Took the Westies for their morning walk and had a look at the flood, it was pretty quiet really. I thought only 2 moorhens had survived but all three are ok. there was just one Ostercatcher and a few corvids kicking around. surprisingly yet another clutch of mallards, this time 11, 2 of which are pure yellow, (who's been playing pick & mix then). We didn't hang around too long as I was dressed for the sun and it started to rain.
1 female Goosander and 11 young.
Later in the morning I set off for the river Eden taking the footpath near Lilliput just off the A66. just after the railway tunnel there was a Buzzard above me . Next I came across 2 oystercatchers in a field of veg. acting very suspicious as if there was a nest or young about. And apart from finding the Goosanders that was about it.