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
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Posts Tagged ‘Birds’
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
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
Fabulous to see these two up on the railway line on the east side here in Rosedale. An adult male green woodpecker with a juvenile. The juveniles are distinctly spotted giving their face and underparts a greyish appearance. Updale Natural History Recorder
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
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
There is plenty more wildlife to be seen on or near the walks and pathways in the dale, so make the best of the weather. And thanks to the Updale Natural Historian for acting as spotter!