Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 1, 2017

Sand and Hoar

South Gare is the southerly entrance to the mouth of the river Tees. On the beach, in the shadow of the sun on the sand, the hoar persists, even at midday.

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This is a midwinter phenomenon, when the sun is always low on the horizon, and it is cold.

The birds carry on, regardless of the season.

Oystercatchers hunker down on the beach

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and on the rocks (see video here)

When stirred, they rise into the sky (a parcel of Oystercatchers), and search for somewhere safe to land again.

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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

Their other name is a Kleeper, which is what they sound like when they call out (ornithological onomatopoeia).

Another bird present in numbers were Turnstones, which is a good name for their behaviour (see video here).

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Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

Black headed Gulls in their winter plumage were on the beach and the sea.

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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)

(see video here).

Sanderling are small waders, which wander up and down the beach in search of food.

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Sanderling (Calidris alba)

They are delightful birds to watch.

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When on the move, they are restless (see video here).

Redshanks are also quick moving (see video here).

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Redshank (Tringa totanus)

They look especially elegant when standing in the surf.

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The windfarm out at sea makes n interesting backdrop.

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(see video here and here).

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The steelworks (in a deep slumber) stands out.

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The lighthouse marks the northerly point for ship trying to enter Teesmouth.

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which is duly noted by approaching ships.

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(see video here). Shades of Harmonielehre.

 


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