Sunday 16 February 2014

Snow and some distant Moorhens

Finally made the trip up north to Arkengarthdale, one of the few places in Yorkshire where Black Grouse can be found relatively easily. A gorgeous sunny day, with plenty of snow on the tops. Six male Black Grouse were happily feeding in the grassy fields next to Shaw Farm. They were quite distant but nice through the scope. Several Red Grouse were seen along the road from the A66 which put the icy in dicey! Had lunch in the Tan Hill Inn at 1,732 feet, England's highest pub. The kids and me Dad enjoyed a brisk walk in the snow and throwing iceballs at me. Drove back through Swaledale which was picturesque in the February sunshine.

Down at Acaster Ings, the floodwater has risen dramatically and is up to the road all the way to the church. No more birds though, except for a Little Grebe. 9 Coot, 9 Pochard, 3 Goosanders, 40+ Tufties.
There be snow on them there hills. Stang Lane, Arkengarthdale looking southwest.

Adelaide and Nemo checking out the view across to Shaw Farm and a Black Grouse/distant Moorhen.

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