Abbey Meadows

Abbey Meadows

Thursday, 30 April 2009

Hadston Links

Brackish water crowfoot...Hadston Links
Swallow...Bothal pond

Common Storksbill...Hadston Links

Swallow and Sand Martin...Hadston Links

Cowslip...Hadston Links

One of several Highland calfs...East Chevington

Grey Heron...Bothal pond

Wheatear...Pegswood moor

Decided to head for the coast today as I've hardly been along there this spring. At this time of year I like the dunes of Druridge bay and Hadston links is a great place for looking for plants. In the dune slacks there is a brackish pool and just as Swan suggests Brackish water crowfoot, a submerged buttercop species is found in only a handful of places in the county but it grows in Hadston links. It can easily be separated from the similar Thread leaved water crowfoot which also grows in these dune slacks but this plant has 'half moon' shaped honey guides which are clearly visible between the petals. Many plants coming into flower here especially Cowslips and some of the many sub species of Dandelion. On the way home called in at Linton, Bothal, Longhirst flash and Pegswood moor all were pretty quiet. there were 3 Wheatears and 2 Ringed plover at the latter site.


Alan Tilmouth said...

Nigel You really dont know what you missed at Hadston, if it's any consolation me too.

Ipin said...

no wryneck's then Nigel?

Stewart said...

Aye, a Wryneck was on the road on the way down to the T junction this afternoon before flying into the shelterbelt apparently...pity you missed that one.

abbey meadows said...

I tramped the dunes from the T junction to East chevington (am) looking for migrants but it was quiet. I saw Wryneck there last year. Brackish water crowfoot is a good consolation for me!