Monday, 6 July 2009

Moor Rain

Rain stopped play today, at least it meant that we had to be inside. We headed up to Alnwick to one of those indoor play centres for a couple of hours so my twins could run off some steam. Knowing they would drop off in the car on the way back I detoured via Alnwick Moor to look for Red Grouse. I drew a complete blank with Kestrel and a calling Great Spotted Woodpecker the only non-corvids seen. I stopped at the waterfall at Swin Hope above Edlingham which has a grotto feel to it, the kind of place you expect to find an old Japanese man planting an ancient Bonsai.

Waterfall at Swin Hope above Edlingham.

There were several Hard Ferns growing around the area here, they seem to like being close to the water.

Hard Fern.

The last of this summer's Foxgloves were still worth a snap in the rain, but perhaps not for much longer.


Summer warblers can be a challenge, I'll leave you with this one from my garden today, go on give it a go Willow Warbler or Chiffchaff, Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler, drop your choice and your reasons why in the comments.


Stewart said...

Looks Chiffy to me. Cos -
Dark legs.
Small head sullied greyish.
Soft dishevelleled plumage.
Shorter primary projection.
oh and its emarginated on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th primaries in that left wing. Pity you didn't upload a bigger image, my eyes aren't getting any younger!!

S.. :)

Alan Tilmouth said...

And you can just see the yellow colouration on the soles of the feet.
More prominent eye ring, less striking supercilium.
Not difficult at all really is it.