Saturday, 23 April 2016

Whetstone Gate

Saturday 23rd April a.m.
A chilly morning with a temperature of 4°C as we started a walk on the moorland above Riddlesden at Whetstone Gate but the sun was shinning.We had met up with other BOG members,one of the first birds we saw was a Wheatear on a wall in the distance. We saw good numbers of Red Grouse and Meadow Pipits throughout the walk, Golden Plover were heard calling & we later saw a couple of them as they changed position.Another bird heard calling was the Curlew and several were seen, Greylags were also moving around the moorland.We saw a pair of Stonechats and later a second pair were seen also a couple of Linnets flew past.It was also good to see Snipe and in the distanace a SEO was seen flying as were a couple of Kestrels, one being chased by Lapwings.Lower down Swallows, Pied Wagtail,Goldfinch,Mistle & Song Thrush were all seen.

Red Grouse

Whetstone Gate and Moorland 23/4/2016

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