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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

Snow Bunting

 Look out for these rather special visitors on the roadside on the moor.  This one was north of the cattle grid on Knott road.  Two more were seen on the road from Hutton Le Hole – chimney bank.  They are tough little birds.  Snow buntings are birds of the Arctic and one of a very few species that have been seen at the north pole.  They visit here in winter particularly in Scotland and down our east coast, occasionally coming inland.  Here they feed along roadside verges, characteristically flitting ahead of any passing vehicles, eventually flying round and returning to feed by the roadside.  The first you will see is a flash of their white underparts and when they fly in a flock they resemble a snowstorm.   Updale natural history recorder.

Autumn Fungii

 We all know that Autumn is upon us and there is a bumper crop of fruit and nuts this year; acorns, sweet and horse chestnuts are in abundance here in the dale.  Fungii are also having a good season.  Found these Mycena on an old beech tree stump near the river which are spectacular close up.  Not edible I am afraid.  Shame as there were hundreds on that stump.  I haven’t identified the second group of six white Fungii growing through moss on a tree but they are tiny and so intriguing.   Updale Natural History Recorder
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The Moor Tour

Event now booked for 23rd June 2013.

Entries will be available through British Cycling.

The Moor Tour was a new Cyclo Sportive event in 2012 taking place in the North Yorkshire Moors organised by MJS Outdoors.

With a choice of two challenging routes of either 100 miles or 100km (60 miles), starting and finishing just outside Stokesley on the North edge of the moors.

A gruelling test of rider stamina through beautiful countryside and rugged moorland, the routes take in a number of the most challenging climbs in the moors and will reward you with some great downhill sections.

Both routes come through Rosedale and up Chimney bank  the steepest public road in England !

for more info or to enter…http://www.themoortour.co.uk/index.php

Moor Tour 2012