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7:06AM

Beach Reserve

''The show's not over till the fat lady sings''........well it must be said she certainly is for some of our breeding sea birds and waders this year. The Sandwich Tern colony has finally fizzled out in the past few days and I have not seen one fledged chick this year. Two main reasons, firstly predation of the eggs by Mediterranean Gulls on one of the islands in the early stages of the breeding season, secondly the continuing problem throughtout the season of food supply. Mediterranean Gulls also failed in the early stages of the season and most departed once the first supply of Sandwich Terns eggs were gone, several pairs remained and one fledged chick is now on Ternery pool. Predation by Fox with a supporting role by the locally nesting crows finished off the nesting Little Terns and 18+ nesting Oystercatchers on Flat Beach. Its not all bad news though, the 79 pairs of Common Terns are having some success, the Black-headed Gull colony has done very well, while Ringed Plover, Avocet, Redshank, Lapwing and Little Ringed Plover have all had some success around the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm (some Oystercatchers also). The breeding season is still well underway for many species of warblers, finches, thrushes and lots of other species you will find in your gardens and out in the countryside, so caution is still needed!!

Ringed Plover chick along Shore Ridges  

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