Thirty days Wild ~ Days 11-15. Yorkshire Dales Wildlife.

Hi there progress is continuing on the #30dayswild challenge. Half way through now! Some days are proving more difficult than others but I had the perfect excuse to connect with nature this weekend gone as we went camping in the Yorkshire Dales. The Campsite was located right next to the River Wharfe which is a haven for all sorts of wildlife especially birds and wild flowers. This might become a rather picture heavy post!

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Day Eleven ~ Bees on Lavender. This year my lavender plant seems to have recovered all its purple glory ( it didn’t look to good last summer) and the bees are loving it. This morning I enjoyed a quick brew in the back yard accompanied by the buzzing of happy bees. 🙂

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Day Twelve ~ Do you like Butter? . This was taken on a walk from the campsite to the nearby village of Burnsall. We pitched the tent and enjoyed a stroll along the river. Buttercups seemed to adorn many a meadow so I had to check whether I still liked butter. The golden reflection on my chin proves I do. Obviously. 🙂

Day Thirteen ~ Wharfe Wildlife. Today our walk to the Bolton Abbey estate passed through meadows and woods as well as a long the banks of the river Wharfe. I saw and heard so many different birds and unfortunately I couldn’t photograph them all. Black Caps in Strid Wood were one of the highlights but I didn’t manage to capture any. 😦 Kingfishers too were very camera shy, streaking by in a gleam of turquoise. We heard a cuckoo ( the first time I have listened to one in years) and also the call of lapwings and curlews. But here is what I did photograph. I may need some identification help with a few if any of you nature buffs can help? 🙂

Cute ducklings. :)
Cute ducklings. 🙂

Bugles and Buttercups.
Bugles and Buttercups.

Female Goosander.
Female Goosander.

Wild garlic.
Wild garlic.

A bedraggled looking Dipper...I think.
A bedraggled looking Dipper…I think.

Water Avens.
Water Avens.

Rabbit.
Rabbit.

Anyone have any ideas?
Anyone have any ideas?

Ox Eye Daisies.
Ox Eye Daisies.

A type of Cranesbill maybe?
A type of Cranesbill maybe?

Greylag Geese.
Greylag Geese.

Saw two of these Mandarin ducks.
Saw two of these Mandarin ducks.

A female pheasant....I think.
A female pheasant….I think.

Pretty yellow flower on the riverside. Any ideas?
Pretty yellow flower on the riverside. Any ideas?

Pied Wagtail.
Pied Wagtail.

Mistle Thrush.
Mistle Thrush.

Scented stocks I think.Loads of bunches of these beautiful garden escapes along the river.
Scented stocks I think.Loads of bunches of these beautiful garden escapes along the river.

Oystercatcher.
Oystercatcher.

Mallard in a tree?
Mallard in a tree?

A few of these birds and flowers I could not identify even with the help of my Collins Gem guide books so any help would be appreciated.

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Day Fourteen ~ Hug a tree. A-hem so here I am hugging a tree. I’m not sure if it was the most affectionate big old hug but I guess It made me feel giddily cheerful. 😛

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Day Fifteen ~Smell the Roses.. The Wild roses in the hedgerows smell gorgeous. I made sure I inhaled their sweet scent on my walk on day 15. What is your favourite wild flower scent?