Sunday, 25 May 2008

I have recharged myself for what is usually my favorite weekend of the year.
Leighton Moss - 3 Spoonbills, 33 Avocets (2 new chicks), 100+ Black Tailed Godwits.
The wind is blowing a real 'hooli'. No sign of the Pectoral sandpiper today, or sightings of the male Ortolan Bunting at Drigg. So I call in to Sizergh Castle for a picnic, and spot some of those Hawfinches. None to be heard or seen with the crowds out in force. still, I enjoyed the picnic though. Back to Leighton Moss for an hour. From Lilian's Hide ( the carpeted, central heated one nearest the visitors centre). The Black Head gulls are putting on a nice display..For the keen eyed birder, look out for the Med Gull!. Marsh Harrier over the reedbeds. Otherwise a quiet day for birds, must be the gales?
Year total 130.

Monday, 12 May 2008

The Farne Islands

Where else can you take pictures of seabirds a few inches away from your feet. The Farne Islands. About 50 miles north of Newcastle you find the tiny fishing village called Seahouses. 10am Billy Shiel, runs a 6 hour trip for £25, which includes two 2 hour stops on islands (staples and Inner Farnes), stuffed with seabirds. St Aidens hotel in Seahouses is where we stayed for one night. You can't go wrong staying here, All rooms command sea-views, Staff are great, and food as good as you expect. A very short walk gets you to the Harbour. If you don't do boats (My Wife) there is a dial and ride bus service that takes you to the very impressive Bamburgh Castle.
If you fancy an opportunity to take cracking bird photo's no matter what equipment you use - even my mobile took great shots - then here in May, that's where you should come.
Year Total 129.