Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Redpath farm

Redpath farm enjoys a more open aspect these days but remains bleak

Red squirrels at Harwood....pity the branches kept getting in the way

It's a week since my last day off. I went back to Harwood forest this morning and walked to Redpath. I spent some time around where the Shrike was last week but no sign today. It has either moved on or found another clearing in the forest. Still plenty of birds around. The only raptors were 4 Buzzards over Redpath farm but another large bird over the north eastern area of the forest turned out to be a Raven flying west at first then headed towards the Simonsides. Around Redpath were plenty of Thrushes, single Green and Great spotted woodpecker and 2 Shelduck flying north.

In Harwood village larger flocks of small birds like Siskins, Chaffinches and Coal tits attracted to garden feeders. 3 Red squirrels were in trees on the edge of the village, I managed some pics above but there was a lot of branches in the way. Plenty of Frogs spawn in just about every pool in the forest. Angerton lake was very quiet when I called in on the way home.


Blyth Birder said...

No Crossbills either?

Had the best part of a day around there a week or so ago and not even the sniff of a flyover.

Ipin said...

watch out for the naked bloke at Chartners!

Mary said...

I think your little red squirrels are really cute! I like the ear tufts and their color is really pretty. That farm does look bleak, but nice buildings if there was some life around them.