7th March 2015
The weather was a little bit rubbish, but I wanted to see if I could see any wildlife at Cummersdale Holme. As I walked into the area all I could hear was screaming children and dogs barking as it was a Saturday day time. I thought to myself “I am not going to see anything.”
As I walked by the river I spotted two Grey Herons Ardea cinerea, I went to take a photo of them but as I got closer they spotted me and flew away. I walked back towards the river and a fisherman approached me as he saw that I had a camera. He told me that he goes to Cummersdale everyday to record the erosion the River causes. He said to me “I have just seen the Otter Lutra lutra.” He walked me to where he saw it. He seemed to know a lot about where to see wildlife at Cummersdale Holme. He offered to show me all the places he knows. He took me to where he sees the Otter Lutra lutra, Swans Cygnus, Kingfisher Alcedo atthis, Barn Owls Tyto alba and showed me how to find certain birds like the Song Thrush Turdus philomelos. On the walk I saw a Kingfisher Alcedo atthis, MerganserMergus merganser, Dipper Cinclus, Swans Cygnus, Oyster catchers Haematopus, Song Thrush Turdus philomelos and a Blackbird Turdus merula. I also heard a Woodpecker Picidae in the distance. I was at Cummersdale for three and a half hours, it was a great day to see wildlife, and now I know where to go to see wildlife when I come back again!