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.







Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

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


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



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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