Trip reports

Wythop Woods and Bassenthwaite

Wythop Woods and Bassenthwaite
Red Squirrel - Steve Settle

Saturday, 22 April 2017

9 of us met up at Lancaster Services

The day started with a debate over the difference between male and female Curlew and Whimbrel, after a couple of birds flew over and landed in an adjacent field. The decision was Curlew.
Also in the car park were Dunnock, Rook, Pied Wagtail and fly over Sand Martins and Swallows.

We parked up near Wythop Wood and soon had a few resident woodland species showing around us.

As our walk up the sloping track began we soon had Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit and a Yellowhammer. On the beck a Dipper was busy flying up and down and occasionally flying above the tree tops.
A pair of Stock Doves circled making a change from the more numerous Wood Pigeons.
Further up the path a Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen, and the Chiffchaffs gave way to the Willow Warblers.
Around the farm there were numerous Swallows and the feeding station had brought in Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, and House Sparrow.

Further on near the Chapel remains another birder informed us of a Crossbill in one of the conifers, but this stayed elusive, and was only seen flying away.

From here the ancient woods gave us sightings of one Redstart and a couple of Pied Flycatchers. There was also good views of a Red Squirrel moving low down from tree to tree.
Here we also saw Tree Pipit and then out of the woods near the crest of the hill we had Stonechat and singing Skylark.

The return back down to the car gave us brief sightings of Green Woodpecker which we had frequently heard, and a pair of Ravens flew over to add to the corvids seen.

We tried our hardest to turn a pair of distant Blackbirds into Ring Ouzels without success, and on the beck a pair of Grey Wagtails were accompanied by a White Wagtail.

At Whinlatter Forest Park we added Siskin to the day list on the feeders while we had lunch and a toilet stop, followed by ice cream from the van at the viewpoint.

We then made our way to the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. Here we saw a couple of waders - Oystercatcher, Redshank, and Lapwing and a number of waterfowl including Goosander, Red Breasted Merganser, Great Crested Grebe, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, and Mute Swan.

Unfortunately we didn't get to see the Ospreys but did see a Marsh Harrier over the reed beds and a Buzzard over the marshes.

Back through Powterhow Wood only added Blackcap to the list of woodland birds.

A very pleasant day weather wise though probably a week early birding wise.

A day total of 65 birds