Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Harts Tongue Variants and Southern Polypody (18th/19th Nov 2015)

Thursday 19th November 2015

On the Bird situation.  I had a small five party of Siskin calling and flying above the large trees on the edge of the Plain Quarry car park.  Also had 4 Mistle Thrushes at the top of Lower Dalton Crags. One Green Woodpecker crossing Dalton deforested.  Also two Snipe flushed just east beyond the Trig Point (Ploverlands). Robert Ashworth also had a single Goldcrest near Plain Quarry this morning. Had a good look around for a Shrike, but nothing doing at the moment.

This morning whilst on my way up through Dalton Crags I again found yet another Harts Tongue Fern which was different to the norm and looks very interesting. At first viewing I just thought the serrated edges were a weather worn situation, but on closer observation, you can see that they are a purpose natural occurrence on this specimen, which is confirmed by the representative individual veining pertaining to each serration, and you can see it here in this first photo.  Here are the photos:

Harts Tongue Fern with serrated edging  (Click over to enlarge)

Wednesday 18th November 2015

What miserable weather!

I have been out over the past few days at various times when it was not too bad and seen one or two bits and pieces of fungi and ferns.  So here are my findings:

Harts Tongue Fern  
It certainly gives the appearance of difference! especially noticeable in the front central frond (also shown below) and its appearance in general stands out from the "norm".  Another interesting indicator was that the fronds did not bear any "sori" on the rear side although the frond lengths (approx 10-12") seemed to be of maturity.

Showing a clearer photo of the main frond

This photo gives a better view of one of the fronds which has a "lumpy" make up.

Rear of the frond showing a lack of "sori"

Also whilst out yesterday I found some more of the rare Southern Polypody (polypodium cambricum) in a new area of Dalton Crags and will obviously inform the County Recorder.  The area shows quite a few specimens over a approx area of one metre diameter.

Now then I do have a cracker here but its been very difficult to photograph, but hopefully I can give you some idea.  Its a "deformed" Harts Tongue Fern and actually does have 5 separate heads to the frond (of which two of the heads do contain Sori).  Its hard to show because of the entanglement but really interesting.  Also a similar occurance but to a lesser scale was also happening with another frond within the same group (see photos below)

This shows the deformed Harts Tongue fronds in situ (note x2)  (Click over to enlarge)

I have attempted here to separate the five heads  (Click over to enlarge)
Showing the entanglement in situ - also note behind frond  (Click over to enlarge)
Showing the rear with Sori on two of the heads  (Click over to enlarge)
There maybe some more stuff to add to the blog later so please try and check out again if you can later.

Sunday, 8 November 2015


Silk Banner which is displayed at CBDC Events  (Click over banner to enlarge)

Yesterday was the Cumbria Wildlife Recorders Conference 2015 held annually at Tullie House in Carlisle and for anyone who attended they were treated to a fabulous programme:

Stephen Westerberg (Cumbria Bird Club - On the launch of the Cumbria Online Bird Atlas
Frank Mawby - Movements of Wintering Geese and Swans on the Solway
Tony Marshall - Finding and Monitoring Dormice in Cumbria.
Brian Douglas (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) - Lost and Found Fungi Project
Richard Comont - Alien vs Predator - The Harlequin ladybird in Britain
Open Mike - Wildlife in Cumbria latest updates from recorders.
Sylvia Woodhead - Cumbria GeoConservation Group and Local Geological Sites
Simon Jackson (Tullie House Museum) - A Glimpse into the Geology Stores
Richard Comont (Bumblebee Conservation Trust) - BeeWalk - monitoring the plight of the bumblebee
Rebecca Barrett (North Pennines AONB) - Cold blooded and Spineless - Celebrating and recording invertebrates in the North Pennines.
Gary Hedges (Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre) - Highlights from the first season of CBDC Recording Days.
Nigel Gilligan - Five years of recording in an old Lake District garden
Teresa Frost (Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre) - Round up and final questions. 

A lovely day with lots of friends old and new and a big thank you to: Teresa, Gary, Stephen, Moustafa and Matt, and all who helped to make it such a wonderful success yet again.

Sorry to learn about Teresa leaving CBDC which will now be the gain of the BTO where she takes on the post of Wetland Bird Survey National Organiser.  Thank you for all the work you have done at the CBDC.

Need to keep sending in the wildlife records for Hutton Roof and anywhere else in Cumbria to the CBDC at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. 


A photo showing the "grafters" at the Westmorland Show - August 2015

Smoked Sunbeams - Arnside Knott  (Click over to enlarge)
This photo was taken whilst sunbeams were coming through the trees at Arnside Knott, but at the same time the Foresters were burning wood about 50 yeards away and the smoke for some reason was travelling horizontal and eventually hit the sunbeams and gave it the smokey touch. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Vismig Reports for Autumn 2015 (No.3)

Friday 6th November 2015 - Hutton Roof (West) 0715hrs to 0845hrs

Wind: South 9-17mph, 12c, 76% Cloud cover, 1009mb pressure. Odd light rain flurry with rainbow. Superquiet this morning.

Chaffinch: 19 SE
Alba Wagtail: 7 SE
Meadow Pipit: 13 SE
Goldfinch: 1 SE
Fieldfare: 7 SE
Redwing: 17 (10 SW rest SE)
Starling: 131 (31W rest x roost to SE)
Woodpigeon: 36 NW

Yellowhammer: 15 local wintering party.

Thursday 5th November 2015 - Hutton Roof (West) 0715hrs to 0900hrs

Wind SE 10-15mph, 9c, 100% Cloud cover, 1011mb pressure - light drizzle and rain from 0845hrs.
Confirmation of even more Meadow Pipits coming through which I have never seen before so late in the year.

Meadow Pipit: 111 (singles and pairs and parties of 12,60,30) the high numbered blogging parties had been down on the maize fields and then went off to the South East - Usually around this time of year you would not get numbers above 10 Mipits anywhere from about October 10th, so why all of a sudden are we getting this surge!

Chaffinch: 77 SE (a little better today)
Greenfinch: 3 W
Goldfinch 56 SE (best: 25,20,5)
Alba Wagtail: 14 SE
Fieldfare: 22 SE (one party 20)
Redwing: 12 SE
Starling: 75 W
Woodpigeon: 10 S

Wednesday 4th November 2015 - Hutton Roof (West) 0700hrs to 0830hrs

Wind ESE 10-12mph, 9-11c, 100% Cloud cover, 1012mb pressure.  Very dark first thing with nothing hardly moving, just dribs and drabs, had enough by 0830hrs.

Greenfinch: 3 SE
Redpoll: 2 SE
Chaffinch: 26 SE
Meadow Pipit: 23 SE
Alba Wagtail: 1 SE
Fieldfare: 8 SE (4 N)
Redwing: 24 SE
Mistle Thrush: 1 SE
Blackbird: 1 SE
Starling: 40W (15,25)
Woodpigeon: 26 (3SE,10W,13NW)

 Clive McKay checking out the vis on Hutton Roof (UK's National Co-ordinater for Trektellen Bird Site)

Tuesday 3rd November 2015 - Hutton Roof (West then East) 0700hrs to 1000hrs

Wind: South East 3-5mph, 5-9c, 20% Cloud, 1016mb pressure. Mist coming up especially from the West side and eventually shrouding the lower (west side site) so we moved further up on to the edge of Farleton (East side).  It was a lovely pleasure today to be joined by friend Clive McKay who was on a flying visit from Scotland and I was able to show him my local patch.  I am sure he enjoyed it.

Redwing: 132 mainly SW (7 parties)
Fieldfare: 805 mainly SW but some S and SE (18 parties)
Woodpigeon: 346S (10 parties)
Starling: 56 W (1 party 50)
Alba Wagtail: 2SE
Goldfinch: 12 (one party 10)
Chaffinch: 17 SE
Goldcrest: 1E
Meadow Pipit: 3S (but score or so blogging)
Spoarrowhawk: 1SW

also 2 local Peregrine and 2 local Yellowhammer.

    A spiders web in my garden (2nd Nov) caught up with thousands of dewdrops (Click over to enlarge)

Monday 2nd November 2015 - Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs to 0930hrs

Wind: SSE 5-6mph, 10c, 22% Cloud cover, 1024mb pressure. Clear were I was but fogbound in the lower levels and making sky creamy and difficult to distinguish birds at times.

Redwing: 82 mainly SW (20W 6 parties)
Fieldfare: 367 S/SE (8 parties)
Woodpigeon: 451 S (24 parties all S)
Starling: 149 W (8 parties - best 50)
Alba Wagtail: 4
Greenfinch: 1
Redpoll: 1
Skylark: 1
Goldfinch: 5
Linnet: 1
Chaffinch: 65 SE
Crossbill: audible only ?
Pink Footed Goose: 140W
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1
Red Admiral Butterfly: 1

A local roving party of approx 20 Yellowhammer and a local roving party of 31 Long Tailed Tits

Sunday 1st November 2015 - No Counts today - Totally Fogbound

SE 6-7 mph, 10-12c, 1027mb pressure

Good counts of Fieldfare (3000) down in Rossendale

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Crispum Greening'

 I have something rather special I would love to show you. What about this then!

Asplenium scolopendrium 'Crispum Greening'

This just is something very special and has been found in recent days on the Hutton Roof complex by my good friend Alec Greening (fern specialist). It is a variant of the well known Harts Tongue Fern, we have over recent months been so proud to boast of other finds of related varieties of the Harts Tongue including the 'Ramosum variety' and also the 'Undulatum variety' but to get on this very special rarity has brought about a lot of smiling faces! It is already creating quite a stir in the pteriologist world because its probably one of the best known examples to have been found recently. It is estimated to be about 3 to 4 years old.

Here below is another couple of photos which show 1) a close up of the frond and 2) the rear of the plant which clearly shows the absence of "sori" and with which gives another confirmation to its variety. 

1. "Click over photo to enlarge"

2."Click over photo to enlarge"

Thursday, 15 October 2015


If only visible migration was so simple!


Saturday 31st October 2015 - 1130hrs to 1430hrs - Hutton Roof Walk

Weather was OK at first but turned to drizzly rain with poor visibility by 1330hrs, yet did prior to this manage to pick up one or two parties of thrushes:

Redwing: 183 all N/NW (20,30,60,20,40 etc)
Fieldfare: 80 all S/SE (20,80)

Saturday 31st October 2015 - 0700hrs to 1100hrs - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal SD5384277020 and SD5383676964

Wind: SE 8-20mph, 12c, 53% Cloud cover, 1019mb pressure.
Clear morning (at start) and birds were going over immediately although in small numbers, but the quick burst of birds was over almost as quick as it started.  The routing of the Fieldfare today had taken on a South East, whilst most of the Redwing kept to their West/North West corridors. The Main line of Fieldfares today was noticed travelling down the central Pennines with counts of 9000 birds in Bradford, and 5000 in Winter Hill. The last two or three days have been good with Albas

Redwing: 312 predominately West (but some South/SE, NW, N)
Fieldfare: 802 predominately SE with odds going in various
Alba Wagtail: 17 (one pair and all the rest singles) SE
Chaffinch: 122 SE (Lets celebrate, the first three figure count this year!)
Goldfinch: 6 SE
Skylark: 4E
Meadow Pipit: 4 SE
Redpoll: 1 SE
Greenfinch: 3 SE (all singles)
Linnet 1 SE
finch species: 20 party travelling with Fieldfare party.
Woodpigeon: 83 SE
Starling: 24
Pink Footed Goose: 35 (East to South West)
Goosander: 1 SE

Red Admiral Butterfly: 1
Comma Butterfly: 1

Birdwatching over Pendle can turn up many surprises  (Click over sketch to enlarge)

Friday 30th October 2015 - 0700hrs to 0800hrs (Rain and Fog)

Wind: E 8-13mph, 9c, 100% Cloud Cover, 1011mb pressure.
Heavy rain right from off and visibility down to 200 yards either side.  Did eventually stop raining at 1100hrs.

Redwing: 30 SW
Goldfinch: 20 SE

(Large Fieldfare movements noted even through bad weather at: High Tatham and further South at Winter Hill). Mega numbers of Fieldfares had previously landed in Northern Scotland and have been recorded heading South.

Thursday 29th October 2015 - Later in the day 12 to 3pm
Wind: backed off by 1130hrs and rain stopped. Saw lots of Redwing heading South and later Fieldfare also heading South

Redwing: 483 Mainly West (2x100 parties, the rest in 10s to 30s - directions W,S.
Fieldfare: 190 South (from Hutton Roof: 50S, 60SE,80S)
Meadow Pipit: 3
Skylark 1S 

Thursday 29th October 2015 - NO VIS TODAY  (Strong Winds and Heavy Rain)

Wind: SSE 18-41mph, 10-11c, 89% Cloud cover, 1003mb pressure.  Heavy Rain

Did notice a couple of small parties of Redwing fighting the winds and head South over a five minute period so probably some sort of movement going on. 

Wednesday 28th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal SD5384277020 and SD5383676964 0700hrs to 0815hrs

Wind: E5-6mph, 11c, 99% Cloud cover, 1005mb pressure, light drizzle then half way through started with heavy rain. Poor viz with fog at 200 yards both sides and worsening. All SE unless stated otherwise.

Chaffinch: 12
Alba Wagtail: 5
Starling: 7W
Fieldfare: 1SE

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal SD5384277020 and SD5383676964 0700hrs to 0845hrs

Wind: E15-20mph, 8-11c, 65% Cloud cover, 1010mb pressure.

Fieldfare: 55 (5SE and 50SW)
Redwing: 42 (20NW, 22 SW)
Alba Wagtail: 1
Meadow Pipit: 1
Chaffinch: 21 SE (Same number as yesterday)

Woodpigeon: 15 SE
Starling 38 W

Monday 26th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal SD5384277020 and SD5383676964 0700hrs to 0845hrs

Wind: SE 16-28mph, 8c, 69%, 1013mb pressure.  Definate start up with Alba Wagtails

Redwing: 4 (2SW,2W)
Chaffinch: 21 SE
Greenfinch: 1 SE
Redpoll: 1 SE
Alba Wagtails: 10 SE (one party 5)
Starling: 13W
Skylark: 5 SE
Woodpigeon: 5 SE
Long Tailed Tit: 15 (One party)

Sunday 25th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal SD5384277020 and SD5383676964 0700hrs to 0845hrs

Wind: WSW 7-10mph, 7-10c, 98% Cloud cover, 1022mb pressure.  Off and on heavy rain showers throughout.

Starling: 45W
Redwing: 41 (23NW the rest SW or W)
Fieldfare: 13 W (one party)
Woodpigeon: 58 SE (5 parties)
Chaffinch: 40 (3x5 parties)
Goldfinch: 14 SE 
Alba Wagtail: 2

Saturday 24th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal SD5384277020 and SD5383676964 - 0800hrs to 0900hrs

Wind: South 15-20mph llc, 100% Cloud cover, 1006mb pressure. - Heavy Rain Shows off and on

Alba Wagtail: 2SE
Redwing: 4 S/SW/SE (South but undecided)
Chaffinch: 7 SE
Goldfinch: 4S

Friday 23rd October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal SD5384277020 and SD5383676964 - 0800hrs to 1000hrs

Wind: South 10-15mph, 7-9c, 100% Cloud cover, 1018mb pressure. 
Quiet today with very few birds about, The few Thrushes I had were unsure of direction. Still very few Chaffinch showing.

Redwing: 150 predominently West (8 parties) (69W, 33SE, 30SW, 18S)
Blackbird: 2W
Starling: 1W
Chaffinch: 41SE (Wow! I actually managed a 6 party..)
Greenfinch: 1SE
Goldfinch: 8 SW (one party)
Meadow Pipit: 1SE
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE (separate birds)

None of this when you are "vismigging" - You may wish you could lie in but you must be up and ready for dawn - and with the Thrushes imminent "early to bed early to rise"

Thursday 22nd October 2015 - Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal 0800 to 0900hrs

Wind West 20-25mph 12c, 15% Cloud cover, 1012mb pressure.

Wind far too strong and would I presume have kept the majority of Thrushes using cuttings etc and blending in too much with the background.  Did manage a few also a few brave little Chaffinches struggling through.

Redwing: 22W (20+2)
Mistle Thrush: 3
Starling: 2W and (50x roost E)
Alba Wagtail: 2SE
Woodpigeon: 20 SE

Will we get our Shrike or Shrikes back again this year?  Well I was up on Hutton Roof yesterday checking out if any had returned, because reports have been showing of several having already turned up over at Spurn on the East Coast and also a couple of days ago my vismig friend Dave from over at Bradford actually was lucky enough to get one coming through on Vis, so obviously they are about. Usually the earliest we get them on Hutton Roof will be 4th November onwards, so I will be checking the area on a regular basis.

A little sketch from last year

Wednesday 21st October 2015 - Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal 0800hrs to 1030hrs

Wind: SW15mph, 15c, 100% Cloud, 1012mb pressure. Heavy fog over Hutton Roof and light drizzle throughout.  All movement South unless stated otherwise. Thrushes today were low flying and of slow meandering flight mainly to the West.

Redwing: 525 mainly W  (Main line formed to W but did have 151 to SE and 35SW)
Fieldfare: 18 (5W,3SW,10SE)
Starling: 60W (4 parties)
Chaffinch: 45 SE
Goldfinch: 1SE
Greenfinch: 1SE
Alba Wagtail: 1SE
Skylark: 1SE
Common Snipe: 2W (1,1)
Golden Plover: 1W

Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Hutton Roof (Farleton Side) SD5498179279 0800hrs to 1100hrs

Wind: WNW 6-8mph, 7-10c, 80% Cloud cover, 1016mb pressure. Fogbound at first to all areas with a little clearing as the morning went on, but still some hanging about in the valley or low areas.

Redwing: 55 (40SE,15NW)
Fieldfare: 23N
Chaffinch: 3S
Meadow Pipit: 3S
Starling: 100W (5 parties)
Goldfinch: 10W (1 party)


I have noticed that since I started doing visible bird migration this year 18th September to date that Chaffinch numbers are down by massive numbers in comparison to last year.
I suppose for some time now I have put this down to a mild autumn and that they were late in coming through, but this is just getting ridiculous.
The largest parties I have had this year is 5s whereby I used to get parties up to 20s last year.  This year most of the birds coming through are just singles or pairs, very few in parties.
Last year my counts over my watchpoint in Burton In Kendal, Cumbria between the dates September 30th and October 20th 2014 I counted 10,714 birds.
This year over a comparable period (slightly less time at watchpoint) I have only had 1,103 birds.
Last year peak days: Oct 9th (1310 birds), Oct 10th (1351 birds) Oct 18th (1022 birds)
This year peak days: Oct 11th (121 birds) Oct 15th (133 birds)
Last year we had another peak on October 25th (1079 birds) it will be interesting to see how many we get. I have been in touch with a couple of other local recorders in Lancashire who are also experiencing similar situation.
I have tried to understand what is going on here.  I did at one time think that perhaps the birds are just late coming through, but has the days go on and on I don’t think this can be the reason.
I would love to hear about any suggestions anyone may have. 
Bryan Yorke

Monday 19th October 2015 - Hutton Roof (Farleton Side) SD5498179279) 0800hrs to 1300hrs

Wind: NE 5-6mph, 5-10c, 50% Cloud cover, 1027mb pressure.

95% of all movement was North

Very few birds had actually come through by 0915hrs (eg: 527) and had gone generally very quiet and I was just about to pack up and by 0945hrs Redwing started to pile through with party after party with 98% coming in from a entry somewhere over Lancaster and going over Hutton Roof (from West side to East Side) before crossing the Lune Valley and continuing to the North probably in a Killington direction. Some large parties came through and by just as quick as it had started by approx 1030hrs (45 minutes later) it stopped and during the time of busy passage I had no less than 1675 Redwings (in 45 minutes).  Birds kept coming through every 5 to 10 minutes after that and by 1300 things had gone really quiet, but although I packed up I am sure birds would have carried on all day.

Redwing: 3170 (95% North, some W,NW) (46 parties) (best parties: 400, 5x150)
Fieldfare: 600 (95% North, some NW) (14 parties) (best parties: 80, 3x70)
Starling: 30 W
Meadow Pipit: 27
Chaffinch: 8
Grey Wagtail: 1W
Greenfinch: 4 (3 E)
Goldfinch: 6 (one party 5E)

Wall Butterfly x 2

Redwing corridor over Hutton Roof on 19th Oct 2015  (Click over to enlarge)

The above is roughly the line they took today coming in from somewhere in the Lancaster direction and then crossing over Hutton Roof from South West side to North East Side and continued to head North in a direction which would probably lead to Killington. 

Wall Butterfly on Farleton today  (Click over to enlarge)
There were two at the side of my watchpoint - I suppose this tells you it must be mild when you are seeing Walls in mid to late October......


New Watchpoint for "Thrushes" only - Hutton Roof (Farleton Side) SD 5498179279 
(Click over to enlarge)

Sunday 18th October 2015 - Hutton Roof - Farleton Side (SD5498179279) (0730hrs to 1000hrs)

Wind NNE 12-18mph 7-10c (but felt very cold) 90% cloud, 1024mb pressure.

Although dawn started with the sounds of Fieldfare (unseen), it quickly became apparent we were not going to get birds in any amounts, far different to the early feel of yesterday. Odd parties did go through, some taking the Lune Valley route (this route would have been missed yesterday)

Redwing: 372 (11 parties) best 60,50 2x40 main direction West some South West, SE.
Fieldfare: 127 (4 parties) 57 North and 70 West.
Starling: 54 (one party 50)
Meadow Pipit: 1
Chaffinch: 3
Alba Wagtail: 2SE
Pink Footed Goose: 9NE

Saturday's Thrush Corridors  (Click over photo to enlarge)

Saturday 17th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (0730hrs to 1400hrs)

Wind: North 8-10mph, 6-10c, 50% Cloud, 1025mb pressure. Thrush passage predominently North West and North.

More or less from the word go, I thought things were happening and we had a good movement which tapered from lunchtime, but up until then had been nice and steady.  From 1000hrs there was a Fieldfare build and from this I am guessing tomorrow could be great. Unusual that the Fieldfare (90% went North yet the Redwing maintained a North West).  Majority of all parties were at about 100 to 200ft high and nice and easy to pick up with the grey clouds and good clear light. Still Fieldfare going through on leaving, in silent meandering parties at approx one party per 20 mins.

Redwing: 4550 (111 parties - best: 350,250,200 a few 100 plus) - 90% of birds NNW with some bouncing back to SE, some West, odd parties South West.
Fieldfare: 1286  (30 parties - best: 150,100, 2x80, several 70s) Predominently North although a few were mixed in with the Redwing.
Goldfinch: 22
Greenfinch: 1
Chaffinch: 104
Pink Footed Goose: 100 plus (way out over Bay)
Golden Plover (audible only)
Gt Spotted Woodpeckers: 2 S
Red Admiral Butterfly: 2

Friday 16th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (0730hrs to 1030hrs)

Wind: NNE 9-15mph, 7-10c, Cloud 70% to 90%, 1027mb pressure. Fine throughout but cold. All birds South unless stated.

Today the birds did not seem up for it, with birds going in all directions, although a line did start to form on a South to NNW, although this did not last for long. 90% of all birds did have a general W to N direction. Very little after 0900hrs just the odd loose flock. Lots of stuff again leaving Hutton Roof after a night roost. Also birds seen to plummet for the skies into HR, some blogging taking off and then shortly returning to HR.  Chaffinch still very quiet.

Redwing: 501 S to NNW (a good number going W, small numbers going N, E and SE
Fieldfare: 5 NNW
Blackbird 1 W
Starling: 56 (some E, some S
Greenfinch: 1
Redpoll: 1
Goldfinch: 6
Skylark: 8
Alba Wagtail: 1
Chaffinch: 113
Meadow Pipit: 1

Thursday 15th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal (0730hrs to 1100hrs)

Wind: NE 8mph, 5-9c, 20-50% Cloud cover, 1025mb pressure. very cold when sun went behind cloud, cloud slow moving. Birds at Medium altitude eg: 100-300ft

Redwing: 976 W to NW (odds going N or E) - best: 2x80, 2x50, 4x40.
Fieldfare: 169 W to NW (best 80,40,30)
Blackbird: 2 SW
Mistle Thrush 3W
Starling: 46E
Redpoll: 12 (missed lots of high flyers)
Chaffinch: 133 (where on earth are they all?)
Goldfinch: 9
Greenfinch: 2
Reed Bunting: 1
Skylark: 9
Alba Wagtail: 1

Red Admiral Butterfly: 2

Wednesday 14th October 2015  NO COUNT TODAY

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

THANK YOU - Cumbria Wildlife Trust - Gold Badger's Paw Award

Thanks to Cumbria Wildlife Trust for kindly awarding me the "Gold Badger's Paw Award" at Newton Rigg College, Penrith last Friday.

L to R - Award Recipients - David Hussell, Barbara O'Connor, Anne Powell Trust Chairman), Adrian Banford, Irene Downing, Bryan Yorke, Sue Shields and Peter Bullard (Trust Director) - Photo: Charlotte Rowley (Cumbria Wildlife Trust)

Yours truly (Hutton Roof) and Sue Shields (Burneside)
Photo: Charlotte Rowley (Cumbria Wildlife Trust)

Thursday, 17 September 2015


Tuesday 13th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs to 1000hrs

Wind: NNE 9- 14mph, 6-10c, Cloud 2%, 1027mb pressure, very cold up to 0900hrs

Redwing: 263 mainly SW (actual: 148SW, 28NW, 61W, 20S, 3E) also a roosting party of over 100 in Hutton Roof overnight.
Blackbird: 4SW,
Mistle Thrush: 11W,
Starling: 36
Redpoll: 3
Siskin: 2
Greenfinch: 3
Chaffinch: 76

Monday 12th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs to 0900hrs

Wind: WSW 0-5mph, 3-10c, 44% Cloud down to 95%, 1021mb pressure. Rain from 0830hrs and stopped what little movement there was

Chaffinch: 45
Reed Bunting: 1
Goldfinch: 15 (one party)
Starling: 30 (SE,SW)
Redwing: 59 (15NE, 9NW, 34W, 1W)

also 1000hrs to 1100hrs

Chaffinch: 21
Goldfinch: 30 (one party)
Skylark: 2
Pink Footed Goose: 10 (one skein) SE

Sunday 11th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs - 1030hrs

Wind: East 9-16mph, 11c, 75% cloud cover, 1020mb pressure. All movement South unless stated otherwise.

Chaffinch: 121 (best party 9)

Meadow Pipit: 7
Skylark: 8 (one party)
Redpoll: 1
Goldfinch: 24 (4 parties)
Linnet: 2
Starling: 63W (17,46)
Song Thrush: 2W
Mistle Thrush: 7W
Redwing: 9W (6SW then returned 20mins later and went to NW probably same birds?)
Golden Plover: 17E (A party of 11 then thirty minutes later a further party of 6)

Saturday 10th October 2015 - Burton In Kendal 1930hrs
Barn Owl witnessed quartering the fields.


(SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2015 - update) JUST A QUICK CATCH UP WITH THE VISMIG SITUATION - We are still experiencing very little in the way of birds as you can see from the numbers in the reports eg: Chaffinch numbers October 9th 2014 were 1310 and numbers on October 9th 2015 were 87 (although far less counting time), also Chaffinch numbers October 10th 2014 were 1351 compared to 64 in 2015 (although far less counting time) so it seems at this point obvious the birds have just not come through yet or lets hope that is the position.


Thank you to the Kendal Branch of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust who invited me for their presentation on Wednesday last at Plumgarths. - A lovely audience
Thank you to the North Lancs Branch of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust who invited me for their presentation on Friday last at the Church of the Ascension, Nr. Torrisholme - A lovely audience.

Saturday 10th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730 - 0900hrs

Wind: ESE 5-7mph, 12c, 87% Cloud cover, 1023mb pressure

Goldfinch: 49 (8 parties)
Mistle Thrush: 8W
Song Thrush: 1W
Redpoll: 2
Woodpigeon: 7
Starling: 4
Siskin: 1
Alba Wagtail: 2
Linnet: 2
Chaffinch: 64
Meadow Pipit: 3

Friday 9th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0715-0830hrs

Wind: SSE 5-7mph, 11c, 0% Cloud cover, 1022mb pressure. all movement South unless stated

Goldfinch: 12 (one party 10)
Cjhaffinch: 87
Siskin: 2
Mistle Thrush: 9 W
Cormorant: 1SE
Redpoll: 1
Greenfinch: 2
Redwing: 1 (audible only)
Unident Thrushes - 3 Small thrush parties in the distance skirting Hutton Roof: All W. 4,5,3.
Woodpigeon: 18
Blackbird: 2
Meadow Pipit: 4

Thursday 8th October 2015  - No Counts

Wednesday 7th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0730hrs to 0830hrs

Wind: NW 9mph, 12c, 96% Cloud cover, 1003mb
Light Rain throughout.

Tuesday 6th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700-0900hrs
Wind: SE 8-12mph, 14c, 96% cloud, 996mb pressure. All South unless stated

Mistle Thrush: 4W
Song Thrush: 1W
Meadow Pipit: 27
Chaffinch: 88 (best parties 5s 6s)
Goldfinch: 9
Alba Wagtail: 1
Greylag Goose: 40W (15,25)
Linnet: 2
Jay 1W

Monday 5th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700-0800hrs
Wind E23-44mph, 10c, 95% Cloud cover, 1004 mb pressure. Rain at 0830hrs.
Chaffinch: 5
All movement South

Sunday 4th October 2015 - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal 0700hrs to 0830hrs
Wind: SSE 2-3 mph, 8% Cloud, 1014mb pressure. All movement South

Goosander: 3 SSE
Alba Wagtail: 2 SE
Meadow Pipit: 19
Chaffinch: 32
Song Thrush: 2
Siskin: 4 (group)

Sketch showing the Chaffinch corridors and the area I will be watching from over the coming weeks

Harts Tongue Variant: Asplenium scolopendrium "Undulatum Group"

Whilst walking back this morning over Hutton Roof from Whin Yeates and down through Burton Fell and Lancelot, I just thought I would call off and check the fern variant I found a couple of weeks ago. So that I could actually let Alec (Greening) know whether it had "sori" present or not!  Well it has and that is how you tell the difference between the variant "Crispum Group" with no sori or "Undulatum Group" with sori (as in this case).  By the way that's not my clever head working that out, I have been fortunate to get the info from Alec who lives literally just up the road. Not bad having the "Fern Man" on your own very doorstep is it !



Saturday 3rd October 2015 - Hutton Roof - Road Summit Nr Whin Yeates - 0715 to 0900hrs
Wind: ESE 2-3mph 3-12c, 6% Cloud, 1018mb - Fog to base of Hutton Roof on both sides which remained throughout the count.  Hardly any birds interested All movement South

Chaffinch: 48
Meadow Pipit: 79
Redpoll: 3 SE
Yellowhammer: 1male (came down to rest for 10 mins on HR and then continued South)
Goldfinch: 4
Alba Wagtail: 1
Swallow: 1
Long Tailed Tit: 7
Mistle Thrush: 4W (2,2)
LBBG 34 E (probably ex roost to feeding areas
Starling: now over 100 XRoost and growing daily from W (probably Leighton Moss)

Friday 2nd October 2015 - Hutton Roof - Whinn Yeates Summitt 0645hrs to 0830hrs
Wind: SSW 4mph, 3-12c, 14% Cloud, 1028mb - Manage to get about 20 minutes vismig (but even then it was mega quiet) before it went solid fog from both sides.

Goldfinch: 32 (best 15,10)
Meadow Pipit: 9
Chaffinch: 14
Linnet: 1
Alba Wagtail: 2NW

Thursday 1st October - Sunrise coming up from Yorkshire (Ingleborough on right)  (Click over to enlarge)
Thursday 1st October 2015 - Hutton Roof - Whinn Yeates Summit 0645hrs to 0900hrs
Wind: East 3-5mph, 5-13c, 0% cloud, 1036mb pressure, early low mist

Meadow Pipt (first 0715) 208 mainly 3,4,5s
Chaffinch: 84 (best 2x6)
Goldfinch: 40 (5 parties)
Linnet: 6 (2,1,1,2)
Redpoll: 7
Alba Wagtail: 3 SE
Swallow: 1
Skylark: 3
Song Thrush: 1W

Robert Ashworth has kindly sent in his records for Hutton Roof for September and October and they look very interesting especially the Hobby and Hawfinch records.  Here are the records and below a lovely photo of the Hawfinch which Robert was lucky to manage to capture on camera.

Tawny Owl Lancelot 3/9/15
Redstart near car park 9/9/15
Hobby flying high south over valley to west of Lancelot 18/9/15
Common Whitethroat near car park 18/9/15
Merlin mobbing buzzard south of deforested 1/10/15
Hawfinch at east edge of woodland near car park 1/10/15

Photo: Robert Ashworth - Hawfinch Nr. Plain Quarry, Dalton - (Click over to enlarge)

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - Hutton Roof - Whinn Yeates Summit 0645hrs to 0845hrs
Wind: East 5-7mph, 6-13c, 49% Cloud cover, 1037mb pressure.

It just never got started this morning and even worse than yesterday with trickles from the start and throughout.

Meadow Pipit: 97 (best 5s and 6s)
Chaffinch: 52SW or NE (best 7,6)
Goldfinch: 15
Swallow: 3
Skylark: 1
Mistle Thrush: 2W

Tuesday 29th September 2015- Hutton Roof - Whinn Yeates Summit 0645hrs to 0915hrs
Wind: ESE 5-6mph, 6-13c, 59% Cloud Cover, 1038mb pressure. Movement S unless stated

It just never got started this morning, very few birds.  Also what I struggle with is that you had more or less the same forecasted predictions as yesterday but what a difference, not just in the amount of birds, but also the Mipits we had were divided in the corridor routings example: 70% followed the same route as yesterday (direct South), but 30% today took a more SE route! Also a bit different today was the Albas which all went SW today (rather than there normal SE) - Died off by 0800hrs to occasional trickles which was the same when I left at 0915hrs

Meadow Pipit: 248 (best,13,12,11,10)
Chaffinch: 67 (best 5)
Goldfinch: 9
Greenfinch: 2
Siskin: 1
Reed Bunting: 4,
Alba Wagtail: 5
Swallow: 21 (best 10)
Mistle Thrush: 1
Song Thrush: 2W
Woodpigeon: 12
Jay: 1

Sketch: Tuesday 29th September 2015

Sketch of Passerine/Hirundine Movement over Hutton Roof (Click over sketch to enlarge)
This sketch shows the main directions of the movement of passerines and hirundines over Hutton Roof and in particular shows the "narrowed corridor" taken by the Meadow Pipits usually in the last week of September or the first week in October on their southerly migration. Quite a lot of the Mipits which come down the side of Farleton and also some that come down the Lune Valley will at the point of the "Kelker Well" make a lift and over the escarpment and onward across Uberash Breast or Uberash Roughs, over Dalton and continue South. Also of interest at Hutton Roof is the way that the Chaffinch passage instead of going directly South takes on a SW to NE and NE to SW, the Goldfinches also do a more direct South, yet the albas can be seen doing a SE.  Its as though most of the species have different routing corridors.

Photos: Monday 28th September 2015

(Facing North West I had this) - Above shows the "Moon" as it was this morning over Hutton Roof at 0650hrs (Click over to enlarge)
I suppose you could be forgiven for thinking it could have been the sun, but would be unusual to say it was in the West.

(Facing South East I had this) - And below is another photo from this morning at the same time of 0650hrs showing the sun just starting to come over Ingleborough which lies to my South East some 20 miles approx

Monday 28th September 2015 - Hutton Roof (Whinn Yeates Summit) South Cumbria 0645hrs to 0945hrs.

Wind: ESE 6-8mph, 5-13c, 63% Cloud Cover, 1037mb pressure
All movement South unless stated otherwise.

Started well, not as good as yesterday, but bigger parties than yesterday, tailed off by 0830hrs and then just dribbles since up to 0945hrs. Goldfinch far less today. Hirundines well down today,  FIRST REDWING

Meadow Pipits: 547 (best: 33,24,22,2x20)
Chaffinch: 42 (best: 3x4)
Linnet: 6 (2,2,1,1,)
Goldfinch: 53 (best 3x10)
Greenfinch: 2
Siskin: 3
Redpoll: 5 (2,3)
Alba Wagtail: 8
Mistle Thrush: 4W
REDWING: 1W (my first of the year)
Swallow: 2
Reed Bunting: 3
Skylark: 1
Jay: 1SW
MERLIN local tormenting Meadow Pipits, at times on Pylon Wires

Very enjoyable morning with increases in Meadow Pipits. Will shortly be going out check for Pink Footed Goose which I am getting reports through this morning.

Sunday 27th September 2015 - Hutton Roof (Whinn Yeates and then Uberash Breast) 0700hrs to 1200hrs
Wind: ESE 6mph (West SW by about 1030hrs), 12c, Cloud 0%, 1033mb pressure.
All movement South unless stated otherwise.

Brilliant for the first half hour - reminded me of how migration used to be years ago, and just for that short 30 minutes session, struggling to write them all down! with plenty of birds (but still no super big parties) well it wasn't to last it died from 0730hrs and after 0800hrs just trickles up to noon.

When stood on Uberash you can see why Swallows come across here because it sort of lines up with the Lune Valley (Lupton side) and takes them straight down South. Some really low within a metre of ground. (brilliant stuff!!)

Meadow Pipit: 356 best: 11,10,9,8,2x7 (270 in first hour then 86 in following 4 hours)
Chaffinch: 35
Goldfinch: 99 (12 groups)
Linnet: 14 (9,5 all SW)
Redpoll: 3
Siskin: 15 (in 5 groups)
Swallow: 74 (in 15 groups)
House Martin: (87 in 5 groups best 53)
Skylark: 4
Alba Wagtail: 3
Greenfinch: 2
Wheatear: 1 (on Uberash Breast)
Pink Footed Goose (Could hear mega distant altitude calls on 2 occasions) Nothing seen but obviously crossing.
Red Admiral Butterfly: 5 (South)

Saturday 26th September 2015 - Hutton Roof (Whinn Yeates) 0645hrs to 0915hrs
Wind: SSWE 2mph, Temp 9c,85% Cloud, Pressure 1029mb
All movement South unless stated otherwise.

Mipit did not start until about 0800hrs, extremely high and could not be heard, you only manage to find them occasionally in the milky cloud, more by luck, so I must have missed probably double the quantity I recorded. Absolutely scores of Robins contact calls on HR and also lots of small thrushes on way up.  Situation certainly getting better and obviously better at my old spot for the Mipits, but not for the Chaffinch.

Meadows Pipit: 119 (best: 8,7, lots of 5s and 4s)
Chaffinch: 44 (best: 10)
Goldfinch: 73 (best: 30,15,12)
Redpoll: 9 (3,5,1 and some missed)
Alba Wagtail: 2
Mistle Thrush: 9 (2,1,1,5) all West
Starling: 14 (dribs ex Roost from West to East)

also 1030hrs to 1130hrs - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal.

Meadow Pipit: approx 35 over the hour
Chaffinch: approx 20 over the hour
Pink Footed Goose: 50 (one skein) heading SSE over Burton.
Odd Swallows and House Martins.
Skylark: 1
Mistle Thrush: up to 6
Redpoll - heard only

also 1700 to 1800hrs - Vicarage Lane, Burton In Kendal.

Pink Footed Goose: 150 South (see on the line with Morecambe Bay)
Swallow: 8 (1,2,5)
Meadow Pipit: 4 (one party)
Chaffinch: 1

Friday 25th September 2015 - Hutton Roof (Whinn Yeates) 0730hrs to 0900hrs
Wind: West 10mph, Temp 9c, Cloud 52%, 1018mb pressure
All South unless stated otherwise.
Meadow Pipit:  58 (best: 7,6)
Chaffinch: 11
Woodpigeon: 109 (Roving parties: 74SE, 20SE, 15SE)
Starling: up to 20 leaving LM roost and coming by to East
Greylag Goose: 25 SE (one skein been seen a few times over last week or two)
Goldfinch: 3W
House Martin: 15 (one party)
Greenfinch: 2
Jay: 7 (one party E)
Cormorant: 5 SW (one party)
Mistle Thrush: 5W (one party)
Alba Wagtail: 1
noticing small Thrushes mobile.

Thursday 24th September 2015 – Trig Point, Hutton Roof  (0730 to 0900hrs)
Wind: West 20mph, Temp: 11c, Cloud Cover: 50%, Pressure 1009mb
Chiffchaff singing away in Plain Quarry area.
Skylark 6 - one group (in part song at times), trying to go SW but continually being blow back to E
Meadow Pipit: 3 only and blogging on HR
Swallow: 3 did manage to cut through to SW

Wednesday 23rd September 2015 – Off Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal (0730 to 0830hrs)
Wind: 13mphr, Temp: 12c, 85% Cloud Cover, Pressure 1009mb
All South unless stated:
House Martin: 5 (one group)
Swallow: 7 SW
Chaffinch: 12 (max pairs)
Meadow Pipit: 6 (max pairs)

Tuesday 22nd September 2015 – Off Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal (0700hrs to 0800hrs
Wind: NNW 8-10mph, Temp 11c, 25% Cloud Cover, Pressure 1001mb
Mistle Thrush 2 SE,
Chaffinch 22 (best 2x5)
Meadow Pipit: 12 (best pairs)
Swallow: 7 (one party 5)
Redpoll: 1
Alba Wagtail: 2 paired
Greylag Gees: 25W (one skein)

18th September 2015 - Vismig - Off Vicarage Ln, Burton In Kendal. 
0700hrs to 0900hrs, Wind SE 2mph, 13c, 1% cloud, 1009mb pressure.

Meadow Pipits: 14
Chaffinch: 18 (best party 5)
Reed Bunting: 1
Siskin: (heard)
Greenfinch: 3
Swallow: 2
Greylag Geese: 16W (one skein at 0800hrs)

17th September 2015
This day last year (2014), I had my first skein of 6 Pink Footed Goose heading SE
Also I had 77 Meadow Pipits, 58 Chaffinch, 1 Skylark, 1 Alba Wagtail (over a two hours)
This year on the very same day I have had –
Less than 10 birds in total (all species) over a period of one and a half hours

15th September 2015
This day last year (2014), over one and a half hours I had 71 Swallows, 4 Chaffinch and 2 Alba Wagtails
This year on the very same day I have had –
Less than 10 birds in total (all species) over a period of one and a half hours
The only difference I am aware of is that last year the Wind was from the East, whereby this year the wind was from the West.

The only difference I am aware of is that last year the Wind was from the East, whereby today and last Tuesday the wind was from the West.

Swallow corridors around Burton In Kendal and Carnforth (Click over sketch to enlarge)

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

My Beautiful Garden today - 8th September 2015

My beautiful garden today
(Click over photo to enlarge)

Please come into my garden, you are so welcome!

I love my garden, especially today, because it's the best garden in the World,
I have searched everywhere today and cannot find one weed!
But I did find lots of nice things, of which I want to tell you about!

I have many boulders in my garden, but one very special boulder which lies in the Woods,
Special ! (Ssssh) because some very rare plants grows from the top of the boulder!
I call the plant "Polly" and she is a fern, but not just any fern she is "Cambricum". 
I have another three places in my garden were my Delta (Deltoid) lady grows. 
I try and check up on Polly and her offspring every year if I can - so look at Polly posing!

My Delta Lady "Polly" and she is "Cambricum"
(Click over photo to enlarge)

Its a joy to travel over silver waves which sparkle in the sun, just like they do today,
He crosses the canyons of dark and deep, and stretches his veins far and wide,
"He's gone over today" has "Old Man's Beard", a reminder I get very regular!
His flower has now turned to glistening silk 

A Joy to Travellers or is it a  Old Man's Beard (Click over photo to enlarge)
Clematis shouts "This is as far as I am going my friend" at least for now!
I'm from far South origins and must be at my Northern limits.
You've seen my best, and for the rest, come again another year!

His "beard" doth glisten in the mighty sun  (Click over photo to enlarge)

So to finish off! we go from old "wrinkly" to "crinkly",
Hart's Tongue has gone crinkly around the edges and looks different to the rest,
But to all the plants I have seen today your still "one from the best"

Harts Tongue Fern - Unusual variant!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A Exceptional year for the Autumn Gentians

One of the Hundreds of Autumn Gentian on Farleton today
(Click over photo to enlarge)
It looks to me that its going to be a fabulous show of "Gentians" this year on the Farleton side.  The majority of the plants are going to turn out to be the "White Flowered" rather than the more usual purple colour, yet if you look around you will find small colonies of the purples here and there.

It was just a little early today, a week to ten days time will see the splendour of many hundreds of these.  To give you a idea in most years I would see up to a dozen if I am lucky.  But this year will be a exception with two or three hundred.

Its booked in my diary for another visit next week.

Here is also another photo showing the "white flowered" variant.

One of the Hundreds of Autumn Gentian on Farleton today (White variant)
(Click over photo to enlarge).
Also today there was a hatch of "Small Heaths" with at least 20 seen and at times up to three together dancing with one another.  Also a Wall Brown noted and a Grayling. Also heard a Skylark overhead