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Saturday
May192012

The Little Tern and the Distant Skua.

I prioritised watching the start of the Olympic Torch Relay ahead of getting down to the river in good time for the rising tide this morning. High tide was a little after 0800hrs, which was approximately when a made it to Saul. The Sun never really shone. Low cloud dogged both sides of the channel (particularly the northern side).

It turned out I'd missed a Little Tern and a Black Tern. The Black Tern would be seen again from the Holden Tower as the tide fell, but not again from Saul. So I missed out on that one. The Little Tern was more obliging though, returning to sit on the sand with the Dunlin and Sanderling. The first time I've seen this species in Gloucestershire, let alone Saul. Another Saul first was to come at about 0915hrs. A dark phase Arctic Skua was reported heading upriver from Severn Beach half an hour earlier, and we observed it (distantly) heading north and inland over Frampton. Better views from Middle Point, I imagine.

Little Tern.The Tern and the Skua brought my total for the year to 187, one more than I saw in the whole of 2011. That's a good landmark.

The tide wasn't a particularly high one, so the wader flock was never forced off the mud. Plenty of smart summer Dunlins, a vast array of Sanderling (max count 35), Ringed Plovers, Curlew, six Turnstone, a Common Tern and a single Wheatear. A Buzzard was mobbed by gulls and a Hobby cruised over the wood. There were also a small number of Knot and Grey Plovers, but they were present only on the rising tide so I missed them.

Dunlin and Sanderling.At one point, and rather ominously, a pair of Avocets arrived to feed on the mud. Fears immediately surfaced for the fate of the three Avocet chicks at Slimbridge - were these the parents? Happily, it was quickly established that both parents and all three chicks were safe on the Bottom New Piece. On more than one occasion both Avocets and the Little Tern were in the same field of view. On none of those occasions did I manage to get the camera ready in time.

Avocet pair.

And again.There were three Common Terns on the Sailing Lake.

Before heading home I toured the hides at Slimbridge. Stints in the Kingfisher and Zeiss Hides included a) more than enough time to see both Avocet parents vigorously defending their chicks from opportunistic gulls and corvids and b) not enough time to chance across the elusive Wood Sandpiper. I did see a Short-eared Owl hunting over the Tack Piece before being chased off by a gang of Black-headed Gulls.

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