The drive up was very moody with low cloud and mist blanketing the Dale & I hoped it would lift soon.
The river looked in fine fettle when I first seen it but standing for a few moments observing the river for any movement of fish there was a really cold southerly wind blowing and it felt really chilled against my face and the mist was just sitting like a blanket over everything.
Starting off on a couple of spiders I made my way downstream towards the wooded area fishing certain spots as I went without any joy.
On entering the wood The birds were chirping all around & the wood seemed alive with bird calls.
I sat against the big tree for a few moments and observed the birds feeding on the pine cones up in the bare branches above me.
It was a free for all, Blue tits, Coal tits, Chaffinches and I saw a couple of Goldfinches too, it really was nice to sit & watch them all jostling for the small cones and extracting the seeds from them.
The wild flowers in the wood were all poking through looking for some sunlight from the Wild primroses, to the wood anemone. It was nice to see the wood starting to come alive with sound and colour.