Mike and I have just returned from a lovely time in Cumbria/Lancashire,
We headed south through Galloway staying overnight so we could visit Caerlaverock reserve. A treat of red kites flying over us as we drove to our accommodation. A brilliant few hours at the reseve and an easy drive to cumbria next day.
We met up with the Mull bird club in Arnside where we stayed at the fighting cocks pub. great food and accommodation.
The first day was very cold and wet. We spent the day at RSPB leightom Moss which was a good place to be in the hides out of the rain.
Lots to see, snipe in good numbers , tufted duck,widgeon, moorhen, gadwall were just some of the waterfowl.
Lunch of lovely home made soup in the cafe helped to warm us up.
The afternoon was drier so the March harrier were busy huntng. Great white and little egret very close. Teal in the pools in front of us. a couple of water rail made an appearence just before dark.
Next day saw us on Sunderland point. This is another special place . A spit of land approached by a causway that is tidal. So many waders, Blackand Bar tailed godwit, Golden plover, dunlin,Curlew, red and greenshank. Sun shine all day. A big thank you to Cyn and Alan for the lovely informative walk and the yummy cake and cuppa.
We ended the day watching the starling murmaration at Leighton Moss. What a great day.
Last day and again Leighton Moss. Very cold with frozen pools. A lovely walk to the lower hide in the sunshine. Redpol on the way with tree creeper amongst a mixed flock of blue tits , great tits an long tail tit. An otter fishing in the pools. From the hide lots of teal in a small area of unfrozen water. Another otter trying to walk across the ice.
Again ending our day with an even better starling murmeration.
All back to the hotel for a final and enjoyable evening.