There have been in the region of 80 Arctic Terns on the site for the last month. Recent sightings of food being taking in to the colony along with some birds coming over to the nearby track whenever anyone walked along it and swooping down on them were good indicators that breeding was in progress. It is fairly normal here for chicks to be present at the end of June/start of July so it was a good time to take a look.
We set off to the colony and were accompanied by my Uncle, Paul, who is staying with us at the moment.
As we approached the colony the terns took to the air and it wasn't long before we found some bits of eggshells.
Paul found the first chick of the evening but it wasn't a tern. Nestled into the heather was an Oystercatcher chick.
|Oystercatcher, the first chick of the evening being ringed|
|Arctic Tern nest|
|Common Gull, the second chick to be ringed|
Next we went down to an old wartime building where there was a Swallow nest with four chicks which were now ready for ringing.
So some more chicks ringed but not the ones we were hoping for.
Thanks to Paul for the photographs.