Posted: Wednesday 6th June 2012 by WildlifeSightings
Harbour porpoise - Credit Niki Clear
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Scarborough - outstanding porpoise sighting this morning of an adult and new born calf, which was half the size of the adult. I have seen adults with calves before but never one so young! Two further adults seen this evening, off Marine Drive.
York - a large number of bee orchids have appeared amongst the ox-eye daisies on what we think of as the "new road" - the road from Copmanthorpe to Askham Bog. We've not seen them there before so either they have just become established or we are becoming more observant.
Malton - Barn owl seen crossing the A64 about half a mile beyond the west end of Malton bypass and stooping beyond a hedge. The first I've seen in 18 months and a real treat after 5 hours on the road from Gatwick.
Mal Jones, YWT member
YWT Filey Dams - Interesting couple of hours in hide despite torrential thundery downpours. Lots of tree sparrows, mute swan with 6 cygnets, peregrine flew by, stock dove, pair of fox cubs gamboling about, barn owl hunting, taking food to nest box and a stunning male bullfinch close to hide.
John Sanders, YWT member
YWT Askham Bog - Spotted flycather nest - proper little gem.
Steve Detheridge and Andrew Westbrooke
YWT North Cave - Cuckoo spotted, either a rufous female or a juvenile. It flew low along the roadside hedge and lofted into a tree up the fields never to be seen again!
Mal Jones, YWT member, and friend
Normington - Two adults and 3 young otters on the Altofts Canal.
Mr M Allen
Reva Hill - Two hares spotted.
Linton - Lone adult otter seen in the River Wharfe at dusk 200 meters below the Tin Bridge at Linton Falls.
YWT Pulfin Bog - Whilst walking down the River Hull from the North side of the reserve I was able to observe an otter feeding for about 10 minutes. I was within 15 feet of it, hidden by high grass on the river bank, and followed it down to the outlet to the lake where I couldn't follow it any further. My first sighting and wonderful to see.
Ray Atkin, voluntory YWT Cattle Checker
Skipwith Common NNR - Visited Skipwith Common this morning and had a good sighting of a single woodlark singing from a tree on Sands Lane and also picking at pine cones on ground.
John Baldwin, YWT member