Saturday, 30 January 2010

Sunderland Point

The snow has gone, the weather is good and so we had a day out by the sea. We went to one of our favourite places, Sunderland Point near Lancaster. It's great for birdwatching and a good walk, you can see birds migrating to and from Iceland and Greenland at certain times of the year, but in the winter it attracts a lot of wading birds that come to eat the shellfish and worms from the sand. There are two places to park, one by the houses on the point itself (near Overton) and one on the other side, the beach near Middleton. Today I decided to park at the Middleton end and this photo shows why (click on the photo for best effect). See the big sign on the left? That's the car park. See the triangular signs (one with a gull sitting on it)? They mark the edge of the road. See the road? No you don't, do you? It was a 10+ metre tide today, very high and the road was covered.
We walked along the saltmarsh - two centuries ago the sea and sand came all the way up to the foreground of this photo and lapped at the walls behind us. Now it's saltmarsh, and normally it would be green all the way beyond where the birds are sitting in this photo, but not today. As we watched, the creek overflowed and the birds were pushed along until only the highest parts of the marsh were still above water. In summer cattle graze this area.
And here's a close-up of some of the thousands of birds here, a bit blurry because most of them were still moving around, but you can see some curlews with heads tucked under their wings having a snooze. Sunshine, a nice walk and wildlife - a great combination.

I am hoping to get back to gardening soon, I promise!
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