Sunday, August 17, 2008

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 -

Whinchat 5
Pied Fly 63 (!)
Spotted Fly 1
Garden Warbler 5
Icterine Warbler 2
Willow Warbler 5
Wryneck 3
Lesser Whitethroat 4
Whitethroat 1
plus Green Sand, Merlin, Short eared Owl, Sparrowhawk and Greenshank...


There's time yet...

4 comments:

oldcrow61 said...

Lovely pictures. The "Grass of Parnassus" is very pretty.

dean said...

The pics from Holy Island bring back memories. I`ve a soft spot for that place. Hope it`s not too long before i visit it again.

mosstrooper said...

Got to get up there soon. Cracking finds BB,

Mattzappa said...

I thought I'd been over the Snook, is that a church and some occupied dwellings?