Sunday, 31 January 2021
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Thanks to Martin Jump for the excellent and appropriate header image for this post about the Stonechat. It is the view looking NE from Hawthornthwaite Fell to the eastern edge below Ward's Stone, with Mallowdale Fell taking centre stage.
I was in touch with John Callion regarding the 'Ward's Stone Chat', to ask if he had any wintering records for Cumbria that might dispel my claim that this was the highest altitude bird in our area if not England. If John didn't have the answer to this question, nobody else would....
'Many of the Stonechats that breed in the high fells tend to nest in the steep angular valleys that, after the autumn and the onset of the low arc of the sun, become sunless and unsuitable for survival during the winter.
Sunday, 10 January 2021
Ward's Stone is the highest peak in the Forest of Bowland, the trig point stands at 560m. An interesting fact about Ward's Stone, is that another 50m would make it a mountain to join the only other two in Lancashire, Green Hill at 628m, and Cragareth at 627m.
Last Wednesday saw the report of a male Stonechat on Ward's Stone on 6 January.
Friday, 8 January 2021
We had a Song Thrush yesterday, a mega in the garden with Nectar Points equal to a White's Thrush on the Scillies as far as I'm concerned, but....
....it beat the snow which came down today.
I haven't been to Cockersand in a while now, but I met this disgruntled up and coming birder one day last autumn, he had a good old whinge about being told Cockersand was the best place to find a Yellow-browed Warbler and was a bit miffed he hadn't done after several days on the hunt, I could tell he wasn't happy....so I told him he'd been mislead and should make haste to the Heysham/Sunderland area where YBW finders abound!!
A day without a smile is a day in your life wasted.
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
Made my first venture out on Sunday, into the pandemic wracked world of 2021. A walk in pleasant sun along the promenade with KT, from Sandylands to Half Moon Bay and return, to have two enjoyable birding experiences along the way.
At least 2,000 Knot had assembled on the beach by the Sunny Slopes groyne.