|The first bird|
|Both juvs together - the second bird had a much lighter head|
|One of today's adults|
Five Linnets flew around the spit early afternoon, with two eventually landing, one a cracking male. These birds are not common around the lake, though small numbers are seen on the spit occasionally presumably flying in from the arable farmland to the north. A female Pochard was new in and joined two eclipse male Teal.
Last week, on the 8th, I heard Common Sand calling and then watched a flock of four birds fly in from the river and land on the spit. They joined a bird that was already present to make a reasonable count for this species. I do enjoy seeing migrating birds actually arriving on site.
The Common Terns have had a good season and now is a good time to see many fledged juveniles either on the spit or flying around the lake. There are probably in excess of 20 youngsters if you include those still on the rafts and today there was quite a spectacle of about 30 birds, adults and juveniles, flying in a tight flock and plunge diving - it does give the impression that the adults are teaching the offspring what to do.