Spur of the moment type trip out today to the Muggleswick area and nearly all the observations where made from the car on various stop offs.
Plenty of Lapwing families on the sides of the roads around this area and often we feared for the little-uns because of how close they where to danger.
Also a few families of Red Grouse showing well just by the road side.These often went to ground as soon as the car pulled up or legged it though the heather with their parents watching.
I had planed on looking for these critters also and the first gorse bushes I investigated proved a good choice as about 9 Green Hairstreaks where in this area.... a first for the better half and a second for me. Plus loads of day flying small moths (that's another learning curve Ive not touched upon yet).
The Castleside- Muggleswick road was a tad disappointing for us with only a single male Pied Flycatcher and one male Redstart seen of note. The nature of the walking here makes venturing into the gorge areas a non starter for us.
We did have a short walk around the Pow Hill area at Derwent which was canny. Cuckoo, Siskin, Lesser repoll, Goldcrests, Willow warb., Chiffy, Blackcap, GS Woody- etc.etc.