On Thursday – A presentation called CELEBRATING OUR SWIFTS by Tanya and Edmund Hoare (Sedbergh)

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Please come along to this very special presentation by the local Swift enthusiasts who are also National Swift experts - you will enjoy it.

Hutton Roof Catch Ups (bits and pieces)

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Friday 16th February 2018 - Dalton Crags to Hutton Roof Common Trig PointNice and Sunny and bitterly cold, but such a joy to get out and check things out.  My initial thoughts were to wonder if the Great Grey Shrike had made an appearance, its quite obvious odd ones are now being seen throughout the Country at various Shrike haunts, yet ours (when and if he/she arrives) is pretty good at choosing about the 4th of March as a regular return date. First thing that caught my eye was down in lower Dalton Crags when I was watching a Green Woodpecker for some twenty minutes whilst it was examining a nearby tree, he seemed to go around the back of the tree in the opposite direction to me, so at sometime in the next few days I will need to check out the tree to see if there are any holes etc.Oh! just the ticket! to hear "Sky" singing away ...

Tanya and Edmund Hoare present "Celebrating Our Swifts" at Burton Memorial Hall on Thursday 22nd February at 1930hrs.

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Please come along and enjoy a lovely presentation kindly given by Tanya and Edmund Hoare called "Celebrating Our Swifts".  Tanya and Edmund hail from Sedbergh and are experts on "Swifts".

GOA here we come!

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Black Shouldered Kite (Click over to enlarge)I took this photo in GOA (inside) back in 2009(Photo: B. Yorke)It will be great to get back down to GOA for the 14th time to check out some of the fabulous birds.  There are hundreds of different birds in the state of Goa with over 2,000 different birds in India. For the birder turning every corner holds a surprise.Every visit to Goa for me just has to include a visit to see one of India's largest and oldest "Banyan Trees" (some actually says its India's oldest!) which lies within the jungle towards the North of Aramble just after leaving the freshwater lake which at the top corner (entry) shows its banks stained with yellow sulphur. Over the years and on my way up to the Banyan tree I have seen all sorts of spectacular birds, some of which I just have not been able to identify, but one in p...
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Bird Migrations over Dalton Crags and Hutton Roof – PRESENTATION AT BURTON MEMORIAL HALL

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________________________________________________________________I have been invited to do a presentation at the local village hall on Thursday 25th January which I am looking forward to, and hope to include photos of the majority of birds that frequent or migrate over Hutton Roof.  I will do special notes for the rare GREAT GREY SHRIKE and its prey, together with other birds like our GREEN WOODPECKERS, MARSH TITS, YELLOWHAMMERS and occasional sightings of CROSSBILLS AND HAWFINCHES.  I will also include several of my funny sketches together with local maps that I have produced showing the directions of migration.  We will I hope also do bird calls with some pre- recorded and some "by natural means" (manually !!) on the night - that of course depends on if the voice holds out and there is a "jug of water" on the table for lubri...

Crossbills flying over Hutton Roof plus!

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Yes it's been like this for many a day now!  new tarns springing up everywhereIt was great to hear from Robert in Kendal who informed me that he had a party of 10 Crossbills crossing SE over the Hutton Roof Common on 6th November 2017.Still not had any reports of the Shrike this year, but you never know he can turn up late! Yet after saying that his favourite day of arrival (with at least 3 visits over the past 10 years has been the "4th November")Besides reading lots of more up to date books, occasionally I love to go back on the old MIGRATION OF BIRDS by Charles Dixon published way back in 1897 and it is always interesting although perhaps much dated, to read what went on well over a century ago and here is just one small extract from that very book. (with follow on extracts to appear soon)"The Perils of Migration" (Chapter VIII) fro...

2017 Autumn Visible Bird Migration Daily Records over Hutton Roof and Burton In Kendal

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Just a little sketch showing the directions of migration over Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)IF YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT HISTORIC RECORDS PLEASE CLICK OVER THE FOLLOWING LINKS:VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2009VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2014VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2015VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 2016VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION RECORDS - AUTUMN 20172017 - Almost Daily Records below:-Monday 18th September 2017 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0645hrs to 0745hrs and later Top of Clawthorpe Rd (apex) Nr. Whinn Yeates, Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 0930hrs. Winds North 6-7mph, 7c, 78% Cloud, 1019mb pressureReally quiet today with very little moving, probably because of the pressure with the winds moving complete around and eventually to take on Southerly directions ready for tomorrow. A couple of unrecogn...

Whinchats and Aculeatums on Holme Park Fell

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Todays garden was Holme Park Fell checking out almost everything I could Tuesday 12th September 2017 - Holme Park Fell, (Hutton Roof Complex) 0800hrs to 1200hrsMy mission today was to go and find "Polystitchum" ferns notably the "Aculeatum" (Hard Shield Ferns), but not the straightforward ones but specimens which came under the heading of variety.  The weather was OK one moment, and before long a terrific downpour and wasn't I thankful for my little umbrella. On my way going through the Holme Stinted Pastures I could hear a couple of Willow Warblers along with lots of other mixed calls from several others of the commoner species. My highlight came shortly after ascending up on the Fell with three Whinchat posing on the uppermost branch of one of the sparse larger trees that you find on the fell. The wind was quite strong as well a...

Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs and Stonechats

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My beautiful garden this morning with Willow Warblers and Stonechats (Click over to enlarge) also more photos belowMonday 4th September 2017 - Holme Park Fell 0930hrs to 1100hrsI am not too sure of the name of the area, but it is sort of NW and across from Rawley Copse towards the bottom of the Holme Park Fell area.  It's a lovely area which I have walked through many times and its always crossed my mind as the perfect bird gathering area and this morning it was exactly that.I listened and watched for over a hour or so and viewed no less than ten (but I do think there were lots more tucked away in the bushes) Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs hopping from tree to tree with some of the birds that beautiful yellow/greeny colour.  And beside these I also heard many more in the surrounding areas giving it the "hou whit" calls.  I also ...