Sunday, 13 October 2019

SNIPPETS OF WEALTH - 13th October 2019 and a little before that....




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This is Green Elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascensshowing yesterday over in Lancelot Clark Storth



This one above was a lovely cloud formation over Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal yesterday (Saturday 12th October 2019)


 "Mycena" Bonnet found at Lancelot Clark Storth on 12th October 2019




This is Green Elfcup (Chlorociboria aeruginascensshowing yesterday over in Lancelot Clark Storth





Above shows 3 photos of the Black Spleenwort which I took about two weeks ago here in Burton In Kendal. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

SNIPPETS OF WEALTH - CLOUD FORMATIONS - Wed 9th October 2019





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Whilst out vismigging (migration birdwatching) this morning over Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal, there were some fabulous cloud formations and I just could not help myself from taking a few photographs, I would love to share them with you below: It will be better if you click over them to enlarge.








Unusual formation taken on 12th October 2019

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Skyscapes from Vicarage Lane, Burton on 3rd October 2019



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All the above photos were taken this morning (3rd October 2019) from Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal at approx 0700hrs and onwards - The skies were fabulous showing different patterns

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Extroadinary numbers of Linnets so far 2019 vismig




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It's been really puzzling about the large quantities of Linnets I have had in recent days whilst doing my vismig counts from Vicarage Lane in Burton. In normal years I guess I would get about 20 Linnets during a daily a count at the very best, although this usually all changes when it gets to the middle of October and then the daily counts can get to four score or even above the 100 mark!
But what is remarkable about this year is that I have been getting regular daily counts over two hundred since about the 16th of September with 5 counts of over 500 plus between the 21st and the 24th of the month, in fact the count had risen to 896 on the 24th and 655 by the 25th.  These extroadinary numbers I must say have had me wondering what is going on! I have mentioned it to others and some have suggested that a local food source may be enticing the birds, another suggestion is that maybe a new roost has formed and that we are getting birds from this.
In my own mind I am now clear that the majority of the birds have without doubt been passing through the area directly on a regular migration line, although I have been suspect about 100 birds which seem to have remained local and can be seen blogging for the past few days.
I have checked all the fields looking for any enticing crops and have managed to find two things which could well be tempting some of the blogging birds to feed up on, although the bulk of the birds are seen to pass directly through our area totally ignoring any food crops or such. The crops which could be of interest to the bloggers are Fat Hen (Chenopodium album) and possibly the 'bolters' within the fodder beet (Beta vulgaris).  I can show photographs below of the crops.  The Fat Hen do look very much like a millett type of food, yet to me look very much unripened at the seed heads, whether this makes a difference or not! (see photos below)
The roosting theory does not uphold having checked out the areas later in the day and nothing is apertaining.
After noting high Linnet numbers at both Long Nab, Burniston, N. Yorks on 12th September 2019 with 434 birds and at Spurn on 26th September 2019 with 759 birds. Having been unclear to what was going on I can now get some sort of comfort knowing that at least other areas have also been getting large numbers of Linnets as well. 
I guess I am still left with the following question.  But why all of a sudden as this happened when its never been recorded previously in the past ten years? 

Sept 12th - 29 birds - Wind direction SE
Sept 13th - 45 birds - Wind: NW
Sept 14th - 119 birds - Wind: SE
Sept 15th - 25 birds - Wind: SW
Sept 16th - 206 birds - Wind: E
Sept 17th - 99 birds - Wind: NW
Sept 18th - 257 birds - Wind: E
Sept 19th - 124 birds - Wind: E
Sept 20th - 94 birds - Wind: E
Sept 21st - 500 birds - Wind: E
Sept 22nd - 579 birds - Wind: E
Sept 23rd - 573 birds - Wind: SW
Sept 24th - 896 - Wind: E
Sept 25th - 655 - Wind: E
Sept 26th - 270 - Wind: SW
Sept 27th - 306 - Wind: SW
Sept 28th - 82 - Wind: WSW
Sept 29th - 32 - Wind E
Sept 30th - 150 - Wind W
Oct 1st - 108 - Wind E
Oct 2nd - 34 - Wind N
Oct 3rd - 128 - Wind E




 This is a Bolter in the Fodder Beat which also contains seeds
Photo: Sept 23rd 2019 (Click over to enlarge)

This is Fat Hen (Chenopodium album) which does have a look of Millet
Photo: 23rd Sept 2019

This is Fat Hen (Chenopodium album) which does have a look of Millet
Photo: 23rd Sept 2019

 Fodder Beet Bolters
2nd October 2019

 Fodder Beet Bolters - Look at bottom section for mature seed
2nd October 2019

Fodder Beet Bolters
2nd October 2019

Friday, 13 September 2019

Snippets of wealth - Friday 13th Sept 2019 - Finding Gentians, Hawthorn berries in relation to Thrushes


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Gentianella campestris (Field Gentian)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 13th September 2019

Gentianella campestris (Field Gentian)
Rare White specimen 
Photo: Hutton Roof on 13th September 2019

Gentianella campestris (Field Gentian)
Rare White specimen

Photo: Hutton Roof on 13th September 2019

With this sunshine it was worth yet another visit to the Campestris (Field Gentian) to see if any of them had opened up their flowers and sure enough one or two of them were open.

I thought maybe I should search a completely new area. The new area was about two hundred yards away from the established population, I managed to find approximately 20 plants (80 flowers).  I'll bet there are more when we do a more precise count in the next few days. All turned out to be Gentianella Campestris (Field Gentian)

On my way to todays gentians it was so pleasing to see all the hawthorn trees and there are numerous (scores to maybe one hundred or so), full to the brim with ripe (some overripe) berries.  Although I could only hear one distant Blackbird cackling away today, I envisaged masses of thrushes converging on this spot over the coming days and they will strip these same trees bare. In most years the local thrushes will strip the trees of their berries before the continental visiting thrushes arrive and would expect their arrival to start in about 3 to 4 weeks time.  

Also had one Painted Lady and one Red Admiral butterfly making their way South....

 Hawthorn trees full of ripened berries
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 13th September 2019

Hawthorn trees full of ripened berries
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 13th September 2019

This is a Cinnabar caterpillar feeding on Ragwort
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 13th September 2019


Daphne Mezereone just starting to go into bud etc
Photo: Hutton Roof on 13th September 2019

Daphne Mezereone just starting to go into bud etc
Photo: Hutton Roof on 13th September 2019


Shanks, Red and Green at Leighton Moss
Photo: by Brad Cheek

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Wed 11th September 2019 - Field Gentian, Autumn Gentian and More



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Gentianella campestris - Field Gentian
Photo: Hutton Roof on 11th September 2019

Started off today checking out our campestris (Field Gentian) and what little beauties they have turned out to be.  It looks very much like we do have about 400 of them (flowers), so small and tucked to the ground within a inch or two at best.  My friend Richard Bate (Dr. Hawkeye) recently found a extroadinary plant which appears to be coming through as a white flowered specimen (see photo below). This is almost unheard of within this species....

Gentianella campestris - Field Gentian
Photo: Hutton Roof on 11th September 2019

My intentions today had already been set out to go over the Fell to the Farleton side to see if I could find anymore Amarilla (Autumn Gentians).  I searched all the areas around were I found some the previous day and did manage to find a further 6 full plants, bringing the total this year to approx 16 full plants with approx 60 plus flowers in total.... and below are a couple of photos from today.






Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Autumn Gentians (Gentianella amarella) Found some at last!



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Yes it turned out a great morning having at last manage to find more Autumn Gentians.  None were at my regular sites which this year like last year all recorded NIL, but a little further to the East and I was surprised to find at least a further 10 specimens at the side of about 100 yard of track  which all turned out to be the rare northern sub species SEPTENTRIONALIS. The best area had 5 specimens and was in a slightly more acid deposit area than the others with more soil with rank grass between the plant and the limestone

This is a well and truly good find for me because I was about to think we were going to have yet another year without our little beauties the Autumn Gentians. I had previously searched all our known established sites and only turned up one specimen so far this year, but this morning I had time on my hands and so broadened my search to unknown territories and yo and behold there they were, at first odd ones scattered and then a little cluster of some 5 or so, as usual they were close to a well trodden footpath.


 Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019

  Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019
I would imagine the soil is only about 1" before limestone bed


  Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019
One here well spent, this was very close to a limestone bed with little soil

  Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019

  Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019
This area shows 5 plants in the one photo and shows the rank grass which is a drain off from a higher elvated scree area.

  Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019

 Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019


 Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amarella)
Photo: Hutton Roof 10th September 2019

Also earlier checked out the Field Gentians and a couple of fungi photos. Also had 2 Wheatear, Linnet party of 50 plus another Linnet party of 20 plus, Meadow Pipits 40 blogging, Skylarks up to 20 blogging, of special interest one high SONG THRUSH heading west, Swallow 1, Goldfinch 1. 









 Common Funnel

 Common Funnel
My wonderful garden today