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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 16:18   #18726
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Hi all,

My parents have recently bought a small barn to do up and serve them as a country retreat for retirement in Stainforth, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales NP. The first time I will have chance to go down is mid-March. Despite having only limited knowledge and experience of the area, mostly day walks around the Grassington/3 peaks area - I was really impressed by the sheer numbers (the curlew and oystercatcher roosts were incredible) and species diversity. Of course the scenery isn't too bad aswell!

If anyone could point me in the direction of any blogs or have suggestions for any must-see birding locations within this southern part of the Dales I'd be really grateful!

Presumably red grouse are in the area? Would I need to go further north to have a chance of black?
Hia Sean,
I'm assuming you mean the Stainforth that's in Ribblesdale, 'cos if you are then an area to visit just East of there is Malham Cove where there's a nesting pair of Peregrines on the Cove for all to see and the scenery is second to none. The area around the river in Stainforth is good, there's Dipper, Pied Fly, Grey Wag and other birds as well as downstream watching the Salmon leap as they travel up thro' the falls in late summer early autumn.
As Ken said on your way there, along the A65 just thro' Hellifield, is the Flash on the right where some good birds are seen regularly.
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 16:19   #18727
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Thanks Ken and Trystan - very helpful.

I will certainly be happy catching up with many of the more common upland birds as we don't get too many in South East London, or indeed my usual haunts along the Essex Thames estuary. Apparently dippers come almost into Stainforth village - always a treat for me.

PS what does tyke stand for?

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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 16:27   #18728
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Hia Sean,
I'm assuming you mean the Stainforth that's in Ribblesdale, 'cos if you are then an area to visit just East of there is Malham Cove where there's a nesting pair of Peregrines on the Cove for all to see and the scenery is second to none. The area around the river in Stainforth is good, there's Dipper, Pied Fly, Grey Wag and other birds as well as downstream watching the Salmon leap as they travel up thro' the falls in late summer early autumn.
As Ken said on your way there, along the A65 just thro' Hellifield, is the Flash on the right where some good birds are seen regularly.
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Hi Joespy,

Thanks for the info. Yes the Stainforth in Ribblesdale. Is there another one? I'm afriad my geography of the area is poor (Mancunian in exile in London here).

I had heard that the beck is excellent - even my non-birding parents sussed out the dippers - and the garden feeders in the village produce nice mixed tit and finch flocks. Out of interest are bullfinch or possibly hawfinch possible in the area?

As I mentioned before I'm really looking forward to catching up with some birds that I havn't seen since my Peak District walks a fair few years back.

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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 16:36   #18729
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Tyke is essentially a Yorkshireite although some of these definitions won't please many natives
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 16:42   #18730
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Best Tuesday lunch ever!!!!!

Best Tuesday lunch ever (unless you know any different!!!)

Had 100+ pintail also golden eye, pochard, scaup flock of 1000+ wood pigeon marsh harriers, Buzzards, Kestrel, Barn Owl, Goldcrest, Whoopers, Bewicks, skylarks, mipits, jay plus lots more ....


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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 16:44   #18731
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Tyke is essentially a Yorkshireite although some of these definitions won't please many natives
Haha... that's great. Good name for your group!

PS. Even though I am a Lancastrian I will reserve choosing which definition fits best until I get chance to visit! (But thanks for the image of a rude papist, Yorkshire terrier type mongrel!)
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 19:54   #18732
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As said your best bet or Black Grouse is above Reeth in Swaledale,there are one or two other schemes on the go including the Eastern side of the Dales.From Stainforth your nearest Red Grouse hot spot is probably the moors between Horton anf Littondale.
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 21:00   #18733
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Thak You for offering pictures.

Sorry, it has been a while since I was here.
My relatives were James and Mary Garth from Low Row. (Smarber Chapel) was where they were married. Mary was a Whitfield and her Grandmother was a Grady. The men worked in the lead mines as their father before.
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Old Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 21:05   #18734
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I think the name was coined during the Victorian era when the Yorkshiremen of the times said 'Reet tha soft basser's, we'll tek the tyke name, which thee gi'us as an insult and make an emblem of it'

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Haha... that's great. Good name for your group!

PS. Even though I am a Lancastrian I will reserve choosing which definition fits best until I get chance to visit! (But thanks for the image of a rude papist, Yorkshire terrier type mongrel!)
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 09:54   #18735
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while we are on the subject, when is the best time to go for the black grouse lek? I have the well known book with location just not sure when is best to go.


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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 10:05   #18736
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while we are on the subject, when is the best time to go for the black grouse lek? I have the well known book with location just not sure when is best to go.
We have been in April for the last couple of years and got great views. I think that this particular species leks pretty much all year round, with the exception of when they are moulting in the summer, but I think the peak period is April and May.
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Can any of the Swillington regulars comment on the condition of Fleet Lane at the moment? Is it passable in a normal family car?
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 12:33   #18738
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Can any of the Swillington regulars comment on the condition of Fleet Lane at the moment? Is it passable in a normal family car?
Haven't been since the snow but other members are managing to get there ok.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 12:38   #18739
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We have been in April for the last couple of years and got great views. I think that this particular species leks pretty much all year round, with the exception of when they are moulting in the summer, but I think the peak period is April and May.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 13:34   #18740
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Best views I've had of the grouse lek have been in later February, things tend to die down a bit as you get later into March and April. Still birds lekking then but not as many.

Nice white nun at Pugneys today.
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Old Wednesday 23rd January 2013, 21:50   #18741
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Can any of the Swillington regulars comment on the condition of Fleet Lane at the moment? Is it passable in a normal family car?
I was down on Monday afternoon during the worst of it & it was passable then. As always though, watch out for the pot holes on the left hand side as you drive down fleet lane towards the hide.
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Old Thursday 24th January 2013, 09:12   #18742
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Best views I've had of the grouse lek have been in later February, things tend to die down a bit as you get later into March and April. Still birds lekking then but not as many.

Nice white nun at Pugneys today.
cheers Keith, could you PM me where you've been to see?
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Old Thursday 24th January 2013, 11:42   #18743
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cheers Keith, could you PM me where you've been to see?
PM sent although I don't think it's all that secret
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Old Saturday 26th January 2013, 12:47   #18744
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45+ waxwings in Guisely opp. Nunroyd Park by A65.
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Old Saturday 26th January 2013, 17:46   #18745
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Ldv

If you are coming over this weekend bring your damart its bloomin cold,
but the good news is there are stacks of birds....
Gargeney hide still closed due to floods.

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Anyone got more detailed info' on the waxwings seen in Cleckheaton and Huddersfield today?

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Anyone got more detailed info' on the waxwings seen in Cleckheaton and Huddersfield today?

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RBA reports says 14 flew over Westcliffe Road at 11.45
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I often see bird reports from Nosterfield. Wasn't able to go for last year's Crane though. Hope to get there sometime.

What is puzzling me at the moment is Marfield nature reserve near Masham. I visited years ago when I lived in Wensleydale. From memory the only thing of note was Little Ringed Plover but I was with a botanist at the time and it was summer.

Despite googling all sorts of searches I can't find any information other than a walk and a planning application. The latter suggests it is still an active quarry.

So my question is, does anyone know this site and where can I find some info?
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Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 17:06   #18749
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Can you believe this is the same scene 24 hours after my last post?
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Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 19:20   #18750
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I often see bird reports from Nosterfield. Wasn't able to go for last year's Crane though. Hope to get there sometime.

What is puzzling me at the moment is Marfield nature reserve near Masham. I visited years ago when I lived in Wensleydale. From memory the only thing of note was Little Ringed Plover but I was with a botanist at the time and it was summer.

Despite googling all sorts of searches I can't find any information other than a walk and a planning application. The latter suggests it is still an active quarry.

So my question is, does anyone know this site and where can I find some info?
Ken,you'r right,Marfield is the old quarry on the Leyburn (north) side of Masham,2 entrances both "brown signed" and 2 or 3 basic hides.Even though it is only 9 miles from us at Ripon and in our local clubs' recording area we seldom visit the reserve,always found it either very quiet or over run with dog walkers on the public path through the area.Afraid we spend more time on the reserve and nearby quarry at Nosterfield.
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