|A misty Dunstanburgh - very atmospheric|
The walk was quite long but we passed it by hopping along the rocks by the side of the sea where we saw lots of lichens and a couple of water birds and explored lots of rock pools. It was an wonderful walk. Along the walk, though, we saw a bird that we couldn't think what it was. We thought it to be some sort of warbler, but it was in actual fact a Stonechat which was great as we have only ever seen Stonechats very briefly from very far away.
|Fields of lichens|
- They are Green Status bird but for the last couple of assessments they have been an Amber Status bird.
- In breeding season, there are 56,000 pairs of Stonechats in the UK and they usually breed successfully.
|A very accommodating Stonechat|
- They tend to be resident around all of Ireland but not so much in central areas
- In mainland UK they tend to be resident in the West in the summer visiting the East coast in the Winter, lucky for me :-)
- They are quite a small bird, just 12cm long with a wingspan of 20cm and weighing in at just 15g
- They eat mainly invertebrates but will take berries too
- They are found in all habitats but they are most common near the coast (which is where I saw one) but they are also common in Grassy Heath-lands.
- Among all 112,000 Stonechats in the UK, there are only 133 nest records! I haven't been able to find a reason for this but if anyone could tell me I would be very grateful.
Anyway, here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,