Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Black-headed Gulls

Lade - warm, dry, cloudy, light airs, strong westerly wind by afternoon - The moth trap was a little disappointing considering the near perfect weather conditions of last night with three Swallowtails the highlight.
Over the pits, just when I thought the Cuckoos had moved on, we had good views of an adult female feeding on caterpillars on the Desert scrub.

                               Swallow-tailed Moth

Burrowes - 1200hrs - Plenty of eclipse ducks, swans and geese on the water, plus a scattering of common waders, including an Avocet. Hanson hide was out of bounds due to a sagging overhead power cable crossing the track.

                                Avocet, Burrowes

                                Black-headed Gulls, Lade

Lade Sands - The main spectacle on the beach this evening was hundreds of Black-headed Gulls feeding on shrimps floundering around in the gloopy mud along the shoreline. As for waders it was just the usual Curlews, Oystercatchers and Ringed Plovers. A party of five Swifts flew south.

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