Saturday, 2 February 2019


Friday February 15th 2019 - Cuckoos have started their return journey
 there are reports that some of them have already left the deepest South (Africa) and crossed hundreds of miles North to their secondary staging in Central Africa.  All on target for arrival on or about the 1st May 2019.

During the night of February 14th 2019 - The Old Vicarage on Glebe Close, Burton In Kendal
Several periods of the evening I was awoke to the fabulous sound of the Tawny Owl, making its witty witty woo compound call (not the kewick call). I have listened to what I have thought could be the same bird for almost 10 years and I think it may breed in the grounds of the old nearby vicarage. 

On February 13th 2019 - Off Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal
I noticed the first frog had succumb to being squashed whilst on its way to the local pond for breeding. No doubt we are going to get these casualties over the forthcoming 4 weeks -


Here are some nice Cambricam from 2013,2014 and 2017 - Hutton Roof Cumbria. Lovely "delta" shapes - One photo shows down gryke and the other on top of boulder - my 2 prized "cambricum" areas 

Monday 4th February 2019 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal - "Western Polypody" or Polypodium Interjectum 'biffid'

I discovered this plant about six months ago and almost immediately noted its striking differences in particular towards the pinnae ends which on the majority (but not all) of the fronds took on this biffid (or forked end appearance). Even more striking was later in the year to find that some of the pinnae actually had developed into a 'tri' situation and this was found in at least a further three separate fronds.  I am told that we cannot call this situation a 'triffid' or maybe a 'trifolate' that just will not do and because the plant holds a majority of 'biffid' pinnae, that's what we still need to call it.  Yet if the "tri" situation was repeated in total throughout the plant it would then take on a different title.

These interesting photos were taken this morning - Polypodium Interjectum 'Biffid'  at "Low Gables"

All the photos show specific unusual pinnae growth, from the biffid to tri and branches further down the pinnae at various points.  The tri-pinnae is seen on at least 3 separate fronds.


Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures and Lower Burton Fell

The most beautiful "Daphne Mezereone" is about three weeks away from its best, if you look at the bottom right photo gives you some idea to the quantity of buds this year which is looking good!

also today


Short walk up Slape Lane, Burton In Kendal on Friday February 2nd 2019 1600hrs



Yesterday (February 1st) there were several reports coming through of a large cold weather movement of both Redwing and Fieldfare.

First reports from SEATON BEACH (Cornwall) of large numbers, also reports of at least 10000 Redwing and 2000 Fieldfare plus several other species all heading over PORTLAND BILL from a South West direction towards a NW direction. The movement was steady all day long. Also thrushes reported heading NW along Chesil Beach FERRYBRIDGE.