Tuesday, August 16, 2011

We had a fantastic day yesterday relaxing on the Northumberland coast before staying with friends in Washington. If we'd stayed close to Rich's folks it may well have been Nosterfield that we chose for some local birding. Which is where the belting adult White-winged Tern chose to rock up in our absence. Luckily it's lingered so we could call in on our way home. We were treated to a fantastic show as it fed around Lingham Lake before dropping in to rest on its favoured raft. The Crane was still there and a few waders included Ruff, Common Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover.

The moulting adult White-winged Tern. On the deck the crown is already too white for Black Tern and the longer red legs and dark secondaries were distinctive. In flight there were still obvious black underwing coverts and a white rump remaining, although the white forewing has attained a more wintery appearance. (c) Richard Brown

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