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Snippets of Wealth (June 2018)

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Friday 1st June 2018 - Lancelot Clark Storth 1200hrs to 1600hrs

Needed 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 of 6" diameter and nothing at all elsewhere!

All afternoon I could hear distant rumbles of thunder  FINISHED OFF DASHING OUT TO THE COMMON ON HUTTON ROOF CHECKING OUT ORCHIDS!! COME BACK LATER TODAY

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SNIPPETS OF WEALTH 3

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Wednesday 9th May 2018 - Hutton Roof 0900hrs to 1100hrs

A 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 coppicing has taken place in small woodland and Beech woodland on my way up.  Had calling Bullfinch from 3 different areas. And 3 Willow Warblers, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff x1, Nuthatch, Song Thrush, I startled a Buzzard, I had a Roebuck barking at me (getting used to that now!!), took photos of several "varieties" of EPO and found a small population of 6 clumps of Birds Foot Sedge (Carex Ornithopodia). All been gps recorded and put down in the notebook for future reference. 

Birds Foot Sedge (cared ornithopodia)
Early Purple Orchid

Limestone Fern starting out!


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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 1300hrs

Green 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 2018

Early Purple Orchid - light variety

Early Purple Orchid - Albino variety

Green Winged Orchid (light variety)

Green Winged Orchid (light variety with normal in the background)
Another light phase Green Winged with normals

Green Winged Orchid (light phase)

A nice little patch of Green Winged Orchids

Another light phase Green Winged Orchid
Another light phase Green Winged Orchid

Ordinary Green Winged Orchid

Green Winged Orchid (dark phase)

Nearby woodlands carpetted with Ramsons


Silverdale Cove

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Snippets of Wealth 2

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Tuesday 3rd April 2018 - Dalton Crags 0900hrs



And 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 for some 50 yards or more! you notice the commotion and hey presto, your count is made!

Seriously it was so quiet but did have the Thrushes high on song! both Song and Mistles and also a yaffling woodpecker and that was about it!

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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.












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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 2018

Gil 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 2018

Reg 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 Park

March 2nd 2018

(0840hrs)  I had a party of 8 Lapwings in the very small field next to the bridge and opposite the old Station Pub (now rebuilt) which lies below the Canal.

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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)
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 Brown Hare (Copyright Ron Blackburn)
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 Female Teal in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)
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Male Teal in Flight (Copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us


 Male Wigeon in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)
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Male Wigeon in flight (copyright Ron Blackburn)
Thanks to Ron for kindly sharing with us

There will be lots more of Ron's photos over the coming days, so please come back soon.

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Hutton Roof Catch Ups (bits and pieces)

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Friday 16th February 2018 - Dalton Crags to Hutton Roof Common Trig Point

Nice 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 higher up in Dalton Crags (deforested), it is always the very first Skylark back and was singing away marking her territory, also another one was noticed near by.  Although the song was good it was patchy and intermittent, I think perhaps it needs to warm up a bit before you will get the full monty!

Just on cue I also had two Meadow Pipits crossed my path and continuously calling with their "psst psst" calls, I watched them come in and watched them all the way out to the North West, so to me it seemed clear they were on their migration.

It was rather sad not to see lots of Thrushes like you would normally see at this time of year in lower Dalton, it just seemed devoid of Thrushes other than a occasional Blackbird.

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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".