There was plenty to catch up when we returned from Scotland, not least the peregrine falcon project where I do some volunteering, run in a partnership between the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the RSPB it is very successful both in the numbers of peregrines that have fledged at Malham and the huge numbers of visitors who have been able to see them.
The only downside (literally!) when volunteering is the necessity to remain at the viewpoint near the foot of the Cove to meet visitors and help them see the birds and provide information. We decided to have a day up there to enjoy the view from the top and see how the birds were progressing, approximately 400 stone steps provide the necessary elevation and a bit of careful footwork gets you across the limestone pavement and as near the edge as you deem sensible!
Adult peregrine having a rest
Near a wooded area a little owl was enjoying the sunshine
One sunny day I am by the river Wharfe and looking for dippers, that was easy!
Common sandpiper by the river
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Footnote....the three peregrine chicks are all now flying and looking well, great news