Tuesday, 18 July 2017

18/07/17

A post college river watch from Seacombe Ferry Terminal was much more productive than what was anticipated. Kicking off the show was a flock of 14 Dunlin heading north up the river whilst overhead gulls were 'anting', which in amongst the 30c Black-headed Gulls up to 3 Meditterian Gulls (highest this autumn), joined in one of which was that observed on the 15th.

Lesser Black-backed Gull (ssp.graellsii) - 1st cycle birds such as this can to the untrained
eye be mistake for the very similer Yellow-legged Gull. (Image - Elliot Montieth)

Meditterian Gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) - 1 of 3 moulting adults
hawking over the ferry terminal this PM
(Image - Elliot Montieth)

Besides the Dunlin and gulls other species noted at the terminal included Northern House Martin (15c), Common Swift (9), European Sand Martin (6), Common Tern (40c), and a single Common Sandpiper whizzing around the banks of the Egerton Dock.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) - The ferry terminal at Seacombe provides
excellent photographic opportunities from the
Common Terns as they pass heading up river (Image - Elliot Montieth)

Observer: Elliot Montieth

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