30 Days Wild – Day 7 – A riverside ramble, and a surprising spot

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_07For today’s moment of wildness, I opted to take a walk North along the Foss to Huntington Church, then back through the local wood.

After the Mayflies yesterday, it was the turn of damselflies to take centre stage, specifically some stunning Banded Demoiselles (Calopteryx splendens).

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Banded Demoiselle River Foss, June 2015

Unfortunately they kept landing in patches of thick foliage, making it hard to show just how beautiful these iridescent blue and green odonates (a name for all species of damselfly and dragonfly) are.

He's in here somewhere...

He’s in here somewhere…

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Banded Demoiselle River Foss, June 2015

It wasn’t just damselflies though, a number of butterflies were out and about in the sun.

Orange-tip on Cow Parsley River Foss, June 2015

Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) on Cow Parsley
River Foss, June 2015

 

Small White (Pieris rapae) River Foss, June 2015

Small White (Pieris rapae)
River Foss, June 2015

But the real surprise was to see this come soaring overhead:

Mystery bird...

Mystery bird…

Now, we’ve a lot of different birds of prey around York, and in this area alone have seen Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, and Peregrine, the latter roaming from their home on York Minster. But this is something we’ve only seen once before here. But something we know well from a year in Leeds; a Red Kite (Milvus milvus). The long wings and forked tail give it away.

Sadly it never came close enough to get any really good pictures, but it’s an unmistakeable bird.

Red Kite New Earswick, June 2015

Red Kite
New Earswick, June 2015

Red Kite showing distinctive wing shape and forked tail

Red Kite showing distinctive wing shape and forked tail

SONY DSCIt’s not a great surprise to see one as they have been spreading since their reintroduction at Harewood several years back, but I sincerely hope this is the start of a colonisation of this area. It would be good for them to become a regular sighting round here.

There are some better shots on a couple of older posts Here and Here.

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