Archive for July 24, 2014

We visited Kendal in Southern Lakeland twice during our holiday. There was an information board by the River Kent as it runs through the town which told us what a great birdwatching site it was. Guess what we saw nothing the first time we were there. Thankfully we went back for another visit and this time we got all the local specialities.

River Kent in Kendal

River Kent in Kendal

It did not take us long to find a Grey Wagtail on the shingle at the edge of the river.

Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail

There was a party of 5 Goosander lazing on the rocks in the middle of the river giving excellent views.

Goosander

Goosander

2 down 1 to go. Now where was that Dipper? Eventually without any sightings we began to walk back to the car park. Then suddenly a small dark bird flew past us down the river. yes it been there all the time but we hadn’t seen it. We walked down the river but couldnt locate where it had gone. Sue suggested that we go onto the road bridge over the Kent and look from there. Looking over the far side we found the bird right below us. It seemed completely unaware of us and allowed me to take photos and video it before it finally moved off.

Dipper

Dipper

Dipper

Dipper

Just goes to show even with resident birds two visits to the same place can produce two very different outcomes – that’s nature watching for you!