Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 26, 2013

Purple Patch

Time again for the purple patch of heather across Guisborough Moor and Sleddale.

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The colours on the Moor this time of year are spectacular, a subject ripe for an Impressionist painter.

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On the Moor lies a memorial to two Grenadier Guardsmen who fell in the First World War. They were Robbie Leggott, killed in action 1916 & Alf Cockerill, died of wounds sustained in combat shortly after the war,

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This may seem an isolated spot for such a memorial, but yet this time of year the Moor seems a fitting place.

Sheep graze In the heather.

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Also rising up from the Heather are Red Grouse.

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Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

Why the need for such speed, and so low across the ground ? The answer is in the sky. First a hunting Kestrel.

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Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

He flies away over the vast expanse, in search of a meal.

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Higher in the sky is a circling Buzzard, with his wingtips played and tail well spread..

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Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

On the Moor are butterflies, especially Peacocks.

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Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

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Peacock (Nymphalis io)

Back home, on the Budlleia are more Peacocks and a special surprise.

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Small White (Pieris rapae)

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Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

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Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae)


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