Bank Holiday, warm weather and flowers..


Sunday was a very wet day for this young Sparrow to fledge, first one in the garden, they are nesting just above the guttering along the roof on most peoples houses on this street.

You can still see it's yellow gape , there was only one to day but there has been a lot of fussing going on...


Monday was warm with light winds, so a trip up onto Yeadon Banks was in order to go see the Bluebells in the wood.

On the way more Cuckoo flowers were found and blankets of daisies and Dandelions.

Even from a distance you could see the blue of the flowers on the wood floor.



Other woodland flowers were growing amongst the Bluebells.


Greater Stitchwort



Wood sorrel
and Red dead nettle providing a slash of colour.



The day was so nice another trip was on the cards, I had planed to go to Golden Acre Park, I hoping to get some photos of Butterflies, just before the turning for the park I could see all the cars parked along the road. This meant the car park was full and there was going to be a lot of people there, so took the decision to go to Eccup instead.

It was quit busy here too and had to park some distance away, so made the most of it and looked for flowers in the grass verge.


This is Crosswort, beautiful lime green plant yellow flower, part of the bedstraw family.

The Yellowhammer  is quite at home amongst these hedges and flowers, this one was sat on the golf course.



Amongst all the green grass and Yellow flowers there was this one Wallflower (I think)
not sure how it got here or even if it's wild?


Along the edges of the fields more Horsetail was spotted , but this one looked a little different, more yellow than green.


The birds were a bit quiet to day, mid afternoon is not the best time to be looking, one or two insects were spotted and good numbers of   Small Tortoiseshell were dancing round the field edges.


No sheep to day but there was evidence of them been in this field.


Chaffinch, Robin and Swallow , the swallow will be going on my birds list for this year.

Purple Honesty was found to day and no white.


This is the second time I've gone back here to look for the Tree Sparrows, there was a small group on the edge of the farm here, still no luck to day. The numbers of House Sparrows is growing, so I wonder if they have pushed them out.


all having a bath in the dusty road.

On this lane there is a tree which is home to a Little Owl, did see it to day but the only photo I got was it hiding behind some branches before it flew off.



All the paths round here are lined with Hawthorn hedges and what else is growing amongst them, great for the birds but not for the photographer.

In one of the hedges there was a pink blossom, looks a little like Apple, not had the chance to find out yet what it is.. very pretty.

What a lovely day....

HAPPY
HUNTING 

Amanda xxx

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  1. Great post Amanda, more super photos here, especially the clouds in the sky, the daisies and the young sparrow. Yeadon Banks looks a lovely place.

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    1. Thanks Ian, we had lovely wispy clouds on Monday showing great sky's, there are some nice places round here, that's properly why I have stayed so long.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Glad you had nice weather, it's been rubbish here with loads of rain 4 out of the last 5 days - but good for the garden! Love the baby sparrow and the last pic looks like apple blossom to me. I've seen wallflowers growing wild too, on the banks of a fairly new dual carriageway, and wondered how they got there! xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, Monday was my perfect day, warm not sticky hot and light winds...to day the rain and wind is blowing the blossom right of the tree ! Wallflowers has the most beautiful sent as well.
      Amanda xx

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  3. Another fantastic series of photos Amanda, all the spring flowers and the natural abundance at this time of year are so uplifting and inspiring aren't they.

    Hope you are well and kindest regards to all :-)

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    1. Thanks David, I all so love the richness of all the plants at this time of year before they all dry out during the summer..
      Amanda xx

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  4. Bluebell woods are always an uplifting sight. So many good things to see during your walk. Somehow seeing the wild flowers and butterflies makes me want to get out there too, but the weather has changed again and it's rather cold and wet. I always learn something new from your nature walks. I didn't know there were different kinds of sparrow, for example.

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    1. Thanks Linda weather bad here too to day, Tree sparrows have black cheek markings, little smaller than a house sparrow, they are at red status according to RSPB so a joy if you get to see one.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Thanks for the crosswort ID- I found some this weekend too and didn't know what it was :o) Could that last blossom be crab apple I wonder? xx

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    1. Thanks CT, beautiful plant the Crosswort would have it in the garden, the apple is properly crab, if I remember later on in the year will have to take a look and see if there are any apples..
      Amanda xx

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  6. So so beautiful pics !!!! thanks for sharing them ! Have a lovely day !

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    1. Thank you very much Géraldine B. so glad you popped by and liked my photos, wishing you a lovely day too..
      Amanda xx

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  7. What a wonderful day out Amanda - beautiful photos - really like the Greater Stitchwort and bluebells picture. Nothing like bluebells to lift the spirits :)

    ps Have you checked out your Plantlife Survey spot yet? Must admit still haven't found time here!!

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    1. Thanks RR , the wild flowers seem to come and go so quickly and feel the need to record them, having said this I still have not been to my spot, if I don't get to go soon half term is comming up and I will have time then. Weather might be a little more settled then.
      Amanda xx

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  8. It does look like a wonderful day - your photos have made me happy this evening

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    1. Thanks Jennifer, so glad you like the photos...
      Amanda xx

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  9. Beautiful collection of photos :)

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  10. Amanda,

    What a beautiful image of the sparrow fledgling.......so sweet and so vulnerable.
    I was absolutely thrilled to read you have so many nesting on homes in your area.

    Fabulous to see them all taking a bath :) gave me a smile, tku.

    The orange flower does indeed look like a wallflower.......and escapee I expect.

    Yellowhammer take me back to childhood walks with my father......We would visit the cliff tops at Hastings and they would be in abundance. Sadly I rarely see them these days.

    Great post.

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  11. Thanks Cheryl, the flowers did look lovely to day, but there were not as many birds to day as I hoped, they could have all been busy with young. Yellowhammer is a delight to see, find them very a very special bird.
    Amanda xx

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  12. I've seen the swallows too. When they return it's such a landmark for the season's changing!
    Jacqui

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    1. Thanks Jacqui, so nice to see them back, not in great numbers yet..weather not the best for them to be hunting for insects at the moment.
      Amanda xx

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  13. Monday was definitely the better day for bank holiday weather .... your photo's are lovely to look at.

    What a great mass of blue to see at Yeadon Banks ... just lovely.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, Monday was such a perfect day for me, all coming together very nicely. I can look back and remember what a lovely day I had :)
      Amanda xx

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  14. You have taken another great set of images Amanda.
    Yes Little Owls, thats how I usually get to photograph them.{:))

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    1. Thanks Roy, not giving up..I have to try and get a good shot of this lovely bird
      Amanda xx

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  15. Lovely, lovely views! That last blossom does look like a Malus--such interesting colors! You captured some beautiful bird photos, too!

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    1. Thanks PP, they have the most beautiful blossom, the Crab apple, we have a large tree up in the field near our house, the blossom is just starting to come out, will have to take some photos of it soon.
      Amanda xx

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  16. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    1. Thanks Deb, hope you you enjoyed them as much as I did taking them...
      Amanda xx

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