Friday, 27 May 2016
Another jaunt to the north. This time with Ben to celebrate honorary Ely10er, Rich Baine's 50th birthday at Barden in the Yorkshire Dales. They had the foresight to book a bunk barn with breeding Redstarts in the garden, Swallows in the gables and the beautiful upland woods of Bolton Abbey within strolling distance.
Gorgeous sights and sounds with Pied and Spotted Flycatchers peppered through the woods, Redstarts abounding and Wood Warblers shaking their songs out in a few choice spots. On the River Wharfe, the liquor for some of my favourite ales, a family of fledged Dippers were being fed on the bankside and Goosander, Mandarin and Common Sandpiper were all doing their thing. We admired it all in it's fresh, green glory.