There's a slender whitebeam where for ten years a redstart has sung and displayed but he is not here. A redstart is singing, somewhere in the hanging wood below the escarpment. If I'm still and quiet the bird will settle and resume his song. Closer, closer. I'm searching amongst whitebeam leaves and branches, when someone calls out to me.
Small brown butterflies spiral over the sunny bank where I found the green -hairstreak butterfly.
The glory of the morning is sunlit clouds that gather over the distant fells. Mountains of cloud against a bright blue sky and, at altitude, there are streaks and wisps of cloud created by wind-shear.
As for Covid 19, today I sense compliance fatigue. The pied piper is abroad. He seems to have gathered all the young he can find and brought them onto Scout Scar. The concept of social-distancing hasn't reached him.. A father and his children head out into skylark breeding territory, a zone where usually no one goes. Farewell skylark and linnet. Ground-nesting birds will not fare well with people and dogs amongst them.
Not everyone is aware of skylark, including a woman who urges her children to listen to something on their phone, ignoring the skylark singing its heart -out.
After weeks of lock-down people coming here have begun to explore, off- piste. There are cyclists zipping about. Cyclists are not allowed up here. A walker laments the increase in litter. Leave no trace: the Country Code is simple enough. On Kendal bypass the volume of traffic seems pre-lock-down. More cars are parked on the Brigsteer Road too.
But what is given, resplendently, is cloud-scape. All morning clouds are gathering, billowing sunlit clouds. And at altitude there are great sweeping streams of wind-shear that tell of The force and energy whilst down here the morning is bright with merely a light wind.