Thursday, 11 October 2012

Holy Island

Judging by some recent blog posts I am the only one to visit Holy Island recently and not see any owls despite being in the right place, but, it appears at the wrong time.
However we did see some nice sights.
Just like  this pair of Snow Buntings who were very partial to having people around them

On the beach in the harbour area were Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Redshank and Bar tailed Godwit

with Eider and a few Guillemot  just offshore
In the garden behind the castle was a lone Goldcrest and on the wall just outside a Stonechat

There were huge numbers of birds  adjacent to the causeway, with the large number of  Brent Geese being very vocal.
Large flocks of Golden Plover and Godwits provided exciting flying displays

Although past its best flowering season the castle garden is still a place of peace. It is planted out as planned by its designer, Gertrude Jekyll.
Nice one, Gertrude!

Linnet and Goldfinch were regularly seen


Johnnykinson said...

I'll trade you a Barn Owl for a Snow Bunting Dick.
We had fab views of 2 Barnies as you probably read on Johns blog. They are regulars, and apparently, show before dark. Head out on Crooked Lonnen and after second 90 degree bend look left for old horse box to left of house with (i think ( tin roof. They kept going into the old horse box but patrolling all the fields out there. We saw ours around 3.30 pm through to 4.10 when we had to leave for the tide.

Citybirding said...

A deal. I was in the right place but perhaps an hour later.There's always next time