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Posts Tagged ‘Birds’

Summer migrants return

Two of the earliest summer migrants come back to Rosedale each year, ring ouzels and wheatears.  Both are back on the moor and pairing up.  Ring ouzels nest on heather-clad steep slopes and wheatears favour open stoney ground.   Both can be seen from the old railway line.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Male and female ring ouzel

Female wheatear


Nuthatch preparing nest hole

To watch a female nuthatch preparing a nest hole is amazing.  She selects an old hole, often an old woodpecker nest hole as in this case and she transforms it.  She infills crevices and/or reduces the size of the cavity using mud and bits of rotten wood.  She will also use mud to reduce the size of the entrance to minimise the risk of predation.  The male, distinguished by chestnut red flanks, keeps guard during this process and will fend off any intruders.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Female nuthatch working on nest cavity

Nuthatch uses mud and bits of rotten wood

Tawny owl makes a welcome daylight appearance

Tawny owls are very vocal in late autumn and throughout winter but we don’t often get to see them in all their splender. How lucky local residents Bob and Janet Morton were to have a tawny owl in their garden recently, on two separate occasions. Bob has captured the warm chestnut brown feathering, distinct facial disc and somewhat dumpy appearance beautifully.  Very many thanks Updale Natural History Recorder

lighter tones underneath with distinct facial disc

warm chestnut brown feathering

Hawfinches in Rosedale

Fantastic to see these secretive and increasingly rare birds here in Rosedale.  At least five hawfinches are in and around the churchyard feeding on yew berries.  The hawfinch is the largest of our finches with a top-heavy look due to a large bill and thick neck.  With this powerful bill the hawfinch is able to crack open cherry stones.  They also feed on seeds from hornbeam and yew.  Autumn 2017 saw an unusually large influx in to the UK as a result of a crop failure in Europe and there have been a number of sightings in North Yorkshire.  But how lucky we are to get some in Rosedale and it certainly could be a first record for some time.  With great appreciation to Craig and Helen at Abbey Stores for the tip-off  and the best view of these shy birds.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Snow covered dale

Stunningly beautiful walk in the snow at dusk along the old railway line at Rosedale East.  The low mist adds to the atmospheric conditions as the light fades.  A pair of stonechats break the silence with their presence as do three wrens flitting together in the rushes  Updale Natural History Recorder

A sweet reminder

It was some weeks ago now that a lady rang to say she had robins nesting in the tree trunk in her garden. Her enthusiasm was infectious. We watched. They gathered food. One oblivious to our presence on the lady’s bench, the other a little wary. We watched. They fed their young. We watched. One came and went, the other hesitated, there usually being just the lady on that bench. The lady enjoyed those two robins feeding their young so close to her on that bench. She sat each day, the sun beaming down, the robins busying themselves around her. That lady was Brenda Bowes. Updale Natural History Recorder

Fearless parent

Fearless parent

Wary parent

Wary parent

Nest with young tucked behind pansies

Nest with young tucked behind pansies

Ring Ouzels Return

Our first migrants have started to return to the uplands here in the dale. A male ring ouzel was seen on the east side on 21 March having arrived overnight along with two male wheatears. This has equalled our earliest date recorded which was in 2012. Ring ouzels spend their winter in North Africa and are one of the earliest returnees along with wheatears.

The ring ouzels are now pairing up and establishing territories. The simple and melancholy song of the male is well worth listening to as you walk around the old railway line. It is a bird in decline in England but we have seen no sign of that here in Rosedale and elsewhere on the North York Moors. A very distinctive bird with its white gorget or bib. The males are black and the females, as pictured here, are brown. Updale Natural History Recorder

Female ring ouzel

Female ring ouzel

Dippers busy refurbishing nest

The pair of dippers here in Rosedale are already refurbishing last year’s nest.  Dippers are site faithful, nesting in the same area each year.  They sometimes use the same nest and our pair are busy collecting moss from stones and the river bank and working on the nest from the inside.  They were first seen on 19 February working on the nest and there is still work to do but it is much improved from the bedraggled mess which overwintered.  They are early breeders but this does seem a little early yet.  It is not known if they stayed here in the dale over winter but one dipper was seen on 7 February in the village.  There is at least one other pair in the dale further south.  Upland Natural History Recorder
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