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Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:57 am
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Started at Whitburn with the hope of seeing the Bonaparte's gull, no luck there. Other birds were yellow & pied wagtail, sanderling, dunlin, ringed plover, curlew, oyster catcher, 2 med, gulls, house martin, swallow, kestrel, turnstone and the usual gulls. Moved on to Souter Stack, The stack more or less clear of bird life apart from a few cormorants, fulmar etc and a few guillemots in the water. South Shields pier next, didn't venture onto the beach, to crowded. At least 5 adult roseates and 4 juv's amongst the commons and a single sandwich tern, while watching the roseates etc the black tern came in and gave excellent views, also, looks like I photographed another, earlier in the afternoon, without knowing. see image 1. Other birds were cormorant, eider, guillemot, golden plover.
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Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:52 pm
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Thank's to Paul & Ray, There were lot's more bird's In that area,I thought there would of been a lot of fighting over food,But bird's seem quite settled,I should of walked further up pier to get better look...
Nice one sedgedunum warbler.! Not seen a one here myself. ...........................................................
Two visits today to the pier : mid-day firstly( low tide) and poor really, 2 Rosy adults and one juv. plus a certain Davey J. who mentioned there was far more terns around earlier on. Then at 5 this evening (high tide) : 6 adult Roseates and 4 Juvs. stunning views again from the pier.
And if anyone needs a reason why to get rid of rubbish properly or help out cleaning up our beaches and LNR's this might help. Marine park this morning.
Pier at 7 pm. Birds rested up on the south side here: 9 adult Roseates with 5 juvs. Very few Common terns on this visit. 3 Purple sands. 14 Ringed plover 30+ Turnstones 20+ Sanderling 30+ Redshanks 14 Oystercatchers And over 30 Guillemots hanging around the pier.
One of the juv. Roseates included a blue ringed bird this evening, don't know yet if its the same bird I see here a few days back.? Coquet have only applied this blue type ring to 5 juvs this year ive been told.