15 May 2019.
First of all, I have been all over and seen many things this past month but never seem to get round to Blogging. The computer is on it's last legs and takes for ever to do the simplest of tasks ! so you just end up not using it.
This week I have been on holiday and had the most wonderful time out in nature,
Stainburn Forest is my new favourite place to go so I wanted to share with you.
Mountain Biking and walking, what more could you need from a forest. The east side has recently been felled, however new pine trees have been planted. This side of the woods offers a variety of walks through the trees. The west side (Norwood Edge) hosts one of the North's best purpose built single track.
I have ridden through or to the forest a few times but it is a good 35 mile round trip on my bike so I took the car and parked in the top car park of Broad Dubb rd, the forest is not far from Harrogate and you get good views of the Golf Balls on Menwith Hill, Fewston and Swinsty reservoir are also in the area.
On entering the car park there were many Butterflies to see.
At first I thought this was a Dingy Skipper , but actually it is a day flying moth called
Mother Shipton moth
Not seen either of them before so they are easily confused, they are tinny .
|Green-veined white Butterfly|
Birds were singing every where and it was quite hard to concentrate on one sound.
Most of the birds were Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Bulfinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Mistle Thrush and Meadow Pipit.
Often singing high up on top of the pine trees, so I would recommend taking a pair of Binoculars .
|Speckled Wood Butterfly|
|Birds Foot Trefoil - Lotus corniculatus|
Small patches of Birds Foot Trefoil growing but no Blue butterflies were spotted today.
Along the pat there are dikes, drainage for the forest. They were filled with wildflowers and insects. Birds were drinking and bathing in the water too.
One one side there was farm lad as far as the eye could see, Rooks, Jackdaw, Meadow pipit and reports of Raven in the area were in the fields.
|Sheep and Lambs in the fields|
Came across this beautiful clump of Daffodils, not sure how they got here.
Bleached wood from the elements, discarded from past felling. Now providing a home of insects.
Cuckoo flower (Cardamine pratensisalso)
commonly known as 'Lady's-smock', is a pretty, springtime perennial of damp, grassy places like wet meadows, ditches and riverbanks, as well as roadside verges. Its pale pink flowers bloom from April to June and are thought to coincide with the arrival of the first Cuckoo - a sure sign that spring has arrived at last.
It was growing everywhere, at one point there must have been a butterfly on every plant.
I saw a few Cinnabar moth, but so hard to get a photo, while photographing this moth this Shell bug wandered through the grass. A new Shell bug for me.
Dolycoris baccarum Hairy Shieldbug
A large and distinctive purple-brown and greenish shieldbug which is covered with long hairs. The antennae and connexivum are banded black and white. During the winter, the ground colour becomes uniformly dull brown.
This bug overwinters as an adult, emerging in the spring. Larvae, which are also hairy, may be found on numerous plants, particularly those in the Roasaceae. The new generation is complete from August onwards.
Common and widepsread in many habitats throughout Britain, particularly hedgerows and woodland edges, becoming scarcer and mainly coastal in the north.
|Small Tortoiseshell/ butterfly|
I did get to see some Bees today, the day before I had gone to Barden Bridge Nr Bolton Abby, and did not see one bee!
|Orange tip / butterfly|
What a place to have lunch.
In the pond there was Tadpoles, and a Large red damselfly landed briefly.
At the far side you can see where they have felled a large patch of trees but have all ready planted new ones.
Jackdaws were playing.
Another new insect for me.
|Two-banded longhorn beetle (Rhagium bifasciatum)|
Two-banded longhorn beetle (Rhagium bifasciatum)
Rhagium bifasciatum, sometimes called the two-banded longhorn beetle, is one of the most common longhorn beetles in Europe.
I shared my seat with spiders warming them self's in the sun, I think they are
|Red and black frog hopper (Cercopis vulnerata)|
|Nomada cuckoo bee|
Some trees had fallen in a past storm.
On the way back I walked past the land that has been felled, it is absence of life....
......but if you look closely nature is moving back in...
This flower loves living in rough disturbed ground,
Climbing Corydalis - Ceratocapnos claviculata
I notice this pine tree has grown a bit wrong, it's called
Fasciated stems are produced due to abnormal activity in the growing tip of the plant. Often, an abnormal number of flowers are produced on affected stems.
The sky was filled with Buzzards and the floor littered with Butterflies, now that's my kinda rubbish.