16th September 2014 – Holy Island…

At last some long-overdue birding/twitching today – Col had twisted my arm to leave rarity-free Cumbria and head over to Holy Island on the Northumberland coast. But first we made a very quick stop at Grindon Lough where Pec Sand was soon in the bag. Without doubt the target bird on Holy Island was a Greenish Warbler which would be a lifer for Col, and even though I’d seen six before it had been 8 years since my last one. So after parking up in the main car park (they have stopped you parking near Chare Ends for free), we walked to the area that the bird was last seen in. For the next hour and a half we scrutinised every movement in every bush, but the Greenish Warbler was playing very hard to get, I did however manage to relocate a Barred Warbler which was nice. It was typically very skulky and flighty…

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Other birders had seen the Greenish in three sycamores some distance away so we headed to them, again we spent some time looking but nothing. The Barred Warbler however was now giving us really good views.

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We reluctantly decided to leave Chare Ends and search for other stuff elsewhere on the island, soon adding Pied Fly, Whinchat, Wheatear, and Tree Pipit to our tally.

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It was unbelievably busy with tourists today, I don’t know why but it was absolutely heaving, so it was nice to get away from the crazy crowds and head towards the Lough via the Crooked Lonnen. As we approached the hide at the Lough I quickly located the Red-backed Shrike…

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Whilst watching this fantastic bird some other birders arrived and told us that they’d just come from watching the Greenish so we headed off back to Chare Ends. And what-do-ya-know? – the very first bird we saw was the Greenish. Marvellous.

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All too soon it was time to head back home, the Northumberland coast is a superb place to go birding at this time of the year, just one of these birds would be nice in Cumbria….

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7th September 2014 – Lancasters over the Solway…

One of the reasons we climbed up on to the summit of Binsey was to hopefully see the last two airworthy Lancasters which we knew were due to fly over Windermere mid-afternoon. It was all a bit pot luck though because I wasn’t sure of their flight path, but I figured that they may fly down Bassenthwaite on their way south. As we sat on the summit I was ecstatic to pick them up over Criffel! I watched – and listened, as these fantastic planes flew over the Solway and then down Bass Lake, it was a sight and sound that I will truly never forget. Had I known their flight-path for sure I would’ve climbed a different fell for better shots as they were always distant from Binsey and I was looking into the sun. Click on pics for larger versions…

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Above: That’s the Isle of Man in the way distance!

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7th September 2014 – Binsey (1466ft, 447m)…

Binsey from the Keswick - Bothel road.

Binsey from the Keswick – Bothel road.

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Above: Looking back over Bassenthwaite from near to the summit.

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Above: Approaching the summit.

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Above: Over Water, the Uldale Fells, Blencathra in the far distance and Skiddaw.

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Above and below: Looking over the Solway towards Criffel.

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Above: Looking back over Bassenthwaite.

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Above: The Solway and Criffel.

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Above: The Uldale Fells and Blencathra.

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6th September 2014 – Castlerigg Stone Circle

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6th September 2014 – Outerside (1863ft, 568m)…

Outerside from the summit of Barrow.

Outerside from the summit of Barrow.

Descending the summit of Barrow down to Barrow Door.

Descending the summit of Barrow down to Barrow Door.

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Barrow (in the sun in the right), from the track below Outerside.

Looking back to Barrow (in the sun in the right), from the track below Outerside.

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The Helvellyn range in the far distance, from left to right: Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Whie Side, Catstycam, Helvellyn (in the middle), Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike. In the middle distance are Bleaberry Fell and High Seat, with Cat Bells below over Rowling End.

The Helvellyn range in the far distance, from left to right: Raise, White Side, Catstye Cam, Helvellyn (in the middle), Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike. In the middle distance are Bleaberry Fell and High Seat, with Cat Bells below them looking over Rowling End.

Sail and Crag Hill with the low point on the right being Coledale Hause.

Sail and Crag Hill with the low point on the right being Coledale Hause.

Grisedale Pike

Grisedale Pike

Barrow on the left and Causey Pike on the right.

Barrow on the left and Causey Pike on the right.

Blencathra above Latrigg with Great Mell Fell in the distance on the right. Nearer are Stile End in the sun and Barrow.

Blencathra above Latrigg with Great Mell Fell in the distance on the right. Nearer are Stile End in the sun and Barrow behind that, with the track we took being very obvious.

Looking back up to the summit of Outerside from Low Moss.

Looking back up to the summit of Outerside from Low Moss.

The small tarn on Low Moss with Stile End on the right.

The small tarn on Low Moss with Stile End on the right.

The walk back to Braithwaite.

The walk back to Braithwaite.

Looking back to Causey Pike, Stile End, Outerside and Crag Hill.

Looking back to Causey Pike, Stile End, Outerside and Crag Hill.

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6th September 2014 – Barrow (1494ft, 455m)…

We began our walk in Braithwaite, at the south end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

We began our walk in Braithwaite, at the south end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Grisedale Pike

Grisedale Pike

The ascent to Barrow isn't hard going or steep, it's a perfect start to the day.

The ascent to Barrow isn’t hard going or steep, it’s a perfect start to the day.

Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Rowling End and Barrow.

Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Rowling End and Barrow.

Crag Hill and Grisedale Pike.

Crag Hill and Grisedale Pike.

Barrow, Causey Pike, Scar Crags and Stile End, with Crag Hill in the cloud.

Barrow, Causey Pike and Scar Crags with Sail and Crag Hill in the cloud behind Stile End.

The summit come into view, overlooked by tthe impressive Causey Pike and Scar Crags. Outerside is on the right.

The summit comes into view, overlooked by the impressive Causey Pike and Scar Crags. Outerside is on the right.

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Looking over Newlands Valley to Cat Bells and Derwent Water.

Newlands Valley, Cat Bells and Derwent Water.

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Looking over Rowling End to Maiden Moor and High Spy.

Looking over Rowling End to Maiden Moor and High Spy.

Looking over Causey Pike and Rowling End to Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson.

Looking over Causey Pike and Rowling End to Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson.

Causey Pike

Causey Pike

Outerside

Outerside

Outerside, Stile End and Grisedale Pike.

Outerside, Stile End and Grisedale Pike.

Great Mell Fell and Clough Head.

Great Mell Fell and Clough Head.

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Latrigg, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra.

Keswick, Latrigg, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra.

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31st August 2014 – Walla Crag (1243ft, 379m)…

Well it would’ve been rude not to have gone up Walla Crag (1243ft, 379m) seeing as though we’d camped nearby last night. Back to birds soon. Possibly.

The ascent from Rakefoot.

The ascent from Rakefoot.

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Bleaberry Fell on the left, with Scafell Pike on the right.

Bleaberry Fell on the left, with Scafell Pike on the right.

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Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Looking over Derwent Water to Barrow in the middle distance on the left, with Grisedale Pike behind.

Looking across Derwent Water to High Spy, Maiden Moor, Robinson, Cat Bells and Crag Hill.

Looking across Derwent Water to High Spy, Maiden Moor, Robinson, Cat Bells and Crag Hill.

The track down to Rakefoot, with Blencathra behind.

The track down to Rakefoot, with Blencathra behind.

Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick and Skiddaw.

Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick and Skiddaw.

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