Thursday, 13 December 2012
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
on my lunch break i made a brief visit to west rise. there were loads of gulls packed onto the ice, mostly adult lessers, a lovely sight. managed to pick out 2 caspos (1st-w and adult - my first of this age in the uk), 4 yellow-legs and some argies (didn't count), but there must've been more waiting to be found if i had more time (plus light was awkward and birds were flighty).
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
popped into west rise at the end of the day. wasn't much happening with the gulls so i didn't hang around, just a goldeneye and a yellow-legged gull of note. headed back home to catch the west beach low tide roost. there was a nice flock of adult lesser black-backs and with them another first-winter caspian gull. this one with more solidly dark wing coverts and uniform pale grey saddle giving a neat contrast. three of the lessers were colour ringed (blue, green and red) but too distant to read numbers.