Sunday, 31 May 2015

Yorkshire Squirrels

Had another visit to Yearsley, this time with me Dad. One of the Pied Flycatchers was still singing vigorously near the lakes, but failed to see the others. Not much else apart from Garden Warblers, Bullfinches and a Nuthatch. Yellow Pimpernel was a nice plant spot next to the track.

Fired up the Bongo and headed for Wensleydale for a few days camping near Hawes. Ticked YWT Leyburn Old Glebe and YWT Yellands Meadow during the trip, and most chuffed with the Bongo who made it over Buttertubs Pass without a problem. Had a walk round Snaizedale on Friday and enjoyed seeing our first Yorkshire Red Squirrels. These hadn't really been in my consciousness before my return to York and so really pleased to catch up with them. They seem to be doing well here, in a few isolated woodland patches out of the harmful reach of the invading Greys. Great views of a displaying Wood Warbler too, flying round me singing and doing a sort of butterfly flight, plus Redstart, Cuckoo, drumming Snipe, a rather damp midday Tawny Owl on a fence post and a reeling Grasshopper Warbler on a grassy hillside.

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