Summer weekend in the field
On Saturday I visited a site in the Yorkshire Dales where a pair of Peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) have been nesting, although the chicks had fledged the adults were both still present and from a great height I was able to watch them perched, and flying from a steep cliff. Also of interest on the day was the sighting of a Stoat (Mustela erminea), as it ran across the path in front of me and into a drystone wall, as well as a Buzzard (Buteo buteo) passing high above. On Sunday, Carl came over for a bit of herping, and we set off early to the coast. In quite sunny weather we could find only two Sand lizards (Lacerta agilis) which weren’t photographed, and beneath some rubbish, a Smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) and a Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita). Later in the afternoon in more cloudy weather we saw three female Adders (Vipera berus) at my regular spot.