Saturday, 8 December 2012

Max Ming's Confab (Waxwings on Arnside Knott)

Waxwings having a chat about where are the food sources?  Arnside Knott of course!
Vismigging for me as been finished now for a few weeks and a little job I had to do was to redo the sketch at the bottom and to add some new detail, so please enjoy.

Today been up to the Trig Point starting from Plain Quarry, Dalton.  A beautiful morning but little to see or hear, just the odd Redwing.  Wow! I'm told up to 200 Waxwings over at Arnside Knott........

Added 11th Dec 2011 - Went up to Arnside Knott yesterday and had one party of about 15 birds.  Told earlier there had been a party of around 70 present plus other small parties. Did a little sketch above!

Added 12th Dec 2012 - Reports on Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society site of up to 350 Waxwings present on Arnside Knott, yesterday afternoon (11th Dec 2012).

I have now uploaded quite a lot (but not all yet) of my Limestone Pavement photos which you may wish to view. A couple of these very special pavements lie hidden amongst the trees in Dalton or Hutton Roof. Just click here to check out and then select and click over to enlarge, and then if you still want full screen viewing, point your mouse cursor to the top edge of the photo and a new tab which says "zoom or original" will appear, so click here and it should open in full screen.

Please enjoy,
Bryan.

                                                          A redo of my Epipactis Practice Sketch


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Checking the birds in Dalton and Lancelot - Thr 15th November 2012

Dalton this morning -Tall and straight and spent leaves
Its that time of the year again for me when things start to quieten down in regards to the visible migration.

I have been up Dalton and Lancelot over the past couple of days looking out for maybe the GGS, nothing as shown as yet although I did have a false alarm yesterday whilst in Lancelot.  Quiet in general, with the odd 40 plus roving parties of Fieldfare mainly feeding from the open floor areas, with some also on the berries. Odd Redwing amongst the parties making their "kwa" at roost call.  Also still some Goldfinches feeding here and there and the odd party still heading South.

Only moderate amounts of berries on the hawthorns this year, so whether there will be enough to attract the Waxwings to the area, time will tell.  Reports today on (South Cumbria Birds Blog) that a Short Eared Owl was present yesterday at Dalton Crags.



Sunday, 21 October 2012

Visible Bird Migration Over Burton In Kendal & Hutton Roof - Autumn 2012


(Click over sketch to enlarge)

Visible Migration Wednesday 7th November 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal.
0800hrs - 0900hrs.
Wind: Westerley 10-15mph
Movement: West unless stated.
Fieldfare 30W
Starling 143W
Chaffinch: 15SW
Greenfinch: 2W
Meadow Pipit: 2S
Woodpigeon: 62 NW
Pink Footed Goose: 40W (0802hrs)

This is a true story, just what happened to me this morning...
I went to my usual place on Slape Lane (Burton In Kendal) and the field was full of sheep.  Not worried about that I crossed the field and set up with my chair and everything else I tag along. Before long I noticed this "heavy duty" sheep (really good condition I thought) looking towards me quite bewildered and sort of staring at me!, before long it came close by in hot pursuit of this other sheep in front.  Then the penny finally dropped and I noticed the "heavy duty" sheep was actually showing a large manhood sack and his forehead looked heavy going too.  But thankfully he trundled off in pursuit of his sheep.  So I sort of settled down and tried to concentrate on the "birdless" skies, but then soon after, I noticed that another "three" of these heavy duties started to circle around me and each one of them was giving me the "evils" for what seemed ages.  I imagined for a moment or so that they looked like anytime they would start pounding the floor with their feet before going into the "full charge". 

I soon realised I was on someone else's patch today, so quickly packed up, hid my chair and vacated to a safer place.


Visible Migration Monday 5th November 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
0730hrs - 0900hrs
Wind: Westerly 2mph and variable
Movement: West unless stated otherwise.
Fieldfare: 34 (30W one party and 4 SW)
Redwing: 10 SW one party.
Starling: 39 (34W and 5SW)
Chaffinch: 11 (mainly W)
Greenfinch: 1
Woodpigeon: 126 mainly SW plus another party of 200 which could have been locals feeding on spent maize.

Visible Migration Sunday 4th November 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton in Kendal, Cumbria.
0730 to 0900hrs,
Wind: Easterly 12-15mph with gust to 20
Movement: West unless stated otherwise.
Fieldfare: 50 mainly W, some SW best: 30,7,5.
Starling: 206 (130 W the rest S)
Woodpigeon: 158 W or SW
Chaffinch: 29 mainly W
Goldfinch: 7 SW
Greenfinch: 1 SW
Alba Wagtail: 2 SW
Meadow Pipit: 6 SW
Pink Footed Goose: 17W at 0800hrs and also a little later 7 SW


Visible Migration - Friday 2nd November 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal Cumbria.
0930hrs-1030hrs.
Wind: SW 20-25 mph.
Movement: West unless stated.
Even quieter.  Fieldfare local flock now down to about one hundred birds, still enjoying themselves on the local spills.
Fieldfare: 29 W (one party 20, 7 others singles)
Redwing: 1 W
Starling: 69 (58W and 11S)
Chaffinch: 25 E or W
Goldfinch: 3 SW
Woodpigeon: 204SW (one flock 200)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1 SE (probably local)
Visible Migration - Thursday 1st November 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
0730hrs-0900hrs
Movement: West unless stated.
Again very quiet.  Fieldfare local flock now down to about two hundred birds, these still busying themselves with the spoils of hedgerow hawthorn berries, spent crab apples or spent "maize". But the bulk of the previous days birds had obviously moved on.
Fieldfare: 157
Redwing: 5 (2E,3NW)
Starling: 50 S
Alba Wagtail: 1 SE
Chaffinch: 33 (mainly W or SW)
Goldfinch: 15 (one party SW)
Woodpigeon: 86 SW (one party 80)
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1 NE (probably local)
Sparrowhawk: 1 (local I'm sure)
Greylag Goose: 2 NW


Visible Migration -  31st October 2012 - Slape Ln, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
0730hrs to 0845hours
Wind: South 15-20mph
Movement: West unless stated otherwise.
Not much doing again today, rain on and off and strong winds.  Thrushes (90%) Fieldfares of around the 500 mark where he there and everywhere in the Burton/Vicarage Lane and Slape Lane Areas, taking rest and feeding up on the numerous hawthorn berries.  You would see them all the time leaving, coming back, moving from tree to tree etc etc etc. This is how its been now for a couple of days, but certainly a increase in numbers today.
Fieldfare: 48 (these came in from the West but went down and joined the rest on approach)
Redwing: 1W
Starling: (Roost cleared at 0715hours) then, 65S (15,50)
Chaffinch: 59 mainly SW but some W
Redpoll: 2W
Goldfinch: 8 SW (2,6)
Greenfinch: 2W
Woodpigeon: 28 SW
(Click over sketch to enlarge)

Visible Migration Tuesday 30th October 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
0730hrs to 0930hrs.
Wind: W 2mph
Movement: West unless stated otherwise.
Nothing wanted to get going this morning.  Did have a party of perhaps 200 Fieldfare, messing about going up then down from tree to tree, no interest whatsoever in movement. Only 3 parties West today, but quite sure that one the LM roost has dispersed that the S/SW/SE parties are fresh arrivals this morning.
Fieldfare: 27W (12,12,1)
Redwing: 24W (10,8,4,2)
Starling: 296 W & S (30S,30S,40S,10S,30W,6W,40W,100S,8S,2S)
Woodpigeon: 114 SW (best 70,20)
Chaffinch: 116 (mainly W, some SW) (Best parties: 23,13,12,11)
Siskin: 7 E (one party)
Greenfinch: 5 W (several more heard)
Redpoll: 2 W
Brambling: 2 W
Goldfinch: 9 SW
Whooper Swan: 1W
Goosander 2W
Raven: 1 SW (probably local)
LBBG: A constant stream of at least 100+ heading S.


Visible Migration Monday 29th October 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
0730hrs to 0930hrs
Wind: NW 3-5mph
Movement West unless stated. 
Today the migration never got off to well with low mist to all perimeters and visibility almost down to a couple of hundred yards around the watchpoint.  So obviously I was missing birds. Gave it to 0930hrs and still "misted out" so called it a day.  Although within half hour of leaving and getting home, the mist had almost lifted and I could see stuff moving from my bedroom window (which included the odd one hundred party of Thrushes and big Starling squadrons heading W).  So later on (12noon) I gave it another bash, but it dried up just after my arrival other than the odd party. Pretty good today for the Starling, which 95% came through within the same 100 yard wide corridor, all to the West.
First Session:
Fieldfare: 303 all West (6 parties: best parties: 100,80,3x30)
Redwing: Just odd ones I could hear settled in the hedgerows or boundary trees on way up.
Starling: 581 all W (14 parties: best parties: 160,2x60,3x40)
Chaffinch: 47 all W or NW
Goldfinch: 10 N one party.
Redpoll: 2 S
Woodpigeon: 80 SW
Also Marsh Tit in hedgerow on way up Slape Lane. (Not vismig)
Second Session:
1200hrs- 1400hrs
Wind NW 3-5mph
Movement West unless stated.
Fieldfare: 680 (8 parties: best parties: 180,120,2x100,60,2x50)
Starling: 410 (5 parties: best parties: 200,120,50, 2x20)
Woodpigeon: 100 SW (one party)

Visible Migration - Sunday October 28th 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
0700hrs to 0930hrs
Wind: SW 10mph and freshning
Movement West unless stated.
Rain off and on from the start, getting worse towards mid morning then continuous rain throughout the day (so far). Just some early Thrushes on the move but by about 0900hrs thrushes started to gather and go in nearby trees, didnt seem interested in furthering their move, just local meandering backwards and forwards so stopped counting. Today for me was the first proper "Leighton Moss Starling Roost exodus" with several thousand coming to the SW, S and mainly to the SE, also of interest was that they never left the roost proper until 0900hrs. (To me seemed strange so late in the morning thinking it would have been 1000hrs if it was yesterday!) but certainly a 24 hour mass increase must have taken hold. I am told also that today for others (not me!) has been the best Starling passage West to press this Autumn, so probably the roost numbers will swell massively over the coming days.
Fieldfare: 463 all W (9 parties, best: 2x100,2x60,50,30,30)
Redwing: 21 all W (2 parties)
Starling: 31 W (3 parties)
Chaffinch: 28 W(mainly pairs or singles)
Goldfinch: 1 E
Greenfinch: 4 (2NW,2SW)
Alba Wagtail: 1S
Meadow Pipit: 2S

Visible Migration Saturday 27th October 2010 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal.
Vismig - Saturday 27th October 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal.
0800hrs to 1030hours.
Wind: N 1 mph then variable, then by about 0930 increased to N 8mph and increasing
Movement: West unless stated.
Today was a far contrast to yesterday. A few Thrush parties came through and are still coming through in dribs and drabs (one party every 20-30 minutes and you "take your chance" whether it be half a dozener or the usual 30/40 or a one off mega party like I had this morning (approx 200). And thats about it. I came away at 1030hrs had enough!! All birds heading W or NW to W eventually. Altitude again only 100ft or less (approx).

Fieldfare: 616 W (12 parties, best: 200, 60,3x50,2x40)
Redwing: 174 W (5 parties, best 60,50,2x30s)
Starling: 40 W
Chaffinch: 42 SW (hundreds of local Chaffs also hitting the spent maize fields)
Siskin: 1 SW
Redpoll: 2 S
Alba Wagtail: 2 S
Meadow Pipit: 2 SW
Skylark: 2 S
Yellowhammer: 1 S
Also Long Tailed Tit party presumed local.

Visible Migration Sat Oct 27th 2012 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.
1330hours - 1500hrs.
Wind: NNW 5mph
Movement: West unless stated.

Fieldfares still going through regular at 15 to 20 minutes up to 1500hours. After 1500hrs birds going down into Hutton Roof.

Fieldfare: 1020 all W (13 parties best: 200,2x150,100, 80, etc)
Starling: 24 W
Chaffinch: 6 W
Linnet: 2 W
Woodpigeon: 12 S

Below is a sketch of actual corridors used by the Thrushes, yesterday.

Visible Migration Friday 26th October 2010 - Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal, Cumbria.

0800hrs to 1200hrs.
Wind: NNE 5mph at first then up to 12mph and then North for a while.
Movement: predominately West, but some North West and some North.

(I stood at the footpath crossroads on Slape Lane, which is off Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal. It is a new site for me with plenty of open area, and certainly better for picking up the Thrushes, and also very suprised to the amounts of Chaffinch on this line also. The area is probably best described as being at the base of Hutton Roof. Today all Thrush movement at around 100 foot and lower approx altitude. Early door birds would go down into trees on arrival for several minutes then alight and on their way. probably 30% of birds showed little urgency, more meandering. Others did go straight through without deviation.

Fieldfare: 6472 (60% W, 20% NW, 20% N) (96 parties,best:330,300,200,3x160,4x150,6x100)Redwing: 566 (Mainly NW) (17 parties, best: 90,70,70,50, 4x40)
Starling: 368 (W or NW) (14 parties, mainly around the 20+ mark)
Chaffinch: 224 (Mainly W) mainly pairs, but also some parties, missed lots)
Redpoll: 2 W
Goldfinch: 22 W (one party 20)
Linnet: 6 E (one party)
Greenfinch: 9 W (singles/pairs)
Meadow Pipit: 3 S
Alba Wagtail: 2 W
Woodpigeon: 41 S or SE
Pink Footed Goose: 120 SW (one party early doors of 70 and included a "much whiter than the rest" bird mid formation, also a party of 50 SW at 1130hrs.

Visible Migration - Thursday 25th October 2012 - Hutton Roof -1st real FIELDFARE PUSH....

(Click over image to enlarge - On the 17th October 2012 The One Show on TV, showed a piece on the Peregrine in the lighted city of Bath and some of its evening captures included Corncrake, Leaches Petrol, Moorhen, Fieldfare, Swifts, Golden Plover etc etc.)

0730 - 1600hrs. (2 hours break in between) Wind: NE 8mph freshning at times and going N by early afternoon.
Movement: West unless stated otherwise.

A far better day, which got going with the Thrushes from about 0845hrs and was pretty good until 0920hrs, then they dropped off and the odds and sods that did come through after that seemed disorientated and odd birds started going in all directions. From 12noon onwards it really did pick up with 1365 Fieldfare between 1200 and 1330hrs (The count for these was taken from Taylors Fields at Dalton which is at the Bottom of Hutton Roof). As expected Starling picked up today.

Fieldfare: 2007 SW early then developed to W 95%, and the other 5% going NW or SE (best parties: 250,200,180,110,100)
Redwing: 271 SW or SE
Starling: 302 all SW or W
Meadow Pipit: 14 S
Chaffinch: 98 W,E and S
Alba Wagtail: 6 W or E
Linnet: 5 E
Goldfinch: 4E
Greenfinch: 12 E or W
Jay: 1 NW
Goldcrest came along with LTT
Kestrel: 1 (looked like a mover)
Woodpigeon: 31E lots more but somehow overlooked.

Visible Migration Wednesday 24th October 2012 - Hutton Roof Cumbria.


0700hrs to 0930hrs, then crossing over the roof mobile for another 3 hours.
Wind: Started East at 3mph and swung to NE from 0900 to about 10mph
Movement: South unless stated.

Thrushes were going in all directions again, same high pressure stillness and again flattened good passage. Its obvious this high pressure is going to take some moving, but looking at all the signs it now does look good for tomorrow and the weekend. More Starling parties coming through today, usual sizes today at 15-20, west or north west. And several small parties of daytime moving thrushes about (Fieldfare mainly to the NW, but just now getting reports in about a few parties coming down the Lyth Valley NW to SE), so at least theres something going on now throughout the day, unlike more recent days. The late morning Thrushes I got were sort of meandering, with a lazy daudling sort of flight and only at tree top levels. So all this going on I think tomorrow may be pretty good once them "cold northerlies" have settled in.

Fieldfare: 165 Mainly NW but one party SE (best: 40,40,20,20,20,16)
Redwing: 77 Mainly SW but one party E and one party SE (best: 30,20,8)
Blackbird: 1 SW
Starling: 43 (all W or NW) best 20,15,8.
Chaffinch: 59 (either E or W)
Brambling: heard but could not see - too high
Greenfinch: 10 (either E or W)
Meadow Pipit: 17 S
Alba Wagtail: 3 E
Common Snipe: 1 flushed on Hutton Roof
Red Admiral Butterly: 1

Visible Migration - Tuesday 23rd October 2012 - Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0715hrs - 1030hrs.
Wind: E 5mph, still that stillness atmosphere.
Movement: South unless stated.

To say massess (tens of thousands) of Thrushes had landed yesterday on the East Coast and also to say people were reporting hearing "Redwing calls" throughout yesterday evening, very little was showing today and before long (eg: 0900hrs) everything went dead yet again and that stillness returned and the same "going nowhere" type of cloud formations started to form yet again, the sort which hardly anything ever passess through them and I suppose associated with "high pressure". It was very warm also for the time of the year.

Fieldfare: 91 E (1,2,38,50)
Redwing: 143 (directions mainly SW but some W, N and E) best: 40,30,20,20,20.
Blackbird: 2 W
Mistle Thrush: 4 W
Chaffinch: 122 (some E some W)
Brambling: 1E
Siskin: 4 E
Redpoll: 4 E
Goldfinch: 8 E
Greenfinch: 23 E (best 15)
Meadow Pipit: 20 E/SE
Alba Wagtail: 1E
Yellowhammer: 1 E
Long Tailed Tit: 15 (one party probably local).

Visible Migration - Monday 22nd October 2012 - Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700-1100hrs
Wind: E 10mph.
Movement: South unless stated.
Lots of Greenfinch on the move, several also albas to the East at first thing.
Fieldfare: 65 (all directions eg: NE,SW, 30 party SE, E)
Redwing: 30 (26N 4E)
Song Thrush: 2 NE
Mistle Thrush: 7 (5W 2NE)
Chaffinch: 87 (East and West)
Greenfinch: 95 (all East, best: 20,20,13,12,10,9,5)
Redpoll: 7 (missed loads)
Siskin and Linnet: Plenty heard could not get on them.
Meadow Pipit: 9 E
Yellowhammer: 1W
Woodpigeon 15E.
1400hrs to 1600hrs - Dalton Crags to Hutton Roof Trig Point. bbAt least 200 mixed Redwing (80% and Fieldfare%) feeding up in Dalton Crags, will have come in earlier and will probably roost. Hopefully catch them tomorrow in my early counts. Nothing whatsoever was moving this afternoon over HR other than a single corvid.

Visible Migration Sunday 21st October 2012 - Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs-1000hrs.
Wind: E/SE 5mph, bright clear skies
Movement South unless stated.

Fieldfare: 2W (calling and straight determined West)
Redwing: 33 all SW but for last party of 8 which went W.
Blackbird: 3SW
Mistle Thrush: 5SW
Starling: 7SW
Stock Dove: 2SW
Woodpigeon: 3SW
Chaffinch: 122 some E some SW
Redpoll: 7SW (one party)
Goldfinch: 4E
Greenfinch: 21 SW (20 in one party)
Meadow Pipit:49 S
Greater Spotted Woodpecker: 1E

Visible Migration 20th October 2012 - Hutton Roof Cumbria.
0800hrs-1030hrs.
Wind: S/SSW/SW 10mph.
Cloudy, very mixed grey then intermittent blue. also rainbows but no rain.
Movement: South unless stated.
Redwing: 61 mainly SW (3,2,7,4E,7,20,9,2W,3,2,10,2)
Mistle Thrush: 7 SW (1,2,2,2,)
Fieldfare: 14 SW (8,6)
Blackbird: 1W
Starling: 1W
Chaffinch: 168 (some E some W) best parties: 10,9,6s,5s,4s etc)
Redpoll: 1
Goldfinch: 3W
Greenfinch: 4W
Siskin: 1E
Meadow Pipit: 17
Yellowhammer 1S
Alba Wagtail: 2S
Greater Spotted Woodpecker: 1E

Visible Migration Friday 19th October 2012 - Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs to 1030hours
Wind: SE 5mph at times variable
Movement: South unless stated.
First Fieldfare of the year. Extremely slow from 0900hrs. Sort of stillness about, unusual and varied cloud formations at times.
Fieldfare: 10 SW (one party early doors)
Redwing: 32 (9SW,17SW,6E)
Mistle Thrush: 6W (keep coming through in their singles! all low)
Chaffinch: 105 (some E some W)
Brambling: 5 SW (noisy)
Siskin: 1
Redpoll:4 SW
Goldfinch: 6E
Alba Wagtail: 2 (1S,1E)
Meadow Pipit: 25 (S or SE)
Jay 1 SW


Visible Migration 18th October 2012 Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs-1000hrs.
Weather: 12mph SE, Rain off and on and blue skies of and on.
Movement: South unless stated.
Thrushes quiet again, a party of 7 Jays SW.

Redwing: 16 (4N,2SW,10NE)
Mistle Thrush: 5 (3W, 2E)
Blackbird: 2W, also with big fall landed on Hutton Roof. All points of Lane up.
Jay 7SW (one party) 0925hours.
Alba Wagtail: 3 (2E 1W)
Chaffinch: 66 (50%W 50%E probably S later)
Siskin: 9E (one party)
Greenfinch: 9W
Brambling: 1W (very high)
Meadow Pipit: 4S
Woodpigeon:11E (3,8).
Coal Tits, Great Tits: several
Starling: 15W.


Visible Migration - Wed 17th Oct 2012 - Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0900hrs-1045hours.
Wind: ENE 15mph then decreasing.
Movement: South unless stated.

Small Redwing parties obviously foraging and going in most directions, principally North. a 4 Jay party North.

Redwing: 77 (11SW,6W,52N,8E)
Starling: 9W (4,2,3)
Chaffinch: 47E (all East today best: 6,5)
Meadow Pipit: 12 (E & S)
Goldfinch: 2E
Redpoll: 3 (1E,2S)
Siskin: 5E
Alba Wagtail: 1
Greater Spotted Woodpecker: 2NE (1,1)
Jay: 4N (0950hrs)


Visible Migration 15th October 2012 Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe Side) Cumbria.
0700hrs to 1000hrs
Wind: variable E or W.
Movement: South unless stated.

No good straight from first light at 0700hrs, and heavy rain stopping anything from coming through. After 0830hrs went to light off and on showers and then dry by 0900hrs with mixed high cloud, some low cloud over Lune Valley kept popping up and created a mist out but quickly dissapeared. Just the odd Thrush parties.

Redwing: 79 (best: 20W,30S,8S,5SW,2SW,1S, 5 dropped straight from sky into Hutton Roof trees)
Mistle Thrush: 5 (2S and 3W - one with no tail - kept up with mate without any problem!)
Blackbird 1SW, 1NNW
Starling: 4W (2,2)
Chaffinch: 57 (some E some W)
Siskin: 1
Goldfinch: 15W (One party 12)
Greenfinch: 1 (missed lots overhead)
Meadow Pipit: 42 all S (best parties: 25,9,5)
Yellowhammer: 1

Over the past couple of days have also been going out from 1700hrs to 1900hrs from Dalton to the Trig Point to check out Thrush roosting sites, but absolutely nothing showing.  Will probably venture again later today...


Visible Migration - 13th October 2012 - Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe Side)
0745hrs-1030hrs
Wind: SE 3mph
Movement: South unless stated.

Nothing much got going today here. Odd early Redwing small parties all went SW, three good Starling squadrons all went SW.

Redwing: 89 SW (10,21,12,6,12,13,3,4,8)
Mistle Thrush 7W (2,1,1,1,2)
Chaffinch: 149 (mainly W but 25% E)
Meadow Pipit: 36S
Starling: 57 SW (30,20,7)
Goldfinch: 15E (6,2,2,5)
Greenfinch: 2W
Redpoll: 2S
Siskin: 4S
Alba Wagtail: 2
Long Tailed Tit: 18 (one party probably local)
Blue Tit: 2
Common Snipe: 2W.





Visible Migration 11th October 2012 Hutton Roof

Wind: East 15mph.
Movement South unless stated.

Today again mega quiet but a little more variety, and more Redwings starting to come through. All Redwing passage was from SSW to North, within a small 100yard wide corridor. Seen at first coming from what would be a Dalton area and weaving in and out whilst crossing over Hutton Roof against a strongish Easterley 15mph side wind and onward over Whin Yeats towards the Lune Uppers direction.

Redwing: 169 North (4,12,26,30,30,20,10,28,11.)
Mistle Thrush: 13 (3N and the rest W best party 5)
Blackbird: 2W (and also several new arrivals heard from the Roof)
Starling 4E (which could have been continentals) hundreds E from roost.
Chaffinch: 54 (E or W) a very poor showing.
Brambling: 2W (and calling) FIRST OF YEAR
Goldfinch: 8 E or W
Greenfinch: 6W
Siskin: 5
Meadow Pipit: 31 S or SE
Alba Wagtail: 2
Yellowhammer: 1S


(Photo: Sunrise over Ingleborough from Hutton Roof - this morning)


Visible Migration Wed 10th October 2012 Hutton Roof.

0700hrs to 1000hrs.
Wind: Easterly 5-7mph
Movement South unless stated.

Still very quiet, best Redwing party at 28 went W.

Meadow Pipit: 40 South or SE (best parties: 6s,5s)
Chaffinch: 152 (mainly E but about 1/3rd West)
Redpoll: 2W
Greenfinch: 32 (8E all others W. best part 15W)
Goldfinch: 20 (17E 3W best party 10E)
Starling: lots going East
Woodpigeon: 23 (8W all others E)
Blue Tit: 1
Coal Tit: 1
Robins: everywhere
Mistle Thrush: 6W
Redwing: 48 (2E,2E,28W (0850hrs),6E,10N
Skylark: 1S
Alba Wagtail: 11 (all S best party 8)
Common Snipe 1W.


Visible Migration Tue Oct 9th 2012 Hutton Roof, Cumbria.
0700hrs-0900hrs
Wind: E 5mph (50% overcast at first and 50% clear blue)
Movement: South unless stated.

Very slow start, then a slight pick up after 0800hrs, finished by 0830hrs
And then very difficult to see anything because all blue skies.

Redwing: 5 (all SW) (3,2)
Mistle Thrush: 15 (1W,12E,2E)
Meadow Pipit: 51 some South, some SE.
Greenfinch: 5W
Chaffinch: 108 (mainly E some W best parties 5s)
Goldfinch: 11 (1W,10E)
Redpoll 3
Alba Wagtail: 3
Swallow: 2
Skylark: 1
Woodpigeon: 14W (4,10)
Kestrel: 1SE
Cormorant: 3SW


(Photo: This mornings "sunrise" over Ingleborough from Hutton Roof)

Visible Migration Mon 8th October 2012 Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
0715hours to 1030hrs
Wind: E 5mph,
Movement: East unless stated

Overcast skies, perfect conditions for both listening (motorway noise subdued because of E), and good background. Chaffinches increased. Little Thrush action.

Meadow Pipit: 158 (Some South, Lots SE)
Chaffinch: 278 (Mainly E some W. (parties up to 10s)
Redpoll: 8 W
Goldfinch: 7 (1W the rest E)
Siskin: 18W (12,6)
Greenfinch: 17 (mixed E or W)
Linnet: 1W
Redwing: 20E/NE (14,6)
Mistle Thrush: 15 (2E others W)
Alba Wagtail: 4
Grey Wagtail: 1E
Starling: 6E
Woodpigeon: 12W (5,7)
Stock Dove: 2W (1,1)

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Visible Migration Fri 5th & Sunday 7th October at Hutton Roof.

Visible Migration Friday 5th October 2012 Hutton Roof.
0715hours to 0815hours: Westerly 6 to 8mph.
Movement South unless stated.
Meadow Pipit: 35
Chaffinch: 23
Alba Wagtail: 7
Greenfinch: 2
Goldfinch: 6

Near Outfield Farm, Near Docker.
0845hours to 0945hrs
Chaffinch: 29
Meadow Pipit: 12
Alba Wagtail: 1
Woodpigeon: 5
Swallow: 2
Crossbill: 5W
Linnet: 1

Visible Migration Sunday 7th October 2012 Hutton Roof.
0715-1045hrs
Wind NW 2 to 3 mph. Clear Blue skies, frost at start
Movement South unless stated.
First day of early Redwing passage. A pair of Twite nice suprise
Redwing: 71 all East /NE (14,13,5,5,2,7,9,9)
Blackbird: 1W
Mistle Thrush 1W
Goldfinch: 13 (6E all others W)
Chaffinch: 193 (mainly W some E)
Starling: 39 E
Meadow Pipit: 51
Redpoll: 15W
Greenfinch: 4W
Linnet: 6W
Twite: 2W
Alba Wagtail: 4
Jay 3 SW
Reed Bunting: 1
Woodpigeon: 56 all East (40,10)
Jackdaw: 100 (60W,40W) tight balls

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Visible Migration - Thr 4th Oct 2012 - Hutton Roof

Visible Migration Thr 4th October 2012 Hutton Roof.
0700 to 0900hrs
Wind: W3mph
Movement South unless stated.

Again very slow today, probably on account of the early mist, which at first was clear although the bottom of the valleys on either side where under thick Mist which eventually came up to the Hutton Roof summit and just killed it off.

Been out later (1230hrs to1500hrs) for a walk up to Trig Point, and there were odd parties of Mipits and Chaffinch going through, and also they where going in a South direction down at the bottom as though coming from the Farleton, Curwen Wood to Dalton Areas.

Meadow Pipit: 104 Mainly S but some SSW
Chaffinch: 45 Mainly W some E
Greenfinch: 5 W
Alba Wagtail: 3
Linnet: 3 W
Siskin: 4 W
Blackbird: 4W
Mistle Thrush: 3 W
Skylark: 2
Redpoll: 2 W
Swallow: 1

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Visible Migration - Wed Oct 3rd 2012 - Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe) Side

Visible Migration Wednesday 3rd October 2012 Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
0700-0900hrs (first birds 0727hrs)
Winds: W/SW 10-15mph and gusting
Regular intermittent heavy showers.
Movement: South unless stated.

Again another poor morning when birds just could not get going with the atrocious weather.

Meadow Pipit: 54
Goldfinch: 3W
Chaffinch: 33 (mainly West, odds E)
Stock Dove: 1W
Alba Wagtail: 4W

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Visible Migration 2nd Oct 2012 - Hutton Roof and searching new areas.

Visible Migration – Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – Hutton Roof.
0715hrs – 0815hrs
Wind S/SW 12-15mph.
Movement: South unless stated.

Still quiet with atrocious weather, strong winds, heavy rain showers.

Meadow Pipits: 32
Chaffinch: 32 mainly W some E
Alba Wagtail: 3
Mistle Thrush: 4W
Goldfinch: 2W

After an hour, I decided to check out new areas for possible future Mipit counting.

I was trying to find potential sites which met the following criteria: 1) A site which was a busy flight path for Meadow Pipits heading South on their Autumn migration. 2) A suitable “laybye” or pull in where I could park the car under this busy flight path, whilst at the same time respecting privacy to nearby residents. And 3) A area suitable which did not have “interfering traffic noise or background noise). To find these sort of areas can be very difficult.

I took the small road which leads from the small hamlet of Hutton Roof and is signposted to Kirkby Lonsdale, which heads in a East direction. There is a “pull in” which is probably about ¾ way along this road and shown on the map as “Gallowbar Lane. The area is at SD5905078808. At this point there is actually a “muckpile” just beyond the gateway. A good open “vista” to the South West, which I suspect to be a main mipit thoroughfare to the South, in the direction to “Docker” and beyond, to its South West and West is Hutton Roof Crags, and to its North is the “Lune Valley”, near the Lupton area, and areas further North of Kirkby Lonsdale. Sadly to its East and close up is a large copse area. Probably this site would be very sheltered at this point, but considered perhaps secondary, if better sites could be found.

Shortly after leaving this site and arriving at the junction where if you turn right it takes you to Burton In Kendal, turn left it takes you to Whittington and if you retrack it takes you to Kirkby Lonsdale. About 100 yards before this junction and heading directly in a Southerly direction were parties of hirundines and Chaffinches, these I would presume if carried on in the same flightpath would go behind Newton, towards the Arkholme/Gressingham/Claughton/Littledale areas and onward through the Trough Of Bowland.

I had a quick check out at Newton, and before long decided to check out the Docker areas, so I left the laybe at Newton on the main road (B6254) in a Arkholme direction and after only a few hundred yards took the right turn signposted to Docker. After travelling on this road for just short of one and a half miles. You come to a short tarmac pull in, a few hundred yards past a farm on the right signposted “Twinfields pedigree herd (Outfield Farm). The area is (SD5823374284). Slightly East to the area of Docker. Straightaway after parking up, there where at the point about 30 blogging Mipits and quite a lot of hirundines and Chaffinces and Mipits going steadily through. The views to the back or North and West are open with good “skyviews”, but the views directly to the East and South East are quite distant and open with good views over "Goodber" etc, but a drawback is that the immediate areas which take up about ¾ of the view is within background of fields and trees etc and passage birds could well be missed with the blend into the background. Although you do see the top ¼ of open sky. During the 30 minutes I stayed there I never encounted any traffic, could not hear any traffic noise from afar (not bad to say it was blowing South Westerlies). And away from site of any nearby buildings. So I would probably say that the site meets with 75% of the requirement and I will certainly give it a more in depth check out very soon.

Shortly just after leaving this road (just a couple of hundred yards), I turned to the right hand which took me up towards Docker and onward to Burton West. At the point where I turned off there were also many blogging Meadow Pipits, which again just reinforced the strength of the area and confirmed many suspicions I had had for a long time.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Visible Migration - Monday 1st October 2012 - Hutton Roof and Newton etc.

(The above sketch is based on my findings so far, from research gathered over the past three years, doing random counts from selected areas along the above routes.  I have made the arrows thicker indicating the strongest to the weakest corridors.)

Visible Migration on Monday 1st October 2010.
Lower down than Hutton Roof Timber Yard (SD5845477148)
0700 to 0800hrs
Wind: SW 7-8 mph and increasing.
Movement: South unless stated otherwise.

Never really got going, first mipit at 0711 and then just trickles. Had to break off at 0800hrs.
Meadow Pipit: 112 (mainly S but some SE best: 10s7,4s.
Alba Wagtail: 3
Chaffinch: 8
Skylark 1
Buzzard: 1
Siskin: 1

Down past Whittington to the Laybe at Newton (SD5979575008)
0845hrs to 0915hrs
Quiet compared to yesterday although the conditions looked perfect.

Meadow Pipit: 19
Alba Wagtail: 8
Reed Bunting: 1
Chaffinch: 37 (all South)
Swans: 3 (distant! Following line of Lune to the North)
Curlew: 1 North.

Laybye just a little further on just having left Newton and on a very dangerous bend.
(SD5930074162)
A perfect place for a “open vista” ideal for "goose watching" and looking towards Goodber and Thrushgill areas.
0930hrs to 0945hrs
Pink Footed Goose: 100 approx to SSW (distant over Goodber towards Littledale.)
Chaffinch 2
Meadow Pipit: 7.

Then a quick check around the Arkholme Areas for future watches.

Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
1030hrs to 1130hrs.
Wind: SW 8-10mph
Meadow Pipit: 131 (best 25,20 6,6)
Goldfinch: 43 (best 20,15)
Chaffinch: 8 (mainly pairs)
Mistle Thrush: 3
Alba Wagtail: 2
Greenfinch: 2
Skylark: 1.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Visible Migration - Sun Sept 30th 2012 - Near Timber Yard (Hutton Roof) and also Newton.

Visible Migration Sun Sept 30th 2012 at Near Hutton Roof Timber Yard and later at Newton (Nr. Whittington)
0700 to 0815hrs
Wind: SW 20 to 25mph gusting even stronger.
Movement South unless stated.
A few Mipits braved it from 0725hrs and then ceased after about 0815hrs.

Meadow Pipits: 33 S (best 6,5,4,4)
Alba Wagtail: 1 S
0830 to 0930hrs
A good decision to move down to Newton. Immediately Mipits moving and Swallows etc.

Meadow Pipits: 54 S (best 12,10, 6,5, mainly pairs)
Alba Wagtail: 3
Chaffinch: 14
House Martin: 27 S (best party 20)
Swallow: 16 S (best 4,3,3)
Greenfinch: 3 S
Starling: 3 S
Curlew heard in distance – probably on Lune borders.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Visible Migration - Near Hutton Roof Timber Yard/Docker - Sat Sept 29th 2012


Visible Migration – Sat Sept 29th 2012 – Timber Yard/Docker (just SE of Hutton Roof) SD5845477148

0745hrs-0845hours, then again at 0930hrs-1000hrs.
Wind: NW 20-25mph
Movement: South unless stated.

Thought I would try out a new area to try and map out the Mipits and although the strong winds killed off the movement, it really does look promising from here and I will now try it out over the next few days, that’s hoping the winds calm off a bit.

Meadow Pipit: 301 (best: 12,14,40,20,12,30,37,13,10)
Lapwing: 4S
Alba Wagtail: 6
Skylark: 6
Chaffinch: 7
Starling: 20 E
Swallow: 1
Goldfinch: 1.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Visible Migration - Hutton Roof - Fri Sept 28th 2012


Visible Migration Hutton Roof Fri Sept 28th 2012
0700hrs-1130hrs.
Wind: W 8-10mph and increasing at times.
Movement: South unless specified.

Again another slow start and carried on that way with regular intermittent rain showers. Nasty cloud showing and lots of low cloud towards Kirkby Lonsdale.

Redwing: 1 (calling from House on Vicarage Lane, Burton at 0645hrs)
Mistle Thrush: 4W
Meadow Pipit: 176 (best parties: 10s,8s)
Chaffinch: 76 mainly W but some E
Siskin: 3 E
Linnet: 1W
Alba Wagtail: 5
Reed Bunting: 1
Common Snipe: 2 (paired)
Swallow: 3
Pink Footed Goose: 33S (1135hrs)

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Visible Migration - Hutton Roof - Thr Sept 27th 2012

(This mornings sunrise - towards Ingleborough)

Thur 27th September 2012 – Hutton Roof – Vismig
0700hrs-1115hrs.
Wind: 3mph and freshening.
Movement: South unless specified.

Today was a steady sort of morning, it was not a Mipit peak day, but still excellent with plenty of varied stuff coming through all the time. A late Chiffchaff . First Redwing calls. Lots of Song Thrush on the lane whilst going up. Lots of Robins also.

Redwing: A party going over Burton at 0615hrs several calling. Also one up at Hutton Roof calling at 0727hrs.
Blackbird: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 17W (one party 6,3 and the rest singles)
Meadow Pipit: 351S SE at first, then mid morning to South (some mega high) (best parties: 40,26,15,12, 12,8,5s,4s and lots of singles and pairs).
Chaffinch: 168 mainly W but some E (best parties: 7s,6s,5s,4s)
Goldfinch: 108 all W (best: 40,18,8,8,7,6s)
Linnet: 8 all W
Greenfinch: 19W (best 11,5)
Redpoll: 2E
Siskin: 7W (5,2)
Alba Wagtail: 4W
Starling: 10E
Skylark: 5S
Swallow: 11W (7SE 4W)
Woodpigeon: 6E
Raven: 1S (definite mover)
Hen Harrier: 1 male to NW
Also:
Chiffchaff 1 (singing)

also later on 1330hrs to 1430hrs from Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal.
all South.
Swallow: 26 (14,10,2)
Meadow Pipit: 9 (3,2 and singles)
Chaffinch: 19 (best 5)
Linnet: 4 (one party)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Visible Migration - Hutton Roof - Wed 26th Sept 2012

26th Sept 2012 – Vismig – Hutton Roof, Cumbria (Clawthorpe side),
0715hrs-0900hrs.
Wind: NE 15mph to 20mph
Movement: East unless specified.

Most stuff going directly into wind. Albas seemed to start off well today. A surprise Grey Plover. Most birds struggling with wind. Only a few Mipits.

Alba Wagtail: 5 (all singles)
Grey Wagtail: 1
Chaffinch: 43 (5W all others E) Best parties: 5,4
Meadow Pipit: 21 (South) Best party: 4
Goldfinch: 1W
Mistle Thrush: 2E
Starling: 4E (2,2)
Grey Plover: 1E (also calling)
Swallow: 4E (3,1)
LBBG: 1E

26th Sept 2012 - Vismig - Hutton Roof, Cumbria (Trig Point)
1230hrs - 1500hrs.
Wind: NE 8mph
Movement SE unless specified.

Fairly quiet, but a few mipits trickling through along with Goldfinch and Siskin.

Siskin: 6S(one party)
Goldfinch: 29S (2,15,12)
Linnet: 2W
Swallow: 6S (one party)
Meadow Pipit: 24 (all SE best party 6 and 3s)
Jay: 1SGSW: 1S

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Meadow Pipits sheltering whilst reading the News

Please Click over sketch to enlarge.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Vismig - Hutton Roof - Sun Sept 23rd 2012

Sun Sept 23rd 2012 - Hutton Roof Vismig

0700hrs-100hrs
Wind: NE 5-7mph with gust to 12-15
Moves: South unless stated.

Very cold with the Easterlies, and not much moving at all, what bit there were dried up by about 0830hrs. Few Swallows and what there were went back to their normal routes via East or West. Pretty good on the Goldfinch today.

Meadow Pipit: 136 (best 11,5,4, but in the main just pairs to 4 and lots of singles)
Chaffinch: 74 (going both East and West as usual)
Goldfinch: 52 (best parties 12,10,10,9, odd ones W but mainly to the East.
Linnet: 4 W (singles)
Redpoll: 2 W
Greenfinch: 5 (2 W and three singles E)
Alba Wagtail: 4 (3E and 1W)
Mistle Thrush: 4 W (singles)
Swallow: 7 (5 West one party and 2E)
Woodpigeon: 11 (6W others all East)
Skylarks heard but not seen.

Also lots of Black Headed Gull and a few LBBG heading East.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Vismig - Hutton Roof - Sat Sept 22nd 2012

Saturday September 22nd 2012 - Hutton Roof Vismig
0800-1100hrs.
Little Wind, blue skies.
Movement: South unless stated otherwise.

Didnt break any pots but OK up to about 0915hrs then died off.  First time I have ever had hirundines going directly South at Hutton Roof, they normally go E or W. Start of Mistle Thrush.

Meadow Pipit: 300 exactly (best parties probably ex blogs 51,20,18, but mainly pairs.
Swallows: 239 best parties: 18,30,20,18.
Alba Wagtail: 3 (2W)
Chaffinch: 84 mainly E some W
Greenfinch: 1
Siskin: 8 (4S 2E)
Skylark: 10 (2,6,2)
Goldfinch: 31 (one party 16) mainly E or W.
Redpoll: 4 (2,2)
Starlings: 3
Mistle Thrush: 14 (4,8,2)
Woodpigeon: 3 (2E)

Friday, 21 September 2012

Vismig Reports - Hutton Roof catch ups.

Here is a catch up of my recent VISMIG reports:
Saturday September 15th 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
Winds: W 15mph - time 0830-1000hrs.
All movements South unless specified.
Meadow Pipit: 117 (a 50 move on blogging party, otherwise best 6s)
Linnet: 1
Starling 3W
Redpoll: 2
Goldfinch: 6
Chaffinch: 10 (best 4)
Woodpigeon 2SE
Skylark: 2
House Martin 1E
Kestrel 1.

Tuesday September 18th 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
Winds: Westerley 10-12mph – 0730hrs-0930hrs.
All movements South unless specified.
Meadow Pipit: 137 (best: 12,10,9)
Chaffinch: 16 (best 6)
Goldfinch: 1E
Swallow: 14 (5E)
Grey Wagtail: 2 (paired)

Wednesday September 19th 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)
Winds: Westerley 2 mph. 0700hrs-0930hrs.
All movements South unless specified.
Meadow Pipit: 81
Chaffinch: 85 (mainly West some East) best parties: 9, 6s,5s.
Goldfinch: 18 (10W rest E)
Linnet: 13 (one party 12W)
Siskin: 10 (8W)
Cormorant: 1W
Starling: 9 (all E)
Mistle Thrush: 2E
Swallow: 16 (1SE)
Alba Wagtail: 3W
Skylark: 3S
Pink Footed Goose: 76 (one skein W at 0806hrs)
Also:
Greater Spotted Woodpecker: 1W
Willow Warbler: 1 (local and singing)
Chiffchaff: 1 (local and singing)

Friday September 21st 2012 – Hutton Roof (Clawthorpe side)

Winds: Easterlies 8-15mph. 0830hrs-1030hrs
All movements South unless specified.

Today obviously blocking, although some Chaffinch really high and missed, hirundine using side on for SW move. Most Mipits using compensate flight (again side on)

Meadow Pipit: 79 (best 27 ex blog, then 8, some 5s and mainly 4s)
Chaffinch: 14 (1E)
Reed Bunting: 1
Goldfinch: 23E (best 12E and 6E)
Swallow: 40 (26SW,14E)
House Martin: 25SW (11,13,1)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Skylark: 8 (5,3)
Thrush: 1 (small brown thrush E probable Song Thrush)
Woodpigeon: 1SE
Raven: 2 probably local.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Smart *** Is Having a day with the Bird Ringer

Smart *** is having a day with the Ringer.

Smart *** is out and about yet again.
He’s decided to have a day with the Bird Ringer.
Ringer has caught a bird in his mist nets
Soon a inquisitive crowd has gathered around him,

One of the onlookers is guess who? Yes its Smart ***
He starts to take over and advises the gathered crowd,
“Do you know how to tell the difference between,
A Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff in the field”
Well its easy when you know how!
Just take note of the leg colour, if it’s a pinkish yellow,
It will be a Willow Warbler and if the legs are blackish,
It will be a Chiffchaff.

So Smart *** says to everyone “ So here we are we have
Got a lovely condition Willow Warbler.” And then goes on to brag,
“its pretty good when you know your stuff when it comes to birds”.

Within seconds the ringer releases the “Willow Warbler”,
Which quickly shot off and ascended on a nearby tree not far away.
And to everyone’s amazement the bird started to sing.
“Chiff-Chaff-Chitty”, Chiff Chaff Chitty.

Talk about a red faced “Smart ***

18th September 2012.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Swallows & Autumn Gentian photos


Following on yesterday from vismig, I went up Hutton Roof in the afternoon to check out the Gentians. On way up there were probably "hundreds" of Swallows weaving in and out of the massed "ragwort" lining both sides of the "deforested" upper Dalton areas, they were also so close to the ground, coming up in front of me so close it was truly magic! I did manage to take a very unusual photo, of where some of the Swallows actually came to a closeby tree top for a rest.
Also found another Gentian plant, amongst the rare "white specimens" (see photo above). The nice magenta coloured one was too cold and had closed up a little.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Visible Bird Migration at Shore Rd, Carnforth - Mon 3rd September 2012

Monday 3rd September 2012.
Shore Road, Carnforth, Lancs.
0845hrs-1130hrs.
Wind: 9mph WSW
Movement: South unless stated otherwise.

First day for me and obviously good signs of hirundine passage starting. Can't get there earlier, but all gone quiet by 10.30hrs. Probably stay with Shore Road for a while until after the "hirundine passage" and then back up to Hutton Roof.

Swallow: 289 (best parties 30,30,20,20) 90% South 10% East following River Keer.
House Martin: 20 one party direct South.
Meadow Pipit: 24 (best 5, other pairs and singles)
Alba Wagtail: 24 (best party 6)
Linnet: 51 (best parties 30,10)
Greenfinch: 6
Goldfinch: 10 (best 5)
Skylark: 1
Chaffinch: 1
Reed Bunting: 5 (one party 4)
Siskin: 1
Marsh Harrier: 1S
Kestrel: 1S

Curlew: 2W
Bar Tailed Godwit: 1W
Starlings: Regular small groups probably local.
Cormorant: 3 (all singles W at various times)
Lapwing: 71W (30,40,1)
Canada Goose: 40 E (one party)
BHG: coming through W all the time but one party 60
Common Gull: 150 all in one party W
LBBG: 1W
Woodpigeon: 2S


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Autumn Gentians and Bird Movements starting.

Today I found some more Autumn Gentians on Hutton Roof. The top picture shows a beautiful flower, and the second plant which is "very light" has not yet opened, but would suspect that when it does it will have "white" flowers instead of the usual "magenta". The White flowers are very rare, but at this particular site there is older records of the variant. The bottom photo is showing another new plant ready to flower.

The Autumn Gentian is about the last in my flora year. Yesterday I went along to Silverdale to check out the Autumn Lady's Tresses, but none there, either they had gone over rapidly or they have just not flowered this year. So very soon now, days rather than weeks it will be back to the birding and checking out the visible migration over Hutton Roof.

Even today whilst traversing Hutton Roof, lots of birding activity was taking place. I had a passage Wheatear sat on top of the Trig Point, several small parties of Siskin moving South East, also had small parties of Swallows making their exit SE. A 30+ Meadow Pipit blogging party around the Trig Point, a 50+ blogging party of Goldfinch around the Trig Point, odd Greenfinch calling overhead. And two Ravens "cronking" whilst crossing over Hutton Roof.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

More Purple - BL Helliborines & Spotted Flys.


Above are more photos of the rare purple broad leaved helliborine found on Hutton Roof which I took yesterday.

Also whilst traversing through Lancelot Clarke Storth, at the clearing area a couple of hundred yards behind the "memorial seat", I was very privileged to watch for over 30 minutes a family party of at least 5 "Spotted Flycatchers", all calling very noisily throughout with their "tsee" contact calls and sounding not too dissimilar to a party of "Long Tailed Tits". They were constantly on the move flitting across to the bordering trees, with lots of acrobatics whilst catching their prey in mid flight. At one time all the birds were in the same tree.

Our local birds left in the middle to late July, so these birds are probably from far off lands and calling in to feed, before proceeding further on their nocturnal passage back to Africa. After checking my notes from last year I did also have a party of Spotted Flycatchers further across in Dalton on the following day last year the 25th. So its obviously a good time to catch these fabolous passage birds.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Beautiful "Purpurea" Broad Leaved Variant


This morning I went up Hutton Roof to try and get some "epichile" photos of suspected hybrids, but the breeze was too strong and I will have to try again with the tripod.

To my suprise I had missed a couple of Broad Leaved Helliborines, which sort of laid back from the rest and could easily be missed (like I did yesterday). Yet today I noticed them and what a beautiful colour.

Although the photos are not the best, I have included them here to give you some idea and will try and get up again tomorrow to take some better ones.

For now please enjoy the photos of the variant Broad Leaved Helliborine "Purpurea"

IF YOU WANT TO SEE MORE PURPLE VARIANT PHOTOS PLEASE CLICK HERE.

More "Helliborine" Hybrids - Generation 2 ? etc


It is now debate time yet again! I have noticed quite a lot of differences in the Broad Leaved Helliborines on Hutton Roof. In fact a few of them lend themselves to showing traces of the Dark Red Helliborine within their make-up, and as such I am beginning to now think that these could well be "Hybrids" but from the second generation with a Broad Leaved Helliborine bias.

If you are further interested in the discussion so far offered on this, you can if you wish click on the link here to follow up at the (Wild About Britain site)


Because most of the Broad Leaved have now gone over, I need to get out today and try and photo some of the "epichiles" to try and establish if we have more of these "hybrids".

I was up last on Hutton Roof on Tuesday last and was checking out the three located "Autumn Gentians" and already, the best of the three has been got at! in a very delicate fashion, perhaps nibbled by a rabbit or even a mouse, but sadly it has taken off the flower stems has can been seen in the photo.

The Squinancywort is hardly present this year compared to the past two years, when it was literally fully covering the embankment for up to 100 yards. This year there is just small sporadic amounts over a area of some 40 yards. A very bad year indeed for this species.

A flock of about fifteen birds what was thought to be Siskin, flew over heading South, and gave the immpression they were on the move. Some of the Swallows and Martins have started thinning out now.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Coffin Route Sketch - Grasmere & Willow Warbler Info


(Please click over sketch to enlarge)

Whilst travelling through Burton In Kendal this morning delivering the newspapers at the early time of about 6.10hrs I had calling "Willow Warbler or Chiffchaff" quite near to Burton House and it was making the "houwit" contact call. Without actually seeing the bird it would be difficult to confirm which of the "warblers" it was. But If I had to take a guess I would have gone for the former, which in 8 times out of 10, it would be the Willow Warbler. Also it was nice to hear (though very faint calls) the contact calls of nearby Goldcrest.

Talking about Willow Warblers, the last few days when I have been going up on Hutton Roof, I have heard several calling. Most of them were actually doing their "crescendo call" which did seem strange at this time of year.

About ten days ago there were lots of Willow Warblers at Haweswater (Silverdale), I must have counted at least 10 or more, just flitting about doing flycatching sallies amongs the lower branches of the surrounding large conifers to the back of the "boardwalk". There would I presume have been at least three separate family groups, which had probably called in during the early daylight hours to rest and feed up before setting of yet again on another stage of their nocturnal journey onwards to Africa.

Just going through some of my sketches, and noticed this one on the "Coffin Route" at Grasmere, with areas of relevance shown with gps co-ordinance etc.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Squinancywort and Autumn Gentians


I thought today I would go and check out the Autumn Gentian and the Squinancywort.

At first I was getting very worried on both accounts, because I could not find any gentian, certainly at the areas where they were last year, and although I did eventually find the squinancywort it seemed thin on the ground compared to the past couple of years.

Eventually I did also find three Gentian plants tucked away. They were just about the right stage of growth for the time of year with perhaps another week or ten days to go before they come into their prime. All three were showing their normal purplish colouring. Last years "white one" and the others last year just wernt there, but I do think that two of them got taken out with probable rabbits! Lets hope this year they might just get going. I have taken a couple of photos here but will try and get up next week and hopefully get some whilst in bloom...

Also just showing how quick the Ragwort has got hold on Dalton's "deforested".

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Epipactis Schmalhausenii the DRH and BLH "Hybrid" Sketch


Epipactis x Schmalhausenii

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Broad Leaved Helliborine with Over Compensated Spike


This Broad Leaved Helliborine was as you would expect about three weeks ago. A very fine specimen but the top of the spike was still limp.
On checking it out today (3 weeks later) I was so suprised to see this bunch flower head effect. On close inspection of the floret I could see evidence where the actual original spike had been munched off probably with deer. But so suprised to see how quickly new flowers had compensated and more so I would say actually over compensated with far more flowers than you would have normally had.