Trip reports

Lune Walk

Adult and child birdwatching

Saturday, 11 October 2008

15 people met in the Kingsway car park and enjoyed a leisurely walk to Skerton weir on a pleasant autumn day. The river was swollen from the previous day's heavy rain, so we did not see kingfisher or dipper, as we had hoped. However we did find a little grebe at the river's edge, also goosanders and cormorants enjoying fishing below the weir (and one goosander, still in male plumage, apparently enjoying a helter-skelter ride over the weirs).
We then moved to Denny Beck and walked along the Millenium path to Crook-o-Lune, where we enjoyed lunch before walking back along the other side of the river. Birds were rather hard to find, but we had some excellent spotters among us and managed to see 5 or 6 grey wagtails, a party of 14 long-tailed tits, numerous great and blue tits, also goldfinches, goldcrests, etc. The only thrushes we saw were blackbirds and song thrushes, though we had hoped for redwings and fieldfares.