Archive for the 'Birds' Category
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.
Arrived back at the nest site, although in rather a hurry. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
Nature is cruel and everything is food for something else and watching a hunter hunting is fascinating. I could not resist a rare sunny afternoon to sit in the Parkes hide at Ternery Pool and watch the magnificent lesser black-backed gulls patrolling and looking for wayward and unprotected black-headed gull chicks. So, you know what to expect if you click on… Read the rest of this entry »
A moulting male eider has been around the river mouth for a few days, but has been difficult to view because of the contractors, but today it was swimming close along the shore. A long way offshore were a 100+ common scoter and a few fishing gannets. A summer plumage spotted redshank flew over the beach reserve. Last night the adult roseate tern roosted at the quarry.
As part of a national study of adult bird survival, the Rye Bay Ringing Group has started colour ringing Jackdaws. Each bird gets a white ring with a unique combination of 2 black letters/numbers read from the foot up. We would be very grateful for details of the ring, place and date of sightings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights this morning included 38 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, Barn Owl, 150 Swift and 30 Swallow.
The extremely windy weather of the last few days has washed up tens of thousands of common starfish along the shore. This is providing easy pickings for the large gulls that can pull them to pieces and swallow them. This could benefit the other seabirds if it reduces the large gull appetite for eggs and chicks, but the little terns are not taking any chances and chase all the big gulls away from their colony… Read the rest of this entry »
Not ideal conditions for the nesting birds at Ternery Pool today. Gale force winds blasted the new islands and left the chicks struggling to find a wind break. Many were resourceful and used what was available, queing up behind the adults was a common tactic although most just had to sit it out.
Three chicks using adult as wind break Read the rest of this entry »
The Black-headed Gull youngster is now four weeks old and making small flights around nesting area, the ties to the nest site are still strong though and the best place to take a rest. You can see how far the chick has come, the second picture shows the chick only a few days old and on its own at the nest.