Regular visitors will be delighted to know that today we have been birding. Helen of FROG END WILDLIFE renown, kindly pointed out the existence of a nature reserve just up the road. Not really the right weather nor a particularly good time of the year for such an expedition but not to be thought of as wimpy, I called up a cab and off we went.
Askam Bog is a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site and was donated to them in 1946 by Messrs. Terry and Rowntree both chocolate moguls or 'Yorkies'* as they are probably known round here. This is a swamp, not quite the Everglades but impressive and well laid out. Home to Roe Deer, their hoof prints were much in evidence but they were not. According to a proper birder I met, there are Water Rail, Siskins, Tree Creepers and spotted Woodpeckers. The latter two we saw, along with numerous Finches.
Now I was going to just forget the ornithological images but three hours wandering had to have produced something. It didn't!
As I would rather not be held responsible for any accidents I suggest that before continuing you go and make yourself comfortable. As my mother was want to say before a car journey. 'Whether you need to or not'.
I've kept them small to save myself embarrassment from top left, Not Sure, (a common species for me). Female Blackbird, Bull Finch and Great Tit. They don't have a hide here, remiss of them I know but with a sixth form college just down the road probably very wise.
There were also Long Tailed Tits, Marsh Tits several Spotted Woodpeckers and numerous I Haven't a Clues.
This Sedge or maybe Grass looks like I felt. Not really that bad, in fact I quite enjoyed myself. Beats sitting inside watching the rain......I think. I will call back here next week, there's a lot to look at.
Tomorrow I am going for a stroll around the city wall and on Thursday I have arranged to take a tripod and off camera flash to the Railway Museum. Spoke to a very helpful chap in their security department who has agreed, as long as my bags can be searched......Quite how he thinks it possible to pinch a locomotive I didn't like to ask as he was being so accommodating.
* A 'Yorkie' is a chocolate bar favoured by UK truckers.