Sunday, 28 April 2013

Redcar Tarn

Sunday April 28th a.m.
A dull sky at Redcar Tarn with a temperature of 7°C on our arrival,getting out of the car we
were nearly blown over by the very strong blustery wind.This made taking picture difficult but
we carried on & managed to get some starting off with LBB Gull,BH Gull,Coot,Tufted Duck &
Pied Wagtail.Other birds present were Mallards,Canadas,Greylag,Common Gull,Jackdaw,Rook
& Lapwing.We walked down to the pond seeing a Redshank here and in a field beyond there was
an Oystercatcher with some starlings.We walked back & a short way along Tarn Lane to see if we
could get a bit closer to the Oystercatcher but was now out of sight as the field dipped away.There
were some more Lapwings here then scanning the wall we spotted another Pied Wagtail & next to it
a male Wheatear, a first for us at this site.
c50 - BH Gulls
2 - Common Gulls
3 - LBB Gulls
8 - Canadas
1 - Greylag
c40 - Mallard
5 - Lapwing
1 - Oystercatcher
3 - Pied Wags
20 - Tufted Ducks
1 - Redshank
1 - Wheatear
plus others
LBB Gull

BH Gull first winter


male Tufted Duck

female Tufted Duck

Pied Wagtail


male Wheatear

Redcar Tarn Gulls


  1. You're Pied Wagtail looks more like a White with the clean cut separation of black head and throat. Also note the absence of black on the mantle and back - it's all grey. The flanks too are fairly clean cut, no charcoal smudging.

  2. Thanks Nigel, I'm happy to go for a White Wag with your description.
    Can be difficult with all the variations of colour with the sexes & young ones
    complicating things even more.

  3. With the broad white outer tail feathers and the amount of smudging on the flanks Id go for female Pied. Look at the f Pied I took at Leeshaw this morning showing the same amount of smudging.

  4. This bird has a gray back no hint of dark compared to the dark back of the female on BS blog. I still say it's a White, final comment from me.