in light of the recent weather, this Collared Dove has certainly used his ( or hers )
nesting underneath the petrol station canopy.
Recent weekend family trips up the moors (in the sun )
have produced Kite, Goshawk, Adder, Ring Ouzel, ringtail Harrier, Black Grouse, Crossbill, with a highlight of watching a juv Rough-legged Buzzard hunting.
Local nests with eggs including
& a few Dipper boxes occupied
and a couple of common species with young :-
Blackie chicks in the town park - found by Jack ( 7 y/o in a fortnight - tempus fugit )
& a 30 min session at Shibdon to regain my sanity following the Bi-annual visit to the Metro-Centre, produced this fine pair in front of the hide.