Tag: cumbria

06/10/20. Long tailed tits in Martindale.

I went out in the early evening to find a good spot to record the sounds of the red deer rutting. I was in Martindale Forest, a beautiful old oak woodland on the side of a steep fell. I could hear the deer, but they were too far away for clear recording. Instead the birds ...

08/10/20. The sounds of Red Deer rutting in Martindale, Cumbria.

Every autumn, usually early October, red deer stags display their strength, size and virility in the “rut”. It is visually impressive, but not always easy or safe to see up close. It is equally audibly impressive. They thrash their antlers around in streams and in the bracken. Occasionally they come to blows. Most of the ...

27/02/19. Geltsdale by Tindale Tarn.

Sitting in the hide at Tindale Tarn around 6:30am.   Lots of interesting sounds.  Here are three short clips. Wind in reeds; a warbler – I’m not sure which one; goldeneye; crow Curlew; warbler, crow; pheasant; goldeneye; lapwing; Grebes splashing/calling (later in the clip); frogs; woodpecker; curlew; woodpigeon; goldeneye I think my favourite (excluding the curlew) ...

27/02/19. Sunbiggin Tarn Starling murmuration.

Sunbiggin Tarn sits in the Pennines near Orton, Cumbria.  It is a wonderful remote spot, and popular with birds of all kinds. Today I was sitting by the tarn recording the evening chorus; it was afterall very quiet; I had expected more activity.   But it was nice to just sit there, watch the sun ...

05/05/18. Sandscale Haws. Evening chorus and more Natterjacks.

I walked along Duddon Sands and listened to the geese and other birds.  The sun was setting; a train went by.   The first 11 minutes of this recording captures a little of this atmosphere.     The latter part of this introduction includes the beautiful sound of warblers in the grasses at the base ...

06/05/18. Sandscale Haws. Searching for Natterjack Toads.

I’ve known about Sandscale Haws for a while; I visited the first time last year, and my arrival was timed precisely for the most amazing rain and windstorm.  The new carpark was not yet complete; there was no-one about, and it was almost dark.  But, I walked into the rain through some short sand-dunes to ...

28/03/18. Extraordinary sounds at Geltsdale this morning.

This morning I went early to Geltsdale, near Brampton (near Carlisle) to track down some Curlew.  I’ve made the trip several times in the past few weeks, but the weather has been poor and my timing hasn’t been right.   I reached the meadow by Tindale Tarn and recorded between 5:45am and about 6:30am. What ...

19/03/18. Campfield Marsh Reeds in winter’s last roar

I went to Campfield Marsh (near Bowness on Solway) yesterday to try to record some curlews.   Unfortunately the harsh east wind persisted all day and I wasn’t successful; indeed it seemed there were very few curlews or any other birds about! It was though a lovely day with lots of sunshine and pretty white ...

23/2/18. Flock of Geese at Campfield Marsh

Campfield Marsh is one of a number of reserves on the Solway Firth just west of Carlisle.  I think it is the principal site for the RSPB up here; there is a nice welcoming and informative visitor centre; the staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.  The reserve is beautiful to walk around, and I’ve visited ...

4/5/17. Tindale Tarn, Geltsdale, near Brampton, north Cumbria.

Geltsdale is a remote nature reserve near Brampton, just east of Carlisle.  It sits quite high in the Pennine foothills and is mostly moorland.   I walked in from the RSPB carpark about a mile or so to reach the RSPB centre; then past the centre and stopped on the path just past Tarn Cottage.  ...