Islands full of chicks

29th May 2012, Tuesday

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Now is the time with peak numbers of chicks on the new islands of Ternery Pool. The Black-headed gulls are hatching on most islands, although some early chicks are large and some pairs are still nest building. This nest is the closest – on the small island at the left hand end of the Parkes hide. Sandwich tern and Mediterranean gulls will also have small chicks, but they are much harder to see. Common terns are now settling in amongst the Black-headed gulls, benefitting from protection from crows and larger gulls. We have lost an island full of gull nests to fox or badger, so there is a constant threat to the chicks survival.