Saturday, 2 February 2019


Friday February 15th 2019 - Cuckoos have started their return journey
 there are reports that some of them have already left the deepest South (Africa) and crossed hundreds of miles North to their secondary staging in Central Africa.  All on target for arrival on or about the 1st May 2019.

During the night of February 14th 2019 - The Old Vicarage on Glebe Close, Burton In Kendal
Several periods of the evening I was awoke to the fabulous sound of the Tawny Owl, making its witty witty woo compound call (not the kewick call). I have listened to what I have thought could be the same bird for almost 10 years and I think it may breed in the grounds of the old nearby vicarage. 

On February 13th 2019 - Off Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal
I noticed the first frog had succumb to being squashed whilst on its way to the local pond for breeding. No doubt we are going to get these casualties over the forthcoming 4 weeks -


Here are some nice Cambricam from 2013,2014 and 2017 - Hutton Roof Cumbria. Lovely "delta" shapes - One photo shows down gryke and the other on top of boulder - my 2 prized "cambricum" areas 

Monday 4th February 2019 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal - "Western Polypody" or Polypodium Interjectum 'biffid'

I discovered this plant about six months ago and almost immediately noted its striking differences in particular towards the pinnae ends which on the majority (but not all) of the fronds took on this biffid (or forked end appearance). Even more striking was later in the year to find that some of the pinnae actually had developed into a 'tri' situation and this was found in at least a further three separate fronds.  I am told that we cannot call this situation a 'triffid' or maybe a 'trifolate' that just will not do and because the plant holds a majority of 'biffid' pinnae, that's what we still need to call it.  Yet if the "tri" situation was repeated in total throughout the plant it would then take on a different title.

These interesting photos were taken this morning - Polypodium Interjectum 'Biffid'  at "Low Gables"

All the photos show specific unusual pinnae growth, from the biffid to tri and branches further down the pinnae at various points.  The tri-pinnae is seen on at least 3 separate fronds.


Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures and Lower Burton Fell

The most beautiful "Daphne Mezereone" is about three weeks away from its best, if you look at the bottom right photo gives you some idea to the quantity of buds this year which is looking good!

also today


Short walk up Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal on Friday February 2nd 2019 1600hrs



Yesterday (February 1st) there were several reports coming through of a large cold weather movement of both Redwing and Fieldfare.

First reports from SEATON BEACH (Cornwall) of large numbers, also reports of at least 10000 Redwing and 2000 Fieldfare plus several other species all heading over PORTLAND BILL from a South West direction towards a NW direction. The movement was steady all day long. Also thrushes reported heading NW along Chesil Beach FERRYBRIDGE.


Wednesday, 2 January 2019


Thursday 31st January 2019 - Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal

Here we have the same plant as yesterday (Polypodium Interjectum - biffid) but showing a triple split pinnae which was shown on several pinnae over three separate fronds
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Wednesday 30th January 2019 (from September 2018)

Polypodium Interjectum Bifid (Click over to enlarge)

The verdict has come back on this rarity - although the bifid in the vulgare might be more frequent it is quite a rarer find to see it in the Interjectum.

Saturday 27th January 2019 - Some of our past "lighter" alternatives

Top: EPO - Albino, Autumn Gentian, Wild Thyme, Ragged Robin
Bottom: Milkwort, Herb Robert, Betony, Dark Red Helleborine


Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures

"Daphne on Ice" and Bullrush pond (Click over to enlarge)

The Daphne Mezereone is doing well with several flowers and should be a lovely sight within the next few weeks.  Also the frogs will be making there way to the  "bullrush" pond in about a months time.


Thursday 17th January 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth (Cumbria Wildlife) (below)

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Small selection of todays "wealth" which shows various fungi, the beautiful pavements bare of
vegetation, a Roebuck discarded antler and another shot of the "albino" Early Purple Orchid
rosette which is still at about 1" diameter.

Monday 14th January 2019 - Clawthorpe Fell (Low)

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includes fungi's, Cladonia lichen growing on top of Wall Rue fern, late 1800's drilling bore hole
competition, Stonecrops, Buddlea etc

Several Nuthatches (collective on Curwen Wood side), Great Tits singing at their best 


Friday 11th January 2019 - Bird reports from Robert Ashworth (Kendal) of his recent sightings in Dalton Crags and Hutton Roof complex 

include: Woodcock, Fieldfare, Marsh Tit, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Goldcrest
Meadow Pipit, Snipe and Great White Egret (Egret seen heading to NNE, from near the
farm at the South End of Burton on 12th December 2018

Thursday 10th January 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof West (Cumbria Wildlife)

Three for the price of one!! (click over to enlarge)

Top Left: a beauty showing 3 different fungi, the top right shows the underside,
Middle LH is again a different type of fungi, mid right is a fallen tree with
old bracket fungi mossed over. Bottom Left and right - very old bracket type
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This was a very special Holly Tree which I found today whilst in woodland
 within Lancelot Clark Storth (Cumbria Wildlife). It reminded me
of those trees shown on telly and in books when you were a child,
 which had eyes and waved their arms about and frightened you to death
 - but honestly I could see "deer faces" CAN YOU SEE ANY DEER FACES?
 You need to stare at the photo and look from different angles.
I have found four and they are Roes. If you want more photos look below:

This photo shows: Seal or Otter, Roe Deer, Cattle face etc 

Besides these fungi and holly tree "wonders" I was also privileged to
see a "charm" of 13 Goldfinches

Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof West (Cumbria Wildlife)

Some nice fungi on decaying tree branches within Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof
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Bottom Right: Mycoacia fuscoatra? (not common)

Also Marsh Tits calling with their deep fluty calls from two separate areas


Tuesday 8th January 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures - Hutton Roof NW

Fungi spotted on the side of a "hawthorn" trunk
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Fungi type thought to be: "Phellinus family"

Daphne Mezereone on Holme Stinted Pastures 8th Jan 2019 (Click over to enlarge)
already so early we have 6 flowers and plenty of buds in readiness, must now check out
on a two to three week basis


Saturday 5th January 2019 - Checking out Hutton Roof East Side

A collage of some of the fabulous sights (Click over to enlarge)

The top photos are some Turkeytail which I found on the footpath just before going over into Park Wood.  I have also taken a photo showing the underside of the same fungi.  On the way there were lots of Cladonia. A really nice fresh (but obviously old) Herb Robert was showing. Also the green flowers were coming through within a fissure of a boulder. So beautiful is the large runelled pavements to the East side of the Rakes.  Also shows some of the "tanglement of branches embroiled with moss. A successful branch from one of our Daphne Mezereone (but there is also some bad news - read on)

The best blooming Daphne on Hutton Roof East (see photo below) looks to me that it has died which means all three now out of that colony have now died off over the past four years and we are only left with one on the outside which seems to be doing well and probably has over 100 fresh buds, whilst the other four on the inside are all doing OK and have moderate buds (up to 40 each plant). This species is so vunerable.

 Daphne Mezereone photo from 2015 (Click over to enlarge)
Sadly on inspection yesterday it seems to have perished

Daphne Mezereone as of yesterday (5th Jan 2019) Click over to enlarge


Friday 4th January 2019 - A beautiful bracket fern "Lumpy Bracket Fungi (Trametes gibbosa)  photos showing undersides etc - Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof (Cumbria Wildlife)

Also forgot to mention that I was watching Rooks already at their rookery during Christmas week in Burton and again today at Holme.

Today had a mixed party of mainly Fieldfare in Curwen Wood Park today - well over 50 birds

Green Woodpecker today in Dalton Crags.

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A collage made up of yesterdays (3rd Jan 2019)  Lumpy Bracket (Trametes gibbosa) (Click over to enlarge)
Stained green by algae

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - More "Early Purple Orchids" found further across on the fells

Showing Early Purple Orchid rosettes - Left column Jan 3rd and Right column Jan 2nd 2019
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 A beautiful small EPO at about 1" in size - (Click over to enlarge)
If you check out the collage below it shows this same plant and some photos of its ancestry from both 2015 and 2018 - Lets hope it does well

 A beautiful small EPO at about 1" in size - (Click over to enlarge)

 A beautiful small EPO at about 1" in size - (Click over to enlarge)

And here is a beautiful collage of that same plant (Click over to enlarge

Top Left: shows the rosette I had this morning (3rd Jan 2019), top right shows the same plant back in 19th May 2015, Bottom left shows the same plant on 9th May 2018 (with water droplets), and finally to the bottom right hand shows the plant in full maturity last year on 12th May 2018.


Wednesday 2nd January 2019 - My first Orchids of the year (Early Purple Orchid) plus some other real beauties 

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top: Holly Fern No.1 and the rare Southern Polypody (cambricum)
2nd row down: Holly Fern No. 1 close up, and EPO at 1" diameter (2.1.19)
3rd row down: Cladonia on Juniper covered in Ice, and Green Spleenwort (viride)
Bottom: Fungi left is a bracket, not sure about right. 

Today I saw lots of  grouped Blackbirds, a party of half a dozen in Dalton Crags, then about 40 plus in fields and hedgerows alongside Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal.  I have a strange suspicion that these were more than likely to be continental birds.  By the way 99% of the birds were males.

Fabulous to have my first Early Purple Orchid rosettes showing as you can see in the above photo above.

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Tuesday 1st January 2019 - A new collage of all the "Epipactis Atrorubens var: Pallens" which we have on Hutton Roof (and probably the only ones we have within the whole of the UK)

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If you want to check out lots lots more on this very special variety please go to my site by CLICKING HERE.

Saturday, 1 December 2018



Monday 31st December 2018 - Teal at Leighton Moss kindly shared by Brad Cheek

Sunday 30th December 2018 - "Paintmine" Silverdale - Kindly shared to us by Brad Cheek (Click over to enlarge)

Paintmine - Silverdale - Brad Cheek (Click over to enlarge)


Thursday 27th December 2018 - Checking out the Daphne Mezereone within Holme Stinted Pastures - late am. 

Daphne Mezereone flowering so early! (Click over to enlarge)

Came has a surprise to see our Mezereone with one actual flower and lots nicely budding (normally March). Also on closer examination I notice all the branch ends had been "nipped" by deer or cattle, but even so the plant still looks very healthy and advanced.

Reflections 2018 - Hutton Roof specials - Bryan Yorke (June/July) Click over to enlarge
Shared here on Christmas Day 2018

Morecambe Bay from Heysham - Kindly shared by Brad Cheek (9th December 2018)


Starlings again!! My copy for the December issue of BURTON NEWS  compiled around November 20th 2018 and posted here on 8th December 2018 (Bryan Yorke)

It’s not all about migration, but there again maybe it is indirectly!  But I can honestly say whilst having the pleasure during the early mornings of watching the many different species of birds fly high over our village, it’s also been incredible in its own right to watch the thousands of Starlings come through heading East in a morning, after leaving their communal roost which at the moment is over at Silverdale Moss.
Up until this last few days (today 20th November 2018) I have had some average counts of between 2 to 5 thousand birds come almost on a daily basis, but there have been some really special mornings when I have had approx 18000 over (Friday 26th October) and another count of approx 18000 at 0712hrs on Thursday 1st November, and again approx. 15000 over on Saturday 10th November, and the final up to date big one was approx 17000 on the 14th November, I guess there will be many more mornings to come when we will get good counts if we are prepared to get up early to witness the fantastic Starling activity.
On these high number mornings in particular, the sky is just full of Starlings coming through in big balls or sometimes they take on a different approach and are in a “linear” thick horizontal wave which is several metres deep and extends as far as over Holme Park Fell/Farleton to the north side and continuous all the way to Dalton Hall on the south side. The structure of the passage changes all in accordance to the wind on the day and if the wind is of a moderate south west (eg blowing in the face of the birds) it will usually make them travel through low down, although if it is not a windy day the birds can be so high up that you might even have a job to see them, although the activity is still going on and you would need to look high up into the skies with binoculars to see them.
I just wish I could “bottle it” and share it, because it is so fantastic to witness these spectacles although they only last for several minutes at best.
Some mornings they give me such an inner lift that I get an inspiration to want to write a little verse or two whilst having just witnessed and in some cases felt (the draught) from them going past me within inches.

“Hello darlings – Starlings!
I felt a draught to my ears and heard a clear
“Wush” as you all passed by in a flicker of a wing,
In only a split second of our time,
Also was held to a super-still stance,
Could have reached out and touched you
My iridescent early morning friends.

When they start to join us from September onwards more and more are coming into our area on a daily basis throughout September, October and even as late as November, but generally peak around the third week in October, they will come in their squadrons and shaped like lots of little bullets shooting past you!  And their squadrons can be anything from half a dozen up to over 100 and they always come from the East direction having travelled over the North Sea from places far away like the Baltics and Netherlands.  Most of the birds we get around here will complete their journey by the time they reach their communal roost sites at Leighton Moss or Silverdale Moss, occasionally small roost sites may become established in more localised areas of Burton using trees close to Tanpits. Here they will spend their winters and go out every morning in search of food in the surrounding countryside.

One of the recent mornings whilst vismigging or counting Chaffinch moving through I had a cracking Starling morning although the Chaffinch numbers were well down, so I did a little “ditty”….

“Nowt about today, once the reet dollop of shebbies, had passed to the East,
18000 of the 100000 o’er my head, and nah a got a thumping headache”

(Shebbies is a sort of slang word used to describe Starlings and used throughout Lancashire)

Anyone wishing to view the Starlings leaving can get good views from the top of Vicarage Lane, but if you are viewing from there do not chose an ENE wind or you may well be disappointed by the numbers you will get!

If you want to enjoy a great spectacle watching them on their daily return, obviously the best place will be at their roost sites (Silverdale Moss from approx.1600 hours onwards) were you may well be lucky and treated to the “murmurations”.  If you just want to watch hundreds of Starlings come back in at night I like to watch them from the area just past the Storth Engineering Works and under the railway bridge and there you can usually see them whilst they cross over the mosses (at the moment it’s about 1545 hours onwards)


Diary notes from October 31st 2018 - INTERESTING STARLING FACTS - Posted on 7th December 2018 (Bryan Yorke)

This beautiful red sky is what the Starlings will have witnessed at approx 0706hrs on the morning of Wed 31st October 2018 (Halloween). I am stood at my watchpoint at Taylors Field (named Greenslet) which is Off Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal). The photo depicts the areas to my North East and East.  The large wooded area you can see in the photo is “Pickles Wood” and Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) which lie to the west flank of the Hutton Roof complex.
This photo captures the situation on just how the sky looked towards the horizon (east) at the time of the incident, although if you were looking to a more south east direction from my watchpoint, then the sky would have been more colour intense as shown in the “actual” photo below which was taken at the time of the incident.

Approx 2,000 Starling came through in one wave (after leaving their roost which is about 5 miles to my West at Silverdale Moss) and would expect them to reach me about 3-4 minutes after they have left their roost site. Normally they would fly over me and continue East to their feeding grounds around Kirkby Lonsdale and all areas in the localities.
Just as they passed me and at a height of approx 50ft, they unexpectedly all tumbled down quickly to the nearest tree (eg: The Ash tree shown in the first photo toward the bottom of the lane, with most of the overspill of birds going into the trees of Pickles Wood (to the right hand of the Ash tree) which lies to the base of Hutton Roof to take cover. There they all started chattering with an enormous collective sound just like you would normally hear if you went along to their evening roost site. It’s quite obvious the birds were agitated.
When the red skies on their horizon had almost subsided perhaps 20 minutes later the birds then started to leave the temporary holding area in small parties of 50 or more at a time, the evacuation lasted for some 20 minutes.  I can only think that perhaps the sight of that red sky had "spooked" them! or maybe they were showing that they wanted to get into the "Halloween" mood (spooky)......

Added by Bryan Yorke on 4th December 2018 - Silverdale Cove (Click over to enlarge)

Silverdale Cove - taken from footpath leading up to The Lots -  March 2018