Baildon Moor 7 May ’18

I had another walk up on Baildon Moor on Monday. I am retired and had promised myself that I would keep away from Baildon Moor on weekends and bank holidays. Leave those times for people that work Monday to Friday. But it was just too nice a day to miss.

The Mistle Thrush, above, was one of the first birds I got close enough to take a photo of. I see quite a few around but it is still on Red status  with the RSPB. When I took this photo a cyclist was coming the other way. I nodded as he went past but he just looked at me – he was probably thinking “Why the hell was he taking my picture?” Sorry, I wasn’t.

Reed Bunting

Walking along to where the path gets a bit closer to the wall I spotted this Reed Bunting hopping along. I saw it catch and eat a couple of insects as it went along. Out of curiosity I have just checked the RSPB status of this bird; it is at amber. 🙂

Meadow Pipit

There are a lot more of these birds on Baildon Moor – Meadow Pipits, but the RSPB still list it as Amber status. They seem to like flying from one side of the wall to the other, often stopping on the wall or fence post on the way.

Lapwing chick

This is one of the reasons why I wanted to go up onto Baildon Moor. To see if I could spot some Lapwing chicks.

Lapwing chick warning

These are the ones that are mentioned in the sign by the cattle grid at Glovershaw. According to the RSPB they are at Red status.

Adult Lapwing

The adults do their best at protecting their young. One call from the watchful adult and the chicks quickly disappear behind long grass, or just seem to disappear. One or more adults may take to the air and circle and dive bomb whatever they see as a threat, all the time giving that eerie call.

I then heard a grasshopper like noise but louder and a bit higher pitched. I looked around the area the noise was coming from not expecting to see anything.

Grasshopper Warbler

But there it was, a Grasshopper Warbler reeling away. I have no idea how it keeps the noise going for so long, it doesn’t seem to take a breath. Quite soon though it dipped down into the thicker bushes and I didn’t see or hear it again. This was the first time I have seen one, I have heard them by Faweather and also at Fairburn Ings – my luck was in today.

Whitethroat

A couple of minutes later I saw this bird in pretty much the same bushes. It didn’t make much noise but I am reasonable sure it is a Whitethroat.

Emperor Moth

I then had to head back home but on the way back on Glovershaw Lane a couple were rather intent on moths fluttering around a clump of Heather. One of them had settled on a plastic tub. They were rather impressive Emperor Moths. This was the first time I had been up close and personal with one in the wild.

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