On the morning of our first full day, we had the only really bad weather of the week - continuous heavy rain, which kept us indoors for a few hours. Despite the confinement however it ended up being an action-packed few hours! Our bedroom looked out over the cottage's lovely front garden, and the neighbours had several well-stocked feeders in their garden. This meant that there were birds aplenty constantly passing through our garden, and I found that I could use the bedroom as a comfy hide from which to take photos through the open window. The heavy rain meant that the light wasn't great, but I did manage to get a few shots I was quite pleased with.
|Slightly soggy Siskin.|
|Has it stopped raining yet?|
|Nuthatch checking up on the weather.|
|Staying indoors for a little bit longer.|
I had several more goes in my bedroom photo hide during the week and these are my best results from those. Fortunately the weather was rather good for the rest of the week so these are less gloomy than my photos from the first morning!
|My favourite - a juvenile Blue Tit.|
|Juvenile House Sparrow stuffing its face.|
We also saw some great mammals! On our second day, Chris and I went on an awesome walk/climb up Eagle Crag. This was a challenging ascent (by my standards anyway) with several scrambles up steep gullies, slippery in places after all the recent rain, and some rather precarious narrow paths through the rocks.
|Eagle Crag on the left hand side. Yep we went up that way.|
|View full size to find the stag!|
|View of Langstrath valley from Eagle Crag.|
|The terrain on the descent was much gentler!|
Along the shallow pebbly-bedded rivers there were Grey Wagtail, and a Dipper only a few metres away from the path, seemingly oblivious to our presence.
|Perfect Grey Wagtail and Dipper habitat.|
|Ring Ouzels to be found at the top of the left-hand slope!|
The most exciting encounter of this walk was along the wooded river valley and was one I'd been hoping for, no trip to the Lake District is complete without it! Chris and Dave were up ahead when I spotted a quick movement on an Oak next to the path - it was a Red Squirrel! I whizzed over quicksharp to get a good look. Luckily it stayed frozen for a few minutes while we ogled it, before scampering further up the trunk and out along a bough. I was too excited to think of taking photos of it!
My favourite bird encounter of the week was on our highest walk. Chris and I walked from the slate mine on the Honister Pass to Green Gable, and then up Great Gable. The cloud base was low and as we ascended Green Gable we entered the clouds. The view from the top was cryptic to say the least!
|As we couldn't see much we decided this was a good opportunity to stop for lunch before heading on up Great Gable.|
|View of Wast Water from the top of Great Gable.|
|View full size to spot the Plovers!|