July 31, 2020


Friday 31st July 2020

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During the Pandemic please keep yourself and others safe by maintaining your physical distance from others – science suggests at least 2m to be on the safe side. You can now travel for daily exercise, to work if you cannot work from home or to assist someone more vulnerable. However, you should only meet one person from a different household, but it would obviously be safer if you avoid contact with other people completely, despite the government’s apparent return to herd immunity.

Please remember that, should you catch the virus it is not only yourself that you are putting yourself at risk of illness and even death.


DEARNE VALLEY – Adwick Washlands – 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 3j Cetti’s Warbler (John Law)

DEARNE VALLEY – Denaby Ings – 1 Common Tern – no breeding this year due to flooding early on (John Law and Ken Foundation)

DON VALLEY – Stainforth – Hatfield Pit Tip – 2 SANDWICH TERN N @ 1515hrs, c.15 Buzzards, 5 Kestrels, 1 HOBBY, 6 Stock Doves, 1 Peregrine, Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sparrowhawks, Sand Martin and 22 Lapwings (Andy Lakin)

POTTERIC CARR – 2 Wigeon, 33 Teal, 1 GARGANEY, 35 Shoveler, 1 Little Egret, 11 Cormorant, 1j Marsh Harrier (wing-tagged by NW Norfolk ringing scheme), 2 Buzzard, 1 Oystercatcher, 2 Avocet, 646 Lapwing, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover, 5 Green Sandpiper, 29+ Common Tern, 645 Black-headed Gull, 55 Swift, 8 Sand Martin, 8c Chiffchaff, 7c Blackcap, 1 Greenfinch (Sue and Roger Bird, Darren Wozencroft).

The following details on the Marsh Harrier have been received from the ringing group: A wing-tagged juvenile Marsh Harrier was photographed at Potteric Carr on 31st July. Phil from the North West Norfolk Ringing Group has kindly sent us the history of the bird, as follows:
“This bird is indeed one of this years, and in fact is the first to be reported away from it’s natal area.
She was ringed and tagged on the Holkham Estate in North Norfolk and was one of three young in the nest, plus an infertile egg. Her two siblings were a male and female. I’ve attached a picture of her on the date of tagging which was 17.06.2020. For more information on the scheme take a look at our website at www.nwnrg.co.uk and follow the link to the Marsh Harrier project.”

SOUTH KIRKBY – Mutton Flats/Jonny Brown’s Common – Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 4 Swift, 5 Swallow, 1 House Martin, 1+ HOBBY (2 sightings possibly 2 birds), 6s Willow Warbler, 1s Reed Warbler (Paul Jackson)

SOUTH KIRKBY – Waste Plant Lagoon area – 1 Kestrel, 10+ Swift, c.20 House Martin, 1 Grey Wagtail (Paul Jackson)

TORNE VALLEY – Yorkshire Wildlife Park – 2 Green Sandpiper on the Flash (Mick Sherwin)

WENT VALLEY – Southfield Res. – 2 RUDDY SHELDUCK, 1 WHIMBREL, 1 SANDWICH TERN (morning) and 2 CROSSBILL N (Adrian Scutt)

All above added to Birdtrack.


LOCAL – Weather: clear skies until mid-evening; then overcast thereafter with a brief storm with high winds and rain at approximately 0800hrs. Temperatures: +18°C to +17°C to +18°C to +15°C to +34°C to +2?°C. Wind: 2mph-13mph, wholly from the E quarter until 1200hrs; then 14mph-10mph wholly from the SE quarter until 1800hrs; then 15mph-?mph, but gusting from 15mph-?? and WSW until ????hrs. Visibility: mainly very good/excellent, very occasionally good during the early hours. Surface pressure: 1015hPa-1006hPa-100?hPa. Fronts etc.: a N/S cold front was lying over the District during late evening..


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Moon phase: Waxing gibbous (89%)

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