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2023 off to a good start with a Redhead Smew at Staveley on 1 January


Close views of a Treecreeper at Staveley on 5 January


Nice views of Bramblings near Guisborough on 9 January

Nice views of a Barn Owl at YWT Staveley on 24 January

Waxwings at Ingleby Barwick, Snipe at Nosterfield & Whooper Swan at Ripon Racecourse on 26 January

Tawny Owl nr Ripon on 28 January.   First time I've been able to photo one + see the orange-brownish colouring its name implies

Kingfisher, Ring-necked Parakeet & a Mistle Thursh during a lovely walk at Roundhay Park

Black-necked Grebe, Barnacle Goose & Pochard at St Aidan's on 11 & 13 February

Lovely sighting of a Stonechat at St Aidan's on 13 February


A rare Black-throated Thrush at Wykeham Forest on 20 Feb - only one or two seen in the UK each year.

A long journey but worth it to get great views of this Black Grouse in N Yorks on 23 Feb

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Nice to see the Peregrine Falcons on the Parkinson Building at Leeds University on 24 March.

Wheatear close up & a very distant Ring Ouzel at Scar House Reservoir on 27 March

10 Whooper Swans visiting Roundhay Park, Leeds on 28 March

Black Redstart at Skinningrove and a Firecrest at South Gare on 4 April

Great Northern Diver & Willow Warbler at St Aidan's plus a Spotted Redshank at Nosterfield on 7 April

Amazing views of a couple of Black-crowned Night Herons at Ossett on 8 April

Awesome views of a rare Black Kite at Helmsley on 20 April.  I waited for over 5 hours for it to show but it was well worth it!

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Lovely views of an "elusive" Grasshopper Warbler at RSPB St Aidan's on 27 April

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Nice views of a Wood Warbler at a Ripon Primary School on 30 April

Surprising to see an Osprey fly overhead at Nosterfield on 1 May

.......and good views of a Sedge Warbler & Bewick's Swan also on the 1st

Black-winged Stilt at Heslington, York on 6 May

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Turtle Dove at Sutton Bank on 9 May

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A selection of the seabirds at RSPB Bempton Cliffs on 11 May

Wood Sandpiper & Grey Plover at North Cave Wetlands on 13 May

Tree Pipit at Stainburn Forest on 14 May

Great views of a Red-backed Shrike at South Gare on 16 May

Eventually caught up with the Ring-necked Duck on 12 June at Fairburn after missing out on it five previous times recently throughout Yorkshire!

Bolton Abbey on 14 June and great to see many of the "regulars" on a glorious sunny day:-

Pied & Spotted Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Dipper + Common Sandpiper

My 200th year bird & a "Lifer" - a rare Forster's Tern at RSPB Arne on 29 July.  Shandies later to celebrate!!

Still in August - Lesser White-fronted Goose at Eccup, Cattle Egret at Fairburn & a Little Stint at St Aidan's

This Great White Pelican had escaped from Blackpool Zoo on 4 August and I photo'd it at Hay-a-Park, Knaresborough on 23 August where it was eventually recaptured and returned to Blackpool safe & sound.

Lovely views of this Wheatear on the main path at St Aidan's on 24 August

Amazing to see this Nightjar in the back garden of a house at York during the morning of 1 Sept!


Brilliant views of the rare Brown Booby at South Gare on 7 Sept.            BBC News Link (inc my pics)

Bar-tailed Godwit also at South Gare on 7 Sept

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Three Juvenile Curlew Sandpipers at North Cave Wetlands on 10 Sept

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at RSPB Blacktoft Sands on 25 September - breeds in Siberia & migrates to Australia so very rare in the UK

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A visit to Stainburn Forest on 28 Sept gave some lovely views of Crossbills & a Green Woodpecker

A Wheatear lighting up a dull Little Alms Cliff & a Grey Phalarope nr Selby at the start of Oct

A Red Kite right over the top of me at Shadwell on 10 Oct

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Super views of Short-eared Owls at RSPB Bempton Cliffs on 12 October

Lovely views of the rare Two-barred Warbler at Flamborough Head on 28 October

Marsh Harriers at North Duffield Carrs on 3 November

Nice views of Waxwings & a "famous" Tawny Owl at Crosspool, Sheffield on 10 November

Glossy Ibis at RSPB St Aidan's on 11 & 12 November

Hawfinch at Fountains Abbey on 20 November


Barn Owl at Staveley, Willow Tit at RSPB Fairburn, Red-breasted Merganser at Eccup & 70 Waxwings at Armley (biggest flock I've ever seen) all at the start of December

Brambling at Lockwood Beck + some of the 21 Snow Buntings & two Rock Pipits at South Gare on 11 Dec 


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