Friday, 13 May 2011

Grasmere to Ambleside via Red Bank, Deerbolt, Loughrigg Terrace on Wednesday May 11th 2011.

Another nice walk which we do regular from Grasmere to Ambleside, whilst going through Deerbolt Woods and onto the sides of Loughrigg Terrace overlooking both Grasmere and Rydal Water and then following the River Rothay past Fox How to Ambleside.

Many of our favourite Warblers where heard singing strong, many Blackcaps (maybe up to 6 or more), Willow Warblers (many), and perhaps some 5 Chiffchaffs. Also I had 3 Redstarts along the route at various points (typical Redstart habitats).

The Cuckoo was calling, this time from behind Deerbolt Wood and further up on the side of Loughrigg, in past years I have had it calling but more in the direction close to the Rydal Caves. Also there was presence of Redpoll closeby the Caves.

Whilst going along the terrace you could not help but hear the many Tree Pipits singing away, I counted a minimum of ten birds, so obviously this has to be one of their strongholds.

Also another treat whilst on the terrace, only a couple of hundred yards after leaving Deerbolt was to find both Common Butterwort and also a small population of Yellow Saxifrage, both within one yard of each other, and immediately on the side of the footpath (within a yard or so), but also very close to a small water course traversing down the Fellside.