Friday, 10 June 2016

Keeping The Faith In Bowland.

Doing my best to keep the faith in Bowland, I was off up the west side of Hawthornthwaite on Wednesday to find 3 Stonechat which I saw as a pair, further on a juvenile bird which looked completely out of context atop of a lone tall Hawthorn half way up the fell, but this bird had soon developed into a wise one as it was fly-catching with ease off this tree. Also noted, up to 20 Sand Martin were flying up and down the clough, 14 Meadow Pipit, 2 Wren, a Mistle Thrush, male Reed Bunting, and a Grey Wagtail. Three Redshank were on a wall by the roadside as I got back to the motor, all calling and probably with young.

Lesser Redpoll Warren Baker

At Marshaw and on to the Hawthornthwaite east side, a Lesser Redpoll, 5 Robin, and 4 Grey Wagtail, were all seen before I reached the fell track. A couple of hours up here produced, 15 Meadow Pipit, and 3 Willow Warbler, a distant single female/juvenile Stonechat was a disappointing result. Butterflies seen, 2 Painted Lady and 3 Small Heath

In the Tower Lodge area, from nine species noted, 6 Grey Wagtail, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcap, a Nuthatch, and a Mistle Thrush

Lancaster Birds.

According to KT, at least 20 Swift were high over Bowerham on Wednesday morning, and a family party of 2 adult and 5 young Great Tit were in our garden that morning. 

The Grey Wagtail.

Grey Wagtail Simon Hawtin  

From my last two visits to Bowland 3 - 8 June, I found 22 Grey Wagtail at four locations, Langden (5) Hareden (6) Hawthornthwaite (1) Marshaw Wyre (10).

Thanks Warren/Simon, we appreciate your excellent photographs very much.


Martin Jump said...

No Pied Fly,no Dipper and yet again no Redstarts Pete,worrying times.

Pete Woodruff said...

Worrying times indeed Martin. I considered a piece in this post about the missing birds of Bowland - and elsewhere for that matter - but changed my mind for the sake of avoiding depressing everyone.