Wildlife Moments In 2019.

For me 2019 has been very much about experiencing wildlife with others. It’s the first year I have watched badgers go about their business from a guided RSPB badger hide and the first time I have been on a bat walk run by the Rivers Trust. I’ve also looked for ring ouzels in the Slaidburn fells with the RSPB and done this year’s bird and butterfly counts with my nephew, niece and sister. Family has joined me in all the above and it has been a joy watching wildlife with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sometimes I can be out and about with Wil and the dog and we will spy something special. Recently we saw a red squirrel at NT Acorn Bank, I have been hoping to see one since buying our caravan in Cumbria this year.

There have been a few rare moments when I’ve been completely alone and immersed myself in nature. Just spending three hours in the woodland near my Mum’s in Askham back in May was such a treat, I saw jays, woodpeckers, buzzards, a weasel and wildflowers galore.

In 2019 I witnessed my first badgers ( I’m definitely not counting the squashed ones I’ve seen on the roadside), my first humming bird hawk moth, my first Crossbill, my first ring ouzels and my first slow worm!

I am not always able to get photos though, so it was very special when I managed to snap the barn owl that visits my sister’s croft, be it through a pane of glass. Below are some of the wildlife I have captured on camera..

Peacock Butterfly, Shap, Cumbria.
Harebells, Burnsall, Yorkshire Dales.
Badger, RSPB Haweswater, Cumbria.
Mandarin Duck, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales.
Wild Garlic, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
Greenfinch, Mum’s Garden, Cumbria.
Sundew, Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales.
Crossbill, Aitken Wood, Lancashire.
Common Blue Butterfly, Clitheroe, Lancashire.
Vipers Bugloss, Ullswater, Cumbria.
Green Hairstreak Butterfly, Slaidburn, Lancashire.
Sea Pinks, St Bees Head, Cumbria.
Barn Owl, Cowark, Lancashire.
Scarce Chaser, NT Berrington Hall, Herefordshire.
Hoar Frost, Edenhall, Cumbria.
Stone Chat, St Bees Head, Cumbria.
Red Squirrel, NT Acorn Bank, Cumbria.
Stitchwort, Askham, Cumbria.
Kingfisher, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales.
Slow Worm, Foulshaw Moss, Cumbria.

What have been your own favourite wildlife moments of 2019?


33 thoughts on “Wildlife Moments In 2019.”

  1. What a wonderful collection of photos. I have never seen a Crossbill it is a bird I would love to see, their bill always looks amazing in pictures but to see it in real life would be a treat. My best wildlife moments have been when we were out on events with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust this year, we have been dragonfly counting, butterfly monitoring and wild flower identification every time we saw some amazing wildlife and went to some new to us places with some really interesting people, all for free!

    1. The events with the Wildlife Trust and RSPB are such a good idea. I cannot believe I hadnt been on any until this year. You get to see so much wonderful wildlife. X

  2. Lovely pictures as always ๐Ÿ˜Š. Recently Iโ€™ve had a couple of deer bedding down in my back yard. I usually see them out the window, down in the valley. But this is new. And isnโ€™t it always the case that when you see something photo worthy , the camera is in the house ๐Ÿ˜ฉ.

  3. Goodness me you have some stunning images. My favourite has to be the kingfisher, they usually just move to fast. I think my best wildlife memory sounds a bit mundane, but we have a pheasant that visits the garden daily for bird seed. So good to have saved him from the shoot!

    1. Oh well there are tons of wildlife i would love to see, and capture on camera if possible. Not yet managed to photograph a weasel, hare or tree creeper. Still not even seen a hawfinch, black cap or adder. They are all on my list for next year for sure. Xx

  4. What a great range of wildlife you’ve captured, I love the peacock butterfly, the mandarin duck and the viper’s bugloss flowers, the deep blue colour is stunning ๐Ÿ™‚

    When I was cleaning up at the boss’s house a couple of weeks ago I looked out of the kitchen window and saw a herd of six deer in the field behind. They were grazing and slowly making their way down and across the field, eventually joined by a young stag. Of course that was one time when I didn’t have my camera with me! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    1. Thanks Eunice. ๐Ÿ˜ The deer must have been a stunning sight. They always take my breath away and seeing a stag too, definitely a special moment. I’m a bit annoyed with myself at mo as we are away over Christmas and I forgot my camera! I still have my phone camera , but it doesn’t have a zoom so no good for wildlife pics. Oh well! Xx

  5. It’s not just about the photos, but living life to the full, isn’t it? So glad you could find some time for yourself. I’d love to see badgers! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you every happiness in 2020!

    1. I saw the badger on an RSPB organized badger watch, otherwise I don’t think I would have seen one. They are very nocturnal. Hummingbird Hawkmoths are so unusual, they really do look like hummingbirds! X

      1. I saw one and was transfixed then the same day I read a blog that someone I follow had written about them. I will be looking out for them again this year. My partner saw a badger the other night but I havent been so fortunate yet.

      2. I bet you have quite a few badgers where you live….bet you will see one this year. 2019 was my first ever hummingbird hawkmoth sighting. I actually saw one in the UK and one when I visited Amsterdam, it was just hovering round a hanging basket on a canal bridge.๐Ÿ˜

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