Posts Tagged ‘Redstarts

27
May
13

A trip down memory lane

This weekend we had a family day out and while we were up in Yorkshire I had a trip down memory lane.

Next year’s birders short week in Scotland is in the planning stage and after discussion with several guests on this year’s tour it became apparent that an overnight stop off on the way to and from Scotland would be an improvement. I used to be taken as a boy to the Yorkshire Dales and one of the sites there would suit the bill for one of the stops. A day spare on the way back from the family gathering gave opportunity for reconnoitre around the site I had in mind.

My word the area had changed. No longer the rough tumbling footpath through the riparian woods; a neat level replacement was now in place. There was still the carpet of Bluebells and more wild garlic than I remember but the sessile Oaks that line the valleys in the upper reaches were still as beautiful as they ever were.
The birds were there in good number. We were greeted by a Wood Warbler belting out his song that we could hear from over 400m away. He gave me the second opportunity to photograph this species in as many weeks. Redstarts were around and Pied Flycatchers were flitting from branch to branch collecting insects… Just as I remember.

Pied Flycatcher

Wood Warbler

09
May
12

A splash … or two … of Colour

On these grim spring days a little colour is welcome.

The first came in the form of four Redstarts resting on the hill over the weekend; a single female and three cracking males. Making their way north against atrocious winds and rain during a spell of very rare sunshine one popped out to warm itself in a sheltered spot.

The second came in the form of a clump of Leopardsbane occupying the corner of a very old churchyard; enough to brighten anyone’s day. Quite appropriate really, as it was used in medieval times to treat depression.




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