Posted by: mynaturaldiary | April 1, 2010

Return of the Recurvirostridae

Greatham Creek Saline Lagoon
offers a fine place to see Avocets, as they return to our locale.


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Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

In pairs they check out the island in the middle of the lagoon as a possible breeding site.


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But they aren’t the only birds on the island. Oystercatchers, with their distinctive red bills, are also there.


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Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)

The Lagoon is hidden from the roadside by a screen of trees. In one is a Starling.


Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

And overhead, a pair of Greylag Geese pass by.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

The sandbanks of the creek are a place where Common Seals bask.

Harbour Seal (Phoca vitulina)

For those interested in the seals of Teesside, this report from INCA covers many details.


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