Scotland - 30-8-10 - Caerlaverock WWT
Hubby and I drove to Caerlaverock WWT in August and although there wasn't many ducks or waders around because of the dry spell there was plenty of others to see - Chaffinch were everywhere, Blue Tit, Great Tit Long Tailed Tit, Tree Creeper, Greylag Geese, Swallows, House Martins, Moorhen, Canada Geese, Tuffted Ducka and Kestrel were all spotted. In one of the hides we were told about an Osprey resting on a fence post, to me it could of been anything as through my bins it was just a blob but those with scopes had a fab view. Nice to see even if it was just a blob.
We stayed at Newton Stewart the Bruce Hotel (not recommended at all) and the follwoing day headed to Ayre stopping off at Culzien Castle, we headed down to the small private beach and it was delightful, deserted, quiet and the most tranquil beach imaginable. Not much in bird life unfortunately but Cormorants, Gulls and Oystercatchers came to visit and to my delight 2 seals came and sunbathed on the rocks right where we were, fabulous morning and such a shame we had a time schedule as I could of stayed there all day. The sea was like a mill pond and the island of Arran was clearly visable. A place to go back to for sure.
Craster - 11-07-10
Popped to Craster for a day trip to discover it was lifeboat day, it was very busy and there was a nice atmosphere to the place. Tide was out but we did manage to see, Pied Wagtails, Oystercatchers, Curlew, Cormorants, Gulls, Sand and House Martins, Swallows Redshank and to my delight following a fishing boat a little way off shore there was a Gannet which was a delight.
Low Barns WWT - Durham
Summer isn't the best time to try and see birds but we had a cracking drive to Durham and did see plenty of Blue Tit, Mallard, Coot, Cormorant, Moorhen, Heron, Robin, Grey Wagtail, a family of Canada Geese and a wonderful Little Grebe which was nice.
Have had plenty of little trips this summer and although I have had the camera, not much in the way of good photos. Recovering from an operation on my leg but am planning a trip to the lake district at the end of October so hopefully plenty of photos to post.
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