Today was yet another day where the weather was absolutely pants and very uninspiring! I had no birding in mind so I decided to pop and see Tony for a natter and a mug of tea.
On pulling up at Tonys I heard a familiar sound, it was the unmistakable harsh screeching call of a Common Tern. I looked across and flying over Captains Pool was the tern with a small fish in its bill. This is a patch year tick for me so it was already proving to be a worthwhile visit. Also hawking low over the pool were 4 Swallows and 3 House Martins.
TS has been seeing 1 to 2 Common Terns fishing periodically since Tuesday. This tends to be a regular occurrence most summers and leads me to think that, although they don't breed on Captains Pool, they are most likely breeding nesting on one of the nearby pools. Looking at the direction that this bird flies off it is quite possible that they are nesting on one of the pools near Dunclent. A bit of investigation required me thinks!
Unfortunately I haven't got any photo's of the patch Terns but I have attached an archive photo (taken elsewhere) to illustrate what stunning birds they are.
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