The crack as usual was good although Stef claiming to be a golfer smacks of a wind up. A call from Northumberland's 'Steffie Balasteros' tonight brought news of a late morning Greenish Warbler singing on the mound.
So to work, my working week at the moment being four hours on Alnmouth Common. Being outdoors is a joy although today was a tad damp when the rain rolled in and just stayed. Making it much quieter with less tourists and cars I noted three Song Thrush, three Dunnock & three Moorhen. A Merlin passed overhead and made a half hearted attempt at some flying Linnets but didn't look hungry enough and soon gave up.
I was accompanied all afternoon by a single Whimbrel that fed on the Golf Course. It was present from 1.00pm and got booted all over for three hours. Still there at four and with traffic drying up I grabbed the camera and snatched some shots in poor light.
A little motion blur in the flight shot a symptom of slow shutter speed to compensate for the poor light but maybe it adds to the action?
A quick roadside stop on the way home to sift through the large gulls on the Coquet produced nothing gull-wise (good numbers though worth a stop - SS)but a nice Grey Heron fished in the shallow margins of the high tide nearby.