02 September 2010

Terns aplenty

There have been good numbers of Terns off Crymlyn Burrows, and further afield, this year. Last year I visited the beach at Crymlyn Burrows fairly regularly, but did not see a single Tern on the beach; just recording a single Common Tern and 2 Sandwich Terns flying around the river-mouth. Common Terns are living up to their name at present with regular sightings offshore. 2 adult Common Terns shown above were part of 11+ noted today.
The Arctic Tern above was 1 of 3 noted today. A much slighter bird than the Common with shorter bill, rounder head and shorter legs contributing to this appearance. A more elegant flyer too, almost bouncing along, which can be quite striking even at range. Note also 3 Teal in background on the shore is something that can be quite common at this time of year, strangely.
A couple of Med Gulls also on the beach today. Ever since I stated in an earlier post that I don't see that many at this site, it's been wall to wall Med!

Also today 1 Wigeon, 2 Greenshank, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Knot and good numbers of Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Sanderling. Oh and no Curlew Sandpipier :o(

2 Grayling, 1 Brown Argus and 3 Migrant Hawker were the best of the insects

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