After our last trip to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, I resolved to visit about once a week to see the progress of the birds nesting and the chicks emerging. Well, the Black Headed gulls are still there, and making an awful lot of noise!
I took a short video so you can get an idea of the racket they're making:
Some of them seem to have got a bit carried away with their nest building....
The gulls are now sharing the islands with Terns, some of which are mating:
Again, a short video:
This weekend I learned how to tell the difference between a Common Tern and a Sandwich Tern, both of which were present. Here's a Common Tern, which has smooth head feathers and an orange beak with a black tip:
while at the top right of this picture (click for a larger version on Flickr) are Sandwich Terns, whose head feathers look like spiky hair and whose beaks are black with a yellow tip.
Looking forward to seeing some chicks hatching soon!