Red Kite - Thursday 13th Aug 12.30pm. Per Brian Rafferty.
picked up flying over Red Nab, on over Sunderland Point and Cockersand, out of view south east.
Red Nab/ Ocean Edge area
Early morning (PM)
Mediterranean gull - at least 72 including one dark davic ringed juvenile.
Yesterday's white ringed bird read by Pete Crooks has been identified as being ringed in the Netherlands.
Mid morning - high water (MD)
Sandwich Terns seemed to be everywhere, but never saw more than 10 together.
Shelduck 4 - first for a while
Common Sandpiper 1
Rock Pipit 1
Just a brief check of the main pond to see how the mute are doing.
The two resident breeding birds are still holding territory on the south side of the pond. They still have two cygnets and seemed to have formed an alliance with another adult to keep the aggressive male at bay.
The pair from the "no swimming" pond with three cygnets are, reluctantly, confined to the north side of the pond.
Brown Hawker 2
Common Darter 6
Black-Tailed Skimmer 3
|Black-Tailed Skimmer with a Common Blue Damselfly.|
|This male Wheatear was still looking quite smart.|
Whinchat - at least 1, probably 2
|Not great shots, it was very flighty|
|This is a better shot of one catching a sand mason worm. |
First they grab it with the bill....
|Then between tongue and, in this case, upper mandible.|
I think it allows them a better "feel"
So as not to break the worm