Thursday, 26 March 2020

The Coast

As you might be aware we are now on a lock down in the UK for at least three weeks, I am working from home so it's garden birding for me for the foreseeable future. This post is from a day out we took a while back before everything changed.

We took a day out to the coast to try out our new car (not new new but hopefully one that doesn't eat money in repairs!) and give it a good run. The East coast is one of our favourite places - Filey, Bridlington, Scarborough.......

An early stop at the Holbeck car park in Scarborough on the off chance of a Mediterranean Gull, we didn't see any but the sun was shining and we had a walk down to the sea anyway.

It's a long way down

And a longer way back up....phew!!

On to Brid, the weather by now was a little mixed, cloud, sun, wind and it was pretty quiet everywhere. The tide was coming in and Turnstones were up on the walls around the harbour and I managed to spot two Purple Sandpipers on the beach.

Purple Sandpipers

Taking a bath with some Turnstones!


I saw a Cormorant on the marker, looked away for a few seconds and it had been replaced by a Gull!

There were Gulls everywhere of course, i'm still working through IDing them!

Herring Gulls

Black-headed Gull

Lots of Redshank were in the harbour

We found quite a few shells along the tideline and a few dead fish, some kind of Flounder perhaps?

A plant root I think?

Then my husband found this fossil - we've never found one before so it created a bit of excitement!

In the walls along the jetty's lots of snails were hiding.

This was the scene on the way home

I think nearly everyone who checks in on the blog is probably affected by Covid-19, I hope you're all staying safe and continue to do so. 


  1. Glad you had this great getaway before the lockdown, Pam. You refer to garden birding for a while to come. Are you not allowed to even walk the streets in your neighbourhood? I think we are all wondering how long this is all going to last.

    1. You can go out once a day for exercise - walk, run, cycle but you are supposed to stay 2m apart from anyone else - not easy to do and my husband who is a key worker and is out working has seen many people not following this so far. There is a park near to me , which if I go out early enough would be ok I think but my usual local (busy) birding spots are out for now. I'd just rather not take any unnecessary risks and luckily I do have my garden to get out in to :)

  2. What a lovely day out. It was good to see the sea, I haven't been near a coast for a long time... 2 years I think!

    1. When this is all over you should go :)

  3. Thank you for the lovely photos of the sea, they are the nearest I'll get to it for a while. Great to find the gryphaea fossil on your walk. Glad you got out to the sea before all the restrictions and that you can work from home for now:)

    1. Thanks Rosie, I think for most of us we'll be getting to know our 'backyards' an awful lot better than we did!

  4. So glad you got out before the lockdown and had to chance to visit the sea. Great sightings and I love the Gryphaea fossil - a great find. Continue to stay safe and take care Pam.

    1. Thank you :) Honestly the excitement over the fossil was ridiculous! You too!