Monday, 15 October 2012

Vis-migging and Gulls, Gulls, Gulls... (Azorean YL Gull!!)

Here is the scores on the doors from yesterday's vis-migging session at the Mammoth viewpoint, Watermead CP South:

Highlights included a fly-over calling Rock Pipit and a "probable" Woodlark with a group of six Skylarks around 10.00am.

Finishing the vis-migging session at 11.00am, I spotted a new colour ringed Black-headed Gull in the car park. Photo below! This bird is from Norway and was ringed in Oslo and had flown just over 676 (1,086 km) miles to get to Watermead CP!

After this I counted the Ducks and Geese at Watermead CP North for the monthly WeBS count.The only real highlight in the count was that the Juvenile Hobby was still around the nature reserve and reedbed!

With the day drawing to a close I then drove over to Rutland Water to get views of the Azorean Yellow-legged Gull which had been reported for the last couple of days.
Getting to Dunlin hide on Lagoon 4, and meeting up with Colin Towe, Chris Lythall and John Wright, the bird was showing well on the lagoon.
Here is a few crap record shots of the bird!!
It's the one  at the back!

It's the one on the left behind the LBB Gull!
It's the one in the middle with the dark hood!

It's the one behind the other gulls!!
A very interesting bird and if you like your Gulls this is a subtle bird and if the rumours are true a possible split in the near future!! ;-)

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