Monday, 1 June 2009


Drigg , for those people not familiar with the name, Drigg is on the west coast of Cumbria, and has about 600 acres of mainly dunes. This extensive area of sand dune sits between the Esk estuary and the sea.


There use to be a large colony of Black-headed gulls (6-8,000 pairs) the largest in Britain. and 4 species of tern. unfortunately they have all moved on now so no big show any more .

Anyway this is where we went at the weekend, the heat haze made scoping anything at a distance virtually impossible , but we did manage to pick out a pair of Shelduck with a brood of about 7 paddling about on the estuary mud.

There was quite a few Skylarks about in the dunes and a Buzzard, also two Kestrels. In an area where there was quit a bit of gorse there were Stonechats about. On the beach itself there wasn't a great deal to see at all apart from the odd Oystercatcher, and Ringed Plover.

Kyfer and Misty enjoyed it but were glad to get back to the car for some cool water, then later some Luchinies icecream on Whinlatter overlooking Bass lake. All in all a good day out.
Ps the bird box I mentioned in an earlier post, now has Blue Tits in.

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