Commander of the Wild Empire
- About RobSutton
- Worked as an ecologist in Northumberland, Snowdonia, Lake District and now the Yorkshire Dales.
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Posted 24-03-2008 at 09:31 AM Comments 0
Been without a reliable internet connection for a while now so haven't been able to write anything for the blog but it seems to be working this morning. Spring comes late up here in the Dales, our first lambs have only just arrived (March 21st), the Snowdrops have just about finished (March 24th) and we have our first Primrose (March 16th) and Daffodil (March 19th) out. It's probably three weeks later than down in the valley. Still waiting for our first Wheatear and Ring Ouzel - as soon as the...
Posted 03-02-2008 at 11:43 AM Comments 2
It's been an odd week up here at Malham Tarn. It started with some bright days when you could almost have been fooled that spring was just round the corner. Mistle Thrushes have been singing since just before Christmas but this week they were joined by the first Song Thrush. Now for us these are strictly summer visitors - being so high up (approx 380m above sea level) a lot of species that most people would consider resident (eg meadow pipits, pied wagtails, song thrushes) leave the hills to...
Posted 27-01-2008 at 10:51 AM Comments 2
A quick stroll on the reserve today and there's still a number of woodcock around. Hard to judge how many but as they don't flush until you're right on top of them and I flushed two in about half an hour then there could be dozens in the area. Sadly they no longer breed with us, the odd croak like calls of "rodding" woodcock is something I really miss from the summer months. Who knows maybe a few may stay on and breed this year?