Thursday was spent in the College Valley. There was a small movement of meadow pipits and swallows but there were few other birds with the exception of a pack of 20 red grouse, 3 ravens, 1 kestrel and two very noisy peregrines. We had just finished our lunch and there was a loud chatter high in the sky. This turned out to be a juvenile peregrine harassing an adult expecting to get fed. This reminded me of my children when they want some money! The adult kept climbing and left the scene - a good move.
There were good numbers of dor beetles especially where the sward was short. I also decided to look at some lichens - one rock had at least 6 species (no species were determined). In a recently burnt area hare's tail cotton-grass had started to flower again! I had not realised that the 'flower' spike is held in a little sac at the base of the stem - it looked like a cacoon of a moth or butterfly