Thursday, 11 September 2014

5-8 September 2014: A few from the Northumbrian Coast over a Wedding weekend.

We went North for the weekend of 6 September as our son wa getting married at Warkworth on the Northumbrian Coast, with the wedding reception held in Alnwick Castle. Here are the happy couple.

So it wsn't really a weekend to get out and do much birding(-:). However, on the way up we called at Cresswell Beach and had a quick glimpse of what Druridge Bay reserves might have to offer on future visits. At Cresswell we saw Turnstone
 Rock Pipit

and a small group of Fulmar talking amongst themselves

 and then setting off on flybys

 Ther e were also an assortment of Crows
 as well as a few Redshank flying in to feed on the ebbing tide.
 On our quick stop at Druridge bay - only the access road area, not the hides, we saw this delightful male Stonechat who was totally unperturbed by our visit
 even flying and perching quite closely

That was a quck visit but we wplan to return next time we are up north.
As we left Warkworth on the Monday morning we stopped in a layby overloking the Coquet estuary. There were lots of Cormorant and Heron on the far shore, along with a couple of female Goosander.
The highlight though was this very close Eider duck just below us.


  1. Birding and a wedding. That's a pretty impressive juggling act Bob. I thought that Eider was a Shoverler! I need to swat up on my bird ids!

  2. Thanks Darran - it was more Wedding than birding, but you have to give sometimes(-:).