Saturday, 29 April 2017

On Ilkley Moor, new bird to list...

(Willow warbler)


Over the past month since we got back from our holidays, it been all about work. Not much time for blogging or trips out. 

But today with news there were some Ring Ouzel's  not far from me a trip out was on the cards.




(Willow warbler)

After leaving the car, you were hit with  bird song mainly Willow warbler, other birds found at the base of the hill was..

Blackbird, Dunnock, Robin, Chaffinch, Long-tailed tit.

The higher moor land were covered in singing Meadow pipit.

(Meadow pipit)
Curlew, Lapwing, Red kite and Grouse were calling.




Lovely looking sheep,

 I had been given a rough guide were to find  the Ouzel , but spotted a Wheatear first , then one more and another. I had spent all last year looking for this bird , the amount I saw today made up for it.

 The hillside was covered in rough grass and old heather.
Rocks formed a ridge , many sticking out of the ground giving platforms for the birds to sing from.


It was like a bird festival, birds flying  and  singing  were ever you looked.
 So it didn't take long to spot my first Ouzel's.

Ring ouzel












Even though the land looked barren there was still beauty to be found close to the ground, mosses and Lichen were flowering.








I managed to find a few wild flowers to, still have to name them...











I have loved this place .....



OTHER NEWS
April's photos...



Curlew and Snipe

Butterbur
Sheep

Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica)

Early Thorn (Selenia dentaria)

 Common Quaker (Orthosia cerasi)
Blue tit nest

Newts







19 comments:

  1. Goodness what wonderful luck to see willow warblers,wheatear and ring ouzels. Very jealous! I was ecstatic to see a wheatear last year near Haweswater. I would love to see the ouzels. :)

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    1. Thanks Shazza, it was so nice to see so many birds in one place, wheatear was one of the first birds I recorded over 10yrs ago when I first started bird watching. So I like try and find one every year.
      Amanda xx

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  2. A lovely collection of photos :) I've not been 'ouzeling', I must go soon :)

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    1. Thanks Louise, grate day out and a lovely bird...
      Amanda xx

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  3. A beautiful set of photos Amanda - every single one is lovely :) Love the lichens and mosses and lovely views from that moor. Super bird sightings too - have only ever seen Wheatears and Ring Ouzels up in the Lake District. Great that you got to see Butterbur at the right stage of flowering :)

    A lovely post :)

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    1. Thanks RR, for the lovely comment. So many lichens and mosses will be going again to look at these as they are flowering at the moment. Looks like a good place for Lizards during the summer. There were a few daytime moths flying to, but didn't manage to get a good photo.
      Amanda xx

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  4. I haven't seen either of those birds so am very envious. The wheatear is such a pretty bird. Love all the lichen photos and the sheep. Oh and the cheeky squirrel! X

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    1. Thanks Julie, the Weatear is such a dapper bird, I think it quite like having it's photo taken, they stayed quite close.So much to see on what looked like a barren landscape..
      Amanda xx

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  5. Looks like a wonderful place to walk and to spot so many birds and wildflowers. All your photos are wonderful, I love the first one of the Willow Warbler:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie for the lovely comment, birds were singing all over especially the Willow Warbler. They can belt out a tune.
      Amanda xx

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  6. A great set of images in this post Amanda.
    Well done getting the Willow Warbler, I have heard several this Spring but not got a photo yet.
    Lovely shots of the Wheatear, we rarely see them here as they don't stop on their way up to you.

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    1. Thanks Roy for the lovely comment, means a lot coming from you as your photos are relay good. With large numbers of both bird it didn't take long to get a photo, in the right place at the right time.
      Amanda xx

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  7. I've really missed your photos, what a fantastic set, as always. Envy you the ring ouzels, I had heard there'd been a recent influx into the country. Also that wheatears were in good numbers up north. Do you follow the BTO migration blog? If not, check out the side bar on my blog, it's a really good bit of info about what's where when. There are two different types of wheatear so worth checking that out too xx

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    1. So sweet of you to say CT, great tip on the Wheatear as I did not realise there was another one, had a look ... Greenland Wheatear have been spotted in the past. Will have a look at BTO migration blog as well.Thanks..
      Amanda xx

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  8. You certainly made the most of getting out, such great birds to see! It's been a few years since i've been on the moors there. Lovely photos as always :) xx

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    1. Thanks Pam, it's such a lovely place, I would rather be up on the moor than in a wood... I like the wild open space...
      Amanda xx

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  9. Looks like a great day out! Lovely photos and you found your ring ouzel. I haven't seen one round these parts.
    I might have more success when I visit my sister on the Wirral as there seem to be quite a few around West Kirby-Hoylake :)

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    1. Thanks Coquetnaturelover, it was nice to get out away from work... hope you get to see one when you go visiting your sister..
      Amanda xx

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  10. What a fabulous post.
    What a fabulous selection of photographs.

    Wishing you a fantastic month of May.

    All the best Jan

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