Skylark

Wildlife

Wildlife
We're about more than just birds (though obviously we like them a lot).
All creatures....

Skylark

  • Skylark at Crimdon beach while waiting for the Little Terns to to return, which unfortunately they didn't.

  • Very decent of him/her to keep you entertained while you were waiting.

  • Lovely captures, Bob. I'll bet that made your arm ache pointing that big lens skywards. Shame about the no show terns - good excuse to go back there again.

  • TeeJay

    Lovely captures, Bob. I'll bet that made your arm ache pointing that big lens skywards. Shame about the no show terns - good excuse to go back there again.

    Thanks Tony - yes its not as easy as it used to be swinging that lens.  :). The biggest worry with the Little Terns is whether or not the colony abandons the site. I was there about 10 days ago and there were over 100 birds there, settled on the beach, with the males bringing in fish to capture the ladies. They were totally unphased by dog walkers etc and the site does have 24 hour monitors. Apparently a couple of pairs did begin to nest but there has been predation of both Tern  and Ringed Plover nests - for the last two days apparently there has been no large number of birds present - I only saw a brief overfly of about a dozen birds. So the worry is, have they been put off, have they relocated, will they be back or will they not breed this year.

  • Lovely photos Bob and another chance for me to pick up on the ID of skylark again.   We weren't far from Crimdon Beach as we drove back down the A1(M)  and although we did try to find Long Nanny reserve further north whichever way we went and asked the locals it seemed half an hour walk at the end of a long day so maybe next time to see the Little Terns !

  • Lovely pictures Bob, I've only seen one Skylark so far this year when we were in Devon the other week. Past few years we have heard and seen then from our garden in a field at the back but its fallow now with plans for 160 homes. There goes another local amenity. Sad about the terns, any ideas where they relocate?

  • tony
    Sad about the terns, any ideas where they relocate?

    Thanks Tony, its a shame that you lost your Skylarks, they seem to be able to build just about anywhere now.

    I have no idea where the Terns would relocate to for breeding purposes - having looked at the area that they choose to nest in, I don't particularly remember that many areas on our north east coast that are very similar. I'm sure there must be some but my memories are of either sandy beaches  or straightforward rocky beaches and not sandy with large pebbles sitting in there. Hopefully they will settle again and I will go back and check. There is a Sand Martin colony as well as the Skylarks so still worth a visit