Warming up but still very cold on the tops (wrap up well but burning cheeks cold) and as such no migration was witnessed with the Mipits. Skylarks were present with very subdued calling. One "beautiful" singing Song Thrush singing away in the Crags with a different repertoire altogether than usually heard and the result was just plain "phenomenally magnificence!" gosh! one day I must get around to recording this music it so sets the day in a positive mood and lets other good stuff come in!
Buzzards mewing and local, Kestrel hovering always in the same old place, "NO SHRIKEY NO LIKEY"
Parsley Piert starting to get going on the anthills - Unusual to have no "Yafflers" going for it, but did have a Great Spotted Woodpecker doing a bit of drumming in the background.
My first Early Purple Orchid rosette found this morning (see photo above).
March 6th 2018
(1600hrs) Song Thrushes in full song at both Dalton hamlet in trees opposite Bell Cottage and also another one singing away down Dickin Lane. Noticing over the past week lots more grouped Starlings local and foraging closer to home. (1710hrs) at least 500 plus Starlings coming in froma North direction and heading over Burton towards the LM side in readiness to roost from a North direction
March 5th 2018
(1600hrs) Green Woodpecker and Bullfinch calling in Lower Dalton Crags. Also one of the sweetest single "Hou Whit" calls you could ever hear, though only called the once. I did try and call back to the bird which met with no response! Can only assume it was either a Chaffinch or Great Tit. A Song Thrush in song towards the East side of Dalton Crags.
(1030hrs) Both rookeries close to the Holme Church are showing lots of activity.
(0900hrs) At least 20 Lapwings in a partly manured field just below Burton Church and before the bend before the Clawthorpe turn off.
200 Fieldfare crossed over Burton heading North obviously on a movement. Also reported some Fieldfare at Hilderstone and 15 Lapwing also at Hilderstone. Regular daily visits to garden (Morewood Drive) by the Yellowhammers (Records per Reg)
Large Skein of Pink Footed Goose over Elterwater and heading out North East. (per Celia)
(0230hrs to 0530hrs) Migration Information Snippet!
at 0230hrs this morning "Maisie" the Bewick Swan left WWF - Slimbridge. She departed the North Norfolk coast at 0530hrs and is now approaching Germany.
March 4th 2018
20 Fieldfare seen in field opposite Mike Taylors Farm in Dalton Hamlet. Also 8 Lapwing in the Dalton area (records per Alec)
March 2nd 2018
(0840hrs) I had a party of 8 Lapwings in the very small field next to the bridge and opposite the old Station Pub (now rebuilt) which lies below the Canal.
(1200hrs) A similar amount of Lapwings seen coming from the same area and moving over Curwen Wood.
(1300hrs) Confirmed that 8 plus Lapwings have alighted and are feeding in the top part of Curwen Park Wood
I have had several reports from around Burton In Kendal during the past few days of birds either held up or on the move because of adverse weathers.
March 1st 2018
Reg and May on Morewood Drive had a visit of both a single Fieldfare and a Yellowhammer at the same time. They have been getting up to six Yellowhammers on a regular basis.
Also a record has been given of a party of "Tewits" (Lapwings) have been seen on the freshly manured fields just behind the Dalton Business Centre.
Another report today of at least 100 Fieldfare present in Curwen Wood Park
February 28th 2018
Gil and Graham on the corner of Vicarage Close have been visited yet again by the Blackcap (around the 20th) which could possibly have overwintered. They have also had a gang of Fieldfare enjoying stripping the berries on the Holly Tree (28th Feb)