Saturday, 18 June 2016

Day 14 - At Dunnet Bay

Monday 13th June
The traffic noise didn't disturb our sleep too much but we decided we would move to a pitch further from the road and nearer the beach as soon as one became available. It was still very windy but with rather more brightness in the sky. After breakfast we drove to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point in mainland Britain. We watched Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Bonxies and rafts of Guillemots (and maybe Puffins) on the sea.
Dunnet Head light with Orkney on the horizon

We drove from there to St John's Pool, a small bird reserve nearby. The reserve was very impressive indeed. We saw Sandwich and Arctic Terns, Common and Black-headed Gulls, Tufted Duck, Moorhens, Coot and, best of all, a pair of American Wigeon.
Sandwich Terns at St John's Pool

Pair of American Wigeon

Fighting Coots

A visit to a woodland near to the campsite followed. This woodland is managed by a local community group and has sculptures, waymarked footpaths and a log cabin used for schools and community events. Button enjoyed her walk through the wood and during the walk I saw my only damselfly of the trip so far, a Large Red.
Log cabin in Dunnet wood

Owl sculpture in Dunnet wood
Evening view from or beach side pitch


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