Friday, 8 August 2014

Spurn Day 30

Most of today was taken up with a shopping trip into Withernsea, but while I was at the hide the weather had a part to play in the fact that the species type remained consistent. It was good to see that the number of waders of the ponds is increasing again, after there seemed to have been a lack of them on my other shifts.
The raft diversity has also increased, with the addition of Med Gull and Shelduck to its biodiversity. The Shelduck spent most of the day sleeping on it, while the Med Gull count reached a peak of 3, all of them being juveniles.
Since there was a lack of things to photograph a grabbed a distant photo of the wader roost in the rain. There are a good number of Grey Plovers in summer plumage in it, which re striking birds to say the least.
-Wader Roost
There were notable species during the day; Yellow Wagtail and Arctic Skua but they keep their distance and just passed through, so were nothing to write home about.

The Daily Oystercatcher
I was interested to see that the adults still were feeding the chicks, even though they are more than capable of feeding themselves at this stage. One chick received a massive lungworm from the parent, so long it was dragging along the ground as the parent brought it up.

Species List:
Beacon Ponds: Redshank, Herring Gull, Whimbrel, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, Turnstone, Sandwich Tern, Dunlin, Avocet, Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull, Oystercatcher, Knot, Grey Plover, Little Egret, Mallard, Gannet, Mute Swan, Linnet, Little Tern, Meadow Pipit, Common Gull, Arctic Skua, Black-Headed Gull, Kestrel, Shelduck, Skylark, Cormorant, Yellow Wagtail, Swallow, Blackbird, Common Teal, Sanderling, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, House Sparrow, House Martin, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Black-Tailed Godwit, Golden Plover, Bar-Tailed Godwit,

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