|Walk nr. Ingleton|
One Redstart showed me it's tail as it disappeared over one of the many fantastic dry stone walls. I did have one new species while I was walking, Common Hawker on one the still moorland pools. The scenery certainly made up for the lack of birds with several walks along the bits of the Pennine Way. Our last port of call was Leighton Moss RSPB, as Otters were being seen daily there, unfortunately we missed these as well!!! by only 30mins! Another time maybe?
I managed a visit to the patch on Sunday morning from 9.30 to 11.30. It was fairly quiet as far as number of species goes but there were 100's of HOUSE MARTINS and SWALLOWS over the valley. A STONECHAT was still present and 9 SKYLARKS got up from the stubble. There were a few CHIFFCHAFF and 2 WILLOW WARBLERS. BULLFINCHES were in the mature hedge that goes northish from the near the moat and a BUZZARD flew low over the valley, about a minute after a one of the locals asked if I had seen any recently!! Pleasingly he saw it too. Other birds of note included 6 YELLOWHAMMER, 3 REED BUNTING and a flyover YELLOW WAGTAIL.
Getting up for work was tricky this morning, although knowing I was walking before hand made it a bit easier. There were 6 BLACKCAPS in the car park plus a couple of SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, a SPARROWHAWK dived in to an elderberry bush in hot pursuit of a little brown job, neither reappeared, so what the outcome was remains a mystery. CHIFFCHAFFS were reasonably well represented with about 8 individuals, some in song, as I got near the offices a Silver Birch was full of birds, GARDEN WARBLER, BLACKCAP, WHITETHROAT, YELLOWHAMMER, CHIFFCHAFF, WILLOW WARBLER, BLUE TITS, CHAFFINCHES and LINNETS, I stood for a while watching birds flitting in and out, quite entertaining it was too.
The BULLFINCHES were in the mature hedge again and out in the fields the STONECHAT was associating with a single WHINCHAT. Stephen sent me a text a bit later, he had seen 5 WHEATEARS togather in the field next to Digdog Lane, where the barley has just been cut.