Roger Riordan: Some local birds

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Swans, Cormorants, Silver Gulls, Crested Terns

I have recently become interested in the activities of some of the local birds, and this section describes some of my observations.

In 2008 I discovered that we, and our neighbours, were playing host to a family of tawny frogmouths. These move around from day to day, and sometimes they disappear for a week or two at a time, but usually they are camped in one of the trees in the immediate vicinity. On two occasions we know that a nest has been destroyed, but every year since we found them they have reared either one or two chickens, apparently to maturity. In 2014 these raised their 10th chick, but they appeared to leave in about March 2015, though we still occasionally see a single bird in one of the trees.

In the summer of 2012-13 I noticed a colony of Chestnut Teals which spent most of their time in a sheltered cove at Middle Brighton Beach, and on New Year's Day they were joined by 'Peg-Leg Pete', a one-legged sooty oystercatcher. Various other birds were also using this area, and I have been keeping an eye on it since, but there has not been much to see recently (2016).

Tawny Frogmouths

Beach Birds 1.

Beach Birds 2.

Garden Birds

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Local birds