I checked last night's trap which had three new moths for the year first thing - several Common Quaker and Early Grey and a single Twin-spotted Quaker, as well as 3 Oak Beauties and a few Hebrew Character.
A walk through South Burn Woods took much longer than usual trying to identify the mosses on the tree trunks and ground.There was a good amount of bird song and Nuthatch were displaying and a Carrion Crow was nest building, thanks to that little bit extra warmth.
From here I wandered onto the fell proper, a bit relucantly really as it seemed that every dog in the area had dragged it's master out this morning for an early walk and MOST of them I am sorry to say were leaving their dog business behind for me to stand in.
It's been several years since I have seen a live Badger here, though I know they are still present as I often see the evidence around a few setts I am aware of. This morning I found a new (at least to me, I had never noticed it before) Badger sett. I was already sitting down nearby having a coffee when I noticed it and was totally unprepared to see a Badger poke it's head out and then disappear again. I quietly got my camera out but it never reappeared.
Two Great-spotted Woodpeckers were drumming in South Burn Wood, as well as the ever present one by the house, and yet another on the Fell. It seemed ideal for a Green Woodpecker to 'yaffle' but one never did and I am now thinking they may be gone from here completely. 2 Curlew were displaying nearby and a Willow Tit was heard calling, then all went silent as a Sparrowhawk rushed through. Several Bumblebee sp. were seen or heard during the morning but none to get a positive id.
A few flowers are starting to appear, including Common Ramping-fumitory (Fumaria muralis ssp boraei)
|Crack Willow coming into leaf against a lovely blue sky ... spring?|
After a good while, identified another 3 species of moss, it's hard work, but I'll persevere. They were Common Pincushion Moss, Marsh Bryum and Elegant Bristle-moss.