Singing in the sunshine...
Gosh I have never done so many posts in one week....
It's either the new camera or the lovely sunshine we have been having, I even tidyed the garden this afternoon...
To days trip out was to Eccup Reservoir
it's one of my favourite places to go, Saturday and Sunday can get very busy here as it's good for walking and cycling as it's part of the Dales Way, which leads through to Harewood House. They were running a half marathon and most of the runners were on the path I usually walk.
So I stayed to the back path to day and the wood, I will visit the lake another day.
Spotted this Robin's pincushion gall Rose bedeguar gall
The rose bedeguar gall, Robin's pincushion gall, or moss gall develops as a chemically induced distortion of an unopened leaf axillary or terminal buds, mostly on field rose or dog rose shrubs. Wikipedia
This is the first time I have seen one, it's a bit shrivelled as it's winter, but now I now were to look next time I visit during the summer.
The hedges are a good place to see Tree Sparrows, sadly none seen to day but did see
Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Treecreeper and good numbers of Yellowhammers singing.
Through the wooded area I could hear a Woodpecker, and Mistle Thrush, then you arrive at the first open field, around the field there are hedges and on one side there is another wood. Here above the trees Buzzards and Red Kites were calling and flying round. I was a long way off but managed to get a (bad) shot of the Buzzard in the tree, this is were my new camera was lacking a bit in it's performance, as it was taking to long to focus and could not seem to get them in shot while they were flying.
A group of Horse riders disturbed a flock of Filedfare , there were a few Redwings mixed in with the flock, they looked small compared to a Fieldfare.
It was all happening in this field, next I notice a Hare on its way towards me, sadly bikes scared it off.
Then a Deer left the wood, but headed into the sun, no great photo, and I'm not sure what kind of Deer it is (can you help).
By now it was getting to busy with walkers, runners and mountain bikes, most not taking any note of me trying to take a photo !
But I had had a good morning and was happy with all the animals I had seen to day.
Back at the farm I watched a large flock of Lapwings flying round the field.