We decided that, if we were to consider ourselves proper birdwatchers, and not just people who were pleased to see birds when they hopped into the garden, then we needed to have a day Birdwatching. That, we decided, meant watching from a bird hide.
We discovered that there was a National Trust site with a bird hide at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales. Perfect!
The hide was nestling right by the side of the tarn. It was very exciting – our first visit inside a bird hide. (We are easily excited!) We were about to become Birdwatchers!
We set about making ourselves comfortable, getting out our flask of tea, binoculars and bird book … and waited.
Hmmm … I am beginning to realise that an intrinsic part of birdwatching is the waiting.
After a while, we spotted some ravens in the distance, flying towards a rookery at the far side of the tarn. Some other birds flew across the sky. They might have been grebes … let’s say they were!
Well, our sandwiches tasted good. And it was great to be sitting inside on sturdy benches, with only our faces open to the air, feeling like ‘proper’ birdwatchers, even if we couldn’t see any birds!
Eventually, we saw a couple of tufted ducks – we definitely saw the tufts!
Sadly, we didn’t see much other birdlife but it was very restful sitting by the tarn for a while in a sheltered spot.
We decided to head down to Malham where Pete pushed me along the start of the path to Malham Cove. We’d hoped to be able to get further but, although the surface of the path was ok, it was too steep for much pushing. Still, we got far enough along to have good views of the fields and the cove itself.
Finally, we sat by the river, which was flowing fast after several days of rain, and watched some ducks resting at the water’s edge – no binoculars required!