After having safely negotiated the A66 to get to the South side of it, a short walk brings you to a little wrought iron gate in a fence(blink and you would miss it) I had no sooner set off on the footpath when a Partridge struck up from the edge of the field to my right, its flight was too sudden and too fast for a positive id, but as it was a single bird I judged it to be a Red-legged Partridge rather than Grey Partridge as Greys tend to move around in parties rather than singly.
This first stretch of the path is also in shade for most of the day, the above plant is a shade loving plant so I wasn't surprised when I found it . The flower of Lords-and-Ladies (Arum haculatum)
After the tunnels we are out in the sunshine and apart from wet feet (not having anticipated the heavy dew) its a grand morning.
From now on the footpath follows more or less a straight line through grazing/pasture land with the occasional stile to negotiate, or gate to open , making sure it is secure again to prevent escaping sheep or cattle.
Morning girls, don't be so nosey , just passing through, will coming back shortly.
As can be seen the sheep where sharing the field with quite a few gulls mainly Black-headed gulls , with one or two Lesser Black-backed
|Sheep are vegetarian otherwise , open wide.|
|"No one lives here anymore"|
|A pair of Jackdaws warming their feet, had it been Springtime they would have been plucking the wool to line their nests|
|The river Eamont , looking West or up stream.|
|And looking East, down stream|
|Purple-loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) still putting up a good show by the river.|
On the way back I saw movement in the hedge, and as is very often the case the birds can be seen flitting about deep in cover, however after a bit of quiet standing around waiting a bird came to the outer branches.
First of all just the back view.
Then it obliged with a partial front view, now Willow warblers and Chiff Chaff are very hard to tell apart, and the bird was quiet, so just on leg colouration and darkish cap I'm going with Chiff Chaff, what do you think Phil?
So as regards bird life that was about it, an enjoyable walk, and a few more picies to come from that walk.