Sunday, 19 April 2015

Redcar Tarn

Sunday 19th April a.m.
 Another cloudy morning at Redcar Tarn with a temperature of 5.5°C things seemed quiet with the absence of large numbers of Gulls, just 5 BH Gulls & a LBB Gull.Good to see a brood of four Mallard chicks with the proud parents, but nature as it is the BH Gulls were showing plenty interest in the new arrivals.Coots were on nests with Lapwings in the surrounding fields & the sound of Skylarks but didn't manage to spot one.
 A walk up the road proved productive with a number of Pied Wagtails some posing for a snap,also Goldfinch,Mipits & a Linnet.Then a walk back past the Tarn to check the nearby pond where there were more Lapwings,Moorhen & a Ringed Plover.As soon as we spotted it off it flew, we watched as flew away, frustratingly before we got a record snap, but a great first for us here.A Curlew also took off but was soon replaced as a pair of Oystercatchers flew in.Back to the Tarn where now there was a couple of Swallows feeding low over the water,our first this year, & plenty other species seen, another good birding morning.
female Pied Wagtail

male Pied Wagtail

LBB Gull


Proud mum with four Mallard chicks

Mallard family

Beware of BH Gulls