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.

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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