Sunday, 12 February 2017

12th February

Most exciting news this week was the addition of Common Crane to the village bird list, just on the far eastern edge of the parish. It was spotted by Arnold Robson, an experienced local naturalist, as he drove from Yafforth to Warlaby crossroads.  He rang me when he got home but it was already dark by then and a search the next morning on the way to work was unsuccessful. However, yesterday the bird was seen again near Lovesome Hill (north of Northallerton) so might just head back this way at some point. James Robson had a Crane at North Kilvington in late December so it’s possible this bird has overwintered in the area.
Otherwise on a cold and gloomy weekend, only brightened by a nice showing of aconites…

...there wasn’t a great deal about although I did see my first Treecreeper of the year and the Water Rail is still in the Magic Garden, better views this time but still too brief for photographs. The Greylag flock in the Bottom Fields has grown to 41 and they were joined by 15 Curlews. The only other sighting of note was a small southerly movement of Stock Doves over the village with 19 seen in half an hour.

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