Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Lissening out for Cuckoos on Rombalds Moor

Yesterday with the promise of fine weather I went to another one of my favourite places, Rombalds moor, spreading all the way from Ilkley to Keighley, it's a vast wide open space. This side of the moor is very quiet I have only ever met one person in all the time I've been going and that was the Gamekeeper last year. Had a look back at my records and I had gone exactly one year ago, 26th May. 
Last year at this time was much hotter, and I was hoping I might get lucky and see the Cuckoo. 

To my joy when I parked up the field was full of sheep, not just any old sheep but some Herdwick, they are native to the Lake District of Cumbria in North West England.

Salting roads in icy conditions is helping a coastal flower become the fastest spreading plant in Britain. Scurvy grass is revealed as the plant that has moved into more areas on the map than any other in the past half-century.

High in the sky two Red Kites were flying, a quite normal sight for us now as they are often over the garden, it was nice just to stand and watch them soaring through the sky.

How sweet are these, Herdwick added to my list of must have sheep...

Photobomb !

Climbing Corydalis is another new wild flower I can add to my list, I also spotted it at the park for the first time this week, on my patch of land, were I have recorded the flowers that have grown after some trees were cut down. Reaching a count of 50 so far.

New growth on the heather plant and fruiting moss, there was splashes of colour.

Waiting for ID, think it is Heather

Even though there was a cool wind blowing you could see the heat coming of the land, making any distant shots of bird blurred.

 I saw a bird fly of, and realised it was a Green Woodpecker, for a while it sat on the fence, what with wind ,heat and distance this was the only shot I got. Which is ok as I'm quite excited to record one here. 

I sat for a while and listened out for the Cuckoo......

Another flowering moss, could be

 Strict Haircap (Polytrichum strictum)

Lots of lichens are found on the moors, cladonia being one species, with a distinctive red trumpet.

I did spot a few Green Hairstreak Butterflies but not as many as last year. They would fly of in the wind, to far for me to chase, so I will leave you with a photo of one I took last year.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Roundabout flowers, and baby Lapwings..

Back in April I did a trip to Burley Roundabout to record the Cowslips growing there (see here)
now they have dyed back the next set of wild flowers are growing through.
I like doing lists and recording, so I am hoping to go back again in a few weeks.
Here is a list of what I found flowering to day. It's been good to catch up on common flowers and their names that are growing right now.

A little walk down the lane produced some other nice finds.

There were many more flowers to flower, just need some more sun this week and they will be out, yet again it was sunny to day but soooo cold in the wind, it was later on in the day to, so there were no Butterflies or bees flying.

More plants along the road.

In the field that follows the old road I managed to spot a Lapwing with two young feeding amongst the grass.

Plenty of rabbits in the fields enjoying the sun.

More flowers, discovered this plant to day on the grass verge at the park, Winter cress has many names and comes from the Brassicaceae family or Mustard family, they are a right pain to ID, as they are all very similar and all the names depending were you are from get a little mixed up with each other.

  Common Winter-cress, Yellow Rocket, Herb Barbara, Yellow Rocket-cress, Winter Rocket, Wound Rocket, Garden Yellow-rocket !

Amongst one patch of Nettles  Peacock butterfly caterpillars were spotted.


I'm hoping I've got all the flower names right (let me know if not) and you find some you have spotted before.

Before I go I want you to take a look at Ian's blog if you have not before

My wildlife pond project

Ian and his daughters have made the most wonderful bug hotel.