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Buzzard - Buteo buteo


Nightjar - Caprimulgus europaeus


Redpoll - Carduelis cabaret

Conifers, alders and birches are the favourite habitat of the Lesser Redpoll. Their diet is mainly seeds but sometimes supplemented by insects and their larvae.


Linnet - Carduelis cannabina


Goldfinch - Carduelis carduelis

Flocks of Golfinches can be seen feeding on thistle seeds.


Greenfinch - Carduelis chloris

Greenfinch can have two to three broods a year, so the noisy young may be heard demanding food throughout the summer.


Common Redpoll - Carduelis flammea


Siskin - Carduelis spinus

These birds may be seen flitting through the conifers feeding from the pine cones. The nest is made from small lichen covered twigs bound with grass, moss and some plant fibres and wool. It is lined with hair and thistledown, and three to five pale blue speckled eggs are laid in it in April or May. It takes two weeks for the eggs to hatch and the male feeds them for the first week then the female helps until they fledge a further week later.


Treecreeper - Certhia familiaris


Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus


Dipper - Cinclus cinclus

These birds are shy but have been seen along Risedale Beck and at the weir.


Hen Harrier - Circus cyaneus


Hawfinch - Coccothraustes coccothraustes


Stock Dove - Columba oenas


Wood Pigeon - Columba palumbus


Common Raven - Corvus corax


Carrion Crow - Corvus corone


Rook - Corvus frugilegus


Jackdaw - Corvus monedula


Cuckoo - Cuculus canorus


Blue Tit - Cyanistes caeruleus

Blue Tits frequently use the nest boxes around the reserve. They can also be seen feeding from most of the feeders.


Whooper Swan - Cygnus cygnus


Mute Swan - Cygnus olor


House Martin - Delichon urbicum


Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major

Great Spotted Woodpeckers begin to drum to defend their territories in early spring. The sound often accompanies the bird ringers as they raise the mist nets on an early morning start.

These birds enjoy the peanuts in the back garden feeders.


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