Thursday evening was looking good so off we went with our picnic and headed for the hills. A family of four Grey Wagtail on one of the streams just out of Osmotherley was our first find with a Green Woodpecker over by Hawnby. A Buzzard posed on a telegraph pole for us on the run down into Helmsley from Boltby. Oh also forgot about the family of Spotted Flycatchers at Cod Beck. After eating our picnic at Rievaulx Abbey we decided to go back via Sutton Bank and check out a site nearby for Nightjar. We sat and waited at the site until about half ten and heard two Nightjar calling and Mick saw one in flight, a good find as you don't even have to get out of the car. Tawny owl also seen along with Woodcock and lots of bats flying around the car.
A few photos also from the past few days. This Red Admiral certainly took a fancy to our sons shoes at the back door. Think it must be all the salt on them! It spent ages flying back and forth to them in the sunshine.
Also a selection of Orchids and butterflies from Bishop Middleham quarry last weekend.