Posts Tagged ‘Yorkshire Dales

01
Jun
14

A nut to crack

On the recent tour to Mull we called in at the Yorkshire Dales for a stop off overnight on the way North. It was an ideal opportunity to go for a walk in the higher valley of one of the momentous Yorkshire rivers that tumble down from the peatlands.

We stumbled upon many birds but one in particular was very confiding. I had to step back from this Nuthatch to get him into focus!

Nuthatch

11
Jun
13

A River of Honey

On a recent trip into the Yorkshire Dales we walked along one of the rivers that tumbles down the valley draining the moors above. The water was heavy with peat deposits and the bright sunshine was turning it a rich golden colour. A resident colony of Mandarins that now breed within the valley could only add to the opulence of the scene.

Mandarin

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




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