Wednesday 16 September 2015

LBB movement

First-summer-2nd winter Lesser Black-backed Gull - photographed a couple days ago on the Cricket Pitch. All this evening's birds were too far off to photograph.
Could have really done with some dry weather this evening as there were plenty of birds out there. A gathering of 70+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, on a sandbar off the seafront, was a big increase in recent numbers. What's more, a good proportion of the adult birds were really black-looking so presumably intermedius birds. Also 2 flocks of Common Scoter offshore, totalling c40+ birds and 6+ Turnstone on Maer Rocks. A quick blast round the Top Fields in the rain produced 6 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 1 Tree Pipit and 20+ Meadow Pipit. One of those days when you wonder what you've missed!

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