Sunday, 17 July 2016

17th of July: Tern chicks on the tip

This week, on Blakeney Point, Beans Boat Trips captured this lovely shot of two fluffy Little Tern chicks, which have been entertaining visitors on the seal ferry trips.
Little Tern chicks (Beans Boat Trips)

Also on the end of Far Point, there are over a hundred Sandwich Tern chicks, aged between 0 and 10 days. Alongside them are around 15 older Common Tern chicks, which are now quite mobile.
Sandwich Tern chick (Ajay Tegala)

This weekend's lovely sunshine (at last!) brought out several Grayling, Small Copper, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown butterflies.

In migrant bird news, a juvenile Wheatear was recorded on Monday (11th), a Chiffchaff was present from 12th-14th, several Whimbrel have been heard over the Point, with 25 recorded in flight yesterday (16th) as well as a westward movement of 31 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows. A flock of around 50 juvenile Starlings has been resident on the Point for a few weeks now, often landing on the hut roofs.

In seal news, the fourth Common Seal pup of the season was seen on the beach yesterday.
Common Seal (Ajay Tegala)

Today's low tide count totalled 218 Common and 289 Grey.
 Grey and Common Seals (Ajay Tegala)

We leave you with a short film showing Blakeney Point's wildlife in July. Filmed three years ago, this is the first time it has been shared.

- Ajay, Coastal Ranger

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