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Posts Tagged ‘North York Moors’

xStunning wheatears up on old railway line

These beautiful wheatears are back in their numbers up on the edge of the moor. The male has a grey back and crown and a striking black eye-stripe with a white stripe above called a supercilium. The female has altogether browner colouring with a cream supercilium. Both have buff underparts and a white rump and both have a characteristic bob and flick action. You should see them from the old railway line on the east side of Rosedale and at the top of Chimney Bank. Worth getting your walking boots on. Updale Natural History Recorder

Male wheatear

Female wheatear

xChaffinch nesting here in Rosedale

Over Easter this chaffinch has laid her eggs which she is now incubating.  She will sit for up to 13 days before they hatch.  The nest is commonly built in a fork of a tree or bush and is a deep cup made of moss and lichen and lined with feathers.  Updale Natural History Recorder

Female chaffinch sitting on eggs

Deep cupped nest being lined with feathers

xGreen hairstreak butterfly

Another lovely butterfly is on the wing this weekend. The green hairstreak is a small butterfly found on the moor here in Rosedale favouring the bilberry plant. It can be hard to spot as its wings underneath are bright green and very similar in colour to bilberry leaves. When it lands it immediately closes its wings blending perfectly in to the background. Often seen in sunny sheltered positions. Updale Natural History Recorder

Green hairstreak

xSpring is starting to spring

The sun keeps tempting us out here in Rosedale and its all starting to happen. Frogspawn is a sure sign that Spring is starting. Lots in the ponds on the edge of the old railway line. This lovely Round-leaved crowfoot Ranunculus omiophyllus is also showing itself up there in acidic pools. Attractive green scalloped leaves that float on the water with tiny white star-like flowers. Updale Natural History Recorder

Frogspawn sharing the pool with Round-leaved crowfoot

Frogspawn sharing the pool with Round-leaved crowfoot

Round-leaved crowfoot, Ranunculus omiophyllus

xFabulous Fungi in Rosedale

Some spectacular fungus out there just now. Yellow Brain fungus Tremella mesenterica, is hard to miss, its golden yellow looking so unnatural. Jelly Ear fungus Auricularia auricula-judae is perhaps less obvious but is just beautifully formed in a rich brown. Both are jelly-like and found on dead or decaying trees. Updale Natural History Recorder


Yellow Brain fungus on decaying Ash tree


Jelly Ear fungus on decaying Elder tree


xWe could be on the right side of winter

To hear the curlews back in the dale early this morning was fantastic.  This doesn’t herald Spring but we know we are now on the right side of Winter.  That distinct bubbling call is such a welcome sound in February.  The golden plover are also back on the moor and have been for a couple of weeks but only in the last few days have they been displaying and calling in flight.  A great place to see and hear both is up on the moor at Rosedale East on the bridleways heading north from the railway line above Dale Head Farm Tea Garden.  Updale Natural History Recorder



Golden plover

Golden plover