Sightings 2021

Welcome to my sightings page for 2021, where I aim to display a compilation of my birding and wildlife sightings and experiences from that year.  For up to date reports of sightings, please consider following me on my Facebook, Twitter and Flickr pages.

Covid19: My birding experiences during 2020 were disrupted with a full lockdown, followed by restrictions using a tiered system and 2021 is expected to be similar. Based on these guidelines, my own approach will be as follows:

  • Tier 1: Medium Alert - Can travel outside the area and stay overnight, but not in areas that are in tier 3 or 4. I intend to take extra care when visiting busy twitches and locations.
  • Tier 2: High Alert - Can travel outside the area and stay overnight, but not in areas that are in tier 3 or 4. I intend to take extra care when visiting busy twitches and locations.
  • Tier 3: Very High Alert - No travelling allowed outside the area. Birding will mainly be on patch and the occasional isolated visit to sites in the county avoiding busy twitches and locations.
  • Tier 4: Stay at Home - No travelling allowed, so birding will mainly be from home (Etherley Moor) and perhaps the odd isolated visit to the sites in my patch.  Same applies to tier 5 'full lockdown'.
  • Tier 5: Full Lockdown - No travelling allowed. Birding will be from home (Etherley Moor) and perhaps the odd isolated walk to the sites in my patch for exercise purposes.

January 2021

Picture: Stock Dove at Etherley Moor, 7th January 2021

1st to 3rd January, 2021 – Covid19 Tier 4, Etherley Moor
We started the new year in tier 4, which meant birding was restricted to Etherley Moor and being able to drive to local patches (socially distanced). By the 3rd January I had seen a total of 42 different species of birds.  Best included Kingfisher (1) and Dipper (1) at The Batts and Willow Tit (2) at Escomb.  Redwing (4), Fieldfare (20+), Greylag Geese (200+), Canada Goose (2) and Greenfinch (1) were amongst the usual birds at Etherley Moor.

4th to 10th January, 2021 – Covid19 Tier 5, Etherley Moor
Four days into 2021 and we find ourselves in tier 5 (full lockdown), which means birding is restricted to Etherley Moor and walking to local patches for exercise purposes (socially distanced).

Spent all week working from home with the only addition to the Etherley Moor list being Goldfinch (2).  A walk around Escomb on Sunday (10th) was very nice, seeing a few good birds and lifting my mood a little.  Tawny Owl (1), Nuthatch (1), Treecreeper (1), Teal (3 over), Kingfisher (1), Mistle Thrush (1), Song Thrush (4), Redwing (10+), Goldcrest (1) and Grey Wagtail (1) were the best birds seen during the 2hr walk.

11th to 17th January, 2021 – Covid19 Tier 5, Etherley Moor
Still in tier 5 (full lockdown), which is expected to be the case for at least 2-3 weeks. The week started well with a single Barn Owl seen hunting the back field from the bedroom window at 7:50am, Etherley Moor.  Other notable birds seen on Etherley Moor during the week included Fieldfare (1), Redwing (5), Song Thrush (1), Common Snipe (1 over), Greylag Goose (200+ 0ver), Mallard (12+ over), Long-tailed Tit (9), House Sparrow (20+), Tree Sparrow (4), Blackbird (4) and Robin (3).  So far, 37 different species have been seen by me on Etherley Moor since the start of the year/lockdown.

18th to 24th January, 2021 – Covid19 Tier 5, Etherley Moor
Still in tier 5 (full lockdown), which is now expected to go on to at least the beginning of March. Another good start to the week with Mallard (15 over), Linnet (6), Greenfinch (1) and Barn Owl (1 hunting the back field at dusk, 5pm).