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    Looks like one, never seen one myself but most people mistake the common grey wagtails for yellow wagtails because the grey are also yellow!
    But that certainly looks like a genuine yellow wagtails 👍.
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    Me and the dog (on loan for the weekend) went to investigate a right kerfuffle going on in a stand of spike grass this morning, only to see a pack (?) of stoats bounce out and away, all in one long line, train and carriages like. Eight in total, so presumably the female (jill?) and this year's offspring.

    Stoats! I love 'em. Perpetually up to no-good, but with a roguish sense of humour, which always elicits a smile - unless you happen to be the victim of their attention.
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    I would love to see that, never seen a family of stoats together hunting.
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    Nice. There's obviously a lot going on there. I wonder what all the tail wagging near the start is about.

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    A ring ouzel today while we were climbing at Stanage right-hand end. It's only the second I've ever seen and was looking very un-exotic: just pootling about seemingly unperturbed by the loads of people walking and climbing.

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    Spent last night sleeping out on Old Cote Moor, with great birdlife. The highlight was seeing a Merlin.
    This was bettered today by seeing an Otter in the River Wharfe just downstream from Otley. I've seen Otters in Scotland and Wales so an English first for me.

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    An otter - very cool.

    My highlight today was a stoat just about to cross the road before seeing me walking and diving back into the undergrowth.

    Bird in garden today: spotted flycatcher I think - I didn't have the binoculars handy. It did exactly what my bird book said it would - sitting on a high perch (phone wire) in an upright position with a slightly long tail, and then making sudden sorties to catch flies.

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    Saw what I believe, unless anyone else knows any better, was the first Black-tailed Skimmer dragonfly I've ever seen. It was on the ground, which apparently they do, on the path through a field of Staffordshire barley. Had my phone with me, so managed to get a photo but it's not up to Fellbeast's standard as I couldn't get within about 5m of it



    Also saw, and got a lot closer to, what I think was a Common Blue Damselfly, which are both common and blue!

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    A male sparrowhawk perched on top of the washing line post in our garden. I guess he was attracted by all the small birds using the numerous feeding stations around the garden. Stunning yellow eyes.

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