It felt a bit autumnal down at the patch today. There had been a small arrival of warblers I think, there were a few willow warblers
'wheeting' in the bushes and down the path to the hides and a collared dove
flew north - a sure sign of Autumn.
There were also more migrant waders on the big pool, a juvenile little ringed plover
, common sand
, green sand
and dunlins. Tonight three greenshanks
dropped into the Budge fields.
|Juvenile LRP. You can see the beginnings of the orbital ring |
These common terns
were also entertaining for a while, displaying and presenting fish. Mute swans were also doing a bit of display.
|Displaying common terns|
Two little gulls
were still present on the big pool. This juvenile black-headed gull has caught the fish. I am not sure of the species of fish, but it appeared to have something stuck to it or living on it, small white spheres.The gull spent ages trying to dislodge, then wash off, whatever was stuck to the fish. It gave in in the end and just ate it.
|Black-headed gull with fish|
143 Little ringed plover
|Here is a close up of the fish - any thoughts?|
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