Saturday 11th March 2017
|Is it fungi or is it a type of Slime Mould - What a beauty and found today on a rotting tree (Click over to enlarge)|
I have now found out it is called a "Amoebozoa" (Protozoa)
I have found a excellent online blog by Siah St. Clair which goes into more depth and shows some great photos
of the different stages of the yellow amoebozoa please click here to access ALL OF NATURE BLOG
Coming down through Lancelot I was attracted to the yellow patch which at first looked like a very pale yellow leaf from a distance but when I got closer it soon became apparent it was some sort of fungi or slime mould. I have checked out my references and cannot find it anywhere at the moment. It was about 5" and made up of what I would say were small yellow bubbles (please click over image to enlarge), whatever it is I feel its a cracker and I have already put it on a forum to try and find out what it is. I have now found out it is a "Amoebozoa (Protozoa)"
Further Marsh tits heard calling in Lancelot. We are doing well this year recording these! Also a regular pair of Lapwing trying to breed on the old stubble field at the top of Vicarage Lane, but being constantly harressed with Carrion Crows. Some fantastic Lapwing aerial display has they dive bombed the Crows.
Just been reminded by Arlene that its getting to that time of year to watch out for the old "ticks". I thought best for me to print here the info sheets which I always show to my parties:
|This shows the sizes of "Larva, Nymph and adult Female and Male" (Click over for enlarge)|
|This shows how bites may look at the top and below are showing signs of bites that could become Lymes|
I get "ticks" regular on my daily trips up on Hutton Roof, but thankfully only one time did I actually get one with the rings around, which I quickly went to the doctors and who prescribed at the time the antibiotic "Doxycycline" which sorted it within 48 hours. Hope you never have to deal with ticks but maybe these illustrations can help you just in case.
Thursday 9th March 2017
|Brimstone today in Dalton Hamlet|
Photo: taken on Iphone
Wednesday 8th March 2017
Sketch: Courtesy of RSPB
Just like a mouse (but not a mouse)
Monday 6th March 2017 - Dalton Crags
|"Song Thrush" (Click over to enlarge)|
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Craig Bell
Today I was back up on Hutton Roof (6th March) and straight up to the Trig Point, it was a beautiful warm sunny morning, the type of morning which made you want to stride forward. The Song Thrushes were in their element with at least three singing their special mixed repertoire from pockets around the Plain Quarry areas and then by the time I had gone up through the lower Crags I had another three birds all enjoying their morning too and telling me so in their wealth of joyous “breath of fresh air” music.
So what in particular has spurred me on to getting to the top of that hill! Well if I am being honest with you I suppose I wanted to check on the Skylarks and the Meadow Pipits to see if any had started to cross over on their way North and onward to their breeding grounds, and also to see if the larks were singing from the heavens! Oh yes, those little “ascending” wonders were busy spreading their Spring delight to all who wanted to hear it! I have not yet personally seen the Mipit's but a friend Robert had three this morning from around the gully area of the upper Crags.
It was not only the Larks and Mipit's which had given me that “extra tug” but also by the thought that the Great Grey Shrike who usually makes his appearance from around the 7th of March (It's been that particular day on no less than 3 times during the past eight years). That’s if he decides to call in on us whilst progressing his journey from down in Spain to his destination somewhere in the Scandinavia's. Nothing to report it is still “No Shrikey, No Likey”.
Saturday 4th March 2017 - Burton In Kendal
|"Dunnock or Hedge Sparrow" - (Click over to enlarge)|
Kindly shared to us by Craig Bell
Check out Craig's Bird photos by clicking here
|Tree Pipit at Grasmere - side of Loughrigg|
Photo taken in June - (Click over to enlarge)
Thursday 2nd March 2017 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal
Just had a short stride up Vicarage Lane and could hear three separate Song Thrushes singing away and marking their territories, and they had lots of new repertoirre to offer I just could not book down their calls quick enough.... some really good stuff here!.
Going past Tram (don't know at this point whether I should call it upper or lower) but a good place where I stand sometimes during the Autumn to record the passing finches. Although today I had my mind fixed upon "Squeaking the old Stoat! He's not a easy one, in fact I usually never have problems squeaking the Stoats and can bring them within a few yards before I frighten them away! but this chap is something different, I have tried several times before to get his attention but not yet! I do need to come up with a better "squeak" if I am to get anywhere with this lad!!
Some great reports from friends include:
|A "Wet" William Wordsworth Grave (Click over to enlarge)|
|This is how it may look around the 12th May|
|Looking out from Rydal Caves (Click over to enlarge)|