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It’s time for the Lily Of The Valley




This is a photo I took from previous years (Click to enlarge)
from Dalton Crags

Thursday 18th May 2017 - Swift Watch - Meet at Burton In Kendal Memorial Hall at 1900hrs
Everyone Welcome

Thursday 18th May 2017 - Clawthorpe Hall - approx 1500hrs

Two Swifts seen high above Clawthorpe Hall


Wednesday 17th May 2017 - Dalton Crags - 1000hrs to 1115hrs

Five 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 photo), also I checked out two of the regular spots for the Angular Solomon's Seal and there doing fine (just two flowers at the moment.)

Also Wednesday 17th May 2017 - Robert Ashworth has kindly sent in the following records for today on Dalton, Lancelot and Burton Fell and also The Common

Cuckoo Evidence of 3 birds today from both Dalton Crags and Burton Fell/Lancelot (photos to add very soon).  Common Redstart - 3 birds singing today from Upper Dalton Crags, Park Wood side also and another in Lower Dalton (I will have to check with Robert because this could well be the bird I have been waiting for!).  Whitethroats - Males heard singing at three separate places. One upper Dalton deforested (the most showy), one in lower deforested, and one in open woodland near Hypericum Way (The Bonk!).
Also Robert had Dingy Skipper butterfliy on Burton Fell.  Also Fly Orchids out at NE of Trig, also in Lancelot, Burton Fell.  (Thanks Robert for these records) Here are Robert's photos:


Male bird in Dalton deforested 
Photo: Kindly shared by Robert Ashworth (Kendal)



Female bird (note the brown in the neck area) in Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) deforested 
Photo: Kindly shared by Robert Ashworth (Kendal)


Field Vole seen on "The Common" today NE of the Trig
Photo: Kindly shared by Robert Ashworth (Kendal)