This morning I had an enjoyable visit to Troutsdale where I spent a bit of time checking out a few species in preparation for forthcoming tours in the area later in the spring
Goshawks have been in evidence on a number of days over the past few weeks, whilst a walk in Wykeham Forest afforded some nice views of Crossbills today. Chiffchaffs are now widespread in the area and I heard my first singing Blackcap of the spring this morning.
Troustdale produced nice views of Dipper (photo above), plus territorial Marsh Tits (photo above). Searches at a number of locations for Willow Tit have been fruitful with a couple of territories in The Carrs.
At Wykeham South Lake a House Martin was with the Sand Martins, whilst a migrant flock of 10 Goldeneye were new in. Little Ringed Plovers have been present here for a week or so now, whilst over the surrounding woods and copses good numbers of Common Buzzards were circling over their territories.
I have some availability for tailored birding tours in the North York Moors and along the coast, so if you are interested in a day trip or a short break, then please get in touch.