Trip to Barden Bridge to spot the Flycatchers
Barden Bridge is a picturesque crossing of the Wharfe just adjacent to Barden Tower where the road forks over the river to the nearby village of Appletreewick in the Yorkshire Dales.
After reading Pam's post on her visit to Bolton Abbey, (see here) I've wanted to go to see the Flycatchers. This is a bird I have never seen before, Bolton Abbey is a well known place in the area to get good sightings of both the Pied and Spotted Flycatcher.
Starting of at Barden bridge , the first thing you noticed was all the young chicks about, the Greylag goose was so cute, the Dipper chicks were making so much noise under the bridge to be fed you could not fail to miss them. Mallard young, but no chicks for the Mandarin pair, here like the Dippers is a good spot to see many pairs.
|Greylag Goose Chick|
Unable to find the Flycatchers straight away, and every Robin was pretending to be one, I took the top path through the Bluebells towards the Pavilion which is situated near the Abbey. It started to rain and was a little dull to get good photos, but the day was saved when I came across a plant called Toothwort, I have been on the look out for this plant for over three years now. Another plant found next to the river was Lesser-flowering Leek, seen in the past just the once I thought they were just Wild Garlic gone to seed, strange plant which can easily be missed amongst all the other flowers growing at this time.
In 1810 the 6th Duke of Devonshire and the Rev. William Carr opened Strid Wood and invited the public to walk the paths they created. Enjoy the views from the carefully placed seats along the nature trails. (link)
|Looking down on the river|
|Few-flowered leek (Allium paradoxum)|
The wood cutters shed was a delight, the wooden Deer and Warthog gave me an idea for "30 days wild in June".
|Lesser Black Backed Gull|
|Pink Wood Anemone|
|Strid river Wharfe|
On the top path just past the Strid is were I saw the Flycatchers (right were I started 3hr's ago!) they were high above the river catching flies (like they do). Hard to get a good photo as it was dull and raining, they would land high up in the trees or across the river. Watched them for some time till the midges were getting to much eating my face off !!