Black-headed Gull chick update first. Over a week old now and spending more time at the waters edge rather than in the nest, food still coming in and the regurgitated meal this morning was unidentifiable and looked revolting but Iam sure was pukka tukka for a growing chick. (see picture below)
Additional avian highlights over the past few days have included 8 Black-tailed Godwit and 5 Grey Pover on flat beach and 18 Little Tern have been high flying above shore ridges. On harbour farm good numbers of Avocet are still present and Little Ringed Plover are found on most of the pools. Obviously ternery pool is a hive of activity with 1800 pairs of Black-headed Gull, 650 pairs of Sandwich Tern and 55 pairs of Mediterranean Gull. Pairs of Common Tern are hard to judge at present but can been seen almost anywhere on the reserve. At Castle Water two Hobby are still hunting around the viewpoint, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit and a good selection of warblers can aslo been seen from there.