Sunday, June 14, 2009

Summer Time...

Another nice sunny and warm weekend with an odd fine shower in the evenings...

I've taken quite a few photos this weekend because the light has been excellent. Today I left the house at about 7.30am and covered the coast and Long Walk through the Howick arboretum and back home. There wasn't much in the way of birds but it was still a pleasant walk, with plenty to interest...

I'll let the pictures do the talking ( or most of it anyway)...Click any picture for a larger one, the panorama is worth it...



Above - Two shots merged together here to form a panorama of Howick burn mouth . The point in the far right is Rumbling Kern...



Above - Summer in the City...our village yesterday morning....



Above - For those wondering, this is Rumbling Kern. A gap in the cliff where waves crash and boom in stormy conditions, though not today. I had a Grasshopper Warbler with food for nestlings this morning near here, but it didnt sit for a picture....




Above - Two angles of Howick Haven this morning...



Above - Hoary Plantain, I think, in full bloom.



Above - Ragged Robin...



Above - Large Skipper. Two today one at Howick burn mouth and one in Village Wood, my first of the year. I also had my first Meadow Browns today, 2, along with 4 Painted Lady and 3 Wall.



Above - Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis on Jane's finger...



Above - I have no idea what this grisly creature eating the Cranefly is, but it made sharp work of it...



Above - Yellow Shell moth in the Pond Field with 20+ Chimney Sweepers. Those small Great Burnets that had me confused earlier this week are now a yard high!



Above - Barn Owl dropping onto a vole from our kitchen window. Nice. Only one photo before it flew off to feed the family...




Above - A wet and a dry Yellowhammer one ( or different?) of 4 coming to our feeders at the minute.

8 comments:

abbey meadows said...

Lovely shots Stew. I like the Ragged robin. I have seen a few of those Cardinal beetles in deep shade in the woods.

Dean said...

Excellent pictues, Stewart. You were right about the light.

Birding about Northumberland said...

You are extremley lucky to live in such a wonderful area, beautiful shots

Ipin said...

You've got your owl back then...Nice, well managed bit of coastline that!

Emma Anderson said...

Your lovely pictures of the coast in this article, Stewart, remind me of my childhood weekends and summers spent at Boulmer and my walks and cycle rides along the cliff top paths clutching my Observer's book of Birds and my Kodak Brownie 127.

Rambling Rob said...

That plantain is a beauty. Great shot of the barn owl - I watched one hunting over local marshes recently but couldn't get near enough for a photo.

Stewart said...

Ta for the comments all...

oldcrow61 said...

Beautiful scenery and the bug pictures are marvelous.