Lake District June 2021
I had only ever visited the Lake District once before. That was when we were staying in a friends cottage to break up the trip back from NW Scotland. We did spend a pleasant day driving around part of it and having a nice walk just north of Ullswater. My daughter and her partner were coming with us and we'd booked a Jenkinson's Cottage close to Loweswater The trip up wasn't to bad even though it poured with rain for half the journey but during the course of our weeks stay it was dry for most of the the week apart for a bit of drizzle on the Tuesday and first thing on Thursday. Otherwise the week was a mix of sunshine and patchy cloud and the occasional period of high cloud, which was normally just beyond the area I'd chosen to concentrate on. I had been given some tips from a friend that walks her dogs in the park. These turned out to be very useful. The one location that I wanted to visit was St Bee's Head, a seabird colony a 30 minute drive away. The day I set aside for that turned out to be the sunniest day of the holiday. I was expecting the beach at St Bee's to have a few holiday makers on it, especially as there's a caravan park next to the beach. I had no problem's with that, I was virtually the first car in my section of car park. I had missed the peak breeding period for what I would call the best birds of the Lake District: Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart and Wood Warbler. I should include Ring Ouzel as well but that wasn't on my list of must see. In fact Redstarts were the easiest to see, a pair were breeding close to our cottage. I saw Pied Flycatchers in several areas of deciduous woodland around the 3 lakes we chose to walk around; Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere. But try as I might I couldn't find any Wood Warblers.
I was really pleased when I saw two 4ft long feeders hanging from a tree by the adjoining holiday home across the yard from our accommodation.