Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Red Kites, Gulls and Dragons

At the weekend I did the rounds checking the progress of several breeding birds. The gulls seemed to be doing OK on their new roof at Scudamore Road, Leicester and I am pretty sure that a few pairs of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and one pair of Herring Gulls are nesting at Troon Industrial Estate, Leicester. The young Red Kites I'm keeping an eye on are almost ready to fledge and the young Oystercatchers are growing night and day. Initially the Oystercatchers proved difficult to find, but then all of a sudden one swam out from underneath some vegetation at the side of the lake.

Oystercatcher Chick

At Cotesbach it was great to see that there was still ten Red Kites scavenging for any food they could find on the tip.

Red Kite

There are a couple of new ponds by the landfill site, which didn't take dragonflies long to discover. At least four Emperors were present including this ovipositing female.

Emperor Dragonfly

There were plenty of gulls at the landfill and I managed to read some colour-rings for a change - most were from Norway.

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