Trip reports

Borrowdale Valley (Tebay)

Otter among seaweed
rspb images

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Over fifteen members from the RSPB Lancaster Local Group and the RSPB South Lakeland Local Group met one mile south of Tebay in the valley of the Borrow Beck which is a tributary of the River Lune. Our quest was to see the wild birds and other wildlife that inhabit this delightful valley during the early days of spring. Near our starting point, where Borrow Beck enters the Lune, is a wooded ravine enclosed by the high fells, until after half a mile or so upstream, the valley opens up and provides a wider vista of the expansive upland scenery.

As this was the 9th April we were perhaps, a little too early to have sightings of cuckoo or redstart and some of the other summer visitors, but nonetheless, (and avoiding April showers, experienced elsewhere that day), we enjoyed good views of the following species:

wren, carrion crow, chaffinch, robin, mistle thrush, sparrow hawk, buzzard, nuthatch, pied wagtail, grey wagtail, coal tit, blue tit, kestrel, great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, wheatear, sand martin, song thrush, meadow pipit, jackdaw, goosander, reed bunting, magpie, curlew and dipper.

Incidentally, one of our party discovered a dark smudge on a rock near the water's edge - it was an otter spraint - alas no sighting of the animal itself, although it is nice to know that this once scarce species inhabits the area.

Michael Gardner