Flaming June

.. it is most certainly not! So not too surprising then that two drake Common Scoters were sailing around the deep-end this evening. These sea-duck do drop in occasionally as they commute between Scandinavian breeding grounds and the Irish Sea but, still, it's a bonus!

There were also three Tufted Ducks and lots of Sand Martins (at least 95) - a permanent fixture here this year with all the cool weather. Ringing Sand Martins on Monday evening was fun - crossing the Lune in my walking boots on the way back was fun too - they're still drying out!

A young Grey Heron has been patrolling the shallows for the past couple of weeks and my first four juvenile Black-headed Gulls put in an appearance on the far bank as they disperse from Belmont Reservoir, probably.


  1. Hi Dave, good find! Maybe autumn migration has started? br, Mike


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