A bit of ringing and some terns

Lots of gulls

Lots of gulls

I spent most of the weekend in and around Langstone Harbour. On Saturday I joined Wez Smith to look and see what the seabirds were up to, and whether any terns had returned. Plenty of Mediterranean and black-headed gulls around starting to think about nesting but not many terns. We saw 3 sandwich terns flying around at one stage. It’s possible there were 4 or 5 in total.

Spot the sandwich tern...

Spot the sandwich tern…

The other birds of note were a peregrine falcon sat on a mound, some turnstones, dunlin and ringed plover and a few passerines – mostly meadow pipits and skylarks.

A peregrine falcon, 4th April 2015

A peregrine falcon, 4th April 2015

Sunday was spent ringing at Farlington Marshes. It was quiet – very few migrants about. This seems to be a common feature with spring so far. We did however see a sand martin and ringed a chiffchaff. Other species ringed included linnets, meadow pipits, a greenfinch, reed buntings and dunnocks.

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