On Monday the first chicks fledged at the only Little Tern colony in Wales, from the in mid June.
Prof David Norman, who has ringed the chicks at Gronant beach for decades, as a member of Merseyside Ringing Group, recently caught a bird he first ringed there in July 1993.
At almost 25 years of age, this appears to be the oldest Little Tern ringed anywhere in the world, and it’s still producing chicks!
Volunteers at Gronant have installed live-streaming cameras from a couple of nests. With wardens they are also starting a programme of diversionary feeding to provide a local pair of Kestrels with an alternative food source to fledging terns.
The first signs of autumn wader migration came with Spotted Redshanks at Connah’s Quay , where up to three Great White Egrets have been feeding. and at