These 2 Arctic tern shots where taken last Monday on the southern side of the S/Shields pier, when I thought it was starting to hot up again here. How wrong I was...there's a good amount of splash sign on the south side of the pier(suggesting roost spot) near the gate and like the photo's show some of the terns where using this area to rest up.
After last Monday's visit it has gone unbelievably quiet around this patch tern wise. I've only managed a few visits since then due to family circumstances, but these one's have been slightly depressing to say the least regards sightings- Last Wednesdays visit - not a single tern on the beach. Yesterday I visited twice, the morning one was poor with only a few Commons feeding around the pier and a single adult Arctic rested up on Sandhaven ...this being the only tern here with hundreds of Herring gulls and a few GB-backs etc. the evening visit produced even less.
One of 3 Med. gulls seen along the Leas stretch on Sunday including the Marsden car park bird.(think I've shown enough shots of this bird. ;-) )
What has turned out to be a great season for all birds breeding wise, looks like a pretty poor one so far for this patch 'tern wise'. Speaking to a few local fishermen here and going off what they have told me..its sounds like the Mackerel haven't came in too often, which suggests the sprats and sand eels haven't either. It's a knock on effect.Hopefully a nice drop in will happen before they all go south.