Naturelog: Monday 19th May

Posted: May 24, 2014 in Birds, Natural History, Northumberland, UK
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Spending a few days at Alnmouth on the coast of Northumberland in the North East of England. This evening walked down through the village to the mouth of the River Aln. The tide was out but there was plenty of bird activity in the dunes. It is good to see so many House Sparrows, a species which has become quite rare in the area of London where I live.


House Martins, swallows and Swifts circle overhead and Starlings, Blackbirds and Dunnocks are feeding in the dune bushes.

Female Blackbird

Female Blackbird



Apart from a few Shelduck and some Gulls there is little activity on the river but this may be because it is low tide. This attractive red flower stood out from amongst the dune vegetation


Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Swift [sp] (Apus apus)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
Common House Martin [sp] (Delichon urbicum)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)

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