Moor mist.....

 

Whilst in the area, it seemed a good idea to look for some Red Grouse and headed in a north-westerly direction towards and through Pickering to the beginning of Rosedale, where a Spotted Flycatcher was seen in the woodland.

Once on the moors, the mist returned.  However, moorland birds were still picked out and the first of at least 8 Red Grouse seen was seen sitting up in the heather.  The plaintive calls of Golden Plovers could be heard and Curlews were also very vocal and judging by their behaviour they had young somewhere.  Meadow Pipits were also seen and after driving for a while, the mist cleared and better views (although distant) were obtained of the Red Grouse, with both sexes being seen.

Following the satellite navigation’s suggestions for the route back to Norfolk, somewhere west of Pickering a Grey Wagtail was seen as it flew up from a brook and perched in a tree.  A Pied Wagtail was also seen here, as were good numbers of Cuckoo Flowers and the smell of Wild Garlic, adorning the roadsides, wafted through the open car windows.

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Red Grouse

Red Grouse

Curlew

Meadow Pipit

Pied Wagtail

Wild Garlic

Bempton - Rosedale

Nth. York Moors 2016