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Hawfinches at Castle Howard

One of the events of this autumn is the influx of Hawfinches into England. The York area has had its share of these visitors with up to nine birds at Gilling East and small numbers elsewhere including six today over

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The Second York Gull Watch

About 25 intrepid souls joined Chris Gomersall and Jono Leadley to have a look at the Rufforth Tip gulls for the second annual York Gull Watch. It was a mild morning and following a welcome from the Club Chairman, Peter

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Pine Bunting at Dunnington – Updated

During last week, Terry Weston found a large flock of Yellowhammers at Intake Lane, Dunnington. On Friday, Chris Gomersall took a look, intrigued by the possibility of something interesting with them. He was rewarded by a brief glimpse of a

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Michael Clegg Memorial Birdrace. Sunday 8th January 2017

A total of 18 teams took part this year covering their selected areas around Yorkshire. The recipients of this years sponsor money will be ‘The English Twite Recovery Project’ and will go towards helping Twite in Yorkshire. Many congratulations to

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Waxwings and Wagtails

York has had a decent couple of weeks of Waxwing sightings since Christmas. Following a couple of individual records in late autumn and early December, up to a dozen were seen near the Swan pub in the Bishopthorpe Road/Nunnery Lane

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New spreadsheet for 2017 records

There is a new spreadsheet for recording your sightings in 2017. It is available on the Yorkbirding website at http://yorkbirding.org.uk/records/. Instructions are on the ‘guidance’ tab. It uses the BOU’s newer standard vernacular names, as per the 2014 and 2015

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Colour-ringed Little Egrets

Duncan Bye noted two colour-ringed Little Egrets at Wheldrake Ings among the large count of 26 Grey Heron and 16 Little Egret at the Pool hide on the morning of the 23rd July. He has received details back from the ringers: J9 =

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Rufforth Gull Master Class

Tim Jones, assisted by Chris, Jack and Ollie, lead a very well attended gull demo/field trip this morning at Rufforth. The turnout was one of the highest ever in recent times for a field trip with 21 people including the

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American Wigeon at Castle Howard Great Lake

An American Wigeon has been present at Castle Howard Great Lake since Friday and has been reported again this morning. Keep an eye on the @YorkBirding Twitter feed on the home page for the latest news.

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Great Skua at Wheldrake Ings

A Great Skua (Bonxie) was found at Wheldrake Ings on Thursday morning. Yesterday Ollie Metcalf described its attack on a Grey Heron: “Amazing spectacle at Wheldrake this morning.  I arrived at 08.15 when the bonxie was sat peacefully on the edge

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