"Reflection" (click over photo to enlarge)
"I listened for the roar of immortal Lions,
I heard viola play to the daffodil sprites,
Echo to echo, echoed from near to far
Whilst pebbles skimmed and shimmered waters free.
Muted Swans whistled with whispering silence,
As white as the snow that sweeps the raise,
Hourglass frieze with trickling sand,
Whilst Mere reflects her passion flow".
(21st January 2015)
Yesterday Tuesday January 20th 2015 - This photo I took yesterday from the bottom end of Grasmere at the point just before it goes back into the River Rothay. And it shows both Helm Crag and Dunmail Raise reflected in the "Mere". I just could not resist writing my poetry to accompany this photo. (photo taken on my phone)
Wednesday January 21st 2015
It was again a pleasure to be out and about today and I went up through Dalton to the Trig Point and continued to check out Uberash Roughs. The only birds I could report were all down in lower Dalton to the East of the Plain Quarry Car Park.
Reports have been coming through that Brambling have been spotted in this area, and I would not be suprised if this was the case, but today I never saw any or heard any. But what I did see was a party of at least 12 Bullfinch and probably there would have been far more than this, all mobile and in with a large party of Chaffinches. Lots of Tits and Robins and Dunnocks.
Was listening for about ten minutes to the regular "hou-whit" call similar to what you do get from the post breeding Chiffchaff, or the Willow Warbler, or the Redstart or the Chaffinch, but no not today. The call was as pure as can be and it was being sung by the Great Tit!! with a return of the same call from another Great Tit across the way. For me very very interesting....
Thursday January 22nd 2015
Another fabulous morning and again went up to the Trig Point from Plain Quarry. No bird activity whatsoever on the top while I was there over one hour. But still plenty of overwintering birds around the areas adjacent to the Plain Quarry Car Park. Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Robins, Tits etc
Saturday January 24th 2015
Guess what! the two overwintering Stonechats have re-appeared in Dalton Crags, having been absent in the local area since the New Year. They were quite near to the "line of trees".
Sunday January 25th 2015
Stonechats seen again but moved up and over slightly to the "gully" area of Dalton Crags. Other than the Chats I did hear one or two bullfinch and several Chaffinch over the lower Dalton areas. Also noted one or two Great Tits making the "hou-whit" calls...... brilliant!
Notes reported to the Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society Website (25/1/15)
The Stonechats have re-appeared in Dalton Crags after being missing since New Years Eve.
Lots of Bullfinch are overwintering in Dalton Crags in fragmented parties in or around 200 yards of the Plain Quarry Car Park (especially to the East side). The largest party I have counted so far is twelve but suspect at least 30 birds at least in the area. Lots of Chaffinch as well.
Thrushes thin on the ground this year compared to past years with odds and sods just passing through. Best parties in the last two weeks have been around the 5-10 Redwing parties.
Accidentally flushing odd Snipe and Woodcock from the limestone areas on Hutton Roof.
Shrike last recorded January 5th. I suspect he is about somewhere locally! the reason I say this is purely projecture. However I can say we have never had birds in recent years which have been seen after Nov 30th until this bird! also with the other two local Shrikes eg: Fylde and Grindleton still being about I am sure ours will be about somewhere in the local vicinity. Another point of interest is that when we are lucky enough to see Shrikes in the Spring on their way back they are usually seen from the beginning of March, so this again makes it a very probable prospect!
Also had a couple of Great Tits doing the soft "hou-whit" calls, almost exactly the same you would get from the post breeding Chiffchaff or Willow Warbler or Redstart or even our beloved Chaffinch. But from the Great Tit..... absolutely brilliant!
Friday January 30th 2015
At least 80 Redwing and 20 Starling feeding in Curwen Wood Park this morning (0830hrs).
at 1600hrs watching the Woodpigeon coming through Dalton to roost, a few hundred or so. So co-ordinated the regular parties over 30 minutes hardly moved outside of their 50 yards corridor, that same corridor all the passerines use in the Autumn NW to SE.
Not seen the Yellowhammers or Tree Sparrows since about Christmas, so whether they are still around or not I really dont know. Must try and check the area more regular.