Tuesday, 11 January 2011

At last, there's life on the patch

Up at the patch this morning with the Westies and it was good to see the Lapwings back. There was about 100 milling about on the grass at the far side of the flood. At the moment the whole of the flood is covered with ice with water lying on top. and a dozen gulls were standing on the middle there was an equal number of Common Gulls and Black-headed. 3 Fieldfare came into a tree by the top track, and well over 100 Starlings were flying around the flood. No sign of snipe yet ground still too hard for them by the flood.
           After lunch my Daughter and myself had a ride over to Ullswater and took the road along the East side to Sandwick. At various points we found the following.
Pair of Mute Swans

Couldn't resist, this Robin came to the car when we parked up.

Tufted Duck


Cormorant in silhouette.



And the hardy Herdwick by the roadside.

On our drive home through Tirril large flocks of Starlings were beginning to come together, a pre-roost gathering. And at the same time large flocks of gulls were going to roost, looked as if they could have been heading for Ullswater.



                                                             

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