Saturday, 13 January 2018
11-13 Jan - A brief winter foray to the Lakes courtesy of a fast train ride with Virgin - much more restful than battling the M6 in a car. Limited daylight at this time of the year, but we were fairly fortunate with the weather, with dry slightly misty conditions, and even a bit of elusive sunshine making for a dramatic red sunset on the first evening. Birding was limited, but I kept my eyes open as we walked, and saw a couple of Dippers at close quarters, both near to stone bridges which presumably provide good nesting sites. One bird was singing which seemed optimistic for spring......... Lake Windermere held wintering Goosander and Goldeneye, I also logged a single flyover Whooper Swan and a flock of Pinkfeet, both heading south, possibly to Martin Mere WWT in Lancs ? It would be good to be able to revisit later in the year with more daylight and with summer visitors present.