Saturday, 28 August 2010

Hutton Roof - Visible Bird Migration - Sat Aug 28th 2010.

Sat 28th August 2010
Heavy Showers intermittent.
Wind: NW 8-10 mph.

Although I dont expect to start vis-migging proper until around the middle of September. Today was the National Big Vis Mig weekend, so I decided to do a short count up at Hutton Roof.

It was quite early when I had two small waders come in fast from the East heading SW. I am 90% sure they where Knot. About 0800hrs I had 3 Comic Terns again heading out West, and one Common Snipe heading out SW.

Other stuff this morning was:
Chaffinch 19 (mainly South but 4E)
Goldfinch: 20 (2SE all others W)
Linnet: 3W
Reed Bunting: 1S
Meadow Pipit 5SE and also 20 blogging on Farleton Side.
Greenfinch: 2W
Swallow: 68 (best party 20) mainly going out SE
Comic Tern: 3W
Common Snipe: 1SW
Wader species possible Knot 2W.
Raven 4SE probably local
Buzzard 2S probably local
Woodpigeon 4W probably local
Mistle Thrush: 2 probably local.

(also in conversation with "local keepers wife": She said here husband had seen in recent times up to 20 Yellowhammers coming out of mixed crop planted area (put purposely for pheasant rough)in the Clawthorpe area - Hutton Roof side.) they are very well up on their birding id's...)

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Carnforth - Thursday August 26th 2010 & Rydal & Grasmere 25th August 2010.

A lovely sunny day and decided to have a hour or so look around Carnforth to see if any new species where about and was not disappointed!

Butterflies: plenty of Speckled Woods, one male Common Blue, one female Common Blue and one Meadow Brown.

Flora: New to my Carnf0rth list: Gypsywort, Bush Vetch, many Seeded Goosefoot, Bladder Campion, Prickly Sow Thistle, Redshank, Field Scabious, Fairy Flax, Red Cliver, Perforated St. John's Wort, Red Bartsia, Stinging Nettle, Great Willowherb, Rosebay Willowherb, Broad Leaved Willowherb, Ragwort, Silverweed, Pineapple Mayweed, Eyebright, Lesser Trefoil, Hedge Woundwort, Bramble, Hogweed and Common Fumitory.

Also pleased to see again: Birtdsfoot Trefoil, Weld, Yarrow, Harebell, Common Centuary, Teasel, Ox Eye Daisy, Ladys Mantle, Self Heal and Scarlet Pimpernel.

Lots of blogs to try and catch up on.... please keep checking.. Dont forget the best way to look at the photos is to click over them once to enlarge and when loaded, click over them again to supersize.

Photo: top left: Gypsywort, top right: Close up of fresh Teasel, and bottom centre: Green Insects on a Field Scabious Stem.

GRASMERE, RYDAL, RYDAL MOUNT, WHITEMOSS - yesterday Wednesday August 25th 2010.

Weather was dull and grey for most of the time, but was OK and did not rain throughout our great walk. We have done most of this walk now many times up to where the "Coffin Route" joins behind Wordsworth's house at Rydal Mount.

From the Banks of Grasmere, I found lots of "Michaelmas Daisy" a type from the Aster family, which had obviously got a stronghold on the West banks. I found new ones for me eg: Gipsywort, and one large flower of the "Touch Me Not Balsam" and further afield found "Small Balsam", which I also found later at the top rear entrance to Rydal Mount. Also on the banks of Grasmere there was Great Burnet in parts and plenty of Corn Mint in full flower, plus Betony, Meadowsweet and Purple Loostrife, Devil's Bit Scabious, Sneezewort, Goldenrod, spent flowers of Bog Asphodel, plus many of the more common species.

A new one for me was found just as we left Grasmere and walking by the Rothay, before entering the White Moss Crags area and there was lots of spent Bog Asphodel, but in between them there was several flowers of the "Grass of Parnassus" (see photo).

A Little further on whilst walking through the old decideous trees still at the sides of the Rothay, but by now in White Moss there was some lovely examples of Fly Agaric fungi (see photo).

Called in at Dora's Field now owned by the National Trust. It was a plot of land originally purchased by William Wordsworth for his daughter "Dora". Sadly Dora died before she had chance to build a home there (next to Rydal Mount and the Church). A large boulder stone to the north-west corner of "Dora's Field" bears a plaque which is inscribed with ‘Wordsworth’s Preservation Legacy’ - extended not only to trees but also to rocks.

"In these fair vales have many a tree
At Wordsworth’s suit been spared;
And from the builder’s hand this stone,
For some rude beauty of its own,
Was rescued by the Bard:
So let it rest; and time will come
When here the tender-hearted
May heave as gentle sigh for him,
As one of the departed.

Like I have already said we joined the "Coffin Route" by the rear of Rydal Mount and almost at the back door of Rydal Mount, there was a nice large clump of "Small Balsam". Onward and we made our way down to White Moss where I found "Tutsan" and also a nice small waterfall (see photo).

Photos: top left: Grass of Parnassus, top right: Large stone in Doras Field rescued from the builders at Rydal Mount and placed here by William Wordsworth.

Left central: Looking towards Rydal Caves from near White Moss. right central: A small waterfall at White Moss. bottom photo: Fly Agaric....

Yealand Hall Allottments, Haweswater, Moss Lane, Trowbarrow and return via Silverdale Road - Tuesday August 24th 2010.

A young buzzard was calling over Yealand Allottments (Storrs End). Had a nice fungi near to Haweswater in the grazed field, not sure what it is but include here two photos. Checked out the Helliborines on Trowbarrow incline. Also recorded a large Hogweed at the start of Trowbarrow incline. But just before this whilst still on Moss Lane I found chicory and maybe a hundred or so of spent, Field Garlic or maybe Crow Garlic, whichever, they are just so rare I couldnt believe it!! Going back along the Silverdale Road, there was plenty of "Mugwort" almost opposite where people check out the Egret roost.

Burton to Cinderbarrow via Tarn Lane on Sunday August 22nd 2010

Did the short walk and had over 32 species of wildflower along this short route, plus there was many more of the commoner species which I did not record. Had "Fathen" quite near the opening to the Motorway sliproad, and had a great clump of Bittersweet intermingled in the hedgerow at Cinderbarrow, about 50 yards from the A6 and near to the Cinderbarrow Model Railway entry.

Hutton Roof - Saturday August 21st 2010

Decided to have a walk over Hutton Roof past the Trig and down towards Park Wood.

Some 400 yards North East of the Trig found a large area of Quinancy-wort, near the limestone scree part.

Continued over North East to the back of Park Wood and checked out the spent Dark Red Helliborines and the Lesser Meadow Rue.

Thought I would check for more Lesser Meadow Rue, with this being such a rarity, but could not find anymore, just the one I had found earlier. Still some Scabious in flower. Lots of fungi, but not yet identified.

On way back found some Sneezewort.

Had a single note call "whit" from the Willow Warbler which was in Park Wood, also had a young Raven continuously calling as it crossed over Hutton Roof.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Jack Scout - Silverdale 19th August 2010.

Today had Gatekeepers and Small Coppers doing well, also had Meadow Browns, Common Blues, Green Veined Whites and Large Whites.
Added Biting Stonecrop to my list.
A nice photo of a Small Tortoiseshell at Jack Scout.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Lords Lot Woodland Nr. Capernwray Tues 17th August 2010

Just had a quick half hours walk within the Conifers at the start of Lords Lot.
Initially passed lots of Red Bartsia which seem to be growing everywhere...Also had a sleeping Yellow Tailed Moth.

Photos: Top left: Looks like a group of Sulphur Tuft - (Hypholoma fasciculare). Top right: A top view of a young Blusher (Amanita rubescens). Bottom left: Another young Blusher, Bottom middle: Pale Stagshorn (Calocera pallidospathulata) and final picture bottom right: another of a young Blusher..

(Thanks to Mike Valentine for help with fungi identifications)

Monday, 16 August 2010

Yealand Hall Allottment - 16th August 2010

I had a walk within Yealand Hall Allottments, taking a different route to normal and finding some nice short grazed pasture, hiding between the thick woodlands.
Photos: 1st: a Yellow Waxcap fungi (Hygrocybe persisitens-not 100%), found in a dark spot under dense cover of hazels. 2nd: A Small Tortoiseshell & a Peacock trying to share the feed on a Common Knapweed. 3rd: A Fritillary (either Dark Green or High Brown!) 4th: Lichen found on a large boulder (see 5th) 5th: A large boulder (approx 9ft x 5ft) which seemed to be lying so precarious within a thick Hazel copse. 6th a Leucozona Lucorum feeding on a Buddlea (Butterfly Bush) near the entrance from Yealand Storrs End.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Jack Scout - Silverdale - yesterday 10th August 2010

1530hrs - 1745hrs... "Its a lovely area, and I was trying to find something very special"...I entered close to the old "Lime Kiln" and checked the area out. Limestone rocky outcrops, with interspered trees and shrubs and mixed flora, and with sheep grazed small pastures at various points and interlocking with well established footpaths. The whole area sloping down to its West side, culminating in either sheer drop cliff edges (fenced off), or alternatively a kind gradiant sloped pathway which leads to a more sheltered pebbled cove area and to the sands and sea close to Jenny Browns Point to its South. Today was so windy with black clouds going overhead, but yet the rain held off.
It was lovely to see many specimans of Dropwort, at various points to the west side of Jack Scout, probably the tallest speciman being about 18". Also lots of other more common species: Wild Thyme, Red Clover, Lords & Ladies, Ladies Bedstraw, Ladys Mantle, Harebell, Carline Thistle, Spear Thistle, Creeping Thistle, Daisy, Eyebright, Creeping Buttercup, Tormentil, Self Heal, Stitchwort, Ragwort, Yarrow, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Hedge Bindweed, Gorse, Bittersweet.

Found the "Giants Seat" which is so big and made of limestone and overlooks the Bay with excellent views, and with the Heysham Power Station immediately in front on the opposite end of the Bay.. also found a smaller limestone seat, to the East side of the site..
It was also nice to find Common Milkwort, not far from the metal gate which lies almost opposite Jenny Brown's Point (to the West). Closeby I also had several species of fungi (see photo - unidentified) also had the "Orange Waxcap" etc.

Another interesting find was "Traveller's Joy" (Clematis vitalba) which again was fairly close to the wall and near the most southerly stile. On checking out with the "Flora of West Lancashire" (Wheldon & Wilson c1907) it mentions "Under the wall dividing Lancashire from Westmorland in the Silverdale district, W.K) and its obvious this must be the same plant from all those years ago (or a descendant!!).
I never found that "very special item today", so thats left for yet another day at Jack Scout!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Trowbarrow Old Lime Works Incline, then Yealand Hall Allottments and then Dalton Crags 4th August 2010

I checked out the Helliborines near Trowbarrow Old Lime Works and in total counted 28, some where already in flower (see photo). Also closeby was a good patch of Marjoram, some Hemp Agrimony, Great Willowherb, Hop Trefoil and Eyebright. Also there where Commas, Peacocks, Meadow Browns and a Speckled Wood Butterflies..

I left there and went to another part of the Yealand Hall Allotments to have a good look around but found little. There where some Grayling Butterflies on the limestone pavements and several Peacocks in the vicinity. Also Silverweed, Heath Bedstraw, Hop Trefoil and Wall Rue fern.

Then over to Dalton Crags, where I had Spear Thistle, and I am sure I had Upland Enchanters Nightshade here because in all cases the plant seemed smaller overhall and the leaves where definately smaller than the usual Enchanter's which I see around these parts.. There was also Silverweed, Heather, and English Stonecrop. Once fern I did recognize was the lovely Maidenair Spleenwort, which is well established here..

I also had the small beautiful "Mint Moth" (Pyransta purpuralis) which flew before photographing (but here - below centre, I show one which I photographed at Gait Barrows last year).

Please click over photos once to enlarge, and click again for full enlargement: Top left and right: Broad Leaved Helliborines, middle left: Grayling Butterfly on Yealand. middle right: Common Knapweed flowerhead at Trowbarrow. bottom left: Red Bartsia. bottom middle: a Milk Moth of one similarly seen at Dalton today. and bottom right: A Small Heath Butterfly at Dalton.