Glossy Ibis in the early morning gloom
A grey early morning at the ARC and there were surprisingly few new birds around, the Ruff, Common Sandpipers and Little Ringed Plovers were all still present but nothing new, the few Reed, Sedge, Common and Lesser Whitethroats that were showing were probably all local birds.
Great White Egret
This Stoat was having a funny 5 minutes running, leaping, cartwheeling and chasing its tail
One of the hottest days of the year and I decide to spend the morning cycling and walking locally. Aound Bretts Marina I got the feeling that the majority of birds here were all local breeders, further down Galloways 4 young Wheatears and several juvenile Yellow Wagtails could be seen on the ranges, even these could all have been locally bred. I flushed a Common Buzzard off its road side perch and it flew too close too the local Hobbys nest, it got repeatedly dive bombed for its trouble. Apart from Linnets, Great Tits and another Wheatear Denge Marsh Gully was bird less, no sign of any of the hoped for Flycatchers and Chats.
This afternoon at the fishing boats was still very hot but at least there was a cool breeze. Offshore the visibility was appalling, all I saw were a handful of Common and Sandwich Terns. Luckily for me the stale bread attracted a juvenile Caspian Gull and juvenile/1w Yellow-legged Gull.
When flushed the Buzzard got too near the Hobbys nest and was dive bombed and escorted away
Linnet enjoying a fresh puddle
Juvenile Caspian Gull already starting to moult to 1w plumage
Juvenile Caspian Gull above Juvenile/1w Yellow-legged Gull below
Size comparison of juvenile/1w Yellow-legged Gull & 1s Great Black-backed Gull