Saturday, 2 February 2013

Holy Island

Rach n i decided Friday afternoon we would spent the weekend over near Holy Island, and so shot quickly to our Friday night accommodation Purdy Lodge.
Next morning we awaited the tide to subside at half nine to get onto Holy Island. Half way across the causeway a nice start in the form of a showy Long-tailed Duck. Then as we got to the main car park a stoat in Ermine shot across the road. Parked up and headed for the site of the Cattle Egret on the Crooked loaning. firstly though checking the pool for anything unusual, but nothing withing the gulls or ducks but a Black-tailed Godwit and a hunting Barn Owl.

So now onto find the Cattle Egret initially no sign but then it came from behind a wall and showed nicely in the field in front of us. A great looking bird.

I then went looking for my own stuff around the castle and the Priory hill. The Brents were on the beach, and when i got to the priory i scoped 11 Slavonian Grebe 3 more Long-tailed duck this time all males and a couple of Red-throated Divers.

We were just about to go for lunch when i got wind of a Long-eared Owl at the Cattle Egret site so rushed back over to see that cracker too.

So now it was time for lunch and a change of venue, we did the tourist thing and walked the walls around Berwick upon tweed a great bit of history. After this we finished at Barns Ness for Water Pipit. In the Rocks were Dunlin and 4 Purple Sandpiper.

It was getting dark now so headed back to the lodge ready for another day tomorrow. Great Day!

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