Following day, stopped off at Rockcliffe for tea & cake, sat in the tea garden & watched Chaffinch collect lichen for nesting material, whilst other Chaffinch, Dunnock & Robin hung around for crumbs but we were hungry and the cake was far too delicious.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Our final Buzzard sighting on the way out of Rockcliffe, as the light was failing.
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Sunday, 22 March 2009
At the RSPB centre, flocks of geese take to the sky.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Took a trip to Harewood to observe the Red Kites. They're huge birds, with a wingspan of 1.5m, a distinctive deeply forked tail, and are fascinating to watch. The Yorkshire Red Kite Project started at the Harewood Estate, 1999 - 2003, over which time 68 birds were released resulting in a total of over 400 young raised in Yorkshire.
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Between us we managed to get a few good pics, here you go.
I'm especially interested in the Red Kites because a similar programme in the North East has led to everyday sightings around Rowlands Gill, where I grew up. My Auntie Ann & Uncle Lon regularly watch the Red Kites from their front room. And to top that, the local bus is now emblazoned with the Red Kite.