Tuesday, 5 August 2014

250 metres to the sea

I'm very lucky to live close to the sea, with fields and open spaces all the way along the front. 

It was another glorious morning today, so I took a walk down to the sea. The busy summer season is now upon us so the beaches are packed with people - but not here :

The tide was a way out, and there were numerous gulls along the waterline and Oystercatchers calling noisily as they patrolled the sand :

Closer in, Turnstones were resting or feeding :

It was wonderful to sit on the sea wall and just watch and listen - the only sounds being the birds calling. 

I took the track back along the fields. Lots of butterflies - mainly Small White and Gatekeepers - were enjoying the sun amongst the brambles and wildflowers along the field edges :

The thistles looked fluffy and glorious :


And as a real bonus, on one of the weirdly windswept trees on the open field, a Green Woodpecker :

A wonderful end to a walk, and all on my doorstep.

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