I spent last weekend in Alnmouth, in part exploring the estuary of the river. This is the first of a few posts inspired by the trip. As the picture above shows, it’s a lovely little village that could be bracketed as ‘picturesque’. But that muddy foreground, the river, the ea, all promise nature.
Because it’s tidal you get mudflats, and that means waders and other shore birds, plus whatever happens to come in off the sea.
In practice this meant Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Bar-Tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Eider, Grey Heron, Black-Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Terns, Mallards and Shelduck.
Sadly most were at a distance, and the Whimbrel was seen when I wasn’t carrying my camera. But here are a few pics anyway.
The beach and estuary was being well combed by Rooks and Jackdaws that were also very used to human company.
The mud also attracted swallows and martins that were collecting it for use in nest-building.
This one landed to collect something, but seems to have given himself a fright instead:
In fact the skies of Northumberland were full of swallows, swifts and martins. There were plenty more to be found hanging around Alnwick Castle. In fact, because pairs were engaged in nest-building you often found queues developing.
There were also Lapwing breeding in the area and we saw them whirling and calling regularly.
Tomorrow I’ll post some of the great Tern photos I managed to get, and I’ve got some Eider photos to share too. But they both deserve their own posts.