Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 14, 2017

Tracks in the snow

Left by wild rabbits, the snows on Gisborough Moor mark their passage by their tracks.

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The path onto the Moor is highlighted well against the bright sunshine.

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On the Moor, the sun dazzles.

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The paths stand out in white.

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Further on, the path looks like a slalom.

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The snows cover the heather in patches.

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Red Grouse look for breaks in the snow to feed.

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Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

When disturbed, they fly low over the snows, calling as they go.

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Being dark coloured birds, they stand out against the snow.

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Sleddale, a small farmed valley in the middle of Gisborough Moor looks wonderful.

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In the trees on the edge of Gisborough Moor, and unusual call alerts me. It’s a small flock of Crossbills.

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Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)

Also among the flock are Siskins.

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Siskin (Carduelis spinus)


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