....yesterday was an excellent and rewarding days birding, but I got way laid and prevented from posting on Birds2blog by those 'other things' I mention on here from time to time, quite honestly a bloody nuisance but I have to deal with them as a priority over my birding interests.
Willow Warbler. David Cookson
I was on Harrisend for 2.5 hours and to say I found no Stonechats is both a forgone conclusion and a mere formality I mention it. One of the most notable things about Harrisend today was the number of 23 Willow Warblers encountered, at least 23 Meadow Pipit also counted, though this species is much more difficult to count with accuracy as they are a very flighty bird as opposed to the less so Willow Warbler. Also noted, a single Linnet, Reed Bunting, Dunnock, 2 Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbird, 2 Red Grouse, and a Buzzard.
Small Heath. Steven Cheshire
More interest was generated by 8 Redpoll, two pairs of Redstart, a Green Woodpecker, and a Cuckoo heard somewhere in the Grisedale area. It was also good to see a couple of decent butterflies on Harrisend today in 2 Small Heath. Driving past Street Bridge on the way here I heard a Blackcap and Chiffchaff. The idea that I should call in at Stoops Bridge in Abbeystead was one of my best in recent times as I found the female Pied Flycatcher in and out of the tree hole obviously feeding young, this despite eluding me on previous visits into thinking they had failed to return this year.
I now had to make haste to Barbondale where I was to meet a man who needed to observe some more details about the 10 Pied Flycatchers I saw on Tuesday 24 May....he wasn't disappointed and I reckon Pied Flycatcher numbers will be inflated by up to 28 birds this year at Barbondale, in itself an all time record, but some way to go yet, so....hopefully.
Though I was a little preoccupied on this visit to Barbondale I was pleased to find a pair of Whinchat this time having only found a female previously, also Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Dipper, a Buzzard, and uncounted Redstart and Tree Pipit. I also had excellent views of the Tawny Owl which I had seen on my last visit here on 24 May, today it was unintentionally and unfortunately flushed from its roosting perch.
Birds....they fascinate me in a thousand ways!
Swallow. Brian Rafferty
Everybody's favourite is the Swallow, known and recognised by even the least interested of people in birds. Thanks to DC/SC/BR who all give me permission to use their images on Birds2blog with many thanks.