One of the Lake Dis­trict’s wildest ar­eas

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding -

This is a great lake­land walk for hardy walk­ers, but can be short­ened to in­clude just wood­land flushes and a river walk. I have vis­ited the area for its dragon­flies, es­pe­cially as it can be matched with a trip higher up the val­ley for one of the rare but­ter­flies still found in Eng­land – the Moun­tain Rin­glet. With so many old oak trees found here, don’t be sur­prised to find the ‘big three’ here in spring and sum­mer – Wood War­bler, Pied Fly­catcher and Red­start. The area is full of ferns with Hard, Male, Broad Buck­ler, Hart’s Tongue and Shield Ferns are ev­ery­where. Lis­ten out for wood­peck­ers, with both Great Spot­ted and Green very com­mon, while Lesser Spot­ted is rare, even in th­ese amaz­ing woods. High on the fell, look out for Pere­grines hunt­ing as Fal­con Crag is nearby, with Ravens found on sev­eral crags. I was amazed to find a male Stock Dove call­ing way up here! The tops are very acid, so no waders other than Wood­cock are found here (Golden Plover is very rare in the Lakes), while Meadow Pipit, Sky Lark and Wheatear are still here in small num­bers along with Whin­chat and Stonechat. Both Buz­zard and Spar­rowhawk hunt the area while a pass­ing Osprey can come off Der­went Wa­ter. Other war­blers found in­clude Wil­low, Gar­den and Grasshop­per War­bler, with Black­cap and Chif­fchaff in the deep woods. Both Nuthatch and Treecreeper are here, and once back down by the river, look out for Goosander and Com­mon Sand­piper in the open ar­eas.


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