Stranded

by on Oct.13, 2011, under Bamburgh Castle, Birdwatching, Holy Island, Northumberland

I love Holy Island, but it can be a bit crowded sometimes…

I collected Mike and Maggie from St Cuthbert’s House on Tuesday morning and we began birdwatching our way north.  In the shadow of Bamburgh Castle we watched Bar-tailed Godwits, Knot, Turnstones, Purple Sandpipers, Eider and Gannets in a bitingly cold northwesterly wind.  We crossed onto Holy Island just before the rising tide covered the causeway…and found that the car park was empty!  For the next 5 hours we practically had the island to ourselves, and enjoyed swirling flocks of Knot and Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatchers, Shags, Gannets plunge-diving, Red-breasted Mergansers,  Grey Seals, Fieldfares, Redwings, Curlew, Teal, Black-tailed Godwits, Grey Plover, Kestrels, Peregrine and then, as the tide began to recede, flocks of Pink-footed Geese and Pale-bellied Brent Geese took to the air, heading for the newly exposed mud and the feast it brings.

Deliberately stranding yourself on Holy Island always carries risks as a birdwatcher; what if something really good turns up on the mainland? As an experience with clients though, particularly when one of them is a very keen wildlife and landscape photographer, it really is something special.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Mike Boyes

    Maggie and I really enjoyed our day out with Martin. Not only did we see a number of bird species we had never seen before, but we benefited enormously from Martin’s expert knowledge of all bird species, and their calls and flight patterns, etc. We learned a great deal, and we also visited sites that we would never have found on our own. We greatly look forward to our next visit to Northumberland, and we shall certainly arrange another trip with Martin and Northern Experience Wildlife Tours.

  • martin

    Hi Mike and Maggie

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We’re looking forward to meeting you again already 🙂

    best wishes
    martin

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