Thursday, 6 April 2017

Crook Peak and beyond. 4th April 2017 - Spring Woodland etc

Starting off at the bottom of Crook Peak another early start and greeted to the sight and sound of Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Bullfinches. A long steady climb up to the top of the peak looking out all the way for a Wheatear or Ring Ouzel. Alas no sighting of either both around the peak area or across Wavering Down, very puzzling! Plenty of Stonechats and Meadow Pipits though.  Good sightings of Green Woodpecker and Skylark as well.  Either we have missed the Wheatears or they have yet to arrive.
Superb walk through the woods with the awakening of the Spring flowers carpeting the woodland floor.  Spotted several Common Morel fungi, a real delicacy we have been informed! Plus the first of the Common Spotted Orchids. 
A brilliant hilly hike full of flora, fauna and great views. We both love this challenging walk.

Common Morel - a real delicacy according to the books


                     Bluebell, Spring is here!

   Wood Anemone 




   Toothwort providing nectar 


                 First Ramsons, Wild Garlic

                   Woodland floor Anemones 

                           Cuckoo Pint

   Dog Violet 

                  Early Purple Orchid

   Fit to burst! 



    Stonechat, very good numbers across the peak

                   Meadow Pipit

                   Dark-edged Bee -Fly



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