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 ...

Wheatears, Linnets and Autumn Gentians (2nd September 2017)

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The beautiful "Autumn Gentian" on Holme Park Fell (Hutton Roof) todayClick over to enlarge - see more belowWhilst heading out over Farleton to again check out some of the Autumn Gentians, it was pretty good with the birds and butterflies as well.  It started by having a flock of six Meadow Pipits fly past and I guess they were resting up on their migration, for today they just seemed like a local flock. All morning odd Mipits were taking up so I guess there would be plenty all in all.  Two really nice Linnet flocks 1@20 and 1@24 went past me in a West direction (not sure about these whether on the move or again resting up and local for the day movers), another large party 40 plus of Goldfinch feeding up on some spent Ragwort.  Could hear Curlews twice, high and could not find, but guess it is just about the right time for Cur...

Autumn Gentians are about one week away!

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Autumn Gentians will be superb in about one week from now (Click over to enlarge)Thursday 31st August 2017 - Farleton Fell and Holme Park Fell (Hutton Roof) all afternoonI went out purposefully to check on our mixed colours Autumn Gentians and checked out our main colony which we have on Farleton Fell and sure enough there were about 100 plus in the regular area. Only a couple were in flower and I reckon it will be about one week to ten days before the spectacle happens.I climbed over the newly erected style into Holme Park Fell to make my way around in a more circular route, so followed the main old quarry track back down. I could not believe my eyes to what I was about to see with hundreds and more than probable a thousand or more really good specimens of Autumn Gentian some even about 8" tall like the one in the above photograph.  I...

Has there been a shortage of Insect food this year – Swallows are leaving early!!

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Part of my Dalton Crags garden this morning (Click over to enlarge) see more at the bottom of the blogWell things seem to me to be so different this year compared to past years!  let me try and explain what I mean!Take for instance the Hirundines (both Swallow and House Martin (not sure of the status with the Sand Martins), the skies are almost deserted this year and so early on! the majority of the birds in our village have already up sticks and away yet in more recent years these same birds have not usually started to leave us until after the first week or so in September and maybe peaking around the 10th of the month, rarely the peak has gone as late as the 17th to the 21st of September. Usually in most years you do get the odd Swallow family that do have three broods but this year I am wondering if there is going to be any third br...

Fern check up and Lots of Mistle Thrushes etc (23rd August 2017)

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Scollie - "Ramosum" gets better every year (Click over to enlarge)Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - Dalton Crags, Ploverlands, Hutton Roof Common (1400hrs to 1800hrs)Keeping check with some of our old faithfuls and the Ramosum (asplenium scolopendrium var: Ramosum) seems to get better with age.  I can't be sure without checking the past years photos but it does look from this photo to have gained more "split ends".Whilst in the area of Ploverlands I wanted to check the area of were I had the Crispum a couple of years ago to see if anything was coming through again.  And also I could not find anymore Crispums I did find a lovely "undulatum" which was probably only a couple of metres away from the Crispum spot, so I was well pleased with this.  Obviously sori is represented on this specimen which brings it under the variety "undulat...

Swallows, Flying Ants, Black Nightshade etc

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"Flying Ants seen within the mortar joints of the plinth"Tuesday 22nd August 2017 - Vicarage Lane (or just off VLane eg: a bit of Slape! (Slape = Slippery) Burton In Kendal It was interesting to see these and I rushed back home for my camera.  I have seen plenty of Black Ants this year believe you me!  they have certainly not been the "best" of friends to our many orchids!  but this yesterday looked very interesting because you could actually see a sort of irridescent showing through their wing cases. Although it does not show in this photograph I did see one which was half the size again of these and I guess that could well have been a "queen ant" or lets put it this way I am sure it was the boss!I was on my way to see my friend Alec over in Dalton hamlet and thought I would photograph a few ferns here and there because...

Comma Butterfly, Orchis flowers and Orchid flowers.

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A beautiful Comma Butterfly in Low Lancelot (CWT) yesterday (Click over to enlarge)Yesterday Thursday 17th August 2017 - Lancelot Clark Storth (Hutton Roof) 1130hrs to 1530hrsHad a stroll up into Lancelot and checking out here and there.I did have a family party of what I am sure were either Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs which made themselves known with their regular "hou-whit" calls which came over to me from at least four separate locations. The skies also had three Buzzards circling very high but at the same time very noisy with their "mewing call". Bringing a spot of colour was the beautiful Comma butterfly which you can see in the photo above. Other than the Comma the only other butterflies seen were a well used Meadow Brown, a Peacock or two and several White butterflies.Whilst here I check out the well past their best "Birds Foot Sedge...