|This is how our Polygonatum Odoratum (Angular Solomon's Seal) looks today (Click over to enlarge)|
Garden Warbler bubbling away shortly after leaving Plain Quarry, Also had a new in Lesser Whitethroat arrive and singing away half way up "Hypericum Way" in lower Dalton Crags, also the Common Redstart was heard. Heading up into Dalton deforested (upper section) a couple of Tree Pipits were seen and heard, and also our regular Cuckoo was calling from near the Lancelot boundary. But new today for me was the recent arrival of a Whitethroat which was singing away near the top close to the boundary wall with the Common. Spending over 30 minutes observing the bird good views were made.
First I thought I would check out the Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern) which is on the first escarpment shortly after leaving Plain Quarry. It's a lovely little fern and does well here in the near company of Scollies (Asplenium scolopendrium) Here is a photo of todays little beauties.
|Cystoperis fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern)|
I though I would check out some of our special "Odoratums" - Angular Solomon's Seal and a good job I did because its quickly coming up to their very best. I checked some local populations at various spots in Lancelot Clark Storth (Cumbria Wildlife Trust) and the plants and flowers were looking really good and here are photos showing how well one particular plant is looking this year.
|Woodruff - always in the shade - Another member of our beautiful Bedstraws|
|This shows a couple of early Montanums starting to come through|
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|Our White "Early Purple" Orchid (Click over to enlarge)|
Photo: Kindly shared by Robert Ashworth of Kendal (photo taken approx 10 days ago)
|Mountain Melick in Lancelot (CWT) (Click over to enlarge)|
difficult to photograph today because of the strong winds.
Monday 22nd May 2017 - "Middleton" Nr. Heysham - Lancs - Mid morning
Had a stroll around one of my favourite places "Middleton". It is a fantastic place to brush up on my "warbler" calls. And as usual I was inundated with WHITETHROATS, LESSER WHITETHROATS AND SEDGE WARBLERS - I guess I counted over ten Lesser Whitethroats and thats without even trying! I probably covered about one tenth of the territory
Monday 22nd May 2017 - Other great news!
Alec over at Dalton hamlet has had a male Pied Flycatcher in his garden today. Its a great record for the area.
Robert has recorded a further Dinghy Skipper and two Small Heath Butterflies on Hutton Roof today