Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Lake District, Day 4. Started wet finished dry

The weather forecast proved to be correct this morning.  We woke to rain and it then proceded to dribble most of the morning.  At one point, to relieve the cabin fever, I ventured out to photograph water drops on bracken fronds.  As predicted it dried up by early afternoon and the sun came out so we launched off to Hale Cat Nursery and then to Foulshaw Moss.  The bird  feeding station was very busy with, among others, juvenile great spotted woodpecker  tree sparrow, siskin and redpoll  There was a fair amount of butterfly activity with the first one I saw being a large heath - very nice.  There were quite a few damselflies and I photographed 4 spotted chaser, although I couldn't find the hoped for white faced darter.  I did see black darter though.  A local volunteer was manning the osprey viewing point and was  very informative.  There are three chicks in the nest and we had good views on the webcam.

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Four Spotted Chaser
Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
Large Heath

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