Friday, 29 April 2011

Arctic roll

Had my first Arctic terns of the spring from the house over the Lockwood this evening - 4 birds N at 18.22 to be precise...and I'd been expecting them. Always a delight to see these ultimate long distance migrants so close to home, and only a day later than last year.
Talking to Mr Whiteman, seems he also had a first of the year - a Hobby from his window. Yet to see one of these thus far or more surprisingly perhaps, a Swift, given the recent prolonged warm spell...escaping to the countryside this bank holiday weekend (not least cos of a certain wedding taking place), so they'll have to wait.
The 2 accompanying pics are of a Dunlin seen on the East Warwick on the 15th along with a very sick-looking, semi-submerged Herring gull- diseased perhaps? Who knows, but probably a mere skeleton by now.

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