Monday, 29 December 2014

Catch up, autumn 2014

Catch up time after a laridly-quiet but baby-busy autumn...
As the numbers of michs around Eastoft began to dwindle, more moved into the fields at Goole, and accompanying them was an adult Caspian Gull on 23rd Sept, 9th and 20th Oct, and a 3cy on 29th. The latter looked familiar, and was quite likely the same as that near Crowle on 22nd August.

Closer to home, visits to the tip have been few and far between, but a few hours on 15th Oct produced an adult Casp and 13 michs (7 ads, 4cy, 3cy, 2 2cy & 2 1cy) on Priorslee Lake, and a week later a late afternoon visit on 22nd revealed a spanking 2cy Caspian and 10 michs (6 ads, 3 2cy & 2 1cy) amongst 800+ LBBs. On 7th Nov Priorslee was deserted but Candles was busy for a change, with 7 michs (5 ads, 3cy, 1cy) and 3 hybrids.

More work in the northeast began in earnest in November, allowing regular checks of the mighty Teesside tips, and an adult mich at Cowpen Bewley on 2nd Dec was a big surprise. More expected but still pleasant was a count of 36 Med Gulls at Newbiggin on 3rd and a nice juv Iceland Gull in the roost off Blyth harbour on 4th.