Monday, May 11, 2009



Above - My Family....

A cold north easterly force 2 today, but the bright sunshine was really warm. The car had a white frost on it when I got up this morning. That'll be the bedding plants nipped off then!

This evening we had a walk along the coast path with Bunty to see if the breeze had dropped off any migrants. It hadn't. It was very quiet on the bird front with only the usual Whimbrel, 3+ Stock Doves and the fledged Stonechat family for interest. Even the sea only had the local Fulmars and Kitti's. The highlight was my first Wall Brown of the year - on a wall sheltering from the cold.



Above - Wall on a wall...

I see that this easterly breeze is set to continue with the chance of rain later in the week? Well, if it does, we might get the chance to see if it really has just been the lack of suitable weather patterns at this time that has stopped us getting the Bluethroats we used to get. Peak time is the 12th - 22nd May. Try Holy Island the day after rain around the Chare Ends or the Excavations... I have great memories of a male and female together running around the walls of the old Lime Kilns...



Above - Whimbrel, the usual one.

4 comments:

wanderlust said...

Just wondering, where is the excavation site at Holy Island?

Alan Tilmouth said...

I had 45 minutes at Newbiggin, sea very quiet. Woodhorn quiet as well. Everyone has high hopes for this week.

Warren Baker said...

Something good will drop in come thurs, fri. stewart. I hope the wind has been strong enough to blow a goodie far inland to my patch!

Stewart said...

Wanderlust - Park on the sand just as you start the island proper before the main car park then walk north . This is the Chare Ends. Go past one set of Lime Kilns then across a flat meadow area to a second higher kilns. Carry on north over the dunes and you will drop eventually into a massive low slack just before the north shoe with the foundations of some old ruins. Check ALL the tiny scrub and bushes around here...

Alan / Warren - Spring is a very erratic time up here. Fingers crossed eh.