1st August 2011 – Walney dip

My day off today so when I heard that a Spotted Crake had been seen at South Walney NR we decided to head south. I’ve seen eight of these in the past but the last one was 7 years ago in 2004 on Tresco. It is also a real county mega with all the top Cumbria listers needing it. Trouble is, Cumbria is a huge county when you’re travelling from the very top to the very bottom, and the last 30 odd miles along the A590 is dreadful at this time of the year with caravaners and tourists clogging up the roads, so it seemed to take ages to get there. At Walney we headed to the hide where the bird had been seen, a juvenile Yellow Wag was a nice surprise, but there was no sign of the target bird.

Amongst the waders was this Little Stint…

But the Spotted Crake refused to show whilst we were there so we decided to head back home. Another species which seems to be fast disappearing in Cumbria is the Little Owl so this cheeky chappy became the highlight of the day….

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