Thursday, 15 May 2008

Down with the Dunlins again

Wednesday 14th May 2008

In the afternoon I went down the croft to the shore again. The views of Bayble Island, the bay, and the whole panorama are magnificent in this bright sunshine. The air has a clarity here that is lacking on Merseyside.

The seaweed below is Tangle or Oarweed (Laminaria digitata) - one of the few seaweeds that I find easy to identify. It has been torn away by the sea from its habitat offshore.

The attractive green seaweed shown below is probably Enteromorpha intestinalis. It grows in the rock pools at high tide level on both beaches of Bayble Bay.

There is plenty of wrack around, of course.

On the rocks the various lichens such as Sea Ivory (the grey one seen here) looked attractive in the sunshine.

There were plenty of Dunlins down among the rocks, keeping just above the tide level as they searched for tasty bits of food among the seaweeds.

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