A little further on and the much softer, almost feeble, call of a dunnock caught my attention..
The snowdrops are in full flower now and this bunch provided probably my best photograph on the day..
We drove over to Bolton Abbey for a river and woodland walk, the first few hundred yards straight into a blasting north easterly saw no photographs taken, hands even with gloves on were firmly stuffed into pockets!
Entering the sheltering woodland it warmed up enough for a shot up through the tall scots pines...
Sitting quietly in one of the shelters we had a few visitors..
This chaffinch joined us for a view down Wharfedale:-)
A cheerful robin refused to be ignored..
Blue, coal and great tit respectively..
Looking down from the elevated path I captured some of the power of the surging Wharfe as it squeezes through the Strid.
The walk was a bonus on a weekend when we didn't really expect to see any sunshine.
Monday was another day of a never ending winter, snow flurries and bright sunshine in equal measures, thankfully though the snow was very light. I drove over to Bolton Abbey again to take advantage of the free midweek parking on the estate, only a few weeks now and charges will apply!
Setting off further down river than the day before I soon found a willing model, a black headed gull in breeding plumage, lovely birds..
Just after this one of the "squalls" occurred...
It didn't last long though and soon the valley was bathed in bright sunshine again. I was on the lookout for dippers but the comical sight of a lovely eyed jackdaw doing a penguin impersonation just had to be photographed..
I didn't manage any dipper close ups but this shot does show the colours well, if you only see them briefly or in flight you don't see the lovely shades of brown.
I drove up to the edge of the moors for another short walk, the skies were just wonderful as I set out.
Crystal clear views and bright sunshine, a crisp dry path, what could go wrong? Well no wildlife to see and about twenty minutes later another flurry of snow and a sharp decrease in temperature saw me turn round and head back to the car!
A warming cup of coffee or two from my thermos cheered me up and I drove back near Silsden for a short walk by the canal. A lovely song thrush appeared fairly quickly...
And to cap off a bit of a bonus weekend, lapwings are back in good numbers in the fields..
A lot more time spent outdoors than I could have hoped for in these three days, maybe next weekend things will have warmed up a little...I may have a date with some barn owls!!