Friday, 27 May 2016

Glaucous Gull

Juvenile Robin still in the garden early morning
I wandered down to The Patch this morning to see if the Laughing Gull was still present, though the body language of the birders already there told me it wasn't. There was 3 Black Terns there, also a Little Tern, c100 Common Terns and a party of 15 Common Scoter flew east.
Next stop the fishing boats where no sooner had I started out along the beach a call from David Walker to say Dominic Mitchell had found a white winged gull at The Patch. A few minutes later I was back there and sure enough there was 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull present, I guess I over looked in the beach roost. It was not a real brute of a bird like the the bird earlier this year and didn't appear to be much bigger than the Herring Gulls , also the bill appeared quite weak. Early afternoon it was on the reserve on an island on Burrowes Pit before flying off back towards the power station. 
 2nd cal yr Glaucous Gull over The Patch

A late afternoon walk along the Midrips found 24 Avocets, 9 Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover and 4 Redshanks around the pools. Offshore a few Sandwich, Little and Common Terns were feeding also a party of 18 Sanderling flew east.

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