A wildlife diary of the western Isle Of Wight's beautiful countryside!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Turnstones doing what Turnstones do best!
What a beautiful day in which to cycle into Yarmouth along the estuary path and take the school assembly! Afterwards, I came home via Fort Victoria where I caught up with these 2 Turnstones
I love the way these tortoiseshell birds use their bills to flick such big stones out of the way in order to get at the sandhoppers and other invertebrates underneath. Their neck muscles must be pretty impressive, too!! I watched them for 20 minutes or so from just over a metre or so away!
I also searched for Adders in the sunshine and was surprised not to find any in such ideal habitat in the scrub alongside the sea shore.
But I did find something else:
What a wonderful piece of wood. It's probably come loose from some old wreck and been washed ashore. I'm going to collect it later and find something useful to do with it!
On the way back to Freshwater I couldn't help but smile when I came across the following sign just out of Yarmouth: