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This monthly article written by Richard Baines (Yorkshire Coast Nature Wildlife Guide) is a detailed summary of scarce and rare wildlife seen by anyone in the area, an opportunity to pick out patterns of emergence or migration and a small gallery of some of the best photos from the month. If you have any unusual sightings please email them for inclusion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

January 2017

Birds were top of the news this month. A significant influx of Glaucous Gulls occurred after the storm surge. Star rare bird was the Pine Bunting at Dunnington near York. It was also a great time for seeing White-fronted Geese and Tundra Bean Geese as they arrived in unusually high numbers across the region from the east. Click on this link for the full article and photos. 

Photos clockwise from top left: Iceland Gull by Steve Race; Pine Bunt by Chris Gomersall; Smew by Alan Whitehead; Glaucous Gull in the storm at Filey by Mark Pearson