Sunday, 5 July 2009

Berwick Trip

We have just returned from a few days in Berwick upon Tweed, thanks to our friend Maggie who offered us use of her house. Her garden looks over the mouth of the river, from where we watched Sandwich Tern, Curlew, Goosander, Black Headed Gull, Herring Gull, Oystercatcher, Teal, Redshank, Grey Heron,Swift, Swallow, House Martin, Song Thrush, Linnet, Painted Lady, Grey Seal and 3 masted sailing ship.

Had wanted to try and get some in flight pics of Gannets, so a trip to Dunbar, with Bass Rock in sight and which is home for a lot of them, provided an opportunity. Its surprising how they never fly close inshore, until you are sitting in the car having a cuppa, and as soon as you get out onto the rock ends again they are back out to sea. However at least you can tell what they are -

A few hours at St Abbs provided the opportunity to grab some Guillimot and Razorbill pics. It appeared that most of the young had left the nest sites and was amazing to see how the birds cling to near vertical resting places -

Berwick pier provided the opportunity to watch Sandwich Terns fishing in the mouth of the river -

Thanks Maggie.

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