Thursday, 29 January 2015

Brisk walk today along the coastal path in cold conditions, around freezing but felt like -2C. I was rewarded with a grey wagtail at the bottom of Strickland's Glen where the Bryansburn flows into the sea. There were a few black guillemots about and one common guillemot fishing in the Marina, otherwise nothing untoward.

 Stricklands Glen
Strickland's Glen is a small mixed woodland surrounded by housing. It is about 500 m from top to bottom and contains a small stream, the Bryansburn. There are a number of paths leading down through it to the coastal path and the sea. It is popular with dog walkers and underage drinkers (weekend evenings, mainly in summer).

Sorry to say I have never seen a dipper here in 30 + years, although they do breed occasionally in Crawfordsburn Country Park about three miles East.

Where the burn flows in it has been dammed to create a small pond

The overflow then meanders down to the sea      

Where it reaches the sea it widens out

Today there were a lot of passerines busily feeding. We did not have a lot of snow and the ground was clear and unfrozen. There were robins, wrens, blackbirds, song thrush, chaffinch and wood pigeons all looking for food.

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