Today I visited the former gravel extraction pits at Grimley in Worcestershire today for a bit of birding.
At the Old Workings there were 5 Common Terns (3 juveniles) on the Island Pool tern raft. An Oystercatcher was on the island.
At the Camp Lane Pits there was a Hobby over, 2 Little Egrets and a Common Sandpiper were present. There were 10 Common Terns (4 adults and 6 Juveniles) and two Great Crested Grebes were nesting (one of which had 2 young). Also, many Sand Martins were zipping about over the water. Swallows and House Martins were also present. An adult Lesser Whitethroat and a juvenile were seen in bushes along the South Pool, along with a number of juvenile Goldfinches.
A number of butterflies were on the wing and highlights included a Holly Blue and 2 Essex Skippers. A Black-tailed Skimmer Dragonfly was also seen.
Juvenile Common Terns - Grimley, 17th July 2010: