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September 2005

3rd, Pen-y-Ghent - Climbed this distinctively shaped hill with my father today on what was a fine last summer/early autumn day in this beautiful and dramatic corner of Yorkshire. We had climbed Ingleborough earlier in the year and it now just leaves Whernside to complete the Yorkshire trinity of hills. Nature wise a few Ravens and Wheatears were the highlights though it was the aforementioned landscape which stole the show, the towering lumps of rock, bare stone and rivers being very different from the more gentle and pastoral landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds!

18th - A good walk around the Warter area, the walk beginning from near the top of Great Dugdale and heading down to the attractive village of Warter with its distinctive spired church via the footpath. The wildflowers and crops along the path hosted a decent variety of butterflies, including the likes of Ringlets and Meadow Browns, though colour was provided by a few Red Admirals and at least a couple of Commas. After reaching the village we headed up the road to our starting location, taking in time to enjoy the late summer countryside which is currently dominated by the golden stubble fields.

22nd - Eleven Goldfinches observed at the feeding station today. Meanwhile a Comma butterfly was seen sunning itself on the Hawthorn.

24th - The Swallows appear to have left for the summer.

28th - The elderberry crop this year is very healthy indeed, as the photo below demonstrates. We must really try making some elderberry wine one of these days.