Tuesday, 29 May 2007
After a few days of cold winds, rain and dull conditions its so nice to see blue skies, sunshine and as an extra bonus,these birds. The female remained deep in cover but the male was inquisitive, this not so common grey partridge also put in a brief but nervous appearance. My spirits have risen again!
Sunday, 27 May 2007
My house martins have repaired the nest, almost from nothing in 3 days and female is sitting. Think this is the male bringing in food, note the large crop shows well in one shot, a joy to share their comings and goings. They reared 3 clutches last year and usually 2. The young blackbirds have increased to 4 and are so confiding, easy prey for predators especially cats, mother, father and I are constantly on the alert!
Friday, 25 May 2007
A quick stroll under the frantic kittewake colony revealed just two species lurking in the boulders. A singing rock pipit quickly defined its territory even seeing off a lingering wheatear, fascinating how they find these small prey items out of thin air. Nothing else of note, a whitethroat under the castle wall and everywhere you go, goldfinches! They seem as common as ever. Note the red pattern on the head, an obvious female! Also this bird is ringed.
Some typical scenes of the yorkshire moors inland from Helmsley. All photos taken from the car showing birds found at this time of the year. Lapwing, red grouse, curlew and golden plover all relatively easily seen but ring ouzel feeding young a chance encounter. Wheatear. meadow pipit, mistle thrush and buzzard sp also seen. Cool, windy and overcast in morning but clearing and warming up mid afternoon, a great days birding.