Friday, 22 April 2016

Shirt Sleeves In Bowland!

Nice wall to wall sunshine on Wednesday, I was off to Bowland and in shirt sleeves by noon.

But I was on my way to another disappointment on the west side of Hawthornthwaite Fell, though a slight improvement on the east side was to follow. I decided to do a count on the six hours spent here and arrived at 38 species which I'd say wasn't too bad for me on and around the Bowland uplands.

Ring Ouzel. Ana Minguez @ Naturanafotos 

The prize of the day managed to downgrade the chat for me this time, when I saw a silent black bird flying away from me on Hawthornthwaite's west side, to land a distance off and turn front on to reveal a blazing white crescent, a belting male Ring Ouzel, an excellent unexpected bird for me on this fell....entered in capital letters in the little black book. 

Also seen, a male Stonechat, almost certainly the same lone bird I found here on 31 March, 8 Sand Martin were on circuits of the banks at the bottom end of Catshaw Greave, I saw 3 Red Grouse, at least 11 Meadow Pipit, and a hovering Kestrel was one of only two raptors seen today, a Peacock butterfly was recorded.

Driving from here to Marshaw, 3 Wheatear were close together on a roadside wall, and from Marshaw I had a couple of hours on the east side of Hawthornthwaite to find 3 Stonechat which were seen as a pair and a lone male, 14 Meadow Pipit counted, 6 Red Grouse, a Snipe flushed out of a ditch, 2 singing Wren, 2 Curlew, and 2 Willow Warbler were in the trees by the shooting lodge, a Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock seen. When I got back to the road at Marshaw 2 Mistle Thrush were seen. 

A couple of hours in the Tower Lodge area had a Grey Wagtail on the Marshaw Wyre, anything else seen was up the track from Tower Lodge, 7 Chaffinch, 2 Blackbird, a Goldcrest, Jay, a Treecreeper, Dunnock, and a Mistle Thrush, a Buzzard was seen distant soaring over Winfold Fell, and another Small Tortoiseshell seen.      

Many thanks to Ana for the excellent image of the brilliant 'Spanish' Ring Ouzel.


Paul Foster said...

Great day out Peter,you certainly put the hrs in!

I was around cross o greet last mon,only 1 male stonechat seen in 3 hrs,though I counted 7 raven in the air at the same time!Plenty pipits about and 2 willow warns,not a sign of any Ring Ouzel though!!!

Pete Woodruff said...

Sounds a bit depressing on the Stonechat front in the Cross of Greet area Paul.

Thanks for looking in and making your comments, I appreciate this.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fine!!! :-)))

Pete Woodruff said...

I'm going one further Ana....BRILLIANT, and thank you.