Wednesday 31 July 2013

Pectoral sandpiper, yellow legged gull and a proud determined Mum

Black hole marsh was rather overcast and misty this morning but yesterdays pectoral sandpiper was still present and not quite so distant as yesterday

One of the 3 juvenile yellow legged gulls from yesterday on the river (thanks to Gavin)

and some of the 23 dunlin and 4 ring plovers that were a reasonable distance from the island hide this morning

A pair of goldfinches landed briefly in front of me 

and on leaving the hide I met these on their way up the walkway

A little encouragement got them out only for Mum to rush back up the walkway again

Eventually with a bit more gentle persuasion she and her 10 ducklings managed to get behind the fence and over the bank onto Black hole marsh just before help (i.e. Doug) arrived to open the gate

One proud Mum

Now going back a bit here are a few pictures from the weekend.  This snipe was showing well close to the island hide

and the kingfisher did a flypast on the river

The juvenile med gull has still been on Black hole marsh

One of our oyster catcher adults with 2 of the young

and these crows were just posing for a photo

 and finally this pair of young rabbits rushed along the tram line to greet each other

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