My annual Autumn trip to Northumbria was a reasonable success, although for the second year running I did not see any Twite or Snow Bunting. My base was The Bluebell Hotel in Belford as usual, a little tired but friendly staff, excellent breakfast and cheap. From here on day one I did the rounds of Lindisfarne NNR with the excellent Fenham-le-Moor hide, then on to Budle bay which has to be visited at close to high tide owing to the distance to birds at lower tide states. Day two, which was wild with near gale force winds was mainly spent around Bamburgh bay, Seahouses and Beadnell bay. I saw Long-tailed Duck, Common and Velvet Scoter in the surf and several Little Auks blown into the breaker zone by the North winds. Got some fabulous seascape shots as well as birds this day. The final day again started at Seahouses continued onto Beadnell bay and ended up at Low Newton-by-the-sea with it’s nature reserve and excellent hide overlooking Newton Pool. I missed out on shots of the Long-tailed Ducks and Velvet Scoter as the were continually diving or behind the breakers but I managed photos of most other birds I saw.
A few (probably far too many) photos here and some more in the Library. Click on the image to see the full size version.