Monday, 1 April 2019

SNIPPETS OF WEALTH (APRIL 2019)



Friday 19th April 2019 Newbiggin Crags, Farleton Fell (Hutton Roof)

Today was fabulous, checking out regular areas for passing Northern Greenland Wheatear, had a total of 30 birds and only went as far as the Turtle Stone and Newbiggin and back around in a circular, so guess there must have been a lot passing through last night. My parties were a 7, a 6, a 5, a 3,2, and several singles, all within a half mile radius. No Ring Ouzels today, did have a few passing Swallows, but only a 2 and a 5 Meadow Pipits, lots of Skylarks (as usual). Another bonus, a single and then a paired Yellowhammers, also 2 Linnets. Also had a Peacock and a female Orange Tip.

Checked out some young Rigid Buckler Fern, and took photos of Wall Rue etc. 

Some nice shots of Newbigging (Farleton side)


Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) with A. trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort)
Photo: Newbigging, Farleton, Hutton Roof on 19th April 2019


New and Old Trichomanes
Photo: Newbigging, Farleton, Hutton Roof
19th April 2019

Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Newbiggin, Farleton, Hutton Roof
A beauty with a lot of green in the flower









Thursday 18th April 2019 - Dalton Crags

Today I had 10 Willow Warblers calling from 25% area of the Crags, 1 Blackcap, had my first pair of TREE PIPITS today, although Robert from Kendal had some several days ago. Had 2 pairs of Stonechats on their breeding territories. Also had 3 Northern Greenland Wheatear (again my first so far this year), had Redpoll overhead to East, Swallows 7 to East, a pair of Sand Martin to East and 11 Meadow Pipits over the hour to NE. A late party of 7 Fieldfare checking out the woodlands.  Also of interest 2 pair of Swallows already back on territory at Russell Farm, also saw 23 (8,1,12,1) Meadow Pipits go over Curwen Wood to a North direction in a 10 minute period


 Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Dalton Crags (lower escarpment) 18th April 2019
Shows 6 croziers above the main body

  Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Dalton Crags (lower escarpment) 18th April 2019

 Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Dalton Crags (lower escarpment) 18th April 2019

  Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Dalton Crags (lower escarpment) 18th April 2019

 Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Dalton Crags (lower escarpment) 18th April 2019

 Cystopteris fragilis (Brittle Bladder Fern) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Dalton Crags (lower escarpment) 18th April 2019

Also had this fine chap below: 




Wednesday 18th April 2019 - Slape Lane and Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT)

I counted 12 calling Willow Warblers calling from Pickles Wood and Lancelot. 3 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcap calling. Also definately noticing more and more Marsh Tits this year which were very vocal from two areas within Lancelot. Also had 2 Brimstone and 4 Peacock butterflies.


Geranium robertianum (Herb Robert) Click over to enlarge
also has a Saxifraga tridactylites Rue Leaved Saxifrage
Photo: Lancelot Clark Storth, Hutton Roof, 17th April 2019

Ground Ivy seems to be springing up all over the place, its lovely! also checked on the Moschatel, the Bluebell woods are taking shape and will be ready for a photo in about ten days time. Wood Anemone are so large this year. The Stitchwort is also doing well. 



A lovely surprise today was to note that at least 10 Potentilla tabernaemontani (Spring Cinquefoil) flowers were on show, I think it could well be a good year for this rare species.  Common Cow-wheat is also just starting to show. Also nice to see Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort) in its regular places.  Also Carex ornithopodia (Birds Foot Sedge) is just starting to come through, but it will be the middle of May before they flower.


 Potentilla tabernaemontani (Spring Cinquefoil) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) Hutton Roof on 17th April 2019


 Potentilla tabernaemontani (Spring Cinquefoil) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) Hutton Roof on 17th April 2019

Potentilla tabernaemontani (Spring Cinquefoil) Click over to enlarge

Photo: Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) Hutton Roof on 17th April 2019


Melampyrum pratense (Common Cow-wheat) Click over to enlarge

Melampyrum pratense (Common Cow-wheat) above is starting to show in Lancelot.

Our albino Early Purple (below) is still doing OK and if you check the photo you will notice there is also a regular EPO just starting to show through. 


Orchis mascula - Early Purple Orchid (Click over to enlarge)
Showing the rare Albino above and below it shows a regular just about to open.
Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) Hutton Roof on 17th April 2019


Carex ornithopodia (Birds Foot Sedge)
Photo: Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) Hutton Roof on 17th April 2019

Tuesday 16th April 2019 - Crag Foot, The Rakes, Hutton Roof

A follow up from yesterday giving me far more time to concentrate on the area.

Hanging Scar Rock at Crag Foot, Hutton Roof
Note: Half way up on either side the rare Polypodium cambricum (Southern polypody)

I did a count of the Willow Warblers which were 11 (at the Crag Foot area) and 10 (in the general Rakes areas - making a total of 21 singing birds. Also had 4 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps in the general area. Also had a Peacock butterfly. Also had a couple of paired Roe deer. Evidence with Hazel nuts of Dormouse presence. 

I called off again at the Hanging Scar Rock to take more details of the fabulous Polypodium cambricums and take one or two more photos.

Then enjoyed taking photos of the Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass) managed to find a couple of beautiful varieties along with many blues in flower. I will put the photos on here soon. 

Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass variations)
Photo: Crag Foot, Hutton Roof 16th April 2019


 Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass)
regular in flower
Photo: Crag Foot, Hutton Roof 16th April 2019


 Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass)
The "light" variety
Photo: Crag Foot, Hutton Roof 16th April 2019


 Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass)
"Green variety"

Photo: Crag Foot, Hutton Roof 16th April 2019


Had my first flowering Allium ursinum (Ramsons) of the year, not a large patch maybe a couple of yards in diameter. Had up to 10 Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid) throughout with scores in rosette. Found two separate colonies of Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris) one up to 10ft diameter and a smaller population of 5ft x 3ft which was right at the side of the woodland track. One or two will flower in about 10 days but most of them will be another three weeks. 

Allium ursinum (Ramsons) - Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: Crag Foot, Hutton Roof, 16th April 2019

Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris) - Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 16th April 2019

The old lime kilns are fantastic ferny places and the Hutton Roof disused kiln is no exception with good populations of aspleniums of both Trichomanes and probably more interesting for the amount of and here are a few photos, please note the photo with the croziers.



Hutton Roof old lime kiln (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 17th April 2019
Home of Aspleniums trichomanes and


Hutton Roof old lime kiln (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 17th April 2019
Home of Aspleniums trichomanes and 

 Hutton Roof old lime kiln (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 17th April 2019

 Hutton Roof old lime kiln (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 17th April 2019

 Hutton Roof old lime kiln (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 17th April 2019

 Hutton Roof old lime kiln (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 17th April 2019



Hutton Roof old lime kiln (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 17th April 2019



Asplenium scolopendrium (Harts Tongue Fern)
The Rakes, Hutton Roof on 16th April 2019







Sunday 14th April 2019 - The Rakes, Hutton Roof


Above shows part of the RINNENKARREN on the Rakes at Hutton Roof

Found my first Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort) of the year


Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort)
Photo: 14th April 2019 - The Rakes Hutton Roof


viola riviniana (Common Dog Violet)
Photo: The Rakes Hutton Roof 14th April 2019

Its been a cracking year so far for the violets with multitudes and hopefully this should be good support for the butterflies.


Polypodium vulgare (Common Polypody) - (Click to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof Village 14th April 2019

I like this photo which clearly shows the new croziers of Polypodium vulgare (Common Polypody coming from the gaps in the walls.




Sunday 14th April 2019 - The Rakes, Hutton Roof

Also today whilst on the Rakes, I found two Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchids) in flower. In fact I am told that they have been out in full flower for over one week, which for the North is a great start!



 Orchis mascula  Early Purple Orchid (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: The Rakes Hutton Roof - 14th April 2019  (No.1)


 Orchis mascula  Early Purple Orchid (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: The Rakes Hutton Roof - 14th April 2019 (No.2)

Sunday 14th April 2019 - The Rakes, Hutton Roof


Today I was asked if I would be a botany advisor (if called upon) with a party from the Westmorland Geologist Society whilst they did a walk around the Rakes area.

It soon proved beneficial in many ways for I was to find a new population of the rare Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody) sitting on the side of a large boulder known locally has the "hanging scar rock". This brings the Hutton Roof populations to 3. Here are three photos showing the beauties:

Hanging Scar Rock, Hutton Roof
14th April 2019 - a new to me population of 
Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody)
Population No. 3

 Hanging Scar Rock, Hutton Roof
14th April 2019 - a new to me population of 
Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody)
Population No. 3

 Hanging Scar Rock, Hutton Roof
14th April 2019 - a new to me population of 
Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody)
Population No. 3

 Hanging Scar Rock, Hutton Roof
14th April 2019 - a new to me population of 
Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody)
Population No. 3


Saturday 13th April 2019 - Quarry Wood, Dalton Lane (Private Woodland)

First of all I surveyed all the ancient quarry face checking out the Trichomanes and others.  I found a little beauty with overlapping pinnae.  Here are the photos:



Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort)
Photo: Quarry Wood, Dalton (private) on 13th April 2019
A unusual frond of small build compared to its neighbours with lots of overlapping pinnae


Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort)
Photo: Quarry Wood, Dalton (private) on 13th April 2019
A unusual frond of a small nature compared to its neighbours with lots of overlapping pinnae

then I checked out more polypodium vulgare (Common Polypody) looking pretty whilst danging from midway up a tree. I do suspect there are a couple of interjectum amongst them.


 Polypodium vulgare (Common Polypody) and probably odd interjectum
Photo: Quarry Wood (private) Dalton Ln, 13th April 2019

 Polypodium vulgare (Common Polypody) and probably odd interjectum
Photo: Quarry Wood (private) Dalton Ln, 13th April 2019

I found this branch which had lost its bark to open up such a attractive patterned display


Beautiful patterned debarked branch debis (Click over to enlarge)
found on floor of old disused quarry - Quarry Wood, Burton In Kendal
Photo: 13th April 2019


 Beautiful patterned debarked branch debis (Click over to enlarge)
found on floor of old disused quarry - Quarry Wood, Burton In Kendal
Photo: 13th April 2019


Beautiful patterned debarked branch debis (Click over to enlarge)
found on floor of old disused quarry - Quarry Wood, Burton In Kendal
Photo: 13th April 2019


 Beautiful patterned debarked branch debis (Click over to enlarge)
found on floor of old disused quarry - Quarry Wood, Burton In Kendal
Photo: 13th April 2019

Beautiful patterned debarked branch debis (Click over to enlarge)
found on floor of old disused quarry - Quarry Wood, Burton In Kendal
Photo: 13th April 2019

 Beautiful patterned debarked branch debis (Click over to enlarge)
found on floor of old disused quarry - Quarry Wood, Burton In Kendal
Photo: 13th April 2019

Beautiful patterned debarked branch debis (Click over to enlarge)
found on floor of old disused quarry - Quarry Wood, Burton In Kendal
Photo: 13th April 2019


Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Quarry Wood old rock face, Burton In Kendal 13th April 2019
Showing new emergence with croziers


Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Quarry Wood old rock face, Burton In Kendal 13th April 2019
Showing new emergence with croziers



 Asplenium adiantum-nigrum (Black Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Quarry Wood, Dalton on 13th April 2019 
New emergence - note crozier - also remnants of old frond


Saturday 13th April 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures



My beautiful garden this morning
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019


Friday 12th April 2019 - Holme Stinted Pastures 

Enjoyed this morning checking out the Stints, I had 15 Willow Warblers in Song, 2 Chiffchaffs and at least one Blackcap (Could well have been two).  Also the odd Meadow Pipit overhead, but really slow and not gaining pace at the moment, must be down to this cold chill from the East. Also had 3 Linnets on the gorse (one paired), odd skylarks "rooting in the pastures" and a pair of Wheatear on territory and calling in song.

The ground this morning was crispy dry and you heard the crunchy noise with every stride, it's obvious water is necessary.

Wow! and a fabulous nobbly tree with thousands of 'warts and all', just check the photos further down.

A nice little photo section on the newly "flowering" Sesleria caerulea (Blue moor grass) It's only been out a couple of week and here we are already flowering.

Had some weird Polystitchum aculeatums today, not just one but several all with super small fronds eg: 3" across at centre. I just thought at first it was down to immature plants but no! checking the rear of the frond there was plenty of spent sori, so not sure what to make of it all. Below are a couple of photos.


 Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass)
Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019

 Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass in flower)
Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019


  Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass in flower)
Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019

  Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass in flower)
Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019

  Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass in flower)
Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019

  Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass in flower)
Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019

 Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor Grass in flower)
Photo: taken on Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019


 Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


  Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


  Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


  Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


 Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


 Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


 Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


  Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


  Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


 Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


 Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


  Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019


 Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019

Lovely old nobbly tree found today (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures - 12th April 2019
this final photo shows the full tree


Polystitchum aculeatum - narrow fronds
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019

Polystitchum aculeatum - narrow fronds
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019


Polystitchum aculeatum - narrow fronds
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019


Polystitchum aculeatum - narrow fronds
Photo: Holme Stinted Pastures on 12th April 2019



Thursday 11th April 2019 - Heysham and Bolton le Sands

(1500 to 1700hrs) Had a single Swallow going N and later over at Bolton le Sands (at coast) had 5 (3 and 2) Swallows heading N.

Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Burton In Kendal Main Street

1730hrs - Saw our first two House Martins flying above the village - close to Morewood Drive.

Wednesday 10th April 2019 - Dalton Crags, Hutton Roof and Burton Fell

We checked out various whilst traversing the Crags and eventually the Common were we checked out the Lonchitis (Holly Ferns).  No 1 was all OK and in its usual stance staring at the heavens, whilst number 2 had as usual been well nibbled although there were still a couple of fronds facing the heavens, with one in particular still in reasonable condition.  What was interesting I noticed on this frond that it too has a small pinnae (runt). I had never noticed this before.  Why it is of special interest today, is that Holly Fern No.1 also had this same feature! (see photos below)


Polystichum lonchitis (Holly Fern No 2) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken 10th April 2019 - Hutton Roof Common


Polystichum lonchitis (Holly Fern No 1) Click over to enlarge

Photo: taken 30th August 2013 - Hutton Roof Common

continuing across the Common and checking out the Asplenium Viride (Green Spleenwort) on the way,  we were far too early for croziers here! just sad looking specimens from last years crop.

A plant which did look interesting and one I had probably not noticed before was a type of stitchwort/chickweed/mouse ear, which had taken over the top of a old ant hill.  It was a miniature version version of the regular Stitchwort and looked fabulous grouped as it was (see photo below)


Erophila verna (Common Whitlowgrass)

To continue we checked out some of the fly orchids which were doing really well and looks like it will be a good year this time.  Also the Early Purple rosettes seemed to be everywhere, I really can't wait to check out their magnificence and their varietal forms this year.

A couple of nice Saxifraga tridactylites (Rue Leaved Saxifrage) shots were taken down in Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) - see below.


Saxifraga tridactylites (Rue Leaved Saxifrage) - Click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken on Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) on 10th April 2019

Saxifraga tridactylites (Rue Leaved Saxifrage) - Click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken on Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) on 10th April 2019

Whilst on Lancelot I wanted to check out the old Hypericum montanums our very rare Pale St. Johns Wort, the reason was they became stunted last year because of the drought and just like lots of our orchids and other plants received stunted growth because of this.  I have taken a photo yesterday to give you some idea. (see below).


Hypericum montanum (Pale St. Johns Wort) Please click over to enlarge
Photo: taken on Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) on 10th April 2019


You can see from the old spikes the tall ones are from 2017 and the smaller more recent ones are from 2018 (note the 2018 are stunted by over 12" in comparison (or the norm).

To finish off this magnificient day in great company, I checked out more Fly Orchids which were doing OK and also our ONLY Hutton Roof albino Early Purple Orchid which looks to be doing fine and just hope this year it resist the pressures of our local Brown Hare!! (see photo from today)


Orchis mascula var: albino (Early Purple Orchid - albino)

Wednesday 10th April 2019 - The Lots, Silverdale (am) and then over to Dalton Crags, Hutton Roof, Burton Fell

A nice day and joined by Dr. Richard "Hawkeye" Bate, we first of all checked out the fabulous Asplenium ruta-muraria new croziers which were to be seen in many of the open cracks to the walls in Silverdale, just by the steps which lead up to the Lots.

It was lovely to witness my first four Swallows of the year (grouped) and flying overhead to the North


Anacamptis morio (Green Winged Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019


Anacamptis morio (Green Winged Orchid) Click over to enlarge

Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019


Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019


 Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019


Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019
Orchis mascula (Early Purple Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019


Orchis mascula - albino (Early Purple Orchid - albino specimen) Click over to enlarge

Photo: Silverdale Lots 10th April 2019


Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers


Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers

Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers

Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers

Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers


Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers

Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers

Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers

Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall Rue) Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: taken close to The Lots, Silverdale 10th April 2019
Shows the Emergence of the species with new croziers


Tuesday 9th April 2019 - Slape Lane and Clawthorpe, Burton In Kendal

1600hrs - Checking out more Moschatel, but main purpose to check out the old limekiln for the new croziers of the Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort) see photos below


Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
includes Rue Leaved Saxifrage
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019



Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
includes Rue Leaved Saxifrage
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019


Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019


Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
includes Rue Leaved Saxifrage
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019

Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken at Clawthorpe Old Lime Kiln, Burton In Kendal 9th April 2019



Lamiastrum galeobdolon (Yellow Archangel) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 9th April 2019 - Woodland off Slape Lane, Clawthorpe


Lamiastrum galeobdolon (Yellow Archangel) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: 9th April 2019 - Woodland off Slape Lane, Clawthorpe


 Monster Octupus Tree found in woodland, but interesting especially
because of the twisted trunk which would not be seen under the bark!

Monster Octupus Tree found in woodland, but interesting especially
because of the twisted trunk which would not be seen under the bark!


Monday 8th April 2019 - The Lots Silverdale


Silverdale Cove, Silverdale (Click over to enlarge)

(mid afternoon) Went over to the Lots to check out the progress of the Green Winged Orchids and also the Early Purples. Also two Brimstone butterflies near the Silverdale Cove.

There were plenty to be seen but you needed to look really close and I have in the following photos tried to show the more advanced specimens.


Green Winged Orchids progress at the Lots on Silverdale (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: The Lots Silverdale 


Early Purple Orchids progress at the Lots on Silverdale (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: The Lots Silverdale 


Monday 8th April 2019 - Dalton Crags 


Asplenium Trichomanes (Maidenhair spleenwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: taken today on Dalton Crags.

Shows good examples of new croziers just starting to come through over the old fronds

Straightaway at the Plain Quarry car park I had two Blackcap singing away. A little further on just after passing through the escarpments and taking the route up through Hypericum Way I was met by one the most graceful of warblers, the Willow Warbler singing her ditty! it was lovely and peaceful and the first Willow Warbler to arrive back in Dalton Crags. I spent a little time trying to establish if there were more, but she was the only one I saw and heard. It's well worth checking all areas at the moments because there is every chance that a "Confusion of Warblers" could be found. I written a poem a year or two back which I will add at the end of the reports.

The wind again was a little naughty with still those Easterlies getting through and taking the edge of those fine rays of sunshine, I guess today was blowing at about 8mph. Was hoping to get more Meadow Pipits crossing over, but literally had one bird over two hours. A local Song Thrush performed the Curlew part song with precision!.  It was great to be informed that our first local Swallow had returned and was on territory at Dalton Hall this morning.

Herb Robert showing all over the place today.  Also managed to get a photo of the Asplenium trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) newly formed fronds showing croziers opening up (see photo above). Had a Brimstone butterfly at Plain Quarry. 




WILLOW WARBLERS – COLLECTIVES

Flying in the dark through a moonlit sky,
Falling from high like little angels,
Floating down on a wavering leaf,
The “confusion” has now begun.
Our dear little Willow Warbler

Daytime closed you was not seen,
Whilst morning wakes your plenty,
So tred so soft our leaf explorer,
A “bouquet” of special prize to us,
Our dear little Willow Warbler

Your music is a descending tale,
Which finish the year hou whit,
A choir of pairs sings thy will,
A “Fall” would be a lot of thee,
Our dear little Willow Warbler

Sylvia’s hand of lucid intricacy
You thread that weave so delicately,
To house and raise a splendid cast,
It’s a start to a “Wrench” fulfilled

Our dear little Willow Warbler

Sunday 7th April 2019 -  Valve House area and Dalton Park Wood, Dalton Hall Estate (includes areas where permission is required)  

1300hrs to 1500hrs - Just checking out area for Wheatear, but none present today, Checked out a little of Dalton Park Wood on the Estate for Willow Warblers but none back yet, although did have one of the returning Chiffchaffs.  Also found some nicely populated areas of Chrysoplenium opposititfolium (Opposite Leaved Saxifrage) (photo). Also lots of Ground Ivy in bloom, Primroses and several Bluebells. One Peacock butterfly. 


 Chrysosplenium oppositifolium ( Opposite-leaved Saxifrage) Click over to enlarge
7th April 2019 - Dalton Hall Estate

 Chrysosplenium oppositifolium ( Opposite-leaved Saxifrage) Click over to enlarge
7th April 2019 - Dalton Hall Estate

 Chrysosplenium oppositifolium ( Opposite-leaved Saxifrage) Click over to enlarge
7th April 2019 - Dalton Hall Estate

Chrysosplenium oppositifolium ( Opposite-leaved Saxifrage) Click over to enlarge

7th April 2019 - Dalton Hall Estate

Sunday 7th April 2019 - Main Street, Burton

1200hrs - Just had another returning Chiffchaff confirmed, which I had singing at Ryecroft (next to the Memorial Hall)

Saturday 6th April 2019 - Slape Lane, Lancelot Clark Storth and Burton Fell

From 1100hrs to 1530hrs A beautiful afternoon with plenty of sunshine and so nice to take refreshment whilst sat on a boulder up in Burton Fell enjoying the tranquility with only birds singing in the background whilst absorbing a intake of warm sunshine.

I set out along Slape Lane, it soon became noticable that the nettles on the sides of the bridleway were full of Ladybirds (UK), vetches had grown to about 4" stems and would not be long before showing their beautiful flowers. What looked like honey bees where enjoying the multitude of Lesser Celandine, some of these celandines were as big as the old half crowns (about 2" diameter). One of my main aims today was to look for the Moschatel (Town Hall clock) which I did find and duly gps recorded, although trying to take a photograph has not turned out well!. The Slape Lane Chiffchaff has returned ok and singing away. Had a Brimstone butterfly passing me and using the corridor of the Slape Lane. Large parties of Black Headed Gulls went overhead and I wrote in my diary "had a spirt on", it was fly with haste to the nearby newly farrowed fields to get their spoils whilst Herring Gulls could be heard high up in the heavens. Very large bumblebees where on display, they were dark with lots of light ginger from their shoulder and most of their back. Another Chiffchaff was heard close to where the paths cross to make your way over to Clawthorpe. A Red Admiral butterfly alighted on the ground, but just as the camera was prepared it flew off. Marsh Tits were calling from the beautiful bluebell wood. Some of the bluebells were already showing flowers but it will be another couple of weeks before they are at their best, also the Wood Anemones are coming through in leaps and bounds. Also had Water Avens in the margins. Nuthatches calling from everywhere with their supercharged wit,wit,wit,wit,wit calls repeated like the bullets from a gun! I could hear the little Treecreepers singing away so quiet yet cheerful.  Also more Marsh Tits in Pickles Wood, Had four Peacock butterflies in Lancelot Clark Storth, one actually scrapping with a Comma butterfly, and yet another beautiful Brimstone. The Pickles wood Chiffchaff was singing away close to the deer fence in Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT). Went to check out the Spring Cinquefoil which was still in low rosette (photo). Crossed over into Burton Fell and climbed high up to check out for Willow Warblers, but none in yet, but did have a couple more Chiffchaff marking their territories.

Tipped off from a good source that Wheatear have arrived on the other side of the Dalton Hall estate near the Valve House, I need to check this area because I am sure it will be a welcome stop off for the Northern Greenlands!!


Potentilla neumanniana (Spring Cinquefoil) at about 1/2" diameter
Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT)


Peacock Butterfly - several seen in and around Lancelot Clark Storth,
one in scuffles with a Comma Butterfly


Several Bluebells showing in Bluebell wood and also in the margins of the bridleway


Wood Anemone plentiful



Moschatel in the bankings of the bridleway


Water Avens again in the bankings of the bridleways

Saturday 6th April 2019 - Dalton Crags and Common

From 0630hrs to 0900hrs A lovely morning cold at first but soon warming up with just a hint of Easterly breeze coming through.


Two Chiffchaffs calling from around Plain Quarry Car Park, Green Woodpeckers calling, two separate Song Thrushes in full song, Skylarks happy and singing.  But Meadow Pipit passage was almost none existent with only 8 birds passing through NW over 2 hours. THE HIGHLIGHT HAS TO BE TWO WILLOW WARBLERS HAVE ARRIVED BACK AND SINGING ON TERRITORY (Uberash) and NW OF THE TRIG POINT, also saw one of them fidgeting about high in the Goat Willow. Also had the pair of Stonechats. Could hear the male singing away with a song I have never heard before and was a lightish song which was repetitive Twu-wiss, issa, issa, issa, then a rest for 30 seconds then repeated, it was lovely to hear it....  I have established at least one breeding pair on territory, but now think there could be two.


Also pleased to have reports through from Robert Ashworth (Kendal) from yesterday.  He also confirms the Dalton Crags breeding pair of Stonechats, but also has had another pair back on territory on the Common North of Burton Fell.  He also recorded a Tree Pipit feeding up in Lancelot in the company of several Meadow Pipit. 



Friday 5th April 2019 - Dalton Crags


Please click over the above photo to enlarge and then you can clearly see the differences.

This example I found this morning (5th April 2019) at the bottom of a fallen decaying tree stump and it clearly shows to the left of the red line Potentilla sterilis (Barren Strawberry) and to the right of the red line Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry). This growing close together is seen on a regular basis. 


The obvious differences are:

1) The only flowering plants today are Barren Strawberry - shown above on the left (05/04/19)

2) The leaves of the Barren Strawberry (on the left) look much smaller in size than the Wild Strawberry


3) Leaves of the Barren Strawberry are more of a blue/green colour whereby the Wild Strawberry are more true green.





Thursday 4th April 2019


Fern croziers

Top left: Blechnum Spicant (Hard Fern) - Dalton Crags 21st May 2015, Top right: Polypodium australe (Southern Polypody) Lancelot Clark Storth (CWT) 13th July 2017

Middle left: Asplenium ceterach (Rusty Back Fern) - Nr. Whinn Yeates late March 2019  Middle right: Asplenium scolopendrium (Harts Tongue Fern) Dalton Crags late March 2019
Bottom: Polystitchum lonchitis (Holly Fern) - Hutton Roof - 
21st May 2015


Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Difference between the flowers of both Barren and Wild Strawberries which we have both located on Hutton Roof.

Top photo: Potentilla sterillis (Barren Strawberry) and Bottom photo: Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry)
Photos: Top Dalton Crags March 2019 - Bottom Dalton Crags 2018

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Monday 1st April 2019 - Dalton Crags

A belated vismig report of 534 Meadow Pipit to the North over Morecambe Stone Jetty on Saturday morning last (30th March 2019 recorded by: Nick Godden) 

Today the temperatures had considerably dropped to something like 7c, I checked throughout Dalton Crags to the bottom side of the "Line of Trees" and could not find our Stonechats and did not have one bird cross over in the skies above, which means the Meadow Mipits are grounded.  No wonder when its cold with a wind chill why would they want to progress.  

One of our returning Chiffchaffs at Plain Quarry, Dalton was singing away.