Wader Success

August 28, 2022 at 4:41 pm

While some parts of the country have been suffering from drought here in the Pennines we had plenty of heavy showers in May and the moors were in perfect condition for breeding Waders. Lapwings in particular were very successful along with some Redshank and Curlews.It was only when the moors dried out in July that Dunlin and Snipe began to suffer but even so I still managed some photos in-between long sessions on Long Eared and Short Eared Owls – to follow later!! www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

The Glorious Twelfth

August 21, 2022 at 7:00 pm

For obvious reasons I would not normally celebrate the start of the Grouse shooting season but this year was different. The moorland I visited was National Trust owned and there is now no shooting allowed. In addition the heather this year was the best I have ever seen and with perfect weather all I needed was for the Grouse to perform! It took two visits, after early morning mist cleared, before I had good views of the Grouse on both rocks, fence-posts and in the superb heather.As a bonus a Wheatear posed on a post with a backdrop of purple heather – a seasonal treat.www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

Against All The Odds

August 14, 2022 at 7:08 pm

One week in May my blog was all about the impending development of my only Little Owl site.The new purchasers were awaiting the planners approval to completely re-develop the old barn so the long-term residents, the Little Owls, would have their home destroyed forever. Well, the good news is that planning permission was only granted last week and in the meantime, against all the odds,the Little Owls have fledged three young this year. So lets raise a glass to the planners!! www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife

An Islay Summer

August 7, 2022 at 8:07 pm

Although we had less than a week on Islay recently the highlight of any July visit has got to be the show of Marsh Helleborines. Just one marsh held more than 200 Helleborines that were at their very best.Flagrant and Lesser Butterfly Orchids were also found and surprisingly two Hares were also boxing – until I got my camera out! The island was full of recently fledged Swallows and Rooks who gathered to provide a very large parliament!

Pipe Dream

August 1, 2022 at 8:40 am

A non-birding few days on Islay produced five sightings of Otters! The one in the blog photo came ashore with what looks like a Pipe fish that took some crunching with its powerful teeth. Other photos are on my Facebook page, which include their rat-tail dive – a view that you normally see as it disappears from your sight!! www.facebook.com/gordonyateswildlife