Thursday, 15 June 2017

Quiet Times!

A very quiet morning around the reserve with most the resident species busy with breeding, a Little-ringed Plover was on show from Firth, in the hay fields a pair of Redshanks had 3 young, a Lapwing and at least 1 chick also an Oystercatcher with a chick. Over the reed beds 5+ Hobby's feasting on a glut of Dragonfly's and Damselfly's, the Herring Gull on Tern raft now has 2 young so time will tell if they demolish the Terns, though the Terns were frequently white washing the adult Herring Gull.
The 3 Mediterranean Gulls
A sea watch from the fishing boats this afternoon 14.30-16.00 in the company of MH & PT:
Great-crested Grebe: 1
Fulmar: 1 down
Gannet: 40 down
Cormorant: 16 around
Black-headed Gull: 14 around
Mediterranean Gull: 3 down
Herring Gull: c50 around
Great Black Backed Gull: 10+ around
Kittiwake: 2 down
Sandwich Tern: 53 down
Common Tern: 2 down
Swift: 2 in
Harbour Porpoise: 4+
Grey Seal: 1
Beautiful Hook-tip a first for the Plodland MV last night

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