Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Common Tern

Arrived at Elland Gravel Pits at 14.40hrs to find a Common Tern hawking for insects over the ski-lake, however it very soon departed high to the west shortly after at 14:50hrs. I am afraid that my photos are not of the same quality as Fran 44's Arctic Tern amazing efforts but they are arguably better than nothing at all I suppose.

 

 It is a real shame that the access and viewpoints of this body of water are so limited nowadays.

 

A very quick dash around the 'reserve' north of the river revealed a few other notable sightings, namely 27 adult & 14 juvenile Canada Goose (2 broods), 8 adult & 3 juvenile Mallard (something amiss here), 1 Common Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 1 singing Sedge Warbler & 3 singing Common Whitethroat.

2 comments:

Mike Henshaw said...

Drove past the lake about 1130 and thought I saw a Tern but could not stop so well done David nice to know you are out and about. Mike.

Dave Sutcliffe said...

I think (?) that's our first Common Tern record this year David. Well done and nice to get some reasonably good shots of it.