I saw nine long-tailed tits in my garden today - really pleasing as I don't usually see more than three together.
After the usual deep clean (boring I know....I'm sure weekends are made for more than this!) I decided I really MUST do something new so I tried a few new footpaths around Brinscall. Not far because it was already well into the afternoon but there was time enough for a steep climb to the top of Well Lane, then I took the track passed a derelict house and over rough grassland (difficult to locate the path here but there were plenty of landmarks in sight to encourage me to keep going) and then downhill to a quiet lane leading back to the lodge and swimming baths. I got a sense of achievement from going somewhere new. And guess what? I saw another flock of long-tailed tits en route.
By the way, if you ever get the chance to go to Brinscall Baths - do. It was built in 1911 and retains almost all the original art decor features - including the archaic changing facilities. It's in a charming location and has its own ghost.... Below is a photo of Brinscall Lodge which is right behind the baths.
Photo of long-tailed tit is used by the kind permission of Tony Dunn. (See link in side bar to his website). Photo of Brinscall Lodge is by Andrew Livesey.