Rain at first, overcast witha SE4. Boulmer at 7.20am was quiet. The flooded field held 12 Mallard, 3 Teal and 45 Curlew. On the beach were 8 Dunlin, 6 Sanderling and 44 Ringed Plover.
As the wind was from the eastern half I decided to head north to Holy Island to meet a man about a Wryneck...
On the causeway 176+ Redshanks were a good count. I checked the Snook, Chare Ends, Excavations and the Vicars Garden for very little indeed. On the migrant front were 1 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler.
Butterflies were a bit better with 8 Dark Green Fritillaries, 1 Grayling and 12+ Meadow Brown. A Fox Moth caterpillar was climbing up some willowherb.
The damp areas were full of a nice little plant called Grass of Parnassus and a few spikes of Evening Primrose were unexpected.
Above - Lindisfarne Castle with Bamburgh Castle in the distance...
Above - There must be a good bird out there somewhere...
Above - The Snook.
Above - Oh dear. Thats all I could get of the 'dear little piedy fly', a phrase used by Misses Baxter and Rintoul on the Isle of May just before they shot it...
Above - Grass of Parnassus. No not a grass at all.
Above - Evening Primrose in the dunes. Not a primrose either.
This afternoon a walk around Seaton Point had the Common Sandpiper still present, 1 female Sparrowhawk and a 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull N.
Thats it really...
Not much compared to 11th August 2004 when on a similar route on Holy Island I had -
Pied Fly 63 (!)
Spotted Fly 1
Garden Warbler 5
Icterine Warbler 2
Willow Warbler 5
Lesser Whitethroat 4
plus Green Sand, Merlin, Short eared Owl, Sparrowhawk and Greenshank...
There's time yet...