Tag: Surf Scoter

Hot, hot Holy Island

by on Jul.06, 2011, under Bamburgh Castle, Birdwatching, Holy Island, Northumberland

I collected Alan, Carole and Mitzi from Seahouses for their Holy Island mini-safari in the sweltering heat.  Through the haze over the mudfalts, we could hear the eerie calls of Curlew and then a flock flew by.  Amongst them we could hear the tittering whistle of a Whimbrel, and picked the bird out amongst it’s larger cousins.  Golden Plover were back on the coast already as well; the moorland breeding season is a short one.  After a tour of the sites along the North Northumberland coast, we had our final stop, at Harkess Rocks.  As we scanned the raft of Eider and Common Scoter in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle one bird stood out from all the rest;  the Black Scoter, first found in April, and still lingering off our coast.  What I wouldn’t give for a nice Surf Scoter or King Eider as well:-)

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