Old Hartley to St Mary’s Island and back

28 Apr

Still on parenting duties today so a short walk from the cliff top at Old Hartley to St Mary’s Island and back with Hannah.

Grasshopper Warblers were fairly prominent although not obliging enough to get any half-decent photographs. At least four birds were reeling in the hawthorns on either side of the path between the car park and St Mary’s wetland nature reserve.

Locustella naevia

Embarrasingly poor record shot - Grasshopper Warbler

A couple of pairs of fulmar were nesting in the cliffs and plenty of jackdaws, rooks and carrion crows drifted around on the breeze.

Linnet

As high tide was approaching there were not many waders in evidence… a small flock of sanderling flew onto the island and several groups of Oystercatchers whizzed past noisily, meanwhile a solitary gannet passed between the mainland and the lighthouse – the first time I’ve seen one that close inshore on this stretch of coast.

The Wetland nature reserve was quiet – swallows, sand martins and house martins apart, only three Gadwall and a mute swan were in evidence on the water and house sparrows, starlings and linnet were in the trees and shrubs around the edges.

In the end the lure of the funfair down the stray was too much so we went to look at the horses

Carousel at the funfair

Birds seen : Grasshopper Warbler, Linnet, Fulmar, Gannet, Sanderling, Turnstone, Starling, Swallow, House Martin, Sand Martin, Gadwall, Mute Swan, Oystercatcher, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow

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