I've never been one to let rain stop me from going out so when I looked out of the window and thought maybe I should have stayed in bed but thought I cannot let the rain beat me so I went up to Dare Valley Country Park and searched for the Golden Eyed Lichen. I was on site for two hours and still could not find it and was starting think I am in the wrong place. I saw some cracking lichen and heard a Pheasant Calling in the distance. On getting too the top of the path I spotted the male Pheasant standing on a clump, it was calling it's heart out and he was has wet as me but by now I did not care it just great to be out, then a second bird called near by. I was thinking so much for third time lucky and failed to find it again. I worked my way up though the birch wood and onto the path and thought I would head up to the top and look for Wheatear. As I headed up I checked out a bit of rock face and thought I had found Mark's lichen but on looking closer I now think it's not and open to offers. I also found this lichen which looks like Matchstick Lichen which was just started to colour up. I was half way up and spotted a Flag in the distance and thought all that is missing now is Zulu drums in the backround and would be like Rorke's Drift . On finally getting too the top I had a couple of Meadow Pipits displaying in the high winds and saw a male Stonechat trying to display and getting blown backwards but sadly no Wheatears anywhere .
I so this and thought Rob might be camping in the country park .
Some nice Pheasant droppings and must have been up there for a bit but I did not see or hear them last time I tried.
I also found this amazing moss down by the stream near the Golden Eyed site
I found these two Common Toads in the top Res and after seeing so many last year I thought a poor show or have been and gone.
I see this badge and wondered how many people have every seen them there .
On the river there was three Grey Wagtail together and a pair of dippers