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Whinfell Forest Center Parcs

Cumbria

   

8-12 Nov 2021

Observers: F. Simpson, L. Simpson, J. Simpson

 

Introduction


This was a family break, postponed from January, for our six-year-old's birthday to Center Parcs Whinfell Forest in Cumbria. The focus was on relaxation, fresh air and some (very) early Christmas activities. We packed some bird seed, peanuts and the i-Spy books, and set up a feeding station at our lodge in the Beechwood zone. Point-blank views of various woodland birds were a continuous feature with numerous Coal Tits, but the presence of Red Squirrels on the lodge patio and throughout the site was the highlight. The site is composed mainly of mature, managed Scots Pine woodland (and a small area of mature Beech) with a rich understorey of heather, birch, oak, bracken, holly, blaeberry, bramble, rowan and dog rose with a few lime, sycamore, raspberry, foxglove and larch. The lake area is much less productive than the lakes at Elveden Forest though. It could attract the odd diving duck/sawbill but on our visit powered boats were active.

 

Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)  Fraser Simpson Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)  Fraser Simpson Stills from remote mobile phone video of a Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) on our lodge balcony, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson Cycling, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson Wildlife Observation Hide, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Early Christmas tree in our lodge, Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson Early Christmas tree in our lodge, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

 

 

 Species List


Train journey Essex to Cumbria (and taxi Penrith-Center Parcs) 8-Nov


Pied Wagtail, Robin, Magpie, Wren, Carrion Crow, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Coot, Mallard, Cattle Egret, Canada Goose, Shoveler, Teal, Feral Pigeon, Ring-necked Parakeet, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Jackdaw, Cormorant, Red Kite, Fieldfare, Wood Pigeon, Rook, Collared Dove, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Stock Dove, Pheasant, Mute Swan, Little Egret, Greylag Goose, Kestrel, Buzzard, Little Grebe, Meadow Pipit, Redwing, Goosander, Great Egret, Lapwing, Pink-footed Goose, Goldcrest, Wren.

 

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos


Peak count of 23, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

 

Pheasant  Phasianus colchicus


Males heard daily, Whinfell Forest, 8-12-Nov.

2 mm, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus


M, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Buzzard  Buteo buteo


4, soaring together on the south-east side of Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov. 

 

Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus


Ad + 1st-w, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 9-12 Nov.

 

Black-headed Gull  Larus ridibundus


36, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

 

Common Gull  Larus canus


4, The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

 

Herring Gull  Larus argentatus


2, high over The Lake, Whinfell Forest, 12-Nov.

 

Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus


First species to appear, 30 mins after seed put out, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

8 (peak count), Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

7, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

Singing, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Tawny Owl  Strix aluco


1, mobbed by Blackbirds at dusk, Bilberry Wood, 9-Nov.

1 m, calling near entrance at dusk, 11-Nov.

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopus major


1-2, calling daily, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide, 9-Nov.

2, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea


1, flew south on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Pied Wagtail  Motacilla alba


2-3, daily on roof of village centre/swimming pool, 9-12 Nov.

3, car park, Whinfell Forest, 12-Nov.

 

Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes


Heard regulary throughout Whinfell Forest, 8-12 Nov.

Singing around the lodge daily, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 8-12 Nov.

First song heard at 07:13, 9-Nov.

2, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Robin  Erithacus rubecula


Heard regulary throughout Whinfell Forest, 8-12 Nov.

Singing around the lodge daily, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 8-12 Nov.

Taking sunflower hearts from lodge balcony daily, 9-12 Nov.

1, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Blackbird  Turdus merula


Several alarm calling at dusk, Bilberry Wood, 9-Nov.

1-2, around lodge daily,  Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-12 Nov.

1, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Fieldfare  Turdus pilaris


12, flew south, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Song Thrush  Turdus philomelus


Heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

 

Redwing  Turdus iliacus


2, flew over calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

3, flew south, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Mistle Thrush  Turdus viscivorus


1, alarm calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

2, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Goldcrest  Regulus regulus


Heard regulary throughout Whinfell Forest, 8-12 Nov.

3, calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

2, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus


8, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Blue Tit  Cyanistes caeruleus


2 (peak count), taking sunflower hearts and peanuts from lodge balcony daily, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-12 Nov.

2, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Great Tit  Parus major


2 (peak count), taking sunflower hearts and peanuts from lodge balcony daily, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest,  9-12 Nov.

 

Coal Tit  Periparus ater


Heard regulary throughout Whinfell Forest, 8-12 Nov.

10-12+ taking sunflower hearts (and peanuts to cache) from lodge balcony daily, 9-12 Nov.

14 (peak count), Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

3, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Nuthatch  Sitta europaea


2, calling around Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

1, calling around Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

1, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris


1, calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

2, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

1, Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

1, on edge of car park, Whinfell Forest, 12-Nov.

 

Jay  Garrulus glandarius


1, heard, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

 

Jackdaw  Corvus monedula


2, flew over calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

 

Carrion Crow  Corvus corone


3, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Raven  Corvus corax


2, heard on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

2, over car park, Whinfell Forest, 12-Nov.

 

Chaffinch  Fringilla coelebs


3, (peak count), taking sunflower hearts and peanuts from lodge balcony daily, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-12 Nov.

2, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

2, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

19 (peak count), Bird Hide feeding station, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Brambling  Fringilla montifringulla


1, calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

1, calling, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis


1, flew over calling, Cycle Hire, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

13, heard on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Siskin  Carduelis spinus


10+, flew over calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

13, heard on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

Heard, Bird Hide, Whinfell Forest, 11 Nov.

 

Lesser Redpoll  Carduelis cabaret


3, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra


2, flew over calling, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

 

Bullfinch  Pyrrhula pyrrhula


2, on 60 min walk around south-east corner, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

 

Moths


The compact 20W Actinic Heath moth trap was placed on the lodge patio in Scots Pine woodland with a rich understorey. Run four nights. Rained most of the final night on 11-Nov.

 

Spruce Carpet  Thera britannica


3, around light trap at 22:00, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 8-Nov.

8, in and around light trap in morning, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 9-Nov.

6, in and around light trap in morning, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

3, in and around light trap in morning, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

1, flew in and landed on Norway Spruce Christmas tree inside our lodge, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 12-Nov.

 

Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica)  Fraser Simpson

Spruce Carpet (Thera britannica), Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 10 November 2021

 

November Moth agg.  Epirrita sp.


1, around light trap at 22:00, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 8-Nov.

2, in light trap in morning, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

1, in light trap in morning, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

2, resting by day on map/info boards, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 11-Nov.

 

November Moth agg (Epirrita sp.)  Fraser Simpson

November Moth agg. (Epirrita sp.), Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 10 November 2021

 

Angle Shades  Phlogophora meticulosa


1, on illuminated map board, village centre, 10-Nov. Photographed the following morning.

 

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)  Fraser Simpson

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 11 November 2021

 

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)  Fraser Simpson

Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa), Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 11 November 2021

 

Yellow-line Quaker  Agrochola macilenta


1, in light trap in morning, Beechwood, Whinfell Forest, 10-Nov.

 

Yellow-line Quaker (Agrochola macilenta)  Fraser Simpson

Yellow-line Quaker (Agrochola macilenta), Whinfell Forest, Cumbria, England, 10 November 2021

 

 

Our lodge in the Beechwood zone, Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, Cumbria   Fraser Simpson

Our lodge in the Beechwood zone, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

View from our lodge, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

Red Squirrel, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Wildlife observation from our lodge, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

Wildlife observation from our lodge, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Scots Pine canopy, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

Scots Pine canopy, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Moth trapping, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson

Moth trapping, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

  

Beech woodland, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson

Beech woodland, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

The forest was rich in (unpicked) fungi, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria  Fraser Simpson

The forest was rich in (unpicked) fungi, Whinfell Forest, Cumbria

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Beech leaves, Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

Center Parcs, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

 Oak leaf detail, Whinfell Forest  Fraser Simpson

 

 

Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) filmed with a mobile phone left remotely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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