Water Pipit at Lemonroyd STW, Long-tailed Duck at Pugney's CP and Water Rail at Staveley on 8 & 9 Jan

Mandarin Ducks at Golden Acre Park, Leeds & Short-eared Owls at York on 11 Jan

Red-throated Diver & a Snow Bunting at South Gare on 12 Jan

Bewick's & Whooper Swans (for comparison at Brunton nr Doncaster on 15 Jan

Four different types of Thrush in the same field at YWT Staveley on 17 Jan:-

Song, Mistle, Redwing & Fieldfare

Goldcrest & Stonechat at YWT Staveley on 18 Jan

Lovely views of a couple of Barn Owls at YWT Staveley on 26 Jan

Male & female Bullfinches at Rodney Nature Reserve on 27 Jan

Crossbills at Wykeham Raptor Viewpoint on 30 Jan

Grey Partridge & a Little Owl at Rodley Nature Reserve on 31 Jan

Waxwing, Great White Egret, Willow Tit & Grey Heron at Leeds/RSPB Fairburn on 2 Feb

Jack Snipe (with a Common Snipe just visible behind it!) at Rodley Nature Reserve on 10 Feb

Black Grouse at Arkengarthdale nr Reeth on 18 Feb - one of three males seen together.

Great White Egret "nearly" managing to dine on a Pike at RSPB Fairburn on 20 Feb !

Little Owl & a Cormorant (in breeding plumage) at Rodley Nature Reserve on 3 March

Whooper Swans at RSPB Fairburn Ings on 7 March

First ever visit to High Batts Nature Reserve nr Ripon on 8 March & some colourful bird sightings!

Red-necked Grebe & White-fronted Geese at Burton Riggs nr Scarborough on 14 March

Green-winged Teal (took 3 visits to see it!), Siskin, Chifchaff & Buzzard at Nosterfield on 18 March

Black-necked Grebe & Little Owl at RSPB St Aidan's on 19 March

Egyptian Goose, Spoonbill & Snipe at RSPB Fairburn on 19 March

Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Treecreeper & Red Kite near home at Kirk Deighton on 21 March

Another trip to High Batts NR on 22 March - Goosander, Brambling, Marsh Tit & Yellowhammer

A selection of the birds at Collingham & RSPB St Aidan's from 23-26 March

Yellowhammers at Kirk Deighton on 2 April & a male Blackcap singing away at RSPB Fairburn on 3 April

Distant views of Ring Ouzels at a wet & windy Scar House Reservoir on 5 April

Red-legged Partridges & a Bittern at RSPB St Aidan's + a Green Sandpiper at Woodlesford on 6 April

Mediterranean Gull, distant Garganey and a Willow Warbler at RSPB St Aidan's on 8 April

Corn Bunting on the Ridgeway, Oxfordshire on 11 April & a Firecrest in the garden at Poole on 12 April

A rare Forster's Tern at Brownsea Island, Poole on 14 April - with the Sandwich Terns for company

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