Our developing interest in wildlife has meant creating a gap in our holiday schedule, Scotland will be there forever, we may even move there one day when the circumstances are right. The walk up Middle Fell was great, a favourite for views but our special valley is Dunnerdale, a great view up to Bowfell my most climbed and treasured fell.
Fans of the smaller flora and fauna will find delights such as the Gatekeeper butterfly at the right time of year.... and fungi like these are abundant near the forest edges.
No matter how carefully we moved the only sights we had were jays in flight, not unusual though they are uncannily aware of human presence. We found the riverbank and tracked cautiously back towards the line of the path.
A nuthatch refused to appear in full and I had to content myself with top and bottom photographs!
Not too far from here back to the car, more foxgloves to enjoy along the way-
This one was easy, a bluetit!
Next up was one that was more difficult and only determined when I had a good look at the photographs, willow warbler.
Back at the car park two mini buses were now parked, their passengers enjoying a snack by the river.
Visitors from the USA sampling the delights of the Lake District with http://www.mountain-goat.com/
One lady enquired as to the source of our hot water as Josie poured us a cup of coffee at the back of our car, we showed her the thermos flasks which we always take, "Ah tailgate tea, what a great idea!"
How good to end the holiday with a wide smile!!!