Sunday, 18 November 2012

Back to native Cumbria and visits to Lakeland...

An Article in the Scotsman regarding the spread of White tailed Eagles to their former range, fantastic comments underneath to go with the article.

Are we failing to protect our most precious wildlife sites?

Went to the Solway with Dad on a lovely crisp day and we started at the old viaduct with landmass sticking out making a good vantage point watching the tide flood all around you. A good count of Shoveler and GC Grebes coming in with the tide. We moved onto the pools where we got distant views of the GW Egret before going to the Campfield hide where the day finished with a bang as we got a Merlin on a fence post and two Ringtail Harriers. On the walk back to the car we got a hedge hopping Male Sparrowhawk and a Tawny Owl sat on the barn door watching our every move before retreating back inside.


Looking west with the tide in flood...




View from the viaduct looking east...


North end of Bass lake...
A trip to our stunning national park later in the week with Dad who had to cover a few sites for his magazine articles. We came the Calbeck route to get some lovely views of Skiddaw and its snowy summit and we snaked our way down to Crummock and Buttermere. With the Autumnal colours still showing and snowy higher peaks making it a perfect time to appreciate the landscapes of the lakes and at a quiet time of year as well.
The first wildlife encounter was a Peregrine perched high up on a crag lit up by the crisp sunshine. Dad and I did a few autumn foliage shots around Derwent water as the Oaks, Birch and Larch were amazing. We headed through Keswick to finish at Bass lake and we got 12 Waxwings feeding on Rowan near the church in the centre. Bass lake itself had a raft of 12 Little Grebes, Goldeneye, Wigeon, Mallards and a few Cormoronts on the far side, gronking Ravens overhead. Lovely day in Lakeland.


Crummock water looking north, crsip day...


South end of Crummock water with snowy peaks and rays of sunshine...


Derwent water, Oak foliage lit up...


This picture is Oak-kay


A classic photo capture in Autumn...straight up the trunk, very effective...

Bass lake looking towards Keswick...
On the Saturday I arranged a walk in the lakes with two of my closest friends, Lee and Andy Mc. Lee's new dog Niko came as well and is a stunning Siberian Husky. We went to Aira Force as it is close by and also the autumn colours would be worth taking advantage of. The waterfalls were as impressive as always as we climbed up to the higher ground to follow the beaten track to the summit. Over half a dozen Ravens overhead on the way up and A Kestrel working the rough grass before a stooping Peregrine gave all 4 of us a huge fright as it appeared from over the brow even making the dog jump! Must of been doing over a ton it was pure sweet an that!...on a serious note it was pretty special and I was pleased Lee and Greevy got to experience it as well as we watched the bird travel south over Derwent water. I left some fruit loaf out for the Ravens and you could here the bird calling to each other "gronk gronk" "fruit loaf over here lads!" and they were straight in their like a bull to red rag! Love them!

We were back in Carlisle for 3ish and me and Andy covered a stretch of the Eden where we got a Pinkie in with 3 Greylags, 100 plus Lapwing in the fields and 6 Wigeon on the water. We headed to Gretna to catch the Starling roost and you can read all about that encounter in my previous post. 


Andy Mcgree delighted to be above Ullswater...


Greev and Stuz two of my oldest mates! great to be all together in beautiful Lakeland...


 A bit of fun to finish, How many British species can you get here?? The winner will receive a personal shout out on my next blog post to 10s of readers around the globe!


 
Here is that famous Common Dolphin encounter from October in the sound of Mull, strong associations!


Thanks for looking!, future posts are a trip back to Mull with HB the Hollywell Birder and also my top 20 Mull highlights of the season 8-)

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