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Thursday, 17 July 2008

Day 13 - Bamburgh & Budle Bay

Very lazy day. Starlings, sparrows, blackbirds in garden. Grey wagtail trotting on car roof this morning.

Drove over to Bamburgh, had look over Budle Bay (tide in - saw herons, eider ducks and young). Wandered around village. Looked over patch of water between Bamburgh and Seahouses, a sort of permanently flooded field, really - mute swans and cygnets, shelducks (& juveniles), small flock of lapwings. Terns sitting on posts, blackheaded gulls.

Returned in the evening - tufted ducks & ducklings, mallards & ducklings, swifts.

Went over St Aidan's dunes onto beach. Wished I'd brought a camera to capture the colours of sand and sky. Heron, eider ducks. Andy saw silhouette of a diver out at sea, sitting low in the water. Sandwich terns, various gulls, cormorants flying low over the sea.

Back at Budle Bay - tide out. Curlews, oystercatchers, redshanks, heron, various gulls. Lots of waders silhouetted on the sands, but too far in the steadily dimming light to identify.

Can hear owl and curlew calls from cottage.

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