10.8.14

Northumberland Part 2

Day 4
Today after an amazing day yesterday, we decided to go to Holy Island or its also called Lindisfarne, we arrived and in the car park got Linnet and House Sparrow with c200 Golden Plover fly over, looking around the village of Holy Island Collared Dove, Woodpigeon and Chaffinch were everywhere, after looking around the old Priory, we went up to a watch tower where in the bay we could see loads of Grey Seals, after watching the seals, my Dad and I went along the North coastline to do some more sea-watching, we found 10 Sandleing, Gannets everywhere, Seals everywhere and Eider almost everywhere.

Day 5
This was the event that I was most looking forward to going to the Farnes, so we arrived at Seahouses and booked our places with Billy Shiels and had a 1 Hour boat trip, which I saw my first ever Shag, also saw thousands of, Puffins and Kittiwakes, most of the Guillemots and Razorbills had already left but  a few were dotted around, also on the one of Outer Farnes about 20 Grey Seals were posing for the camera. We landed on Inner Farne with thousands of Terns along the jetty, including Sandwich, Common and Arctic, also 3 Ringed Plover Chicks along the beach, and thier were loads of Arctic Terns chicks amongst the vegetation and the boardwalks were covered with adults with Sand Eels in thier mouths, I went into the visitor centre and met David Steel, he is the Head Warden of the Farnes, he showed me around Inner Farne and then let me watch him ring a Puffin!!! After that we had to catch the boat back to Seahouses, what an experience.

Shag

Grey seal

Grey Seals 

Hello There

Incoming!!!



Shag



Puffin

Shag and audience 


What's wrong I'm posing for the camera?

Arctic Tern


Caption thier


After an amazing day yesterday, in the morning we went to Long Nanny again to see more Little Terns sadly we didn't see another one but saw 10 Roseate Terns!!!! Also a flock of 140+ Curlew, did check for Whimbrel but didn't have much look with that one, also saw 3 Wheatear and my first Whinchat flitting around on the floor. Also I took some pictures of some Burnet Moths could anyone help me with what type?

Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

Burnet Species?

Blue Butterfly Species?



Day 7

This was my Final day in Northumberland before I go back home, my dad said that he had planned something for both of us, but I had no clue until we got to Seahouses at 9:30am and saw that Billy Sheils were setting off for a all day boat trip round the FARNES!!!!!!!! Sadly today was very foggy so on the boat we didn't see as much as we would of liked, but it was brilliant loads of Gannets and a very fond Lesser-black-backed Gull kept following the boat. Then a species which we had missed out on before a Fulmar flew past the boat quite close. After looking at the lovely Grey Seals again which came even closer.


This is close

Hello there

Grey Seal

Grey Seal
We docked on Staple Island and were greeted with Puffins, Shags, Guillemots and Kittiwakes, we had 2 hours to look around this lovely Island and we came close to more Shags, Puffins feeding young. Also I spotted a Purple Sandpiper which had been flushed by another boat.

Purple Sandpiper


Kittiwake
Its Puffin Time

Puffin

Further round the Island, Fulmars were on chicks with 1 nest quite close by, at one time thier was three Puffins that came really close and I laid down and waited to see if they came any closer and look at the results.



You can just see the head of the chick


Puffin

Puffin

Puffin

Puffin
After having a wonderful time on Staple Island, we headed out to Inner Farne, were we caught up with the Ringed Plover chicks and what seemed like more Terns on the Jetty, one thing that I set out for whilst I was on the Farnes was to get a Arctic Tern the land on my head, and it happened, also I found 2 Swallows flitting around, also the Shag chicks had grown so much over the last two days and the adults became even tamer. I met up with David Steel again and found a Roseate Tern flying over, later at the gift shop a woman called Anne Wilson who is the Farne isles historian listening about the history of the Farnes and how St Cuthbert died on Inner Farne. After an amazing day on the Farnes sadly we had to leave the island, memories thier will never be forgotten.
Arctic Selfie!!!
Shag pic with phone!