June 30 – July 1, 2014 Studland UK
Okay, finally I went nude birding. It wasn’t that cold and well we went to Knoll Beach near Studlands. There are quite a few spots to bird au naturel in Europe, almost too many even in Great Britain. The more I think about it the more that doing a nude big year in Europe may not be so odd. This particular beach is on the English Channel on the Cornwall side of Southhampton and is billed as the prettiest nude beach in England. The wind was a bit excessive but we hid in the dunes.
Black headed gull, Herring Gull, Meadow Pipit (life first), Great Cormorant, common tern, lesser black backed gull, carrion crow, wood pigeon, and this oddity, a Mediterranean Gull, not a rarity but there are not that many in the UK
We also went to Stonehenge, lots of people there but as ever quite the impressive place.
Down at the coast we climbed the hill and saw France. The Hobbies (a falcon) rode the thermals, kind of tough to identify this bird.
This immature had a couple of friends. We saw the Eurasian Sparrowhawk take a House sparrow and then on top after seeing a common whitethroat and a chiffchaff, we spotted Yellowhammers singing everywhere
where did they get that name? It is one of my favorites that is for sure.
Harry Rocks is also a nice name…
94 species of birds for the trip. I had some good nude birding. Some good sightseeing. The oddest thing in Britain is the lack of “fish and chips” We tried two pubs and they were both out. Seemed odd. We watched some good soccer in the World Cup and well had a good trip. cheers love,