A walk along the cliffs at Marsden

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A walk along the cliffs at Marsden

  • Had a walk along the cliffs at marsden,between sunderland and south shields to see the cormorant colony.It was quite blustery to say the least,but fine and sunny.  I think the little gulls are Kittywakes but feel free to correct me.

    feeding time

    stood up again

    Kittywakes ?

    not Kittywakes?

    Kittywake?

    jackdaw on the hunt

    views of the coast

    Spotted this strange bird flying in the vicinity, think it's a Tweety Bird :-)

    and two for the lighthouse lovers

      

    Hope you enjoyed

    Terry

  • Nice pics Terry, can't help with the Kittiwakes as I'm not so hot on Gulls. The rock doesn't look quite the same since its wee accident, does it.

  • Thanks Bob,thought you'd recognise it, it looked great with the arch attached,had many a happy day swimming there as a kid (small child,not a small goat LOL)

    Terry

  • Lovely photos Terry, looks like a lovely area to walk;   well done on spotting the very rare Tweety bird   LOL

  • Thanks Hazel,it's very popular with walkers,joggers and cyclists,also drinkers as there's a pub on the top of the cliff LOL and a scary staircase down to the beach!!

    Terry

  • LOL,  sounds a bit precarious if you come out of the pub after a few bevvies in the dark    !

  • LOL  next time I'm down there I'll try to get a shot of it,  sober of course !!

    Terry

  • Is there still a pub at the bottom and a lift? Its a couple of years since I was last there, but like you had many a plodge, paddle and swim there. South Shields and the beaches down from there towards Marsden were always my dad's preferred trips rather than Whitley Bay. In fact I've gone all nostalgic and think I must do thta walk again along the beach and through the cliffs to the various coves. Thank heavens I no longer have to wear wollen swimming trunks(-:).

  • Come to think of it  the pub was at the bottom and the lift entrance at the top (which looked like a pub front) still had the stairs tho'fine going down Hell climbing back up. As I said to Hazel,I'll try to get a couple of shots to stoke your nostalgia.

    ps.......didn't those woollen swim trunks itch !!!!

    Terry

  • What a beautiful-looking place :) The gulls with the black collars and wing zigzags are young Kittiwakes (this year's babies), the two in between with the more standard gull colour scheme are adult Kittiwakes. There are also some Herring Gulls among the Cormorants.

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    Come to think of it  the pub was at the bottom and the lift entrance at the top (which looked like a pub front) still had the stairs tho'fine going down Hell climbing back up. As I said to Hazel,I'll try to get a couple of shots to stoke your nostalgia.

    ps.......didn't those woollen swim trunks itch !!!!

    Terry

    Glad my memory hasn't completely gone(-:). Half of the pub is actually cave  I believe. The trunks certainly itched but the main trouble was that once they got soaked with water they became so heavy that you were in danger of drowning or of finding them round your ankles at the most inopportune times(-:). The good old days, Minchella's Ice Cream ....................................................

  • And they used to get full of sand and sag :-)  and Minchella's ice cream kiosks are still there!!

    @Aiki thanks for the i.d's, If I'm not mistaken there is a colony of Kittywakes that always roost under the Tyne Bridge in newcastle,the only inland one I think

    terry

  • Great photos Terry done that walk many times and on to The Leas when the Short Eared Owls arrive. We are very lucky to have both sea and countryside within easy reach

  • Thanks Judi, we are rather priviledged here,and lots of wildlife reserves within easy reach, was down Low Barnes the other week,got my first GSW female and juvenile.

    Terry

  • JudiM

    Great photos Terry done that walk many times and on to The Leas when the Short Eared Owls arrive. We are very lucky to have both sea and countryside within easy reach

    That's always been the thing we have missed most about the years we have spent down here in Gloucestershire - the countryside is wonderful but we have really missed that short dash to such a beautiful coast(-:).