Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Richmond Bank,
My first chiffchaff of the spring was in the alders on the path to the bank today.A sunny start but it soon became overcast which is ideal. No big numbers of gulls today and they were very flighty with the local buzzards harassing them. A beautiful 2nd winter glaucous gull was seen briefly on the sandbank. A frosty looking bird with some grey feathers on the mantle and coverts. There has previously been a couple of reports this winter of a 2nd winter glaucous gull so it was nice to finally see it.
A 1st w 'caspian like' gull was sat on the sand most of the time I watched it and when it did get up it had an injury to its leg and was limping badly.I initially thought this was a caspian gull but now I think this is a herring gull. Lots of pale 1stw herring gulls about at the moment doing a good job imitating caspian gulls.
A 1stw,2ndw, 3rdw and 2 adult yellow legged gulls today.

adult yellow legged gull

A very strange bill on this young gull.

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