Sunday was a bit quiet so I got up early for a walk north along the coast to Craster. It was bright and cool with a light S breeze. Its great to be out early at this time of year, I didn't see another person for the first two hours.
A slow wander north along the coast path was very pleasant. A few Yellowhammers, 3 Grey Partridges and 2 Greenland Wheatear were about the only things of note but the soundscape of singing birds, noisy Kittiwakes and gently rolling waves was relaxing.
|The Bathing House with Longhoughton Steel, Boulmer in the background.|
|This view south shows the majority of my local patch. We live in the village you can see in the trees.|
|Kittiwake watching me.|
|Razorbill below my feet.|
|The view from Cullernose Point|
|Thrift and the marzipan smell of gorse.|
|Yellowhammer ( do you think!)|
A few other things were noted, a single Painted Lady in off, 3 Wall Brown, masses of Spring Squill in large patches all along the short turf.
|A carpet of Spring Squill with Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance.|
This post is a bit photo heavy so I'll keep the text down a bit. On the way back, I noticed a bird flying south across the field behind Cullernose Point. It looked odd, but familiar? Green Woodpecker! Another patch mega. Not new here, but I've only had two others, winter 2009 /10 and spring 2017. I tried to take a record shot but the camera would not lock on. I must get the settings for viz mig worked out soon. I saw the bird well enough to believe it was a female...
|Green Woodpecker south at Cullernose|