On Saturday morning my nephew and I led a walk down from Robert Fuller's Thixendale gallery into the valley below. We saw one youngster from this year's brood of Tawny Owls, plus the female. Continuing on our way we saw a brightly-coloured male Linnet singing beautifully. Further down the hill we managed to catch sight of 2 immature Kestrel chicks before they saw us and disappeared from view. Not far away Ben spotted a male Redstart perched in the open. Later, we saw his mate and at least 2 well-grown chicks.
Immature Tawny Owl
Immature Tawny Owl (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
Male Redstart (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
Wild Horses - especially the one far right
View near Thixendale (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
In the afternoon a different group drove to nearby Wharram Percy. We saw a different male Redstart, but the remainder of the sightings, and certainly the best photographs were of butterflies and Wild flowers.
Bee Orchids (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
Clustered Bellflower (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
Common Spotted Orchid (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
Purple Haze caused by Quaking Grass (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth
Looking Down from Wharram Percy car park (c) 2015 Ben Coneyworth