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...

Crispum, Montanums and finish of Orchids (12th Aug 2017)

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Friday 11th August 2017 - Dalton Crags 0900hrs to 1030hrsDecided to check out the Crags and I wanted to check a lovely "scollie" which I thought may have turned out to be a "Crispum" but no it was not to be, as you can see with these photos which clearly show the "sori" on the rear of the frond. A lovely Scollie which looked like it may have been a "Crispum" in the makingCheck next photo which clearly shows Sori on the rear of the frond."Sori" showing on the rear of the frond (Click over to enlarge)Superb heads on our (new to me) rare Montanum's (Hypericum Montanum - Pale St. John's Wort) which are going over.  This year has been good with a total for Hutton Roof of 18 plants over three separate sites. Here is a photo showing the flowerhead.The rare Hypericum Montanum nestling away in the Lower Dalton Crags (Click over to enlarge)...

Graylings, Warblers and lots of Orchids (6th Aug 2017

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Looking back to last Friday, on my way up to the orchid fields (fell), I had a large roving party of birds all flitting across my path and included many small Warblers (Willow Warblers/Chiffchaffs) which again made up "a confusion of Warblers" but not only warblers but also lots and lots of various tits and also a considerable amount of Chaffinch. I wonder if these were the same party I witnessed a week ago!Also over the week I have had lots of screaming Jays, I think they may have been young birds, but just sounded like something being "throttled".  Also on the Fell itself several young Green Woodpeckers, I can see why they hang about on the fell with all those juicy ants everywhere!Butterflies included Meadow Browns, Red Admirals, Green Veined Whites and lots and lots of the beautiful Graylings.  I must have seen hundreds of Gra...

Its time for Purpurea varieties in our Broad Leaved Helleborines etc

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Wednesday 2nd August 2017 - Swift Numbers over the past few daysDifficult to tell whether or not any Swifts have gone back yet but these have been the aerial counts at Burton In Kendal over the past few nights: Checking out the Swifts down Main Street - Wed 2nd August 2017 - 2030hrs11 birds in total recorded. One entry into front of Royal Cottage when going past on return one leaving Royal Cottage and quickly followed by another entering. A established site already recorded.Checking out the Swifts down Main Street - Tues 1st August 2017 2030hrs28 birds (minimum) hawking the skies between Memorial Hall and Manor HouseChecking out the Swifts down Main Street - Mon 31st July 2017 2015hrs24 birds hawking the skies mainly over Neddy Hill, Royal and Manor areasChecking out the Swifts down Main Street - Sun 30th July 2017 2040hrs34 birds main...

A Confusion of Willow Warblers and lots of ferns and orchids

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Saturday 29th July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1000hrs to 1600hrs"A Confusion of Willow Warblers"WILLOW WARBLERS – COLLECTIVESFlying in the dark through a moonlit sky,Falling from high like little angels,Floating down on a wavering leaf,The “confusion” has now begun.Our dear little Willow WarblerDaytime closed you was not seen,Whilst morning wakes your plenty,So tred so soft our leaf explorer,A “bouquet” of special prize to us,Our dear little Willow WarblerYour music is a descending tale,Which finish the year hou whit,A choir of pairs sings thy will,A “Fall” would be a lot of thee,Our dear little Willow WarblerSylvia’s hand of lucid intricacyYou thread that weave so delicately,To house and raise a splendid cast,It’s a start to a “Wrench” fulfilledOur dear little Willow Warbler10th April 2015 This morning I must have been i...

Lempet 55 no longer with us plus other Orchids

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Tuesday 25th July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1000hrs to 1200hrsMapped all the Broad Leaved Helleborines along the escarpment areas 23 in total of which 9 are inactive through predation and 14 are active within flower and bud or bud only.It is like playing Russian roulette some days going up on this particular part of Hutton Roof not knowing just what to expect and at times it just a question of waiting your turn!  let me try and explain. Today it must have been my turn or should I say the turn of our splendid specimen No.55, I went to check on the second most precious of "lempets" which is No.55 - dark green stem and stands at 20" in height and has 40 flowers (remember our most prestige No.66 (green stem fell victim of "rust" which attached the rootstock some 3 weeks earlier).  Well this time with 55 which is also a close by specimen of 6...

Variagated Helleborine and Other great Orchids etc

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Saturday 22nd July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1500hrs to 1700hrsThis boulder in front of you just is something special!! read on (Click over to enlarge)To say I have been going past this boulder within yards for 3 or 4 years at least and almost on a daily basis during the "Orchid" season.  I have never noticed before.  It has Ash, Hawthorn and Gorse growing from it and they are quite well established eg: 4 to 5 ft high.  Also it has a good covering of mosses and ferns growing at its base. So what a very accommodating boulder which is without doubt bringing everything to life! I will salute to it on passing in the future.....Gosh looking at this photo I guess it looks spooky!  well just for the record it is...The only birds I had calling to day were several young "Green Woodpeckers" they seemed to be everywhere and so noisy! some...

Birdies, Butterflies and Orchids (17th July 2017)

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Monday 17th July 2017 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1200hrsThe weather was again beautiful and I trotted out of the sunny light filled fields and into the darkest but yet wonderful of woodland with lots of little shadows of unidentified birds flitting from one tree to another but did not give away their identity by their calls, because this morning the calls were absent and they remained silent. I had only been under the canopy for some 20 or 30 yards in when I could see lots of feathers on the floor and instantly I recognised a couple of Jay feathers, you probably know the one I mean that beautiful light blue and black (shown below) and lots more primary and secondary feathers as well.  I was then stood there trying to work out what on earth was the predator, I gave thought to Peregrine, Buzzard but the most likely would have been the larg...

First Broad Leaved Helleborine of the Year (16th July 2017)

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Sunday 16th July 2017 - Hutton Roof 1000hrs to 1400hrsFor the last few days its been Green Woodpecker (yaffle!), Green Woodpecker (yaffle!) and Green Woodpecker (yaffle!), wherever I seem to have gone the "undulating flying" chappie has never been far away giving it all.  I think there must be plenty of young birds about this year (a good year), but no problem because we have loads and loads of ants (yellow ones) ready for you!Odd calls (very quiet and subdued) of hou-whit, hou-whit will have come from either the Willow Warbler or its cousin the Chiffchaff. Lots of Butterflies today with Small Skippers (several), Small Heaths (several), Ringlets (lots and lots) Meadow Browns (several) Speckled Wood (one), Dark Green Fritillary (two), Graylings (lots)  - they (the Graylings) still do it! land and then after a split second fall...

A Scollie "Crispum" and a whole lot of Hypericums (14th July 2017)

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And this is the "special one" a Scollie "Crispum" which I only found in late 2016 (Click over to enlarge)I decided today to have a change from orchids since it is quickly coming to a end with the Atrorubens! and a little window before all the hard work really starts, trying to work out things of what has been going on with the many varieties and hybrids etc.  And I would suspect and it will be at least ten days before our "helleborines" are in flower and then I will be up studying both the "Purpurea" and the "Chorantha's".  The helleborines are just at the point of starting to straighten out. Although I have been looking at photos of helleborines from down South in full flower from about a week ago, so you can see that ours are at least three weeks later (and that does not say that ours are late it will be right on cue for us).So ...