Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Fieldfare on the move etc

A diary page for sightings etc between 21st to the 27th March 2013.  The weather today is still freezing cold with strong Easterlies.  (Click over sketch to enlarge)

Friday, 22 March 2013

A Herd of Whiteness

A Herd of Whitness" when a "wedge" of Whooper Swans came over Dalton Crags and then headed North West for their onward journey to the Solway and on to Iceland.  Noisy but nice!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Marshall Mipit stops migration over Hutton Roof

Marshall Mipit is in charge of "Snow Block"
Yes today there was no movement whatsoever over Hutton Roof between 0800 and 0930hrs. I am sure it was because of the constant snow fall together with the strong biting Easterly wind.

 Yesterday was OK with 13 Meadow Pipits, 4 Skylark, 5 Chaffinch and 1 Pied Wagtail going over in a one hour period.  

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Bullfinch, Chaff-Chiff and Frogs,

Diary Sketch for Wednesday March 6th 2013 (CLICK OVER SKETCH TO ENLARGE)
Thursday March 7th 2013(0600-0630hrs)  I have already been out this morning, and froggies are lying about in the roads.  The milder moist morning seems to have got them moving yesterday and again this morning. Moved one out of the road on Station Road and another one at the top of Thornleigh.
Shortly to head up Dalton and Hutton Roof.

(0900hrs to 1100hrs) Enjoyable yet still so quiet especially in relation to the upland species, windy whilst going up, but more settled and wind backing off by the time I was coming down.  In fact by then it had even stopped raining and the sun was trying to get through.
But still no larks or pipits or finches or wagtails, in fact nothing went through during the couple of hours I was there.  It was the perfect listening situation lower down within Dalton Crags, while on my way back, I was pleasantly serenaded by three different Song Thrushes which were perhaps 100 yards apart from one another, and all were perched on their various look outs at the highest possible branches, forming what can only be described at best "a sort of triangle of sound"  with their various, squeaks, chatters, screams, mimics and a host of other sounds.  (some of the sounds as yet indiscipherable into any form of the English language, but I am currently compiling a list of the varied sounds which they so admirably discharge.)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Grasmere - Wordsworth and a bargain cup of tea!

Grasmere Diary Sketch for Saturday last 2nd March 2013.  A very enjoyable day which started with a "Grasmere" bargain cup of tea!

Monday, 4 March 2013

My Wildlife Calendar - February

Better late than never, but just finished the first page of my wildlife "Calendar"

Friday, 1 March 2013

Toads and Frogs are trying to cross the Roads

Its that time of  the year again when Toads and Frogs are crossing our roads heading towards their breeding grounds and they would love to say a big "Thank You" to all the many volunteers up and down the Country who so kindly help to "ferry" them across the road to safety.