Sunday, March 25, 2007
Above - Top/Second - Daffs in flower at the end of the 'Long Walk' Howick.
Third - The view south towards Sugar Sands and Howdiemont Bay. Thats Boulmer in the distance.
Fourth - Jane and Bunty on coast path, Howick.
Fifth - Interpretation Board near archeological excavations.
Bottom - The beginning of a Long tailed Tit's nest next to the path. See the lichens and cobwebs.
A lovely day, sunny with a cool light E3 and a hint of haze at sea.
Combed Boulmer this morning for migrants but failed. The wind this morning first thing was a light NE, possibly blocking any northerly passerine passage.
A seawatch for an hour from Seaton Point had 18 Fulmars, 32 Kittiwakes, 22 Gannets, 2 Red throated Divers, 4 Shags, 2 Common Scoter, 3 Red breasted Mergansers, 2 Razorbills and 1 Guillemot all going north. On the rocks/ shore were 24 Grey Plovers, 8 Purple Sandpipers, 10 Bar tailed Godwits and a good count of 27 Knot.
There were no new small birds but I checked the caravan sites and fields, ever optimistic. The best were 1+ Willow Tit and 2 pairs of Tree Sparrows at nest boxes.
At the Quarry, still 1 male Scaup, 3 Chiffchaffs singing and a Buzzard overhead.
This afternoon we had a walk along the coast from home up to Howick. The daffodils at the Howick Stream were fantastic, a photo can't do them justice. We went up past the reconstructed mesolithic teepee ( as seen on 'Time Team' and 'Coast' on TV) although it has now collapsed into a pile of birch and turf. On the way, a Long tailed Tit was nest building next to the track in some tall gorse. The nest, although only half built, on its way up, unlike the teepee, was already built to perfection. Before completion how may cobwebs and scraps of lichen will be woven to make the little elastic structure, and where on earth its going to find a lining of white feathers I can't imagine. I once saw a picture of a LTT on a dead pigeon on the road pulling out feathers to line its nest. I should drop it a carcass nearby...