Things are hatching.

It is that time of year when birds are hatching and chicks are about. The world is full of adventure and dangers.

The Black-headed Gulls are still mating and nest building but the 1st eggs of the year have now appeared.

UK breeding:140,000 pairs

UK wintering:2.2 million birds

The canada goose is a large goose, They have a distinctive black head and neck and large white throat patch. A non- native bird introduced species from North America, it has successfully spread to cover most of the UK. They form noisy flocks and are regarded as a nuisance in some areas where large numbers occur especially on public parks and playing fields.

UK breeding: 62,000 pairs

UK wintering:190,000 birds

Lapwing. A once very familiar farmland bird which has suffered significant declines recently and is now a Red List species. So nice to spot this bird with young yesterday.(3 chicks). The young are on their feet as soon as they hatch . They have really good camouflage and disappear when still. The two parent birds stand guard at a distance and challenge and chase off any other bird coming too close. When a threat was detected the chicks were called closer and hid under one of the parent birds while the other went on the offensive.

UK breeding:140,000 pairs

UK wintering:650,000 birds

I have added 2 films the first is the Lapwings the second is a mixed film with Avocets Gulls Canada Geese and a glimps of a Mallard family at the end. I have left the sound on but it has a lot of background noise so you may enjoy the films with it lowered. Watch out for the Lapwing chick turn his head and topple over!


LCT 7074

This landing craft is the last surviving example of more than 800 tank carrying landing craft that served at D-Day on 6 June 1944. LCT 7074. She carried 10 tanks and crew members to Normandy. It has recently finished a 4 year retoration project and be moved to the D-Day museum in Southsea near Portsmouth. The National Museum of the Royal Navy managed the works with the support from The National Lottage Heritage Fund. The craft was recovered from Birkenhead docks where it was used as a nightclub until it fell into disrepair and later sank.