Saturday, 19 October 2013

Fieldfares galore!

After what was forecast to be a fairly gloomy day it was lovely to see the sunshine while out on a walk to Top Withens and even more of a bonus to witness the huge numbers of Fieldfares on the moors, their chattering calls all around us. An amazing sight, close to 400 birds split into two flocks. These handsome thrushes have flown here from Scandinavia to dine on our winter fruit and are of Red Conservation Status in the UK, it's lovely to have them back along with the pretty Redwings.

View from the ruins - Top Withens
Flocks of 300-400 Fieldfares!

Red Grouse, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk were also highlights of the walk.

We were showing off the area to a couple of friends visiting us from "down south" and it was a great reminder of just how lucky we are living in such beautiful countryside. Gotta love Yorkshire!

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