Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 14, 2017

Moorland Magic

Commondale and the adjoining Gisborough Moor has a carpet of purple heather

this time of year.

The skies are filled with Red Grouse.

Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

In the middle of the heather

is a war 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.

A river seems to run through the purple.

A passing Kestrel

Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

seems to have something in its claws.

It’s not this Meadow Pipit.

Meadow pipit (Anthus pratensis)

Even the sheep seem to get lost in the vastness of the landscape.

Sleddale, a small farmed valley stands out, with its green island in the purple, offset by passing clouds.

The view to Captain Cook’s Monument is also dominated by heather.

Such quietude.

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