Belinda and I spent a long weekend in York for her birthday and Friday was our walking day. Leaving Norfolk at 05.10 we were walking by 10.00 in the SW corner of the North Yorkshire Moors above Sutton-under-Whitestonecliff.
From a birding perspective it was surprisingly good with 2 Willow Tits kicking things off nicely followed by 5 Nuthatches, a Raven mobbing a Peregrine, loads of Redwings moving north along the escarpment, c8 Fieldfares, and a large finch flock containing many Chaffinches, several Bramblings and several Yellowhammers. Further along 2 Common Buzzards were being hassled by the local Jackdaws and I added 2 Mistle Thrushes, 3 Song Thrushes and Blackbirds making it a 5-thrush haul!
Into the bargain it was also a 5 butterfy walk - Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell