Our walk took us through mainly forest to begin with where we were quick to sight a grey squirrel and a couple of GS Woodpeckers darting between the trees. We also heard (but never saw) a Nuthatch and another bird to be identified - small bird in very large collection of trees does not bode well if you don't recognise the song! I think we should have had Chris Packham with us on the walk to help us, however, I have a feeling he would have been distracted with the amount and variety of canine sightings to be had! There were a couple of very cute Yorkshire Terriers and when I suggested (jokingly) to John that we might get one, he said "No - you'd only train it to sit on your knee and bark at me!!") After a veritable gormet feast at lunchtime (M&S scotch eggs with cheese and tomato sandwiches with which no walk would be complete without) we continued past a field where lots of riders were exercising their ponies. Earlier in the day we had seen some Alpacas and a couple of donkeys in a field - the Alpacas were doing a good job of keeping the hedges well manicured - I wonder if they'd ever eat their way out of there!
We rounded off the day with a quick trip to Lady Hayes craft shop (a must on the way back from a Delamere walk).
|Bumble Bee (White-tailed?)|
|Hover-Fly (maybe Drone-Fly)|
|Hover-Fly (Volucella pellucens)|