Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Lake District Day 4. A Dipperless Dipper Walk

 We pulled into the car park at Hornby on the banks of the River Wenning to be greeted by clear sunny skies.  Peter and I had bike through here on 28th April 2015 on our Way of the Roses cycle expedition, although neither of us could remember it at all.  The river Wenning is alleged to be a reliable spot for dippers, especially in the white water by the car park.  Although we had an excellent day of birding we dipped out on dipper!!

Our walk took us along the Wenning to its junction with the larger River Lune.  On the opposite bank of the Lune we saw out first of two sand martin colonies with many birds flying to and fro and busy digging out their nest holes in the sandy bank.  We had already heard blackcap and goosander and a wren in full song.  A male orange tip posed beautifully but was too quick for the photographer.  We continued along the Lune for an out and back to just beyond Loyn Bridge.  As well as herons and oystercatcher we found common sandpiper and two more pairs of goosander.

Birds seen and heard:

  • Black headed gull
  • Chaffinch
  • Goosander
  • Wren
  • Robin
  • Kingfisher
  • Oystercatcher
  • Common sandpiper
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Redshank
  • Little Egret
  • Crow
  • Reed bunting
  • Tree Creeper
  • Lapwing
  • Curlew
  • Greylag
  • Heron
  • Mallard
  • Cormorant
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River Lune
River Lune
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Goosander
Heron
Heron
Lesser Celendine
Mute Swan
Mute swan
Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
Oystercatcher
Pied Wagtail
Tree Creeper
Tree Creeper
Tree Creeper
Wren
Wren
Wren

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