Monday 25 July 2016

Juv Yellow-Legged Gull, Creekmouth 23/7/16

Had a look locally on the Thames for Yellow legs today, firstly at Rainham where several adult birds were on the foreshore.  Had a couple of flyby juvenile birds fly east, but none hung around for any photo opportunities.

The afternoon proved more productive with this cracking juvenile first picked up on the tanks at Beckton sewage works before flying around almost checking me out along the creek.

Monday 11 July 2016

Ringing Activities

Over the last couple of weeks I've managed to add a couple of new species to my ringing activities. Have had some very smart Common Tern chicks, which nest every year on the "tern rafts" on seventy acres lake up in the lea valley.  Just three birds were ringed on this visit with at least seven pairs still on eggs.

Black-headed gulls also breed on these rafts and we managed to colour ring 48 juveniles.

I also had the opportunity to ring two hand reared Swifts, you can read there remarkable story here: