Monday, 5 January 2015

Telford, December 2014

A handful of opportunities to get out gulling in Shropshire presented themselves during the month, resulting in a few Casps amongst the throng to bring up the year's tally.
On 10th I called in at Priorslee Lake on the way home from work to find a 2cy Caspian Gull and 4 michs (3 ads & 3cy) amongst c800 LBBs including the white leucistic bird.

A brief check of Candles on 19th resulted in c200 large gulls, a good total by recent standards, and one of the first birds I looked at was a stunning 1cy hybrid Caspian Gull. Elsewhere in the flock was an elegant 2cy Caspian Gull.

On 30th I tried Candles and Horsehay but both were deserted, so I headed to Priorslee to find c600 gulls on the ice including a third 2cy Caspian Gull and 4 ad michs. Unfortunately the Casp didn't linger for Dawn & Pete or for Jim, and as turnover dropped off I headed home via Candles again, and amongst only c50 gulls was a stunning 1cy Casp. It immediately walked out of sight, but a few glimpses were all that was needed of such a distinctive individual.

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