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Close Meds 3rd Aug

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The 1st August post, I said there had been no movement or change amongst the ducks, today the first scan of the pool from the walk in, revealed a juv Wigeon amongst the Tufted duck, which also had an increase with 18 more to 118, the next full moon should see an even bigger increase in duck numbers and hopefully species.

The Little Owl was sat out near hide A first thing, a decent flock of 55 Swift were feeding over the long bank and pool, with 2 Sand and 10 House Martins.

A check of the waders on the mud of the salt water pool, produced 1200 Dunlin and now 3 ads Curlew Sands, and impressive numbers of Bar-tailed Godwits and Knot with 417 and 1700 respectively, 3 Ringed Plovers, 5 Turnstone, 2 Common Sand and 54 Black-tailed Godwits, including the first juv of the autumn.

Good numbers of gulls in again with a large juv Yellow-legged Gull on Cormorant island, Juv Common and 2 Juv, a 1sts-2ndw, 2nds and 2 ad, the 1sts-2ndw had a green darvic ring, which looks likely to be a German bird, and the 2nds bird had no rings and was a new bird seen, also one ad had a yellow darvic 2E26, this bird has been seen here before but not this year, all ringing info will be posted once back.

2nds Med Gull Seaforth NR 3rd August 2013

This Juv Med about to get a peck on the head from the 2nds Seaforth NR 3rd August 2013

To say the Med Gulls are showing well lately would be an under statement, as one juv flew so close to the hide, it was on the minimum focus distance of the 500mm, and was impossible to fit the whole bird in the frame.

Very close Juv Med Gull Seaforth NR 3rd August 2013

Ad Med Gull "2E26" yellow darvic ringed bird Seaforth NR 3rd Aug 2013

Ad Med Gull "2E26" yellow darvic ringed bird Seaforth NR 3rd Aug 2013

A 2nds Arctic Tern was amongst the Common Tern flock, with 5 ad + 5 juv Sandwich Terns on the tide.

The scowl on this young dog Foxes face is priceless, he's not a happy bunny!

Categories: Seaforth Birding

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