“You ain’t seen me right?”


I had to take a film production team out to the shipwrecks on an early morning low tide first thing today and once we’d established the high likelihood of a “seriously eventful” shoot on the coast, given the short period of time the wrecks are safely exposed, less ambitious targets than the Pegu were agreed upon and I said my farewells.
This meant I had just enough time to whistle up to Marshside for a quick look at the Black Tern (I didn’t hear about it till last night) that had been on the Sandplant lagoon yesterday, before punching in at the work/dune interface for more computer-wrangling and ladybird-poking.


A Black Tern was fishing over the water as I arrived, darting amongst the squawking BHGs.
Such an elegant bird, even when you’re looking at them into the morning light, when they look like “blacked-out” ninja stealth falcons, sweeping about picking snackettes off the surface.
After a few minutes a second bird appeared and a small group of us, who had yet to start work, rejigged timetables, made excuses, or just sagged off, were treated to an aerial show long before the day turned cool and wet.
When the sun broke through at times and the birds were silhouetted, it was like watching a fork-tailed Transit of Mercury.




Black Tern numbers swelled to four later in the morning (see comment from Bazzo on the previous post) as this year’s heavy spring passage of these superb little birds finally came to Marshside in force, but I was safely clocked on and driving a desk by then.
Brrum brrum.
We just need a great big Pelican now, and life would be perfect…
With the easterly still blowing humid and promising at lunchtime, I took a quick walk around Sands Lake, where yesterday’s Common Sandpiper was still present, and a Gropper was reeling at the top end, although I think the bird was actually on the other side of the Coast Road.
Willow Warblers, Chiffies, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler and Blackcap singing away too of course, and the Gadwall continue to look very much at home.
Bogbean, Birdsfoot Trefoil and Flag Iris all flowering as the rains set in.

7 thoughts on ““You ain’t seen me right?”

    • Black Terns on spring passage can linger at a site for a few days as long as food is available and weather conditions suit, or they can just stop off for a few hours. Given last night’s weather, I’d hope there are still a few around this morning, but how long they stay is anyone’s guess.


  1. Just to be clear, are Rainford’s lagoon and the Sandplant lagoon the same thing? Is it the lagoon that contains the BHG colony to the right of Sandgrounders? Ta


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  2. Hi John, I saw the 5 Black Terns over the Sandplant lagoon early this morning. Then I saw a further 6 at Preston docks at lunchtime today (ok I know its the dark side – no pun intended). I had clocked 2 there last Friday amongst their more noisy “common” cousins.

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