Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ups and Downs and ups again

On Tuesday I received a report of White Letter Hairstreet (butterfly) eggs having been spotted on several elms on Cuerden Valley Park. This put me in a good mood for a day birding with my brother. We went to Sizergh Castle but dipped on the hawfinch. Undeterred we then went to nearby Foulshaw Moss managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. A semi-circular walk took us to a viewing platform which gave us good views of the reserve. 3 Buzzards soared above the woodland but we were distracted by a raven harrying a hen harrier (role reversal). Skylarks, siskin and sparrowhawk made sure we saw them. Ever onwards to Warton Crag where another raven was establishing a nest. The best was yet to come as a male peregrine flew over our heads to join a female up on the cliff. On our journey home we called in at Scorton picnic site and were able to hear and see two dippers on the swollen river. It was also really good to see the plethora of snowdrops at this popular venue

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