Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 5, 2012

Ice at Imbolc

The spring season begins with a snow storm across Britain. North Yorkshire is covered with snow, so I make my way to the coast and the tidal zone of South Gare to see how the birds fare there.

In the far distance, beyond the range of the camera were about 35 Oystercatchers. Closer in, a Bar-tailed Godwit walked at the seas edge.

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

A Redshank flew in to land on the waters edge.

Redshank (Tringa totanus)

In the sea, the Redshank dwarves the Sanderling, despite being further away, showing how small these birds are.

The Sanderling are a delight, as they run across the beach and through into the sea in the tidal zone, either in a group or singly.

This bird seems to run across the water.

Sanderling (Calidris alba)

There’s something to be said for getting your food from the sea, when all teh other birds are scrabbling around in ice and snow.


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