A stunningly handsome dragonfly when studied closely, this is a male black darter. It’s four wings remain in the open position when at rest and each wing has a small black wing-spot near the tip. It is Britain’s smallest dragonfly. The black darter is restricted to acid water and therefore quite common around moorland bog pools. Now getting towards the end of its flight season but there were plenty basking in the sun today up on the moor here in Rosedale. Updale Natural History Recorder
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A sure sign of winter is a flock of fieldfares in a berry-laden tree or feeding on earthworms and seeds in the fields. The fieldfare is part of the thrush family and is very distinct with a grey crown and neck, a brown back and a reddish wash down its breast. It is a winter migrant to the UK and returns north for summer breeding from March onwards. And they are now on the verge of leaving as spring is knocking on the door with the arrival of curlews in the Dale this last week, lapwings increasing in numbers and the greater spotted woodpecker drumming. Updale Natural History Recorder
Robins are very vocal now and a great splash of colour in almost every corner of the dale. It’s not just a red breast he’s got but see how the colour comes up over the face and above the eyes like a mask. Stunningly beautiful in body and song. Updale natural history recorder
In the Yorkshire Post there is a lovely piece about the Walkers are Welcome Scheme .
We are proud to be part of this. Thank you to the numerous folks from our Rosedale community who freely give their time to make it happen every year.
“Gary Verity, chief executive of the region’s tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire, hailed another reason to be proud of the county.
“Yorkshire is famous for its warm welcome and generous hospitality, and for yet another Yorkshire town to receive Walkers Are Welcome status goes to show that the county’s famous hello remains very much part of its charm.
“And now with 25 towns and villages across the county recognised by the Walkers Are Welcome scheme, Yorkshire is reigning supreme as one of the nation’s top destinations for ramblers, amblers and hikers.”
Rosedale is fully Walkers are Welcome accredited.
The Rosedale Walking Festival is in 13th & 14th June. Two days of walks led by volunteers from our community and who love the place!
Walks to be announced soon, though there is a sign on the village green advertising this wonderful community led event, and the festival is over two days, you can walk anytime you like on the numerous beautiful paths that cover our dale, anytime of the year.
If you want local knowledge, a local guide, enjoy Rosedale from a new perspective come along to one of the guided walks this June.
See the full article here:-
Like our dedicated Festival Face Book page for details https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rosedale-Walking-Festival/
Not only is the heather bringing a warmth to the moors but these two vibrant dragonflies, which are common hawkers, certainly brightened things up out there. The common hawker is a moorland species and one of our larger dragonflies at over 7cm long. Updale Natural History Recorder
The heather is out and the moors are adorned with every shade of pink and purple. And it will only get better from here as the intensity increases. The wildlife continues to flourish. This little wren, with its siblings, flitting about on a moor wall, it’s parents filling the air with their powerful song. Tiny bird, big voice. Updale Natural History Recorder
A roe deer stood on the only mound on a clear-fell site at dusk to show himself off – nice. Updale Natural History Recorder
Green woodpeckers are often heard in and around the gills on the edge of the moor here in Rosedale. Their loud yaffling call sounds like they are laughing at us. Rarely do we get to study them as they invariably see us before we spot them and then they are off with a strong undulating flight. A treat to get this juvenile with both adults. Green woodpeckers are mainly seen on the ground as they search for food, ants being their main food source. Updale Natural History Recorder
Look out for these little beauties whenever you are out and about near water. These were at a water-filled ditch off Hancow Road at Hartoft. A large red damselfly and an azure damselfly, both males. A good tip for identification – damselflies close their wings at rest and dragonflies keep their wings open. Updale Natural History Recorder
Kestrels are our commonest falcon and widespread throughout the UK in both urban and rural areas. They are easily identified by their ability to hover while hunting for prey, with fluttering wings and fanned tail, keeping the head perfectly still. Up on the moor these four nestlings are well grown and starting to acquire their true plumage. They are coming out in to the open in anticipation of food from the adult birds. Until now they have been well hidden in a crevice. Incubation takes about four weeks and at least another four weeks feeding at the nest until fledging which is not too far away for these. Interestingly, the males fledge up to two days earlier than the females, presumably as the females are the larger of the two and take longer to mature. Updale Natural History Recorder