Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Willow Warbler Geoff Gradwell

A pretty decent spring day yesterday had me through Holme Wood and down the Grizedale Valley to find - or more to the point to hear in most cases - Willow Warbler9 Chiffchaffa singing male Blackcap, 4 Wren, 3 Nuthatch, 2 Coal Tit, a Treecreeper, and a Reed Bunting, all noted amongst a few other common woodland bird species.

Buzzard. Martin Lofgren @ Wild Bird Gallery  

On Harrisend I had 6 Buzzard sightings though some duplication risk here, but saw at least four individuals. I saw 3 Willow Warbler, a Kestrel, and was amazed at seeing only 2 Meadow Pipit this visit. 

Stonechat. Noushka Dufort @ 1000-Pattes 

Two and a half hours on Harrisend produced a female Stonechat with no sign of a male in the same area I found the pair on 18 March. So, despite my receiving regular sightings of Stonechat from birders near - in our recording area - and far, they still show no sign of making any notable comeback to a few upland locations on my books, and in the case of Harrisend, just the pair this year according to my observations, and none found on Hawthornthwaite 18 March though a revisit here is overdue. 

I'm bound to call yesterday's birding experience....subdued.

Thanks to Geoff/Martin/Noushka for the excellent images which are much appreciated and help to liven up the post no end.    


Warren Baker said...

Blimey Pete,
if that little lot is subdued you want to try a walk round my patch! LoL

Noushka said...

Hi Pete,
I just went through your latest posts and I am always impressed with the number of your bird sightings!
How interesting it must be to live close to such a rich environment, lucky you!
OK, I just came back from 'Down under' and naturally, I found the trip much too short but at least we are now permanent residents of Oz!!
2 days of fauna photography and lovely subjects to 'shoot'!
Keep well, enjoy the spring period!