Looking for frogs and a toothless stellaman
Sunday was sunny and very windy, sill have not managed to see any Frogs or Toads,so after some searching around on the internet I found a place I have visited before...
It is next to the river Wharf in Otley off the road leading to Pool.
On entering the area I came across Butterbur, the flowers were a little past there best, I had spent a whole week looking for this plant and managed to find some at Ben Rhydding. Must remember this for next year.
There are many paths you can take, I took the one that follows the river..
On the banking I found some Ground-ivy, the wind was blowing so hard so some photos a little blurred.
On the river I spotted two female Goosanders, they are quite common on the river Wharlf, but soon move of if they spot you.
The path then takes you down to the little pond....
Work has been done on clearing the area and paths around the site have been put in place.
Not one frog or Toad to be seen, the site was a little smaller than I was expecting and the wind howling through did not help, I imagine it will be a good place for Dragonflies in the summer.
Leaving the little reserve I took the path that follows the river
This photo is looking back towards Otley, the row of Lambardy-poplar trees that line the road out side Stephen Smiths garden centre can be seen. A great place to visit if you are passing.
A pair of Goosanders this time on the river.
The Forget-me-nots looked lovely in the sunshine
Following the path to the end takes you into a much denser part of the wood , here are two large pond that are owned by the Water board, last time I walked this way you could walk round the edge and see what water foul were on the water, this time it was all fenced of, the wood is a little thick here and I was feeling a little uneasy about been here on my own. But I did find another patch of Butterbur.
Started to walk back when I came across two men, one with a dog (very large Husky) the other a toothless
man drinking a can of Stellar, "Toothless Stellaman" with more in his little orange bag from Sainsburys. Funny how you can notice these things when you are a
little lot scared. Put by brave face on and said "Good morning" they both said "good morning back, as I walked rather quickly out of the wood. This is not the first time I have come across strange men (not all men are strange) on my quest looking for nature, that's why I always make sure that someone knows were I am going. But answer me this why do I never bump into any one that looks like Chris Packham...!
On the way back found snails jammed in a tree.
Will be going again to the reserve to see what develops....
just hope the Toothless Stellaman has gone.