Every morning and every night Salty walks....

Male Stonechat


Dunes develop where windblown sand becomes trapped by specialised dune-building grasses such as Marram grass. From windswept ridges to damp hollows (slacks), the range of conditions supports a surprisingly rich variety of wildlife (LINK)


The dense tufts of spiky Marram Grass are a distinctive feature of this plant. Its leaves are rolled and dense flower spikes appear in July and August.


Wood Tiger Moth  (Parasemia plantaginis)
Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima)
Young Female Stonechat

Young Male Stonechat

Sedge Warbler 
Lilly 






Ringed Plover







Heron



on a night when it was not raining we got to watch Starlings murmuration




Look who came to say hello.... 

Common Toad (Bufo bufo)




I'm doing just one more post from our holiday, 
Bamburgh and Lindisfarne-Holy Island.



Comments

  1. Hello, these are wonderful photos. I love the beach and birds. The toad is cute and the Plovers are adorable. Great post and captures. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, for the lovely comment so much to see in this wonderful place...
      Amanda xx

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  2. Great post again Amanda, with a lovely selection of images, which are all a joy to look at - and say ... wish I was there!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, wish I was there too...
      Amanda xx

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  3. Wonderful photos. Lovely to see the stone chats up close and I bet the murmeration was an amazing sight:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, it's great watching all the birds come together...beautiful little bird the Stonechat..
      Amanda xx

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  4. A wonderful post with super photos Amanda - the more I see of Northumberland the more I want to visit!! :) The dunes look a great habitat and I love the house with the tower :) Great pics of the Stonechat and the murmuration must have been superb to see. The toad has the most amazing eyes :) Look forward to the final post immensely :)

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    1. Thanks RR, if it had been a little warmer I would have spent more time in the dunes looking for insects, believe they get sand lizards? and with the windy days looking for butterflies was hard. Stonechat photos were taken in the "golden hour" so pleased I got to see them, as well as the toad, such a cute chap..
      Amanda xx

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    2. Note it should say Common Lizards....

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  5. A terrific post with some more of your stunning wildlife photos. The stonechats are wonderful and I would love to see a murmuration again. I used to watch a lovely one every evening from my office window - but although we have starlings in the fields I don't see any around me here. I love the toad, too.

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    1. Thanks Wendy, they use to gather in their thousands at my parents house, landing in a large tree in the park, sadly the tree was lost a few years back and we have not worked out were they go now. So it was nice to see them on holiday.
      Mr Toad is so cute...
      Amanda xx

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  6. A wonderful collection of photos - you were so lucky to catch the murmuration and you saw a nice variety of species!

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    1. Thanks Louise, enjoyed watching the Starlings, it's been lovely looking back over the wildlife I managed to see...
      Amanda xx

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  7. Wow what wonderful pictures and so much wildlife that I have for one have never seen before.

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  8. Wow what wonderful pictures and so much wildlife that I have for one have never seen before.

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  9. Gorgeous pics and lots of wildlife that I for one have never seen before.

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    1. Thanks Shazza for the lovely comments, this is just a snippet of what can be found at the seaside during the summer months..
      Amanda xx

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  10. Cracking shots of stonechat and the starlings. I've yet to see any tiger moths this summer but need to get the box out this week! Love the toad too x

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    1. Thanks CT, sitting with the Stonechat's is one of my best moments from this holiday, if it ever stops raining here I might get the moth trap out too....
      Amanda xx

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  11. Hi Amanda, You'll never guess? Your Wood Tiger is the first in Northumberland since 2010. There are only 36 county records and most are found in the bogs of Kielder Forest or Holy Island. Would you send me an accurate grid ref and location where you found it please and I will pass on the the county recorder. Oh, and I've never seen one at all... Send me your luck too.. ;)

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    1. Thanks Stewart, really pleased about this and hope the information I have sent you helps and you get to see one...
      Amanda xx

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  12. Oh I forgot, we dont have true Sand Lizards here, only Common Lizards. Maybe the locals call them sand lizards sometimes....


    Stewart

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    1. Thanks again Stewart, just down to lack of knowledge and wrong choice of words...
      Amanda xx

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  13. Aren't the Stonechats beautiful birds! Gorgeous photos again :) such a lovely place to visit. I just saw in the comments about the Wood Tiger Moth, fantastic! xx

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    1. Thanks Pam, very happy with those photos, and I was very pleased to see this moth, I had no idea it was a rare find.
      Amanda xx

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  14. Really wishing we'd managed to see beadnell after all your lovely photos. Love the blue boat and the moth and stonechats were great too. X

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    1. PS just in case you didn't see my reply to your question, yes we did visit holy island. Amazing location and views though was disappointed not to see more birds - probably too busy with tourists and we didn't get over to the nature reserve.,x

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    2. Thanks Julie, for the lovely comment it's been great seeing were you went. As for birds the best time to go is March or April. In June they are all hiding a way with young or the males tend to moulting..
      Amanda xx

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  15. Some stunning bird photos Amanda! Love seeing the world through your eyes. xx

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    1. Thanks Mandy, for the lovely comment, with your van you might make the trip up North one day...
      Amanda xx

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  16. Your photographs are so beautiful and evocative. Those first ones of the dunes - I want to be there!
    And your bird pictures are wonderful too.
    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Sarah, for coming by and leaving a lovely comment, not sure if you have been here but you would love it..
      Amanda xx

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  17. Great images of the birds and wildlife Amanda, the shots of the Stonechats are superb whilst well done finding that beautiful Wood Tiger moth. Even down here in East Yorkshire it is a rare species of moth with just 23 records, though I am fortunate that I know of a few locations where they occur annually up on the Yorkshire Wolds. Loved the picture of the Toad as well, aren't they wonderful creatures up close :-)

    Kindest regards and best wishes to all :-)

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