Before his visit to Kielder on 19 July – analysed by Paul in the previous post – UV explored two new areas to add to his list of possible foraging sites.
On 12 July he spent most of the day travelling along the River Caldew on the very edge of the NE part of the Lake District National Park.
As you can see there aren’t many fixes because of low battery levels but they are all flying over or perched by the river. Wikipedia‘s entry for the river describes it turning sharply northward near Hutton Roof. UV spent quite a few hours sitting by it soon after that northward turn and a lovely vista he had too!
The Caldew flows by the central line of trees. UV’s perching area is marked with the arrow.
UV roosted to the north near Welton. On 13 July he continued travelling north and was flying near the point where the Border Esk and Eden Rivers meet at the Solway Firth by 09.14 UTC.
At 09.14 UTC the tide was ebbing and about 2m high at Bowness-on-Solway so perhaps UV caught a late breakfast then perched by Kirtle Water NW of Gretna to dine. Or perhaps not!
He carried on upstream along the Border Esk which he has visited before. It is probably where 37 from Nest 2 finds his flounders, although that spot must be nearer the estuary.
One area was of particular interest to UV.
UV stayed for almost two hours before heading back to England.
UV has visited Kielder several more times since 19 July. Another post will cover those days.