Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Hello, goodbye.

Cresswell Pond this morning was busy, busy, busy.
Something going on continually. The action centring on the sand bar with the Avocets deciding who could stay and who should go. Initially, for an hour or so, anything bigger than a Wagtail, apart from a Shelduck and young, would be dispatched without delay. Grey Heron, Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Snipe, Dunlin, Little Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern and Common Sandpiper were all treated the same and all fled the wrath of the Avocets. There was one exception. A single Magpie landed and three Avocets headed in the Mags direction but stopped a couple of metres short. All three voicing their disapproval of the presence of the pied intruder but this time they were happy to keep a watching brief  'till the Mag left of its own accord. For some reason ALL birds were under attack from now on. This included the Wagtails AND the Shelduck, the young duckling was sent spinning across the sand on two occasions. Things eventually calmed down and a truce somehow came into effect.
Four Little Egrets suddenly came in together, brilliant.
But less than thirty seconds later and without provocation............................


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