Having recently realised I drive within about 8 miles of this excellent gulling spot most weeks, I decided to take advantage of a relatively early finish at work, and swung in on the off chance. I was greeted by the sight of at least 600 gulls gleaming in the sunshine on the lake, and hanging in the icy wind between there and the tip.
|distant adult Caspian|
I managed to find a handy gorse bush to nestle in, and on the first scan I picked up 2 adult Caspian Gulls amongst the hordes of LBBs, followed soon after by a dirty 2cy nice and close in. Nearby, a stunning near-adult made an appearance, the classic P10 held high above the water for all to see! A large bird with a large head could have been a big male Casp, but a glimpse of the primaries revealed a small P10 mirror and not much in the way of tongues, suggesting some Herring influence? A third good adult Casp appeared later, followed by a gleaming 2cy which soon took off and flew to the far side of the lake to mess about with the Black-heads, joining a third 2cy! That brought the total to a marvellous 7 Caspian Gulls, outnumbering the 6+ michs! Amazing stuff, reckon I'll be back...
|dirty 2cy Caspian|
|two more 2cy Caspians|
|apparent ad hybrid Caspian x Herring?|