A warm day, Thursday 23 April. There were male orange-tip butterflies on the wing, settling on flowers in the under-storey. so caught-up in a spiralling dance their wings almost touched my face. A brimstone and a green-veined white too.
Ewes with lambs in the pasture on the track to Hellsfell Hall. Someone had adorned a ewe with the rainbow motif that reminds us of children during the Covid 19 lock-down. I've seen the emblem displayed in windows, now travelling the pasture on the flank of a ewe. The morning was so warm that lambs stretched out luxuriating in the sun beside their mothers. A peaceful scene.
There are rock-faces from quarrying, some now overgrown with a cladding of creepers and dense vegetation, with mature trees. From somewhere in layers of creepers I could hear a stonechat giving an alarm call.
Tree Pipit. It has a buffy chest and very pale belly and spots on the chest which turn to streaks on the flanks all which are typical for Tree. Meadow is usually more uniform on the chest and belly with smaller streaks. Jan said that it was flicking its tail often and again this is a behaviour which you would expect from a Tree. Both species will perch freely in small trees and shrubs. The call of Tree is quite different from Meadow and often this first alerts you to its presence.
With thanks to Jeff Holmes for his identification and detailed information.