Sunday 24 May 2020


Whilst every patch of mud and water throughout Yorkshire seems to be attracting Sanderlings and Turnstones, the York area has struggled to tempt down any overflying tundra-bound waders. Nevertheless, seven Ringed Plovers and a Dunlin were nice at Bank Island the other day. It is late in the spring now, so it is likely these are bound for the far north, a remarkable journey for such dinky birds. It is a privilege to see these guys pause with us for a few hours.


Addie and me then headed on to the ings, where we watched Common Snipe drumming over the wet grassland. A Cuckoo was singing atop a Willow at the far side of the Pool, always smart to see.

Mayflies danced along the riverbanks on our walk back in the evening sun. Gorgeous!

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