Friday, 15 July 2016

2016 breeding season

Have been too busy to maintain this blog, and all recent birding very local, even struggling to do my WeBS sites these days - but a brief update with local 2016 breeders. Swans successful again from Blindwells minewater treatment scheme top tank, these photos from the middle tank. The soundtrack.

The cob:

Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen and Mallard all fledged young here. Encouragingly, two pairs of Grey Partridge present on one date, another pair regular over the road in market garden fields around Seton East farm shop - just clinging on in these parts.

Seton shore - more unusual visitors in early June were Gull-billed Tern (right), 5 Greylags and pr Shelduck.

Gosford Sands has been hosting up to 20 common seals, and peak of 145 Sandwich Terns there on 4 June, but was devoid of waders on that date. By 12 June 32 Knot, 11 Barwit and 4 Dunlin had appeared, with Knot increasing to 49 by 14 June. On latter date, unusual sight of 2 ad-sum grebes well offshore from Craigielaw initially thought to be Slavs but 2 Red-necked Grebes much closer in on Sunday evening; also 2 Great Crested Grebes on same dates. Sandwich Terns continue, many mating or pairs courtship feeding, similar to previous years but every year there seem to be more - quite strange considering there are no significant colonies for many miles up the east coast, nothing I'm aware of between Farnes and Forvie (Isle of May just recolonised, by one pair, this year). One Sandwich in full winter plumage, black just at lower fringe of cap.

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