Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Snippets of Wealth (September 2018)

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Friday 21st September 2018 - Cloud formations whilst doing VISIBLE BIRD MIGRATION from Burton In Kendal. 

Saturday 15th September 2018 - Dalton Crags

Whilst doing the Flora walk for the "Farleton and Hutton Roof festival" last Saturday we found the following puffball (fungi) in Dalton Crags and it was remarked that it looked very much like a lawyers wig!  Also whilst on the walk we noticed lots of 2nd generation stuff coming through with the ferns which is so unusual. eg: Brittle Bladder Fern, Rigid Buckler Fern and Hard Fern. Also there were examples of 2nd generation flowers appearing.  We had a very small and only just in flower of the Hypericum Montanum (Pale St. Johns).

Above are 3 examples of how things are this year - A second generation is coming
through for the Brittle Bladder Fern, Rigid Buckler Fern and the Hard Fern

"Guilty my honour"

Saturday 1st September 2018 - Holme Stinted Pastures and Holme Park Fell and Farleton Fell 0900hrs to 1200hrs


At long last after searching and searching I have found only one Autumn Gentian (shown above). Last year we had a thousand or two but this year just this solitary specimen!

Entering the Stints I had a calling (in song) Chiffchaff, in fact there could well have been two. Also a couple of Willow Warblers doing their hou-whit contact call. A noisy screaming Jay until it heard the nearby Peregrine calling and then it soon shut up! These five belted Galloway cattle could not have had it better, plenty of food and area to graze at will.

Entering the fell I soon picked up on some Parsley Piert which I noted accordingly along with a white Harebell. There are scores of White Harebells on this fell.

White Harebell

Had 3 Wheatears today so they have started coming through now, with two just has you started going up the main track - usual places near escarpment, then another solitary bird just were I had one yesterday at 3/4 way back on the fell. Dont think this was the same bird because far tamer than yesterdays little beauty. Also a party of 10 blogging Meadow Pipits, 2 Skylarks, and a party of 6 Swallow which went out to the NW. 

Plenty of Wall Butterflies, Small Heaths, Grayling and a single Painted Lady and a good possibility of a late large fritillary. 

Looking over towards the sloping limestone pavements on Farleton, it just ran through my mind, that "I could take thousands of photos and it would never do it justice, but if I take one it will show the way". 

Found a limestone fern hiding in a gryke which still looked reasonably fresh but interesting to see the head of the fern split out. (see photo)

Limestone Fern (Click over to enlarge) 

Been enjoying the search to find the "Slipper Rock", a photo my good friend Peter sent through showed me what it looked like, but again Holme Park and Farleton Fells are big areas, but by chance managed to find it and took a photo for comparison. The old photo is from about 1921

Slipper Rock photos showing (top is how it is today bottom how it was in 1921)
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Photo: thanks to Peter Standing and Kath Hayhurst for sharing

Another one of those fabulous Eyebrights from today