Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 12, 2019

Tern Chicks

Common Terns have chicks on Paddy’s Pool island at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme,

A little over a month ago, the island was awash with Black Headed Gulls and their chicks, which have now vacated the place, to be replaced by Terns. They are busy getting food in for their hungry chicks, who will have to migrate soon enough.


Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

They hover above the ground, searching for their young and keeping a watchful eye out for prey and predators.

By September, all these birds will have begun their migration to their winter homes on the west coast of Africa.

Also on the waters by Paddy’s Pool were Little Grebes (dabchicks). Blink and you’ll miss them

as they are constantly diving for food.

Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)


Gadwall (Anas strepera)

and Shoveler

Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

were also seen by Paddy’s Pool.

On the fields were Canada Geese

Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

On the waters before Saltholme hide

and in the air, flying in skeins were

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)

The skeins are a sure sign that the families are now strong enough to fly together and that the northern birds are returning to Teesmouth for the winter.

Occasional Lapwing were seen.

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

They will soon be picking up in numbers as the light continually falls through autumn, so by early winter, we will be home to thousands of these birds.

Finally, the Avocets are still with us.

Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)

These too will be heading south soon as the seasons progress.

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