These are now the last of the photos from that weekend. These are from the stretch from Moorside down towards Birks Wood and Gill Beck. I had a decent walk over Baildon Moor between the first and last but those photos have been shown in other posts. Look here for the Roe Deer. Or here for Wren chicks. Or look through the history for Kingfisher, Moorhen nest etc.
These “apples”, or “Galls”, on the Oak tree will contain the eggs and larvae of a Gall Wasp. The eggs and larvae release chemicals that cause the Oak to grow around them. Amazing stuff.
There were plenty of Willow Warblers around both adult and juvenile. Here’s two adults with food. Perhaps they are trying to decide if I am something to be wary of. Should they approach their young when I might be watching.
This is one of my better attempts at getting a Swallow in flight. These birds are quite a bit smaller than the Swifts I was trying to photograph the day before, they dart about a bit more too.
Here’s another Willow Warbler, there were quite a few of them around.
A little further down this male Chaffinch was waiting to go into the Hawthorn and feed its young.
This rather smart looking Swallow was seen perching on the wires on my way back after walking over the Moors a bit, five hours later than the photo of the Chaffinch.
And this one is a Chiffchaff. A little plainer than the Willow Warbler and with less of a line over its eye. And I know it is a Chiffchaff because I could see its beak and chest moving in time with the chiff chaff I could hear.