Posted: Monday 16th April 2012 by WildlifeSightings
Swallows on a wire - Credit Jono Leadley
Thorton Dale: First cuckoo heard this morning at 8am on the edge of the wood, south of village pond.
Wykeham: Three buzzards and a goshawk. Two hares a mile north of the village.
Ruston Carrs: Nine hares together.
Mal Jones - YWT Member
Dalby Forest: At 5.45pm whilst out walking my dog on the edge of Dalby Forest I saw a common lizard basking on some rocks.
East Cottingwith: We heard our first cuckoo this morning in a band of trees on farmland; we have a cuckoo here every year.
Bishopthorpe: It was a delight indeed to have tree sparrows on the bird feeder this morning. They were abundant when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s but are a rare sight nowadays.
Rob Stoneman - YWT Chief Executive
YWT Staveley: Otter seen swimming in front of hide around 12 noon; also newts in nearby ponds.
YWT Brockadale: Plenty of bugs at Brockadale, including a weevil. No butterflies though.
YWT North Cliffe Wood: Peregrine over heathland/acid grassland this evening.
YWT Flamborough Head: Grey seal seen having an afternoon snack.
Scarborough: 3 harbour porpoise were seen from Marine Drive. This is a great place from which to observe this charismatic species with sightings almost daily.
YWT North Cave Wetlands: 3 black-necked grebes, avocet, sand martin
YWT Wheldrake Ings: 200+ black-tailed godwits
YWT Potteric Carr: Still a booming bittern and an Arctic tern
YWT Spurn: Cetti's warbler and black redstart
YWT Saltmarshe Delph: First great crested grebe
Darley: A single swallow was seen around farm buildings.
Bob Upton - YWT Member
YWT Potteric Carr: A bittern was heard booming all day on the nature reserve, a great attraction at the 'Our Woodland' event held in celebration of The Wildlife Trusts' centenary year and attended by Bill Oddie.
East Cottingwith: A cuckoo, the closest I've got yet - landed10 feet away on a willow whilst I was working on my compost heap. No call but a very healthy looking male.
Dave Griffith - YWT Member
Pickering: Two swallows seen sitting on a wire.
Malcolm Jones - YWT Member
Bedale: During the last few days, including today 10th April 2012, I have been watching a Bumblebee of a sort new to me and I think that it can only be Bombus hypnorum Tree Bumblebee. The thorax is covered with yellow hair, abdomen black with a white tail. In size, a bit smaller that either Red-tailed or Buff-tailed Bumblebees, both of which are also present. It is feeding on a rosemary bush which is in full flower and flying off with well-packed pollen baskets (unfortunately over the fence & out of sight, so, nest not found).
I see from the FSC 'Guide to bees of Britain' 2007 that it is called a 'new colonist in SE England spreading rapidly' so I think it may be right to report it from North Yorkshire this year!
Georgiana Kew - YWT Member
YWT Wheldrake Ings: A good morning birding with sightings of a buzzard, kestrel, kingfisher and a short-eared owl at about 5 yards from me. Also the usual mix of duck and geese, and seven hares boxing.
Malcolm Jones - YWT Member
Redmires Resevoir: We watched a water vole, possibly nest building, at the edge of a very small waterway. The vole was swimming a few feet one way, coming back, scrambling about a foot up the bank and then reappearing a minute or two later in a sort of downward skid through the rushes, swimming the other way and repeating. It kept this up for several minutes and was still at it when we left.
Jenny and Edmund King - YWT Members
Aberford, Leeds: Everyday we are overflown by red kites, numbering between a single bird and on a hot day up to six birds circling high up. We regularly see pairs flying over our property and across the village.
David Kane and Julie Welford - YWT Members
Wilsden: We have had a song thrush nest with one young bird during early April, but they have now flown. We have had a blackbird breed one young bird, which is still in the garden feeding well. We have blue tits in the bird box but no evidence of young. We also have great tits, sparrows, chaffinch, bullfinch, collared dove, dunnock, pigeon and starling in the garden.