July 14th- siskins, crossbills and swift diary

Jonathan Pomroy

We have a constant flock of siskins in the back gardens of our road still. They are very discrete. Occasionally a male bursts into song and performs a display flight, but generally they feed very quietly. They use their agility to hang from the leaves to feed on the aphids that hide underneath. I predict that later in the winter gardens will see plenty of siskins as natural food becomes scarce.

We had a lovely walk on the moors near Helmsley this morning. It was cold for July, but the visibility was as good as I have seen it. The Dales were so clear to our west as were Yorkshire Wolds over to the south east. The moors have a hint of purple now, mainly from the earlier flowering bell heather, though the really extensive purple of ling heather is yet to come. We heard a few crossbills and saw…

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