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.
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...
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.