Thursday, 11 February 2010

Bay Watch 11/02

I picked up two patch ticks today; a Kingfisher at the mouth of the Brierdene and a Med Gull in the adjacent car park. The latter has evaded my gaze for the last 3 months and I was starting to think it was an elaborate wind-up.

The tide was high so the last leg to St Mary's was along the cliff top. Not the safest of routes as it is retreating at an alarming rate.

My patch is shrinking by the minute!

The south beach at St Marys had 3 Purple Sandpiper, a number of Knot and 2 Bar-tailed Godwit.

The wetland had 3 snipe showing well, a pair of Mute Swan, Mallard, Teal, Gadwall and a Fox.

The fields to the west by Feathers Caravan Park were populated by over 200 Golden Plover, a good number of Curlew and a solitary Grey Heron.

The tide had started to recede on the way back so I took the route along the bottom of the cliffs. This wasn't too safe either with a couple of landslides witnessed. It can only be a matter of time before the council extend the sea defences as the loss of the pitch and putt could be the final nail in the coffin for Whitley tourism :)


  1. Great post - fantastic part of the world. Glad you got the Med, they are always a treat.

  2. Thanks Stuart, though I doubt I will ever come close to your 'word smithery'. I just have a camcorder and too much spare time.

  3. Great videos Tim. It`s interesting that the birds follow the Fox around instead of retreating from it.

    PS : thanks for choosing to follow my blog. Much appreciated. I`ll do the same and also add you to my links.

  4. Thanks Dean. And yes those Teal do look up for a fight if need be.