Saturday, February 07, 2009

Moore NR,
First bird of the day was this argentatus herring gull below.It had yellow legs which caused me to mis identify it as a michahellis but on more careful inspection by others the yellow orbital ring and eventually the primary pattern confirmed it as a yellow legged argentatus herring gull. 2 good adult michahellis were seen later, one with a metal ring on its leg.

This adult med gull was a smart bird, getting close to full summer plumage seen on the frozen birchwood pool.

Up on the tip a 2nd w iceland gull showed well and another more subtle 2ndw iceland gull with pale eye was seen briefly also. A leucistic herring gull was an interesting bird . A 2nd w glaucous gull was seen very briefly by others and a 1stw was seen from birchwood pool over the tip. A good selection of gulls today but apart from the 2nd winter iceland gull most birds were seen for just a few seconds which was a little frustrating. Another juv iceland gull was seen by others on Richmond bank later.
See and

Chris D had a male lesser pecker on Lapwing Lane earlier and a look around Moss side in the afternoon produced 30 + yellowhammers, lots of tree sparrows and a willow tit .

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