Monday, 6 September 2010

Lake View wildlife report for August 2010

Plums Come and get both blackcurrant and plum jam from our gate, and raw plums as well! We desperately need more jars to make more jam.

Our bird species count was less this month (because we were away on holiday?) but we saw three species that we hadn't seen before at home: House martins, Pied flycatcher and Meadow pipit. (OK, mipits cannot be far away at Knipe Scar.)

Frog in our pond We had a frog in the pond one day. I took some Marsh Marigold seed from Berneray in Scotland; I've sown them in a protected tray, which I'll keep damp before planting out any survivors next year near the pond.

The swallows in the garage second brood fledged on 3 August. Another swallow had been desperate to get into the kitchen shed, but we had kept the door closed. We finally relented when it was too late for another brood; a couple of swallows happily roosted there until the end of the month.

This summer has been very good for vegetables in the garden and fruit on the trees in the field. We had an OK crop of onions; perhaps the dry spell earlier hadn't helped their development and the damper July and August meant a hint of rot. The tatties were good, even some rogue Pink fir apples. As well as some cherry plums, the old plum tree "over the end of the world" did well. This was the tree that had been pruned by chain saw severely earlier on in the year; unfortunately, the weight proved too much and the main branch cracked. Perhaps the good year for produce was a result of the very hard winter; and perhaps the dry spring help. There seemed some less insects around. There were less wasps, though I still managed to get stung two times while mowing over a nest hole in the ground in the field.

Drying onions Cherry plum Mutant pink fir apple potato Broken plum tree Wasps nest

Cornflower Out in the field my planted cornflowers did well. I transferred some cowslip seed into the field; hopefully they will come up next year.

We walked round Riggindale Haweswater on the 29th, stopping off initial for a quick view of the Golden eagle, helpfully located by expert volunteers Pete and Debbie. Then (Caz mostly) identified lots of plants en route round the valley - see the list below. Apparently the eagle flew in the afternoon but we missed it. On the way back down, we stopped at the weir at Blea Tarn; the water was rushing over the weir at regular intervals, say every 30 or 60 seconds, presumably as the tarn was being agitated by the wind. We were just too late down to offer Pete and Debbie some (you guessed it) plum cake.

Riggindale walk: Butterwort, Tormentil, Hare bell, Ling, Lousewort, Other heather, Bedstraw, Eyebright, Scabious, Round-leaved sundew, Hawkweed/bit, Sphagnum, Broom, Bilberyy, Cowberry, Milkwort, ?Scorpidium scorpidiodes, Dor beetle, ?Fairy flax.

Dor beetle Pellet containing insects Cowberry Sundew and ?Scorpidium scorpidioides Overflowing weir at Blea Tarn

Moths 5/8/10: Antler 5, Common Wainscot 9, Snout 1, Large yellow underwing 33, Muslin footman 1, Dark arches 16, * Least yellow underwing 2, * Dotted Clay 3, Burnished brass 2, Scalloped Oak 1, Common footman 3, * Lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing 2, Lesser common rustic 1. Sexton beetle 1 - covered with lots of mites.

Moths 7/8/10: Brimstone 2, Large/Lesser yellow underwing, Antler 2, Burnished brass 1, Grey chi 1, Lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing 3, Common wainscot, Dark arches, Flame shoulder 1, Tawny speckled pug 1, Least common rustic 2, Flame carpet 1, * Broad-bordered yellow underwing 1, * Fan-foot, Rosy rustic 1, Rosy minor 2. Sexton beetle 3

Moths 25/8/10: Yellow underwing 4, Dark acrhes 1, Lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing 2, Flame carpet 1. 3 others.

Moths 29/8/10: Grey chi 2, Rosy rustic 2, Silver Y 1, Antler 1.

Rosy minor moth Lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing Broad-bordered yellow underwing moth Broad-bordered yellow underwing moth Fan-foot moth Sexton beetle ?Least yellow underwing moth

Red squirrel Yet another great view

The linked table below shows the maximum count of each bird species seen, along with best breeding code, primarily in our back garden near Bampton Cumbria in NY51 VC69 (and in our surrounding 1km square) in the period from November 2007 until August 2010, with a total count of 53 species, 25 this month.

Full Lake View Monthly Max Bird Count Seen table

Species Aug-10
Blackbird 3
Blue tit 5
Buzzard 2
Carrion crow
Chaffinch 6 S
Coal tit 2
Collared dove
Dunnock 3
Garden Warbler
Goldfinch 1 S
Great spotted woodpecker 3
Great tit 4
Greenfinch 3
Grey heron
House martin 5
Long-tailed tit
Meadow pipit 6
Mistle thrush
Nuthatch 1
Peregrine 2
Pied flycatcher 1
Pied wagtail 1
Raven 5
Reed bunting
Robin 1
Song thrush 1
Spotted flycatcher 1
Stock dove
Swallow 34 NY
Swift 1
Tawny owl
Willow warbler 1
Woodpigeon 1 S
Wren 2
Total: 53 25