On The Moors

There are a lot of different habitats close to where I live but one I don’t visit as often as I should are the moorlands. Whenever I visit I tend to come across something new and it was the same on a recent early morning outing.

The warblers have returned and virtually all the small trees had one singing away in full voice. These were willow warblers trying to attract a partner for the breeding season after having arrived back from sub-Saharan Africa where they spend the winter.


There were also lots of meadow pippits around, which although usually around all year may well have spent the winter at the coast or lower down the valleys.


The star of the show though was the skylark which I watched rise to the heights singing its song before diving back down into the heather. Luckily Iย watched where it landed but its incredible camouflage meant it took me a good few minutes to fix on it and take a picture.



  1. marlandphotos · May 6, 2017

    Great Collection!

  2. I’ve never actually seen a skylark!! How utterly delightful ๐Ÿ˜€ Lots of chiffchaffs around this year in the South East!

    • spugwash · May 19, 2017

      Only seen them before high in the sky so nice bonus.

      • I refer to birds that evade me as my nemesis too lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ Treecreepers outwit me all the time! I swear the little devils actual laugh at me as they disappear into the heights. I have a couple of good photos but it’s not like really getting to know the habits of a local bird and be able to watch it often! Hope you get to see the skylarks in the same area again ๐Ÿ™‚

        • spugwash · May 23, 2017

          Glad I’m not the only one who feels like that, but it keeps us going out to try

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