Door number 10 ......J proved a little tricky for us but we've plumped for juvenile...this juvenile lapwing was seen at the car park on the island as recent as a couple of weeks ago! There's wildlife everywhere on the island if this is what you get without leaving the car just think what's waiting for you during a short walk around the Reserve.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
Friday, 9 December 2016
It's been pretty warm over the last few days but we had some cold days last week and when out checking stock came across plenty of this on the Reserve....ice (we are trying to do this alphabetically so bear with us!) . This picture shows some of the ice in the slacks on the main island. Photo AD
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Halichoerus grypus or grey seal can be seen around the Reserve. We've regularly got up to 4,000 which haul out on the Sand and mudflats of the intertidal areas. You may come across some as you walk around the Reserve. We've got some great advice on viewing seals in a safe and considerate way. Have look here for some more info:
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Wading birds are an important feature of the site and Bar-tailed godwits often arriving in their bright summer plumage which changes to a lighter grey winter plumage, can be seen on the sand flats and mudflats of the Reserve. They breed in Scandinavia and again Lindisfarne's draw is food related -the mud seen from the causeway may look bleak and empty but when you look closer there are many small worm casts. Bar-tailed godwits feed on them extensively throughout the Reserve along with other wading birds such as knot, oystercatchers and redshank. Numbers of godwit have reduced over the last ten years and we've seen a drop from 4000 birds to 1500.
Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Fulmars can be seen on the cliffs near Coves Haven on Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. We've had 50 individuals over the past week. Photo AD
Monday, 5 December 2016
Todays focus for the advent calendar is Eider. We see these birds throughout the year and they gather in large flocks in winter. This picture by John Dunn shows a brightly coloured male. On still days you may hear their distinct woo ing call.
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Saturday, 3 December 2016
We are up to C in the advent calendar and we had to choose cows! With us from September through autumn and winter they graze the dunes on the Reserve to open the sward for the flowers in summer.