A lovely bird-rich walk on the edge of the Lake District
THE VAST INTERTIDAL mudflats of Morecambe Bay stretching for miles to the south contrast starkly with the uplands of the Lakeland Fells and combine to make a dramatic backdrop to this bird-rich birding walk. The landscape is further enhanced by different supplementary habitats, such as mixed woodland, a disused quarry, open farmland and the River Winster. Inevitably, the estuary will draw the eye, as it attracts thousands of waders during the autumn. Strong onshore winds can also bring in seabirds such as terns and skuas. Where the River Winster flows into the bay can also be a productive spot, as can the nearby old quarry for passage migrants. While bird song will be subdued in the woodland section, warblers and flycatchers are often attracted to roving passerine flocks. Keep a look out for Marsh Tit that remain common in Lakeland woods. From the high ground at Meathop Fell, it is worthwhile scanning for raptors including Osprey, Honey Buzzard or Hen Harrier. An early morning check of the skies for overhead visible migration is also worthwhile. The open farmland towards Meathop Moss at this time of year may also attract some early Pink-footed Geese among the feral Greylags.