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Sunday 29th December 2019

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Col Neale, Bob Usher, Justin Carr and myself (Hatfield Moorons) are entering the Michael Clegg Memorial Bird Race on Sunday 5th January 2020 which is in aid of Jean Thorpe’s Ryedale Wildlife Rehabiltation Centre. If you would like to learn more abou the race and Jean’s work please click HERE. If you would like to sponsor us please email Chris at the amount you would like to pledge or leave a comment in the box below. If you would prefer to directly fund Jean’s work then please make a donation at her Gofundme page HERE


DON VALLEY – Firsby Res. – 1 Moorhen; 1 Coot (First record for a while.); 40+ Black-headed Gull; 2 Pied Wagtail; 1f Kestrel; 1 Buzzard; 3 Chaffinch; 1m Greenfinch; 6 Goldfinch (per today’s SHEFFIELD BIRD STUDY GROUP-RECENT NEWS

DON VALLEY – Stainforth – Hatfield Pit Tip – 1 ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD (Peter Maugham and Sue Bird)

Rough-legged Buzzard at Hatfield Pit Tip today © Peter Maugham 2019

IDLE VALLEY – Gringley Carr (Notts) – 3 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5 Kestrel, 1 Grey Partridge, 1f STONECHAT, 68 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch, 2 CORN BUNTING (Carl Cornish)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Bawtry – from A631 bridge – 1 BEWICK’S SWAN; c.150 Whooper Swan (many same as Slaynes Lane below); 1 PINTAIL, 6 RUFF (Steve Furber)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Idlestop (Notts) – 1 imm PEREGRINE, 2 Buzzard, 1 Water Rail (carl Cornish)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Newington Flash (S. Yorks) – 300+ Wigeon; 100+ Teal; 1 Little Egret; 1 Dunlin; 25 Redshank; 12 RUFF (Carl Cornish)

IDLE WASHLANDS – Slaynes Lane (Notts) – 6 BEWICK’S SWAN (SF) but only 2a seen later (CC); c.350 Whooper Swan (SF) then 300+ (CC) at roughly same time as c.150 at Bawtry (per SF); 40+ Mute Swan; 200+ Mallard; 3 Shoveler; 10+ Gadwall; 100+ Teal; 50+ Wigeon; 6 PINTAIL; 40 Pochard; 40+ Tufted Duck; 1 GOLDENEYE; 2 Buzzard, 46 Curlew SW; 1 Kestrel; 2 STONECHAT (Steve Fuber, Carl Cornish and Sue Bird).

IPORT LAKES AND PARSON’S CARR – 92 Wigeon; 3 Teal; 47 Pochard; 2 Little Grebe; 3 Great Crested Grebe; 1 Grey Heron; 2 Little Egret; 5 Cormorant; 1 Snipe; 1 Kingfisher; 8 Fieldfare; 1 Grey Wagtail; 9 Pied Wagtail; c.10 Meadow Pipit; 1+ WATER PIPIT; 1 Greenfinch SE; c.10 Goldfinch; 1 Yellowhammer; 2 Reed Bunting (Bob Usher, Chris Robinson, Paul Bibby)

TICKHILL AREA – Wilsic Lane – 2 PEREGRINE (Paul Bibby)

TICKHILL AREA – Peastack Lane/Wilsic Lane – A bird showing characteristics of WATER PIPIT was in small-holding field with ponies and goats (Paul Bibby)


LOCALWeather: overcast but dry until 1100hrs; then cloudy but brighter with some clear spells until 1900hrs; then clear skies thereafter. Visibility: good/moderate throughout. Temperatures: +8°C to +7°C to +8°C t0 +6°C. Wind: 5mph-19mph and wholly from the SW until throughout. Surface Pressure: 1036hPa-1027hPa-1028hPa. Fronts etc.: none.


MOON PHASE: Waxing crescent (11%).
Crown copyright 2019, the Met Office

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