I’ve seen all sorts of animals on my coastal walks, including a lot of birds. Many birds like living by the sea, and who can blame them! A lot of them I’ve never seen (ar at least noticed) before. I know what most animals look like, having been very engaged in those lessons in primary school, but I don’t really know the first thing about birds. As I spot one I try to look it up to see what it is. I don’t think I could really become a full-time birdwatcher though.

So, below are some nice drawings of the animals I’ve spotted so far, with the number of the walking section where I spotted them.

And here are some web resources for finding out what they are…
RSPB Bird Identifier
Butterfly Identifier
Woodland trust animal identifier (birds, mammals, insects, all sorts)

Black headed gull (1)
Egret (10)
These are quite common now in the UK, very pretty!
Golden plover (10)
Kestrel (4)
Rabbit (10)
Common starfish (8)
Tortoiseshell (22)
Gatekeeper (21)
Whelk egg case (9)
Domestic goose (27)
Hedge sparrow (34)
Crow (6)
I just love these guys!
Emu. Yes, really! (10)
In a field in Knott End
Hare (10)
I’d never seen one of these before.
Oyster catcher (4)
Cormorant (20)
Essex skipper (21)
Peacock caterpillar (21)
Chaffinch (25)
Ringed Plover (27)
Godwit (34)
Curlew (12)
Eurasion Widgeon (11)
A pretty duck.
Herring gull (9)
Pink footed goose (4)
Pied Wagtail (13)
Mute swan (5)
Lesser Black-Backed Gull (20)
Greater Black-Backed Gull (20)
Jackdaw (25)
Common Blue (27)
Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar (33)
Common Shelduck (36)

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