Now we did not get off this morning as early as we might, by the time we had breakfasted done an errand or two it was mid morning and the clouds had replaced the early sunshine.
Where to go Flamborough, a Wryneck was there yesterday, Ravenscar, perhaps something good might have come in. Undecided we travelleds north and decided to head up to Danby Beacon on the Northern Edge of the North York Moors National Park.
It was the first time this year we had been into the Hational Park. As we traveled off the main road on a single track towards the beacon a Wheatear flew off. At the summit the wind was quite strong and fairly cold but a decent number of Red Grouse were flying and showing near parking area. Our first sighting of this species this year, we saw lots more of these birds as we traveled south. Meadow Pipits were everywhere.
Below the beacon is a grassy knoll where we have seen Golden Plover and Wheatears before. Immediately on arrival there was a stupendous Golden Plover (number two for year list) really near the car offering great views. It moved away slightly but it gave a great show. I was the wrong side of the car to take photographs but it was a great sight.
On the other side of the road a pair of Wheatears were flighty and distant but afforded record shots.
We worked our way south through Lealholm, Glaisdale. Here by the Pack Horse Bridge and below a rail bridge you get Dippers and Grey Wagtails on the Esk. Sure enough within minutes I bagged two more for the year. Both species seem to be nesting on the underside of the railway bridge.
Just hand held shots of the Dipper in poor light (1/60 sec!) but this one was ok.
Record shot of male Wheatear