Friday, 25 May 2012


....all my troubles seemed so far away.

Well, I'm not too sure about that, but I did get seven hours in yesterday and walked as many miles in the process....By the way, all the pics are mine. 

Holme Wood.

Three hours through Holme Wood and down the Grizedale Valley. In relation to the wood, the perfect woodland habitat which should accommodate several species of woodland birds but doesn't. I had hoped for Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher, a male of which I did find a couple of year ago but which came to nothing and not seen since.

Birds noted, no surprise to see/hear at least 10 Willow Warbler, 2 Song Thrush, a solitary Long-tailed Tit, a Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, juvenile Grey Wagtail, juvenile Robin, a Nuthatch feeding young in a nest hole, and a Buzzard overhead, a disappointing three hours to be honest. 

Old Oak Tree.

I then went on to Harrisend where - yes you guessed it - I hoped for Stonechat, in vain as it happens, but a Cuckoo perched in the lone Hawthorn here was excellent, also noted, at least 13 Meadow Pipit, and a Reed Bunting. A detour from the fell path produced 2 Lesser Redpoll, and the amazing old Oak Tree the age of which I'd love to know....look at the spread of that tree.  

Next I needed to check out the west side of Hawthornthwaite Fell,but to be honest was running low on time allowance, so just went about three quarters the way up the track to find a male and female Stonechat which  I didn't take to be a pair because of the distance between them, but good to find them all the same. Also of note, 8 Meadow Pipit, and a Reed Bunting was all this area could offer.

Abbeystead Bluebells.

On the way back to Lancaster I wanted to have another look in at Abbeystead where I found a Spotted Flycatcher, a singing male Blackcap, and a Robin on a nest with six eggs which I checked when she flew off.

And finally....

Please, have you signed the petition in my left hand side-bar, if you haven't please do so now, if you don't we may be staring the end of the Buzzard in the face.

Regarding comments made on this blog and in many other areas about BTO involvement in the Buzzard Management Project....In fairness to BTO you should read THIS


Pete Marsh said...

What do you mean "in fairness" Pete? You were simply wrong to lambast the BTO in your original post and you owe them an apology

Pete Woodruff said...

a. I've lambasted nobody about anything.

b. I owe nobody an apology.

c. The BTO were a 'part of' the Project Advisory Group.

d. When the BTO contact me to say this information was incorrect and they are going to sue me because of my disclosure, the apology will soon follow publicly on Birds2blog and elsewhere 'you' may think it should appear.

e. I cannot understand why you should think you need to be so involved in all of this.

f.As we agreed yesterday....why don't we just get back to trying to protect our wildlife, in this case the Buzzard.

Pete Marsh said...

I'll email you as you clearly still do not understand the BTO position (e.g. c) above) but there is no benefit to the BTO carrying on the exchanges here as what needs to be said has already been published

Pete Woodruff said...

You never appear to be able - can't be bothered - to answer any questions you are asked Pete, but are pretty well conversed at firing off the missiles. By the way....I understand everything.

The case is now closed as I need to go protect our Buzzards.

Brian Rafferty said...

Pete. Good to see you had a good day out in Bowland.Also nice to see your pics for a change.Bit hot for me at the moment !! Enjoy your weekend an take care.

IOW Birder said...

A lovely blog Pete, you were lucky seeing a cuckoo, Ive not managed that tick yet. I always seem to hear them in the distance!!
Thanks for the buzzard petition publicity. Doing well so far. Chris packham sent the link to over 32,000 Twitter followers so watch this space!
Cheers ....

Warren Baker said...

Looks like a lovely place to have wander through Pete. May can be a bit disappointing sometimes birdwise, with all the breeding going on, birds stayed concealed :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks Brian/Dave/Warren....A pleasant relief from all this bloody silly Buzzard 'side salad'. But on the main issue we really must strive for one voice this time.

Pete Marsh said...

"All of this awful business needs to be stopped, yet heres more irony in that, as a birding blog, and as a blogger I feel I'm not at liberty to publish names and addresses I have at my disposal, but what I do know - and what I am at liberty to publish - is that the BTO are a part of the 'Project Advisory Group' so why not let them know your feelings about the nest destruction proposal, and ask them what their views are on it whilst you're a it."

This are your words, Pete. Why cant you have the common decency to apologise on this site to the BTO for this insinuation. They were approached in the early stages in exactly the same way as the RSPB and NERF. This does not mean that any of them were a party to the proposals that we all abhor - quite the opposite as you can see from the press releases and comments. The wording on the PDF is also at best ambiguous and unreasonably worded with respect to the BTO, but you should have waited to see exactly what was going on before firing off. I posted previously that this happened to me on a much lesser scale with Claughton Moor windfarm. I hope your correspondent Warren has not stopped his membership

Pete Woodruff said...

You may be surprised to learn that I admire quite a few things about you Pete, one of them is 'determination' which is something you're are showing well on this one, but I think it's now well past the time you hung this one out to're spoiling it all.