THE WILD AND WINDY MOOR

Pendleside from the top of the landslide trail

Pendleside from the top of the landslide trail

THE HIGHLIGHT OF AN ENJOYABLE WALK UP PENDLE HILL with Alan McBride was a couple of smart Whinchats on the walls below the landslide. This area was quite full of activity by Pendle standards with four stonechats, three wheatears and a Willow Warbler, a very uncommon bird on the hill itself. We also managed a total of 46 Red Grouse, which was a high total for Pendle - they obviously had a good breeding season! Three golden plovers were seen singly on the summit, we flushed around 40 Meadow Pipits plus 8 skylarks and the usual kestrel drifted along Pendleside. There was a distinct autumn chill in the air this morning despite a moderate southerly wind and the summit was shrouded in low cloud. Pendle is bleak at times like this! The mist cleared later prompting the arrival of other walkers. It was time to pop in for a coffee at Huntleys! Thanks a lot Alan!