BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.........................................................................................MIGRANT HAWKER PETE WOODRUFF

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Another Excellent Plan....Again!

The plan yesterday was to check out Harrisend, but not until I had taken a look at Grisedale Brook for Golden Ringed Dragonfly. Maybe too late now, as the flight season runs out by late August, but being a good sunny warm day I thought maybe just a chance, but I drew a blank, it was too late, and I had to settle for a male Migrant Hawker, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, and a Buzzard soaring overhead.

But it was a different story for 3 hours on Harrisend, which resulted with 15 Stonechat found seen as adults and juveniles. Also of note, a Raven honking overhead with some excellent aerobatics seen, 2 Buzzard hanging on the wind over the ridge, a Kestrel hovering, and a Reed Bunting. Butterflies seen, 12 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, and a Small Copper, with 2 Silver Y moths seen.

Stonechat. Howard Stockdale.

So 33 Stonechat at two locations in 7 days. In the little black book, it looks a bit like the early 2000's all over again. Thanks to Howard Stockdale for the Stonechat on Abbeystead Lane 9 August.

I'd sooner be birding....Good to be birding again yesterday and always is, it's what I do, an illness for which I hope there's never a cure.    


Brian Rafferty said...

Pete.Good to see you are having some great days out with the stonechats,etc,etc.Bowland is such a super area for us to visit and long may it remain so.Keep up the good work and keep safe and well.

Richard Pegler said...

Delighted to see that you are managing to get out and about again, with such great results too, Pete. You seem to have some wonderful birding locations nearby, and plenty of other wildlife interest too. Can't remember seeing a Small Copper yet this year.

Best wishes - stay safe - - - - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks Brian....Excellent record from you, Red Kite over Sunderland Point 13 August.

Thanks Richard....We certainly do have excellent locations and wildlife in our area.

Take Care Stay Safe to both.