Friday, 31 May 2013

Excursion into Wet & Dark N Yorkshire

This week, being half term, normal classes were in abeyance, so an exploration of Fylingdales Moor was planned.  However, on the heights a thick hill fog was present, so we retreated to lower heights around Forge Valley.   We visited the Birdwatcher's car park first, but then enjoyed a trek along the boardwalk.  The highlight here was a family of 3 Grey Wagtails collecting insects, presumably for some chicks in a nearby nest.  There were a few birds heard including Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap, Goldcrest and a Willow Warbler was seen collecting insects.

The following photographs were taken in very challenging light conditions, so please bear this in mind.
Jay (c) 2013 Aileen Urquhart

Jay (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Nuthatch (c) 2013 Aileen Urquhart
Nuthatch (c) 2013 Richard Whateley

Nuthatch (c) 2013 Aileen Urquhart
Marsh Tit (c) 2013 Aileen Urquhart
Ringed Marsh Tit (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Closer Look at the Ring (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Coal Tit (c) 2013 Aileen Urquhart

Great Tit (c) 2013 Richard Whateley

Erm, one of them (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Female Chaffinch (c) 2013 Harriet Todd
Male Grey Wagtail (c) 2013 Richard Whateley

Record Shot of Grey Wagtail (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Goldcrest (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Willow Warbler (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
 (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Toothwort (c) 2013 Harriet Todd
 Toothwort? (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
Unknown (c) 2013 Richard Whateley
There were some interesting flora including Pendulous Sedge, Ramsons, and a parasitic plant, which may be Toothwort (thanks Nancy for ID) and an unidentified white flowering plant.  Despite the appalling weather, we saw a nice selection of birds & flora.  In fact despite three weather all participants thought it would be well worth a visit as part of the normal classes in early may next year, when the migrants are just arriving.  

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