Have spent the last week or so conducting breeding bird surveys at various locations in and on the edge of the North York Moors. True to form the beautiful weather of late March has turned much more unsettled and presented a few difficulties, but nevertheless it has been a productive period. Short-eared Owls have been in evidence at a number of locations, with seven sightings. I've also had enjoyable encounters with Merlin, Willow Tit and the usual moorland breeding waders namely, Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe, Golden Plover and the odd Redshank. Summer migrants have included a few Wheatears, Willow Warblers and Blackcap, but although small numbers are widespread none of these species are back in full strength as yet.
Freelance ornithologist and tour leader based in Scarborough, N Yorkshire.