A walk over the fell at lunchtime was also very productive with some obvious bird migration going on. Several small groups of Redwing, together with 3 Skylark, 2 Brambling and 5 Siskin were seen heading west/south-west. There were more Redwing in the trees in both South Burn wood and on the fell. Goldcrest numbers were substantially hit last winter and have been rather scarce since. However today, they appeared to be in every hedgerow and groups of trees. I saw well over 30. It was certainly a day for finches, as group of 4 Crossbill also flew over as I walked around and I counted 51 Lesser Redpoll feeding in the birches by Brass Castle Pond, with 6 Bullfinch and another 8 Siskin seen on the fell.
The Highland Cattle introduced a couple of weeks ago at Wanister Bog have trampled and reduced a small area of the rough grass but still have a bit to go.
|Highland Cattle at Wanister Bog|
Just before the exit, what I initially thought was a Speckled Wood butterfly before realising was a moth was watched for some time through my binoculars before it landed. It turned out to be a male Vapourer Moth, a rather late one as it happens.
Finally, 4 Curlew flew over before I got home. I saw and photographed quite a few fungi today which I need to check on their identity but that's for another day.