Sunday, 3 August 2014

Little Tern Success

I'm now back in Somerset after a successful season in Dorset wardening the Little Terns nesting on Chesil Beach. We had 33 pairs nest, with a total of 50-60 young birds fledging, the most in the monitored history of the colony! 
Here's a few pics of young birds, taken from the Fleet Observer at the end of the season. 

I managed a few trips back up to Somerset for some guiding in-between my shifts on the beach and was pleased to see that the birds here have been doing as well as their Dorset counterparts, a pair of Common Tern have even fledged 2 young on Ham Wall, the first breeding record for the reserve!

Plenty of Bitterns flying around, with more 'boomers' than ever this year

Egrets everywhere, as usual

2 Black Swans, most unexpected visitors (from a broken cage rather than Australia)

Great Crested Grebe, the stripy head shows this to be young bird

Juvenile Marsh Harrier, one of many reared this summer

and another

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