Posted by: mynaturaldiary | March 9, 2014

Rite of Spring

The Rite of Spring returns to North Yorkshire, as the Daffodils push through the earth again.

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Highcliffe Farm and the Moorlands that surround it

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are the home to Lapwings this time of year, until the end of the summer. They wait on the ground.

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Plumage iridescent in the bright sunlight. A passing threat, or a a rival, make them take to the air.

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Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Here they display with other Lapwings, giving their characteristic pee-wit call.

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A solitary Lapwing is soon absorbed by the vastness of the Moor.

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Curlew are also on the Moor.

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Curlew (Numenius arquata)

They too take to the air, and utter their plaintive cry.

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Stirred by the renewed heat from the sun, a beetle crawls into the protection of the grass.

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And another awakened insect feeds on a flower.

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In the distance, Moorland is carefully burnt, to create fresh heather shoots for the Grouse to feed on, so they can thrive for this summer’s shooting season.

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Descending through Guisborough Woods are layers of singing birds. Song thrushes call, and Robins.

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Through the high trees, the half full Moon rises.

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