Every year we make the effort to head up to Northumberland as it's one of our favourite places for both Birding and the Scenery. It looked like we might not make it this year and have left it later than usual, but this gives us the added chance of seeing the Seabird chicks, that of course you only see as eggs (if you're lucky) earlier in the year.
Our plan was arrive Monday afternoon, pop up to Seahouses on Tuesday via some birding spots of course and book onto a Wednesday boat..... the best laid plans as they say!
Anyway, we had a lie in on the Tuesday following a busy time in Lincolnshire the weekend and set off north stopping first at Cresswell Ponds, another favourite spot of ours, just for a coffee, honest!
As usual with Cresswell at first glance you think that there's very little there, but with patience it starts slowly revealing it's treasures (very poetic don't you think!) and if you can get a seat in the crowded hide of course. Which we did, we had to use brute force though!
Anyway after applying bandages to the wounded we settled down, a couple of pair of Avocets were a treat and a Shelduckling:
Avocet, Snipe, Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover,
Little Ringed Plover, Sandwich Tern, Goldeneye, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Swallow,
Tree Sparrow, Mute Swan, Shelduck, Black-headed Gull, Redshank, Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Mallard,
Magpie, Rock Dove, Woodpigeon and Kestrel.
Here's one of the Tree Sparrows by the path to the hide:
So next day new plan, (I did make the call and no luck!) So in glorious but windy weather we headed to Craster for a walk to Dunstanburgh Castle along the coast. We had a great time and saw a few species along the way, this Eider with 'Eiderling' close to the shore near the castle:
On the way back to Craster a Rook posed so he has to have his photo taken, mustn't forget the Corvids!
So did we make it onto the Farnes on the Thursday? You will have to wait for the next mind numbing instalment!