Grimsby & District Round Table Traction Engine Rally 1963

I found this programme for the Grimsby & District Round Table Traction Engine Rally 1963 in a box of photos. It was held on Waltham Aerodrome which was just over our back garden wall. I do remember going to see traction engines when I was young but didn’t think of it as “just over the wall” – perhaps that’s because we had to drive round to the proper entrance. I thought it worth sharing so I have scanned it and made a PDF file from it.

Inside front cover – 100 octane fuel 4sh 8 1/2d. Approximately 24p per gallon (just over 5p per litre) with plenty of lead to go with it too. Fill your tank for less than £3.

Click on the image to open the PDF file.

Traction Engine Rally
Traction Engine Rally

Traction Engine Rally 1963

Our Garden and Denso Marston Nature Reserve. Early Aug 2018

These are a few photos from our garden and a couple of walks through Denso Marston Nature Reserve and along the river.

Mint Moth

I am sure that Mint Moths have been around our garden for years but unless you stop and look you never see them.

Mint Moth

This one has different colouring to the first one I posted. I think this might be because this one is the second brood of the year.

Brown Hawker

A month or so back the ponds at Denso Marston Nature Reserve were swarming with damselflies. During these recent visits I only saw one or two but did spot a Brown Hawker flying about.

Brown Hawker

These two photos show the Brown Hawker ovipositing (laying its eggs) on vegetation just under the water.

Shield Bug

I spotted shield bugs on several plants.

Shield Bug

I could imagine that if this Cow Parsley was still green these bugs would be quite difficult to spot.

Shield Bug

This seed head has 4 shield bugs on it.

Ladybird

Several Ladybirds were around too.

Blue tit

After keeping quiet at the Spider Club feeding station for a few seconds birds started to come along. Kije this Blue Tit.

Blue tit

This one preferred to feed off the seeds on the ground.

Robin

Whereas this juvenile Robin was happy to get food from the raised board.

Robin

As was this Robin that is a bit older.

Speckled Wood

This Speckled Wood went onto the ground and kept flicking its wings, something I had not seen before. It was only when I looked at the image later that I realised that it was on what i assume are the remains of a Speckled Wood. The wing is very pale.

Speckled Wood

There were quite a few Speckled Wood butterflies around.

Comma

I also managed to spot this Comma butterfly.

Grey Heron

And here is an obligatory photo of a Grey Heron. I have hundreds of photos of them now. 🙂

Barn Owl, Baildon Moor 15 Aug

I have not been up onto Baildon Moor for a little while, partly because it has been rather hot to be out in the open.

There are a few birds we hope to see on Baildon Moor at this time, some of them just passing through – Whinchat and Wheatear being 2 examples

I had heard that Barn Owls in the area had done well, even though in one family the female had been killed on the road; but apparently, helped by the good weather, dad upped his efforts and fed all 4 of their chicks well.

On Wednesday I went up onto Baildon Moor at about 6:45am and started near the cattle grid at Glovershaw.

Barn Owl

Quite soon I spotted a Barn Owl flying along the field parallel to the path and wall.

Barn Owl

I quietly walked along the path, going backwards and forwards a bit to keep good sight of the owl, stopping short of the gate to the horse track.

Barn Owl

The owl was very methodical as it flew back and forth quartering the field.

Barn Owl

At one point there were two owls, one at each end of the field. They then spend a few seconds around each other before going separate ways. One had stains from the corner of its eyes, the other had a much cleaner face. There is a photo showing two owls in the album on flickr but just as a record shot.

Barn Owl

It looked as though the owl flew slower when near sheep. I wonder if this was because the sheep might disturb small mammals that the owl can then pounce on.

Barn Owl

A couple of times it heard and saw me but didn’t seem too worried by my presence.

Barn Owl

They were hunting for the last snacks of the night.

Barn Owl

Flying silently up and down the field.

Barn Owl

Ready to dive on something it has heard.

Barn Owl

Down into the grass. Sometimes, after diving in, it was back up in the air quite quickly. Sometimes it spent a while out of sight, I assume tossing back whatever it had caught.

Barn Owl

A couple of times it then spent a few minutes on a fence post, presumably letting its last meal go down properly.

Barn Owl

During one of its hunting passes it veered off line slightly as though it had heard something and it disturbed two Hares. This photo shows the Owl flying almost over the top of one of the Hares that is starting to run off. This is a little surprising because I thought Hares tended to sink down to the ground when threatened. I this case it seemed to think that running was the best option.

Linnet

I then did a loop, through the Scout Camp at Sconce, along Sconce Lane to Ash House Farm where I saw a flock of Linnet perched on two overhead cables.

Starlings

The Linnet were then displaced by a flock of Starlings.

Kestrl

At Faweather Grange I tried and failed to get some shots of 4 or 5 Pied Wagtail but further on, towards Weecher Reservoir, a Kestrel was perched on an overhead cable.

View Baildon Moor to Ferrybridge

By this time it was starting to look as though rain clouds were coming from the West. Looking East was a bit grey too. This is a black and white view looking from Baildon Moor, East to Ferrybridge power station.

As usual you can click on an image to see it on flickr. In the album there are several more photos from my walk.