1w Caspian Gull
As soon as I arrived at the fishing boats this morning I was joined by the regular 1w Caspian Gull looking for its breakfast. A short sea watch saw c100 Gannets feeding offshore, Auks and Kittiwakes tooing and froing, a few Red-throated Divers moving west with a couple of Fulmars. 100s of Gulls were feeding along the shore but I couldn't find anything interesting among them.
Slavonian Grebe on Lade south lake
Mid morning I made my first visit of the year to Lade, seeing the long staying Long-tailed Duck out in the middle of the lake, the Slavonian Grebe was a little more obliging. In the willows Goldcrests and Chiffchaffs were flitting around while a couple of Cetti's Warblers were calling deep in, a Dartford Warbler was showing and calling occasionally just south of the aerial.
I found the young Black-headed Gull pictured below on the shingle below overhead wires at lade, it was apparent that it was very badly injured, so I felt I had to take the tough decision to euthanize it.