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BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND.................................................................................NORTHERN MARSH ORCHID PETE WOODRUFF

Thursday, 13 May 2021

RO's....The Mission.

For the past five years I've found Ring Ouzel on Hawthorthwaite, this year I'm hoping to make it six. I was in the area yesterday, which was two days earlier than last year, when I found a singing male Ring Ouzel 14 May, the same day I had 5 Cuckoo in the same area of Bowland.

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As I stood on the bridge over the Marshaw Wyre I saw 4 Mistle Thrush, at least one of which can be heard singing in this footage. I was heading to the track on the east side of Hawthornthwaite, perhaps it was a good idea to check out Black Clough for the Ring Ouzel.

As I set out on the track, a Common Sandpiper flew across ahead of me, whilst the song of a Willow Warbler rang in my ears, with the call of a Cuckoo probably in the area around Tower Lodge. I saw just 3 Meadow Pipit and a lone Red Grouse, but was rewarded by 3 Stonechat, seen as two female and a male.

An hour on the west side of the fell drew a blank on the Stonechat, but 4 Sand Martin were in the air, with 6 Meadow Pipit, 4 Wren, a Willow Warbler, and another lone Red Grouse seen. The Sand Martin colony at Cam Brow appears defunct, though I've yet to linger to be sure.

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At the foot of Cam Brow, I was chuffed to find a pair of Stonechat feeding young. In the woodland opposite, which is strictly private and difficult to access anyway, a pair of Redstart seen briefly. 

The mission continues... 

3 comments:

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Pete... Beautiful video of Stonechat and I liked very much to ear the ring ouzel singing... Great work... Have a nice weekend 😊...

Richard Pegler said...

I wish you all the best of luck with your RO mission, Pete. I feel more than lucky to have already had my RO fix close to home this year!

I really enjoyed your two clips, and the landscape in that first clip looks fabulous - I'd love to be there.

I still haven't had my first dragonfly/damselfly this year! I hope your efforts with them this year are fruitful. Fingers are crossed!

Best wishes - - - Richard

Pete Woodruff said...

Ana....Thank you for looking in and commenting, much appreciated.

Richard....Not had any luck with the RO yet, but I have a good and reliable contact for info on 'this' bird. No dragons or damsel yet either, but there's a good time coming!