Overall, not a bad birding year with 212 species seen in Yorkshire - but just sad everything soured by the Coronavirus.

 

November gets off to a great start with super views of Ring-necked Parakeets locally at Roundhay Park, a Red Kite flying right over me nr Wetherby and a mixed flock of 100+ Redwing & Fieldfare constantly flying around nearby.

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July to October pics as birding sites almost get back to normal - masks on in hides and socially distancing though!  

Nice to see the Hoopoe at Collingham, Brown Shrike at South Kirkby & Firecrest + Greater Short-toed Lark at South Gare.

Link to a short video of the Hoopoe at Collingham on 1 October 2020:-

Redwing
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Fieldfare
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Red Kite
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Ring-necked Parakeet
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Hoopoe
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Firecrest
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Pallas's Warbler
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Brown Shrike
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Buzzard
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Egyptian Goose
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Greater Short-toed Lark
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Red Kite
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GREAT NEWS

 

My picture and account of the Sparrowhawk taking off with its Great Spotted Woodpecker prey makes the Readers Letters page of the Bird Watching Magazine

August edition.

Sparrowhawk

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Pictures from June to July as Lockdown eases.  Especially nice to see the Rosy Starling at Collingham, the Red Footed Falcon nr Church Fenton & the Bearded Vulture at Howden Moor. 

Bearded Vulture
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Rosy Starling
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Wood Warbler
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Whitethroat
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Tawny Owl
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Spotted Flycatcher
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Sparrowhawk
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Black Headed Gull
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Red footed Falcon
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Cattle Egret
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Chaffinch
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Ring Ouzel
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Corn Bunting
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Little Owl
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Collared Dove
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Lockdown in force from March but nice to see the following from home or permitted daily exercise then up to May.  

Buzzard
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Little Owl
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Greenfinch
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Dunnock
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Swallow
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Yellowhammer
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Great Spotted Woodpecker
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Wren
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Chiffchaff
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House Martin
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Year starts off well with sightings of Cranes & Bewick's Swan (pics below).  Plus, my 100th sighting on 13 Feb - a juvenile Iceland Gull (1st pic below) wins a "Notable Picture Award" from Bird Guides (a main UK birding magazine/website).

Iceland Gull
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Cranes - Hatfield Moors
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Bewick's Swan - Ellerton
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