Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tern on a fence post.

Earlier in the week I paid a visit to Tices Meadows, a site that has grown in popularity over the past few years for many Surrey birders due to the increasing number of species being recorded there. This obviously has a lot to do with the overall management of the water levels and the diverse habitats.

Walking into the site through the copse I noted numerous pairs of Speckled Wood performing their dancing courtship flights and one perched for a side view only. Other species logged included Brimstone, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Peacock, Large White, Large Skipper and a very fresh, second brooded, Common Blue.

This is not a location where it is particularly easy to get close views of the birds without a scope or exceptionally large lens but the fence posts way out in the water offered an opportunity to snap two species.

An adult Black-headed Gull (nearest the camera on the right) and a noisy offspring on the furthest post.

Other species logged around the site included Canada Geese (82), Egyptian Geese (2), Mute Swan (2 plus 2 cygnets), Mallard, Tufted Duck with youngsters, Coot (too numerous to count), Moorhen, Great-Crested Grebe (3), Little Grebe, Little Egret, Lapwing, Grey Heron (7), Starling, Crow, Jackdaw, Sparrowhawk, Blackbird, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch and Pied Wagtail.

I watched an adult Common Tern fly in with a catch, presumably for its youngster.

The two parents looked slightly bemused ... "Where has our child gone now!"

"Hey ... I'm up here".    Juvenile Common Tern on another post.

As I failed to find any waders that had been recorded on previous days I drove over to Thursley Common and spent some time photographing a very small Darter (Sympetrum danae) that will feature in a forthcoming post but you can get a sneak preview by clicking hereFAB.


  1. so very cute. :) thanks, frank!

  2. How lovely, Mum Dad hey I am up here :)

    I love the three posts with the gulls.....lovely composition.

  3. Looks a lovely place to spend some time finding birds and butterflies. Grat shots as usual Frank.

  4. Frank wat een prachtig gebied.

  5. lovely scenery Frank and I love that third image.

  6. Great photos. You really know your birds. Thank you for visiting my Not So Good Fence.

  7. awww... love the shots... so nice with the water in the background...

  8. It sure is a sensational day to be alive! Lovely view, thanks for sharing this.

  9. great timing on the one flying in with a catch! love the gulls on the posts!

  10. Beautiful shots! I love the tern with the fish!

  11. The noisy offspring is settled in and just waiting for some lunch! I wondered at first why he wasn't standing like the other two. The terns are lovely. Looks like a great place to bird!


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