Monday, 4 November 2013

Longnor, 4th Nov 2013

roadside cachinnans
After finding Venus Pool disturbed and deserted, tried for the Longnor Dippers but failed there too. However, on reaching the A49, c20 LBs flew from a potato field and landed in front of me, along with a cracking 1w Caspian Gull! Easy. Just a shame I didn't have a camera other than my phone with me...

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Candles, 31st Oct 2013

An overdue trip to the tip paid off in style when I was offered access to some much better views of the feeding gulls. Amongst c700 LBBs I was surprised to see barely any Herring Gulls, and of those that were present, many had a certain Scandinavian air to them. A monstrous ad GBBG stood out from the crowd, and I eventually racked up a total of 8 michs: 4 adults, a cachy near-adult, and single 3cy 2cy and 1cy.

The undoubted highlight though, despite brief views, was a lovely 2cy Caspian Gull with a heavy shawl and tiny bullet-hole eye. Could this age group be a feature of late autumn before the 1w birds get here?
Unusually hybrids appeared thin on the ground this time, but one adult with yellowy-flesh legs certainly felt a bit mixed-up.