Thistle amaze you!Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Tuesday 29th June 1999
Also now in flower; Perennial Sow-thistle, a tall the Sow-thistle with flowerheads like extra-large dandelions.
A large showy Monkey Flower grows in marshy ground by a muddy farmtrack near the canal. I haven't seen this species in the valley before.
A female Mallard dives forcefully underwater, and seems to catch and swallow something. This produces an enthusaistic burst of copycat behaviour in the three young, which seem to make a game of it, emerging close to the others in a flurry of wings.
In the evening as we eat on the patio, we have two unusual sitings of water birds. First a Cormorant flies over the wood at about a thousand feet, circling around as if it was looking for landmarks, then heads back to the south west.
We hear the clear piping alarm of a Redshank then see it fly just above the rooftops, also heading south west. It's a new tick for our garden list.