Monday, 12 May 2008

Seahouses - Just my Haard luck....

This was meant to be the day I sailed over to the Farne Islands. That is, until the East Coast phenomenon of 'Haar' or sea fog took over for the third day running! Whilst the rest of the country basked in the high 20's C, the far North East continued to stay in single figures for most of the day!

Haar forms when a warm air current passes passes over the cold North sea. The air at the bottom of the current cools and releases it's moisture content. An moderate onshore breeze causes the depth of this phenomenon to thicken and a persistent fog is formed. Never mind the lesson in meteorology, I was well p***ed off as the day was potentially ruined and those nice forecasters were warning it could even last all week!!

Of course, there are always Eiders in and around Seahouses harbour....












A 1st Summer Little Gull brightened up the gloom on a small pool near Seahouses.....










And everywhere in the Dunes - Sedge Warblers........






Seeking some clear skies, I drove South - at least the Lesser Yellowlegs might still be around? After 20 miles, the fog had lifted near the coast so I checked on the conditions back in Seahouses harbour - the mist had lifted!!! I still had time to get on one of the afternoon trips.......

First views of the local Puffins!!








And the vast Guillemot colony.....










Kittiwakes galore too!












Nesting Shags literally inches from the clifftop paths......








Not bad for an afternoon taster with cloud cover. Fingers well and truly crossed for tomorrow - a whole day on the islands??

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