Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A Tern for the better.

An early morning stop off at Rhos Point on the way to the Clwyd this morning came up trumps. While searching through the 70+ Sandwich Terns and 14 Common Tern, I came across a lovel;y partially summer plumaged Black Tern in the early morning light. The bird put on a nice show and was still present at least an hour later when Julian turned up. A Little Egret flying in off the sea here was strange.

Many Terns were also present on the River Clwyd just south of the railway bridge. 350+ Sandwhich Terns were joined by a single Arctic as well as 7 Common Terns. Waders included a fine Greenshank, a Barwit, 6 Common Sandpipers and 4 Turnstones. An adult Mediterranean Gull was amongst the many gulls here too.
At least two of the Sandwich Terns had bright red darvic rings on their left legs and a metal ring on the ringht. I could't make out any lettering on the rings. I wonder where they have come from. It would be interesting to find out.
One of the ringed terns with a small bright red ring on its left leg.

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