Good weather is rare in England. So when I found the day was a sunny day, I took up my knapsack and camera, called my friend, went to the station and bought a return ticket to Lake district. The trip for counting birds in lake district began, without any plan!


We went Windermere. Over a thousand ducks, geese and swans live here and many birds fly from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe to spend the winter. Because Windermere has reed beds which can offer essential safe and sheltered resting places for overwintering birds. As the reed beds on and around the Windermere shoreline disappear, so do the number of places for birds to live in.


I think there were more than 50 Canada geese. They drove the Mallard ducks or other smaller geese such as Greylag goose and swooped to the food. Like a bully! But when swan came, they are sensible and went away. So mute swan enjoy their in an elegant way. “We belong to Queen!” they said.


We found a shy guest which came from Europe finding food in a quite place, a Goldeneye. They are very shy birds and always stay in quieter bays. They have to work all day to find enough food to overwinter. So if you see them, don't get too close and don't force they flying which will use up valuable energy.


There are more than 10 wading birds you can see in all year such as cormorants and Red-breasted merganser. From October to April, in winter, you can see Great-crested grebes, kinds of gulls, pochards and tufted ducks which overwinter in Windermere.


don't hesitate! come and count the birds!

counting birds in Lake district