Last week we found ourselves a nice hotel in Harrogate and used it as a base to do a bit of exploring and walking. Of course that then means we get to see some Birds whilst we are out and about.
Our drive up was good, including a Red Kite sighting just south of Harrogate always a treat!
On our first day out (Tuesday) we headed up to a National Trust reserve at Malham Tarn, the weather wasn't great lots of showers, but we managed a walk across the reserve in some sunshine although it was windy and a tad on the cool side (understatement!) We found the hide that overlooked the Tarn:
We eventually made it back to the wooded track and some shelter, this time seeing our first Nuthatch of 2015, this is a poor shot due to the distance and the weather, but for the record:
So we made it back to the car without getting soaked. We fancied a bit of a treat so we headed north up to Hawes and a visit to the Wensleydale Creamery to indulge in one rather delicious scone, cream and jam. (No clotted cream, just whipped, is this a Yorkshire thing?) We then ended up spending £25 on cheese after sampling some rather fine examples!
We headed back to Harrogate via Semer Water, we didn't stay long as the weather wasn't great and the light was going, we added Goosander to the list here and then a very brief sighting of a Dipper as we drove away and over one of the brooks that feed the reservoir.
Wednesday saw us head off to Bolton Abbey and a walk along the river to see the Strid (Look it up on Google, my photo doesn't do it justice!)
We had some good sightings in the woods:
Thursday saw us head back Fewston to do a circular walk, this gave us Goldcrest and our first Treecreeper sighting of the year:
Last stop a flying visit to Knaresborough to see the castle and viaduct:
So Friday dawns and time to go home, but not without stopping at Fairburn Ings RSPB on the way. The definite highlight were two Tawny Owls roosting, if one of the wardens hadn't told us where to look we would never have found them, as you can see from this they were pretty well tucked away: