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One on the R. Derwent at Howe Bridge on 20th February, Castle Howard on 3rd , 5th and 2nd April and one at Nettledale on 30th December.
Great Crested Grebe
Five at Castle Howard on 4th June and 8th and 14th October.
One on R. Derwent at Old Malton on 7th January, one over Pickering on 13th, five at Howe Bridge on 20th February with four on 27th March. 15 at Castle Howard on 11th April, one at Old Malton on 13th April, two on the R. Rye between Ryton and Malton on 6th June, two at Espersykes on 19th, one on R. Rye at Swinton Ings on 20th August and one at Ellerburn Banks on 16th October. 33 at Castle Howard on 27th.
One at Church House on 20th January, two at Howe Bridge on 20th February with several along the R. Derwent during January to March. Two at Rosedale Abbey on 2nd October, 12 at Ellington Banks on 10th no doubt made up of adults and young from the breeding colony there. No report from the colony in Sleightholmedale. One in Rosedale on 8th November.
Two at Costa Lodge on 3rd February, two on the R. Derwent, Old Malton on 8th and one at Howe Bridge on 30th. Three on R. Rye between Ryton and Swinton on 13th March and 20th May. 10 at Castle Howard on 4th June, 13 on 13th October, 32 on 8th, 30 on 14th, 18 on 23rd, 32 on 27th, 30 on 3rd November and 22 on 21st. Pair at Newbrugh Priory with four cygnets and Castle Howard with six.
Eleven at Howe Bridge on the flooded fields by the R. Derwent on 7th January. Six at Castle Howard, incl one juvenile, on 3rd November.
One at Castle Howard on 3rd and 8th October.
150 flew NW over Shaw Rigg on 8th February. The large nationwide movement in September was also witnessed in our area with 60 over Gilling, 180 over Kirkbymoorside and an impressive 600 over Sykes on 28th. 30 over Gilling on 30th October and a further party of 100 over Sykes on 14th November.
32 at Howe Bridge on 7th January, four at Slingsby on 20th January, two at Howe Bridge on 20th February and eight on Gilling Lakes on 4th May. 122 at Castle Howard on 3rd October, 178 on 8th, 75 on 14th and 138 on 21st November.
42 at Howe Bridge on floods/fields on 7th January, with four on 20th February and two at Gilling Lakes on 4th May. 60 at Castle Howard on 8th October, 50 on 3rd November and 181 on 21st.
One at Castle Howard on 14th October.
Ten at Howe Bridge on 7th January and 40 on the R. Rye between Ryton and Swinton on 13th March. An impressive number for a small river. 27 at Castle Howard on 3rd October and 81 on 8th.
One at Castle Howard on 3rd October with eight on 14th.
A series of records along the R. Rye from Swinton to Howe Bridge with 250 on 7th January (this is a remarkable count for a river), reducing to 50 on 12th , 127 on 20th February, five on 13th March, two on 18th and 11 on 27th.
Our commonest duck and under-recorded. Reported from the R. Rye and Derwent throughout the year with 75 on 7th January, 25 on 12th , 18 on 20th February, 20 on 13th March and 15 on 27th. Elsewhere: 12 at Kirkbymoorside on 22nd November and 102 at Nettledale, Scawton on 30th December. The only other reports came from Gilling, Hawnby, Howkeld Mill, Middleton Moor and Rievaulx. Adult with 10 duckings at West Gill, Rosedale on 24th May.
13 at Howe Bridge on floods by the R. Derwent on 7th January.
One at Howe Bridge on 7th January and a male at Castle Howard on 3rd April.
Three at Lake Gormire on 4th January, five on R. Rye between Ryton and Swinton on 20th May with one on 8th July. 20 at Castle Howard on 5th April, 30 on 11th and 22 on 21st November.
One at Castle Howard on 11th and 21st November.
Two at Castle Howard on 22nd April and 21st November.
One at Castle Howard on 11th April.
One at Castle Howard on 11th April.
Three at Gilling Redcar on 13th January, two at Old Malton on 20th February when four at Howe Bridge with one on the R. Rye between Ryton and Swinton on 13th March. One over Kirkbymoorside on 1st May and a male on R. Rye at Hawnby on 23rd May.
One in Rosedale East on 13th September.
Two records this year a female/juvenile over Sykes House on 6th August and one on Spaunton Moor on 25th.
Two at Rosedale on 2nd February, three over Russells Wood on 1st and 9th March. Singles at Rievaulx on 17th June, Sykes on 26th August, Cawton-Hovingham on 9th September, Sykes on 26th November and again on 7th December. Once again bred in Cropton Forest with approx six pairs.
Widespread with reports from Ashberry Wood, Ash Dale Wood, Bog House, Duncombe Park, Gilling, Howe Bridge, Kirkbymoorside, Old Malton, Rievaulx, Rosedale, Slingsby and Sykes House. Not uncommonly seen in gardens in the winter.
Singles at Howe Bridge on 7th January, Shaw Rigg on 19th and Harland Moor on 20th. Two were at Sinnington on 24th February when one at Hawnby, single at Russells Wood on 9th March, three at Cross Plantation, Farndale on 15th , one at Coxwold on 20th and three at Rudland on 26th with two at Howe Bridge on 27th. Two at Cowhouse Bank on 9th April, One at Fadhill Rigg on 13th April, two at Cow House Bank on 19th, a single at Gilling on 24th May, at Harland Moor on 29th and Lowna on 28th June. Two at Hawnby on 20th June, one at Gilling on 20th July and Barker Plantation on 15th August when five at Rudland Rigg. Four at Sykes on 16th with singles at Syckerson on 20th and Thornton-le-Dale on 24th. Two on Harland Moor on 14th September, singles at Slingsby on 21st , Lastingham on 29th and Spaunton on 30th, Rudland on 10th October with two at Ellerburn Banks on 16th and Sykes on 3rd November. Three at Scackleton Mill on 14th when a single at Harland Moor with two at Shaw Rigg on 19th. One on Harland Moor on 20th December.Two confirmed breeding pairs in the area.
Two at Shaw Rigg on 2nd January, two Rosedale East on 3rd and 22nd July, three at Sykes on 27th , two at Shaw Rigg on 15th August with two at Swinton Ings on 28th and three Rosedale East on 13th September. All other reports were of single birds at Church House, Coulton, East Bransdale, Espersykes, Gilling, Hawnby, Helmsley, Howkeld Mill, Kilburn, Kirkdale, Old Malton, Oswaldkirk, Pickering, Rudland, Scackleton and Slingsby. A bird on three occasions sat on a beam in at an indoor riding school at Appleton-le-Moors watching a horse being schooled.
One over Harland Moor on 15th January and Rosedale on 30th December.
One at West Lund Lane on 2nd July being mobbed by Swifts, one at Sykes on 20th August.
Reported from Bilsdale, Bransdale, Hawnby, Pockley Moor and Rosedale with max counts of 13 in Bransdale in February and 10 Pockley Moor in June.
Reported in small numbers from, Bransdale, Coulton, Gilling, Hawnby, Helmsley, High Park, Howe Bridge, Slingsby and Swinton with the only double figure count of 11 at Rievaulx on 30th December.
Five at Ryton-Swinton on 12th January and at Slingsby on 30th May, one Ryton-Swinton on 8th July, seven at Ousegill on 10th December with three at Gilling on 24th .
Two at Hole of Horcum on 25th June.
As usual in our area many thousands of birds are reared and released, however few people actually count. The highest count was 67 at Hawnby on 24th February.
One on a road side verge at Top Loskay, Boonhill on 6th March.
One at Castle Howard on 3rd November.
Bred Scackleton and Kirkbymoorside and no doubt elsewhere in the area. Max counts were 20 at Howe Bridge on 7th January with 14 on 20th February and 12 there on 22nd March, 13 at Espersykes on 20th August. 15 at Castle Howard on 21st November. Up to six along West Lund Lane in the latter part of the year.
Two at Lake Gormire on 4th January, 113 at Castle Howard on 18th October, 241 on 14th and 126 on 21st November.
Four along the R. Rye from Howe Bridge to Swinton on 13th March, with two on 20th May and one at Old Malton on 13th June. Three on 8th July. Heard along the R. Rye in June and July at Helmsley but no numbers ascertained.
20 at Bog House on 13th February increasing to 50 on 24th. 250 at Howe Bridge on 27th March, 30 at Slingsby on 30th with 70 on 6th April increasing to 75 on 20th decreasing to 30 on 27th. Single figures in May from Arden Great Moor, Chimney Bank, Dale Town Common, Farndale and Hawnby. 120 at Slingsby on 23rd October.
250 at Howe Bridge on 7th January, 100 at Westgate Carr on 3rd February with smaller parties of up to 20 birds until early May. An early roost of birds at Church Houses on 13th February with displaying birds noted at Rudland on 27th. 30 at Slingsby on 18th May and 75 Ryton-Swinton on 20th. Post breeding flocks of 90 at Howkeld Mill on 2nd July, 120 Swinton Ings on 8th, with 50 at Ganthorpe on 27th August and 40 at Sykes on 31st. Still 12 birds at Bog House on 12th November.
Singles were reported from suitable areas with the only counts of 33 at Howe Bridge on 20th February and four at Howkeld Mill on 8th November.
Seen frequently at Sykes with singles on 3rd and 11th January, 10th May, 20th August, with two on 11th and 26th November. Two on Harland on 11th January, with a single on 29th May. Two at Russells Wood on 23rd June when three at Hartoft Rigg. One at Gilling on 10th July and one Reins Wood, Ashberry on 30th December.
First returning bird to moorland at Bog House on 3rd March with six at Ousegill by 2nd April. Eight were at Howe Bridge on 27th March and birds were reported from the lowland sites from 23rd March until 5th May. Several records in August with eight at Sykes on 7th. Two chicks and an adult in North Dale, Rosedale on 24th May and one chick and adult on 15th June.
Most records were in the early months with 53 at Old Malton on 7th January, 60 along R. Rye from Swinton to Ryton on 12th, 30 at Westgate Carr on 3rd February, 90 at Old Malton on 8th, 50 at Baxton Howe Hill on 9th with 60 at Castle Howard on 6th April and 40 at Slingsby on 27th. 20 were at Swinton on 28th August, 1500 at Castle Howard on 27th October and 90 at Old Malton on 21st December..
12 at Old Malton on 7th January was the only count with a single at Russells Wood on 9th March.
Lesser Black-backed Gull
50 along the R. Rye between Ryton and Swinton on 20th May was an unusual number for this time of the year. One at Espersykes on 20th August and three at Swinton on 28th would be returning birds as numbers pass through Ryedale in the autumn. Three at Ols Malton on 21st December.
Recorded in the Ryedale area in small numbers, up to six, usually in the early part of the year with a maximum of 11 at Howe Bridge on 27th March and 13 at Swinton on 28th. Seven at Espersykes on 26th October and 12 at Old Malton on 21st December.
Greater Black-backed Gull
Just three records, five at Old Malton on 13th April, two at Old Malton on 19th June and one at Swinton Ings on 8th July.
Most records come from the low ground in the south of the area. 45 were at Old Malton on 4th January reducing to eight on 7th. With 10 on 8th February. Elsewhere parties of up to four recorded from Slingsby, Pickering Low Mill, Ryton to Swinton and Howe Bridge. Singles at Sykes on 27th July and Harland Moor on 18th November. 20 at Espersykes on 26th October.
There seems to be a large population of this species in our area. Maximum counts were in the early part of the year: 150 at Sykes on 19th January, 200 at Rievaulx on 12th February, 500 at Hawnby on 24th, 100 at Ryton-Swinton on 13th March, 75 at Old Malton on 18th, 150 at Howe Bridge on 27th March when also 200 at Slingsby. 220 at Old Malton on 26th October and 450 on 16th November. At other times parties of up to 55 recorded throughout the area.
As usual reported from throughout the area with multiple counts of two at Pickering on 13th and 20th January, four at Rievaulx on 12th February, two at Slingsby on 12th April, and four at Helmsley on 6th June. Four at Swinton on 28th August. Four at Harome on 26th December.
One at Yearsley on 5th May, two at Spiers House on 8th May and one at Gilling Woods on 27th July.
The first returning birds at Green Dyke Lane, Slingsby on 21st April, Appleton-le-Moors on 24th and Rosedale on 27th. One Castle Howard on 5th May, Bog House on 9th, Kirkbymoorside GC on 11th, Sykes on 2nd June, Appleton-le-Moors on 11th and Arden Great Moor on 23rd.
Bred once again throughout the area where nest boxes have been provided. Whilst the breeding season was down on last year there were still good numbers of young reared, five in Ings Lane, and we shouldnt lose sight of the fact that many more breed now than 10 years ago. 84 young were ringed this year. Equally owl breeding does tend to be cyclical depending on the abundance of small mammals. Single birds reported throughout the year from Castle Howard, East Ness, Gilling, Great Barugh, Helmsley, Hovingham, Kirkbymoorside, Normanby, Nunnington, Lascelles Lane, Old Malton, Salton, Swinton, Terrington Bank, Welburn Grange and West Ness.
Singles at Great Barugh on 19th January, Gilling village on 23rd June, Pickering on 24th, Sykes on 11th July and two at Espersykes on 23rd.
Few records this year with two at Gilling Park on 1st January, singles at Gilling village on 20th and 9th February, Hartoft Rigg on 23rd June, Cropton on 19th July and Beacon Hill, Pickering on 25th November.
Three at Russells Wood on 23rd June.
One in Rosedale on 16th June and one at Sykes on 25th August.
Reported from Sykes on 23rd May, Hartoft Rigg (2) on 23rd June and Cropton on 19th July.
Reported from the usual towns and villages where the birds breed. It is reported that Swift numbers are decreasing but they still seem to be doing well in towns and villages where there are older properties. The only counts were of 20 at Thornton Dale on 4th May with 40 there on 28th July, 20 at Old Malton on 29th June and 30 at Swinton Ings on 8th July, with smaller parties elsewhere. The first returning birds were two at Thornton Dale on 3rd May.
Single birds at Keld Head on 20th January, Thornton Dale on 20th February and again on 13th May, Slingsby on 20th July, Gilling Woods Lakes on 27th , Old Malton on 30th and Thornton Dale on 11th August.
Singles at Rievaulx on on 12th February, Rosedale on 3rd April, Gilling Castle on 6th, West Gill, Rosedale on 13th May, Rosedale East on 12th July, Middleton Moor on 28th , Sykes on 10th November, Rosedale on 17th and Bog House on 27th. Three juveniles in Rosedale East on 7th July.
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Singles reported from throughout the area in suitable wooded habitats and moorland edges. Two at Thornton Dale on 6th April and three at Middleton Moor on 28th July.
It is good to report and increased number of sightings of Skylark this year from 16 sites. Most were reported form the low land areas in the first half of the year with the highest count being of 15 along the R. Rye from Ryton to Swinton on 20th May. Birds recorded in the moorland areas from 30th May.
50 at Castle Howard on 5th April increasing to 150 on 11th. 30 along the R. Rye from Ryton to Swinton on 20th May. There were 102 breeding holes along the R. Rye near Helmsley and 70 holes in Spaunton Quarry. The latter site was found in late July high up on one of the aggregate dumps. No ringing took place in 2008.
First returning bird at Castle Howard on 11th April and Sheriffs Pit, Rosedale on 13th ,with the last on 10th October at Coulton. No great counts this year with a maximum of 70 at Swinton on 28th August, no doubt gathering to depart.
First returning bird at Gilling Village on 29th April with the last on 29th September at Old Malton. Reported in small numbers from the usual sites with a maximum of 10 at Boonhill on 20th August.
The only report of four at Middleton Moor on 24th May and birds at White Horse, Kilburn and Sutton Bank on 15th June. No territory counts were made in Cropton Forest.
Reported in small numbers from the low land areas in the early part of the year with 12 at Howe Bridge on 7th January and six on 27th March. As expected birds reported from the moorland areas from early April with maximum counts of 20 at Great Arden moor on 23rd June and 30 in East Bransdale on 7th September.
Remains a rare bird in our area with one south of Slingsby on 3rd May, Gilling on 18th , Espersykes on 19th June, two juveniles at Old Malton on 29th and one there on 18th September.
Singles reported from Arden great Moor, Bransdale, Gilling Redcar, Helmsley, Rievaulx, Rosedale and Thornton Dale with two at Pickering on 16th February, Sykes on 12th September and Old Malton on 9th December. No breeding record from Kirkdale this year but bred along the R. Rye at Low Woods farm with four fledged..
Reported from most areas with maximum counts being: 13 at Swinton on 20th August and 20 at Coulton on 24th September.
Six in West Pickering on 15th March and 15 at Sykes on 26th November.
Reported from Thornton Dale singles on 30th January, 20th February, 29th November with two on 13th December. One at Hawnby on 24th February.
A common and widespread species with counts of up to eight birds in some squares. 16 on Middleton Moor on 24th May and nine at Old Malton on 2nd September.
A common and widespread species with most counts, up to 10, during the early breeding season.
As with the previous species most commonly reported in the early spring when birds are vying for territories. Ten at Middleton Moor on 24th May.
One in West Pickering on 7th January.
First returning bird at Castle Howard on 22nd April and Sykes on 23rd.. One at Reeking Gill, Rosedale on 5th June, two at Great Arden Moor on 23rd with singles at Sykes on 15th and 20th August, Hole of Horcum on 25th June and a juvenile at Middleton Moor on 28th July. Only one pair in nest boxes at Nettledale this year raising six young.
One in Bransdale on 9th May and at Shaw Rigg on 20th.
Singles at Bog House on 2nd January and East Moors on 22nd and Ousegill on 24th March. Two at Bog House on 6th April, one in Rosedale on 5th and 27th May, two at Hole of Horcum on 25th June, Shaw Rigg on 8th October with four at Harland Moor on 23rd November and a single on Shaw Rigg on 10th December with two on 22nd.
Four at East Mines, Rosedale and Chimney Bank on 10th April, and singles at Bransdale on 9th May, two at Hole of Horcum on 25th June, Harland Moor on 1st August, East Bransdale on 7th September and Harland Moor on 29th. Two fledged young at Rosedale East on 26th June.
First returning birds were singles at Sheriffs Pit, Rosedale on 30th March, Shaw Rigg on 1st April and Ousegill on 2nd. Spring records from the Rosedale Survey were; Two at Hob Crag on 3rd April, one at Sledge Shoe on 8th, two at Sturdy Bank on and East Mines on 10th, Sheriffs Pit on 13th when three at Hob Crag. Elsewhere: Two at Ousegill on 9th May, Shaw Rigg on 20th and Ousegill on 22nd. Two at Pockley Moor on 6th June with five at Arden Great Moor on 23rd. Four young ringed 24th May.
[Ed: see Hutchinson & Fairbrothers report.]
Maximum counts were; 20 at Gilling on 4th and 5th January, 17 at Old Malton on 7th, 16 at Baxton Howe Wood on 19th and 27 at Slingsby on 20th. 24 at Howe Bridge on 20th February and 15 on 27th March, 19 at Slingsby on 30th May and 18 at Old Malton on 3rd June with 21 on 29th. 52 at Kirkbymoorside orchard on 31st December.
Counts from early in the year were: 100 at Bog House on 2nd January, 170 at Howe Bridge on 7th January, 600 between Ryton and Swinton on 12th, 180 at Swinton on 16th February and 150 at Howe Bridge on 27th March. 90 at Old Malton on 19th December. Elsewhere, parties of up to 75 birds.
Recorded throughout the area usually up to three birds with the exception of Eight at Old Malton on 8th February with five on 13th April, seven at Slingsby on 27th April and 30th May, six at Helmsley on 6th June and eight at Old Malton on 13th.
50 at Bog House on 2nd January, 100 at Howe Bridge on 7th January, 40 at Westgate Carr on 3rd February when 100 at Pickering Low Mill, 40 at Gilling on 17th and 18th October.
Recorded throughout the area with the first bird singing at Harland Moor on 11th January. Post breeding counts of 40 at Sykes on 7th August, 50 at Harland Moor on 17th and 60 at Sykes on 23rd. Probably relate to the same flock.
One at Castle Howard on 5th May.
One at Castle Howard on 4th June.
Single at Espersykes on 19th June.
Two records from Old Malton on 13th June and 20th August.
First returning birds two at Slingsby on 27th April. A series of records from Slingsby include six on 4th May, 10 on 11th and seven on 18th with three on 25th and 30th May. Elsewhere four at Ryton-Swinton on 20th May, five on Gillamoor road on 7th June, two at Espersykes on 9th, three at Old Malton on 13th and 19th June with two on 29th. Two at Swinton Ings on 8th July one at Slingsby on 20th July and the last at Old Malton on 11th August .
Few records this year with singles at Church Houses, Gilling Park House, Old Malton, Sykes and Thornton Dale. First bird on 17th May.
A winter bird at Kirkbymoorside on 20th February. The first returning bird was at Thornton Dale on 12th April with nine at Slingsby on the 20th. Two at Kirkbymoorside GC on 11th May, three at Gilling Park House on 24th with four at Old Malton on 13th June, one at Espersykes on 19th and Old Malton on 29th. Last bird at Slingsby on 28th August.
First returning bird at Gilling Park House on 4th May with five at Yearsley on 5th. Four at Gilling Park House on 18th and one at Sykes on 20th and two at Gilling Park House on 24th.
First returning bird at Gilling Redcar on 25th March and the last at Slingsby on 21st September. Up to three birds reported from, Ellers Wood, Espersykes, Gilling area, Helmsley, Kilburn, Old Malton, Slingsby, Swinton, Sykes and Thornton Dale. Five were at Old Malton on 20th August.
First returning bird at Thornton Dale on 16th April with three at Sykes on 21st. Whilst this is a widespread but declining bird there were no more than six birds reported from 13 sites except 31 at Middleton Moor on 24th May and 10 on 28th July and 10 at Espersykes on 20th August..
Reported from wooded areas throughout the area and has become common in urban gardens in the winter. 23 at Cropton Forest on 23rd February, 16 at Middleton Moor on 24th May and 13 on 28th July.
The first returning birds were two at Sykes on 10th May where they bred successfully with four birds on 14th June with the last on 26th August. Singles reported from Arden Great Moor, Gilling, Harland Moor, Helmsley, Howsham, Low Woods Farm, Old Malton, Rievaulx and Thornton Dale.
Few large flocks this year with 12 at Sykes on 19th January, 12 at Slingsby on 10th January, 10 Harland Moor on 17th August, 33 at Sykes on 23rd and 12 at Gilling on 26th October. 12 at Old Malton on 26th July, 13 on 20th August, 22 on 26th October and 13 on 21st December.
Reported from Ellers Wood (4), Garbett Wood, Gillamoor Road (3), Gilling Woods (2), Gilling Park House (2), Old Malton (4), Sutton Bank and Thornton Dale.
Reported from Kilburn White Horse
14 at Cropton Forest on 23rd February, Six at Russells Wood on 9th March and12 at Arden Great Moor on 23rd June, otherwise in small numbers from elsewhere. A poor breeding season.
Widespread throughout the area but with no counts larger than eight. For the second year in succession this species had a bad breeding season. Nest box studies found many late broods and many dead chicks. The poor spring weather and shortage of food supplies would appear to have caused this. There is also a suggestion that caterpillars and other insects, fed to their chicks, are now emerging earlier than in the past and the species has yet to adapt to this change.
This species did not seem to suffer the fate of the previous species as they appeared to have raised their young at least a week earlier but with noticeably smaller broods than previous years. As would be expected widespread and in no great numbers with eight the maximum count.
One in Gilling Village on 20th January, with two at Gilling Castle on 27th, three at Thornton Dale on 11th February with singles at Hawnby on 24th, Kirkdale and Sykes on 6th April and near Coneysthorpe on 3rd May. One at Honeyholme on 23rd December.
Two reported from Garbutt Wood on 4th January, Bog Hall on 30th March, Old Malton on 13th April and Kirkbymoorside on 20th October. Elsewhere singles from Gilling, Pickering, Rievaulx and Thornton Dale.
An unobtrusive but noisy bird. Two at Garbutt Wood on 4th January, Gilling Lakes on 10th February when three at Gilling Castle. Three at Skes on 23rd March and two at Gilling Castle on 20th July. Singles reported from Helmsley and Kirkbymoorside.
A much maligned bird. Reported from throughout the area often in ones and twos with four at Howe Bridge on 20th February. They do occasionally flock and 17 were at Howe Bridge on 17th March.
Seems to be increasing in numbers with maximum counts of 200 at Levisham on 6th January, 150 at Rievaulx on 12th February with 75 at Bog House on 15th. 100 at Ryton-Swinton on 8th July, 150 at Sykes on 12th November and 300 at Harland Moor on 29th. Large numbers at Pickering and Kirkbymoorside are often associated with Rooks when leaving feeding grounds and going to roost
See above species. Largest counts of 150 at Rievaulx on 12th February, 60 at Scackleton on 12th May, 195 at Ryton- Swinton on 20th and 103 at Gillamoor on 7th June. Rookeries at Gillamoor, Helmsley cemetery, Howkeld, Kirkbymoorside, Pockley and West Ness. There are no doubt others that have not been reported.
They often gather in parties in the winter with 23 at Ryton-Swinton on 12th January, 16 at Slingsby on 27th, 23 at Howe Bridge on 20th February with 20 on 27th March with 16 at Slingsby on 26th April. 18 at Slingsby on 28th August and 21st September with 38 on 19th October. Up to 20 reported from elsewhere.
Whilst small flocks are reported throughout the area the only large parties were; 100 at Westgate Carr on 3rd February, 135 at Howe Bridge on 27th March, 120 at Gillamoor on 21st September and 200 at Bog House on 25th December.
The number of records received would indicate poor numbers and distribution for this species but I am sure that they are under recorded. Flocks of up to nine recorded with 32 at Bog House on 15th February, 13 at Scackleton on 12th May, 30 at Espersykes, Malton on 20th August and 15 at Slingsby on 28th.
It is good to see more records than usual from throughout the area but it appears to be nowhere abundant with the maximum count of no more than nine birds.
Our most commonest finch but alas there are no large flocks reported this year. The only double figure counts were at Cropton (26), Espersykes (15), Gilling (30), Middleton Moor (19), Scackleton (13), Slingsby (13), Sykes (20) and Ryton-Swinton (17).
A poor year with the only records of singles at Pickering on 5th January and Sykes on 31st November and 23rd December.
Small parties reported but only flock counts were 45 at Low Park on 5th January, 26 in Cropton Forest on 23rd February and 19 at Slingsby on 21st September.
Only double figure flocks were: 20 at Gilling on 8th February with post breeding flocks of 27 at Espersykes on 20th August, 35 at Slingsby on 28th and 25 at Old Malton on 24th September. 13 at Slingsby on 19th October.
Doesnt appear to be as common as in recent years. Largest counts of 10 at Pickering on 20th January, 24 in Cropton Forest on 23rd February, 18 at Hawnby on 24th, 15 at Gilling on 30th March and 20 at Sykes on 29th August.
60 at Slingsby on 28th August and 100 at Boonhill on 23rd December were the only counts of note although I am sure that it is under-recorded.
Only reports from Sykes with four on 7th August, birds flying over on 9th October and five on 26th November.
From Sykes birds overhead in April and May, six on 1st July, seven on 26th, five on 7th August, six on 1st September, four on 12th and three on 9th October. Elsewhere; seven in Cropton Forest on 23rd February, 25 between Carlton Grange and Cowhouse Bank on 6th June,15 at Middleton Moor on 28th July and one at Old Malton on 20th August.
As usual seen in pairs or smaller family parties. The species is now well spread in the area. Ten at Gilling Castle on 8th February and eight at Bog Hall on 9th March and Old malton on 29th September.
A rare winter visitor. One at Shaw Rigg on 4th November.
Sadly large flocks are no longer found with the largest being 20 at Slingsby and Espersykes.
Most records came from along the Rivers Derwent and Rye with a maximum of 11 at Howe Bridge on 22nd March. Two at Castle Howard on 3rd April and four on 5th two on 4th June and 27th October . Also reported from Baxton Howe Wood, Slingsby, Sykes and Wombleton.
A single bird near Espersykes on 19th June.
Many thanks to the following for their records. Most of them have come from the Birdtrack system which enables us to receive records from people who are not members or live outside the area. Apologies for any missed.
H. Atkinson, B. Bishop, A. Boize, P. Bone, R. Borwick, D. Bowker, M. Carroll, P. Cogan S. Conyers, N. Cooper, B. Coursey, D. Crawford, T. Denney, J. Ferguson, A. Forsyth, E. Gathercole M. Greenland, A. Grayson, B. Guest, R. Hoskins, D. Howlett, A. Hudson, K.S. Hutchinson, D. Kelday M. Kirkby, A. MacNicoll, R. Mumford, F.A.E. Murray, S. Neal, A. Neville Smith, R.T. Osbourne, S. Pedley J. Pewtress, L. Price, P. Reid, G.M. Short, G.M. Smith, A. Snape, M.J. Thompson, D. Watkins.
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