Archive for June 14th, 2012

14th June 2012, Thursday

Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights over the last couple of days have included roseate tern at Ternery Pool, 26 little tern and two cuckoo on Flat Beach Ridges, two grey partridge on Harbour Farm and peregrine, hobby and marsh harrier at Castle Water.
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Roseate tern (with metal ring) at Ternery Pool

14th June 2012, Thursday

Five weeks

When I arrived at the Parkes Hide this morning to hopefully get some last pictures of the five week old fledged Black-headed Gull it had gone. But before I left the hide it flew in being chased by several aggressive unfamiliar adults and made a rather hurried landing in the water near the nest. Not long after returning the youngster received a meal from one of the parents, so despite leaving the nest site for long periods it knows were to head for when food is needed. I don’t suppose I shall actually find out at which point the young bird is left to fend for itself. As previous posts have shown growing up on Ternery Pool is a bit of a lottery, I hope the youngster has  a winning ticket for the difficult weeks ahead.

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Arrived back at the nest site, although in rather a hurry. Read the rest of this entry »

14th June 2012, Thursday

Alarming

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Walking along several of the footpaths of the beach reserve and Rye Harbour farm is likely to bring you within mobbing range of many birds. Their alarm calls and constant flying around means you are disturbing their chicks. They need all the help they can, so please don’t stay too long. Most likely species are Avocet, Lapwing, Redshank and Ringed Plover, but any alarming bird should tell you to move away. Read the rest of this entry »