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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Dive bombed by the Common Terns

Another sunny day.

After topping up the feeders, a quick look over at Cormorant island found a Little Egret up in the tree. A few Common Terns were flying around with some Black-headed Gulls, and a few Coots were just waking up over on the island.

Under the road bridge, and round the north lake.

The Oystercatcher was feeding over by the pub, along with a few Starlings, and more Black-headed Gulls were in front of the pub.

I finally reached the area opposite the boat where the Common Terns had nested, and began to get dive bombed by a pair of very distressed Common Terns. No sign of the chick. Had the chick recently been taken, and the Terns thought I was the culprit?
No idea, but they were intent on making their feelings shown. At times they were about eight feet above my head, calling noisily. Sad to see them so distressed.

Round past the pub, the Oystercatcher was still running around, and a few Greylag Geese were grazing. At the waters edge, the five grown up cygnets were feeding with dad.

Onto the south lake, and the mindless idiots have struck again.
This time a burned out motorbike across the footpath.

Three juvenile Great Crested Grebes were being fed by their parents. The success rate of their dives for fish, was 100%.

No sign of the Mute Swans with the lone cygnet this morning, but as I made my way back to the car park, the four from the island were feeding just off the edge of the island with mum.


Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Eurasian Hobby [sp] (Falco subbuteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
British Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major anglicus)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Blackcap [sp] (Sylvia atricapilla)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)

Total species  36


  1. Im sure that poor goose lost his foot due to a careless fisher person. I saw so many with lines tightly wound round their legs, I chased one for 1/2 an hr up in the mountains a few weeks ago he had a hook in his foot I couldnt catch him tho..
    Ive been on the receiving end of that Tern warnings too..THEY dont like it when you get near their young..I hope that chick is stashed someplace....its a shame if they lost them both.
    Nearly the weekend...VERY HOT here again.

  2. I'm pretty certain you're right about how the goose lost his foot Sondra. Careless fishermen are one of my pet hates.
    Unfortunately I think the Tern chick has been lost. Such an exposed place where they nested.