Friday, 29 July 2011

This evenings wander

Back down Sandhaven again on the dog walk this evening(well thats my story any way) and it was a bit more productive than last nights visit. When only a couple of adult Arctics terns and a Juvenile were present of note...I say "only" Ive seen more Arctic terns on this beach already this year than I seen all of last year! Strange to say Roseates are commoner here usually.

An adult Arctic and a Juvenile here this evening along with adult and juvenile Roseate plus- 70+ Common terns and a few waders- 5 Sanderling, 3 Dunlins(first ones ive seen returning here) and 15 Oystercatchers.

This juvenile Common tern showed very dark brown colouring, don't think ive seen a one this dark before here.

This Juvenile Roseate was settled well away from the adult Roseate on the beach so more than likely not its offspring.

Thankfully the only disturbance here this evening was gulls diving in when the adult terns returned with food for their young. Max was on his lead (as always when I approach the terns) and with caution the birds allow close views.
Two ladies had travelled yesterday from Martin mere to our pier looking for luck last night for them when I met them at the pier viewing point. Felt sorry for them!.. Mother and daughter team, the daughter wheeled her mother away after a hour here to return to south Yorkshire I think with the promise they will return.

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