A chick and Ian up the ladder getting them
Ringed adult and an adult showing the wing - Fantastic Birds!
Called at Druridge tonight, 1900-2100 it was cold and wet at times. It was very quiet offshore, with probably only 50 terns in the whole bay and less auks. It has been quiet all month, by July standards, I wonder if the Coquet Island birds are feeding further north, I have heard that it is not a good year there, particularly for the terns. A red-throated diver was offshore, from the dunes I spotted a cream-crowned marsh harrier flying north from the pools, over the haul road towards East Chev......year tick! The rain had brought down a lot of swifts, at least 30 were hunting over the main pool and over 1000 starlings flew north in 30 minutes, presumably going to roost at Chev.
A barn owl was hunting over the Budge fields, even in the rain. I managed to photograph it from the Budge screen.
The mute swans have lost one of their young, the three mallard broods number less than they did, but the young are getting big. There was 3 large shoveler young with an adult duck, this is the first time I've seen them, so presume they've bred elsewhere.
132 marsh harrier