FoxgloveWild West Yorkshire nature diary, Thursday 20th May 1999
THE FIRST FOXGLOVES are in flower on a sheltered, sunny section of the towpath, where the south-facing stone wall behind them provides extra warmth.
Lupins remind me of summer train journeys in the Scottish highlands. There was once a campaign to 'beautify' the highland railways by sowing lupins along the tracks. Passengers were encouraged to scatter lupin seeds from the trains.
A couple of Black-headed Gulls fly steadily into the wind at telegraph pole height, surveying the ruffled water of the canal beneath them. We see a tern, probably Common Tern which nests nearby, using the same technique.