Marsh Lousewort, Common Rockrose, Fly Orchid, Twayblade etc etc

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This was some of my garden today - Park Wood, Hutton Roof Village (Click over to enlarge)I like these open areas and always think they might be suitable for "Flycatchers" as well as RedstartsTuesday 23rd May 2017 - The Rakes and Park Wood - East Side of Hutton Roof 1200hrs to approx 1500hrs.The weather was lovely and sunny and warm, and it turned out just another cracking afternoon with plenty going on as usual.  I thought I would try and check out the two Redstarts I have not yet been able to confirm having returned.  But again today I have ended up drawing a blank or they are remaining stum!  I will be back again very soon.Just at the new development in Hutton Roof village there must have been no less than 30 House Martins hawking the local skies and ticking away as they do - such a pleasure to see so many all really enjoyi...

It’s time for Angular Solomon’s Seal and more

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This is how our Polygonatum Odoratum (Angular Solomon's Seal) looks today (Click over to enlarge)Monday 22nd May 2017 - Dalton Crags, Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) Most of the afternoonGarden Warbler bubbling away shortly after leaving Plain Quarry, Also had a new in Lesser Whitethroat arrive and singing away half way up "Hypericum Way" in lower Dalton Crags, also the Common Redstart was heard.  Heading up into Dalton deforested (upper section) a couple of Tree Pipits were seen and heard, and also our regular Cuckoo was calling from near the Lancelot boundary. But new today for me was the recent arrival of a Whitethroat which was singing away near the top close to the boundary wall with the Common. Spending over 30 minutes observing the bird good views were made.First I thought I would check out the Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder ...

It’s time for the Lily Of The Valley

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This is a photo I took from previous years (Click to enlarge)from Dalton CragsThursday 18th May 2017 - Swift Watch - Meet at Burton In Kendal Memorial Hall at 1900hrsEveryone WelcomeThursday 18th May 2017 - Clawthorpe Hall - approx 1500hrsTwo Swifts seen high above Clawthorpe HallWednesday 17th May 2017 - Dalton Crags - 1000hrs to 1115hrsFive grouped Redpoll flew from the Beech over towards Storth Woods "eruptive group flight calls".  I thought all birds would have been paired by now!  Also two Swifts hawking over the lower Crags. The Redstart still could not be heard so I presume this spot will be vacant this year. Tree Pipit usual place and display and calling. Blackcaps and Garden Warblers singing away along with Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.The Lily of the Valley should be making a good photo (for now this is last years pho...

A Bit of This, That and Tuther!

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Lovely balanced tables - everywhere! (Click over to enlarge)Sunday 14th May 2017 - Hutton Roof (East Side - Pathway 2) 1200hrs to 1500hrsOne of our regular Garden Warblers was recorded as being back and singing merrily away on the East Side above Kelker but on the Pathway No.2 (which runs to the East side of Mossy Stones).  Also checked out the 2nd population of Beech Fern we have on the East Side of Hutton Roof and this is doing well - all OK. Also checked out Pathway No.1 for the Kelker Redstart, but still no calling coming from its known place far down below! nem mind try again very soon I hope.I wrote the following stuff whilst on the hoof today because that's how my mood seemed to take me so it may be a little scrambled to you, but its all OK (don't worry! thank you)Looking up towards the squaking calls high in the sky, and the Cr...

Lovely BEECH FERNS etc etc

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Today's special garden (Mossy Stones = the nickname I gave this place) and home to "Sanicle" and also to Wood Melick GrassToday I checked out the East sides of Hutton Roof above Kelker and before the Rakes to try and ascertain if a regular Redstart had come back,  and also to check out a couple of Garden Warblers, a regular Yellowhammer and several Tree Pipits.  Well I must say I was a little disappointed because I had none of them calling at any of the regular spots. Although very thick with Chiffchaff (the two regulars) and lots of Willow Warblers.  I will try and cover the same ground in a week or so.Yet it was never too much because I did manage to see some regular Beech Ferns coming through which in themselves were spectacular! its a good population which I have had mapped out for a couple of years now and I would say th...

Getting ready for some Scollie Specials

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Yesterdays "beautiful garden" checking out flora specials (Click over to enlarge)Wednesday 10th May 2017 - Slape Lane and Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) 1300hrs to 1500hrs Recorded two Garden Warblers, also three Blackcaps and plenty of Bullfinch, a pair of Long Tailed Tits and the swiftest of Merlins.  Also a great day for butterflies with yet another Brimstone, Peacocks, Orange Tips, Speckled Woods.  I also traversed a area which could well have produced Small Pearl Fritillary but none for me today (reports of them being seen yesterday - much further South).New for the year flowers included Yellow Pimpernel.  Managed a great Birds Foot Sedge photo (Carex Ornithopoda)Birds Foot Sedge (Carex Ornithopoda) (Click over to enlarge)This photo is great because you can see the "Birds Foot Flowers"  check the next photo as wel...

Swifts have returned (5th May 2017)

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Swifts in Burton - with families at the Manor House, and the Royals from the old Royal Hotel, and another closebyfamily in Cockin Yard  (Click over sketch to enlarge)Friday 5th May 2017 - Regular checks for SWIFTS on Main Street, Burton in Kendal.1730hrs:  First arrivals with six Swifts hawking the skies above Main Street will have only just come back in within the last hours. Checked out at lunchtime and there were no birds in then.CUCKOO Had a couple of reports now, of the return of another Cuckoo being heard calling over the Park Wood/Rakes side of Hutton Roof.  (Now two pairs on Hutton Roof).Tonight Friday 5th May 2017 - Woodland Walk over at Park Wood for the Hutton Roof Village Community (arranged by Richard C)  1845hrs to 2100hrsRecorded three Garden Wablers (2 of the regular sites) also a couple of singing Blackc...

Common Redstarts have now arrived

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Common Redstart (Click over to enlarge)Tuesday 2nd May 2017 - Hutton Roof (Dalton, Lancelot, Burton, The Common - Reports via Robert Ashworth.I have now just heard (1500hrs from Robert Ashworth over in Kendal) who has just returned from Hutton Roof having seen two REDSTARTS singing males - One in upper Dalton and the other one at the top of Lancelot.  It all ties in maybe a day or two earlier than normal. Also more TREE PIPITS recorded in Lancelot and Burton Fell. Additional GARDEN WARBLERS two singing in Lancelot and one singing in Burton Fell.  His bonus today was...... OSPREY which flew down the valley heading to the west towards YealandsMust give another check over tomorrow of the West side REDSTART haunts for now here is that unmistakable call: (please click over arrow)I am also told that this little beauty will be showing wi...

"Entanglement of Bluebells" plus other things

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A very special Bluebell Wood on the Dalton Hall Estate (Click over to enlarge)This is what I call "A Entanglement of Bluebells" (Click over to enlarge)I decided to-day to check out another area of the Dalton Hall Estate (with permission) where I will normally get really good numbers of Common Redstart and Tree Pipits together with Garden Warblers, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.  I was lucky to record two GARDEN WARBLERS returned to their normal territories, but still waiting for the Redstarts and Pipits to arrive.  Whilst over there I just could not resist calling in to check out the fabulous BLUEBELL Woods and as usual never disappointed with the results. This is just a sample and the aroma which was fabulous!...

Garden Warblers have arrived!

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Garden Warbler (Sylvia borin)Thursday April 27th 2017 - Lower Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) and thereabouts 1400hrs to 1600hrs  "Bang On"Well I bet there was a large "fall" of the little beauties last night because I had one while walking along Slape Lane on my way out, then I was lucky enough not just to hear but to see as well at its usual site in Lower Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT), and if that was not enough I had the pleasure to hear a couple more on my way back on Vicarage Lane.  Also told Swifts are coming into the Country in their hundreds and will be with us soon!Garden Warbler arrivals past history at Hutton Roof are:4 on 27th April 2017, 2 on 23rd April 2016, 1 on 26th April 2015, 1 on 27th April 2014, 1 on 27th April 2013, 1 on  25th April 2012 and 6 on 22nd April 2011.  So from these accounts APRIL 27th seems a ...