Snippets of Wealth (August 2018)

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Tuesday and Wednesday mornings August 7th and 8th 2018 - Holme Stinted Pastures and Holme Park Fell. "Red Kite and Willow Warblers" In fairness, I guess I earnt my soaking this morning, it came just as we arrived at the high point on the Holme Park Fell. My purpose was twofold, first I wanted to check out any possible migrants on the move and Holme Stinted Pastures and Holme Park Fell is a very good place especially for small warblers and then any Wheatears or Whinchats passing through. It was not disappointing with a few Willow Warblers present over the last two mornings, some which you struggled to even get a contact call, but one particular bird that was in quiet song mode and repeatedly would do a full line of its song. There is no way of telling whether these are late resident birds, but I would have expected them to be visitors just...

Snippets Of Wealth (July 2018)

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Monday 2nd July 2018 - Hutton Roof checking out orchids with photos etc 0900hrs to 1100hrsPlenty of nice butterflies on show today whilst on the Fells including lots of the larger Dark Green Fritillaries, Grayling, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths, and Speckled Woods whilst on way up through the Woodland areas.Again sweltering up there and the heat is bouncing back off the limestone, but did a simple check out of the regulars at 33,55,15, all escarpment specimens etc and here are some of the photos today:This is yet another of newly found Specimen 55 - A1 (light form)(Click over photo to enlarge)If you were to take out the red boss colours you would think thatyou had yet another rare "Albiflora" with inner transparencies showing.Maybe it's strange that "albiflora" lives only 8 yards away from this plantSpecimen 55 A (Click ov...

Snippets of Wealth (June 2018)

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Friday 1st June 2018 - Lancelot Clark Storth 1200hrs to 1600hrsNeeded to survey this area for the long lost "Fly Orchids".  I must have done it before a hundred times, but just thought with this year being a really good year that maybe!It turned out OK because I wanted to try and get a photo of the underwing of the Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterfly which I did manage to do, although every photo looks very bright.  But I do need this photo to compile a recognition page of distinguishing marks etc between the rare Pearl Bordered and the far more common Small Pearl Bordered.  There are Small Pearl Bordered all over the place at the moment.  I really love this beautifully marked creature it is so special.  I will put a photo on here later today.Also managed to record a new spot for the "Flea Sedge" just a clump ...

SNIPPETS OF WEALTH 3

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Wednesday 9th May 2018 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1100hrsA very special Early Purple Orchid - Light phase with a bonus of dewdrops (Click over to enlarge)Checking out one particular area of Hutton Roof for varieties from the Early Purple Orchids, and although I did find one or two, sadly the wind was far too strong and 90% of my photos are a bit blurred, but over the next few days I should pick a few up.  The one above I like it is a beauty with a "pink wash" over white. Can't say I have ever had that one before. Just has I parked up this morning I noticed the "domestic" Angular Solomon's Seal was fully out and when you think the wild or true version is only a shoot of about 2".Angular Solomon's (domestic version)Angular Solomon's Seal (proper stuff!)But what a contrast when you see the difference of growth between the two. Lots of ...
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Gait Barrows and The Lots – Silverdale – Tuesday 8th May 2018

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Tuesday 8th May 2018 - Gait Barrows and The Lots - Silverdale 1100hrs to 1300hrsGreen Winged Orchids on the Lots at Silverdale (Click over to enlarge)Wanted to check out the progress of the Lady's Slipper Orchid for a friend so below are some photos from todays exploits.  Also it gave me chance to check out the Green Winged Orchids and Early Purples on The Lots at Silverdale. A great turn out with one or two variants. All the above photos are showing the progress of the Ladys Slipper Orchid as at 8th May 2018 (Click over to enlarge if required.And all the photos below are Early Purple Orchids or Green Winged Orchids and their varieties taken from on the Lot on Silverdale on 8th May 2018Early Purple Orchid - light varietyEarly Purple Orchid - Albino varietyGreen Winged Orchid (light variety)Green Winged Orchid (light variety with n...

Snippets of Wealth 2

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Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - Dalton Crags 0900hrsAnd yes it is still rainng (on and off), but today I noticed it was a lot warmer especially with not having that chilling wind biting through! I had little in the way of actual migration - just one Meadow Pipit over one and a half hours and the only way I noticed that was that my faithful watch out saw it first and went on the chase to escort it out of his own established territory!Watching made me think about it, it's what I suppose could be called "lazy birding" just position yourself very close (100 yards or so) from a already territorial established pair of Mipits and they will do all the work for you. Example any approaching Meadow Pipits will be early spotted by the already established pair and the male will climb up quickly and readily escort the bird or birds through its territory fo...
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A warm up with SPECIAL EARLY PURPLE ORCHIDS from years past….

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Sorry about the quality of photo but here we have some of my Early Purple Orchid photos which were taken on Hutton Roof and from within a area of  approx 50 linear yards x 20 yards wide and would you believe approx 50 yards only from the main Epipactis hybrid and variant arena....

Snippets of Wealth

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I have had several reports during the past few days of birds either held up or on the move because of adverse weathers.February 28th 2018Gil and Graham on the corner of Vicarage Close have been visited yet again by the Blackcap (around the 20th) which could possibly have overwintered.  They have also had a gang of Fieldfare enjoying stripping the berries on the Holly Tree (28th Feb)March 1st 2018Reg and May on Morewood Drive had a visit of both a single Fieldfare and a Yellowhammer at the same time.  They have been getting up to six Yellowhammers on a regular basis.Also a record has been given of a party of "Tewits" (Lapwings) have been seen on the freshly manured fields just behind the Dalton Business Centre.Another report today of at least 100 Fieldfare present in Curwen Wood ParkMarch 2nd 2018(0840hrs)  I had a party of 8 ...
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More of Ron Blackburn’s Superb Local photos (Please note all photos copyright)

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 Black Tailed Godwit (Copyright Ron Blackburn)Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us Brown Hare (Copyright Ron Blackburn)Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us Female Teal in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)Thanks Ron for sharing with usMale Teal in Flight (Copyright Ron Blackburn)Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us Male Wigeon in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with usMale Wigeon in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with usThere will be lots more of Ron's photos over the coming days, so please come back soon....

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.