Not much bigger than a Common Gull, this first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull was not only tiny but beautifully plumaged too. I'll never understand why some birders 'don't do gulls'!
A couple looks off Mudbank revealed 13+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, c300+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 5 Greenshank, 1 Spotted Redshank, 5 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Teal, 56 Mute Swans, loads of Wigeon, 8 Dunlin, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel.
As usual I fluffed the flight shot but the underwing looks dark like typical 'graellsi'.
Tiny and long-winged of course got me thinking 'fuscus' but I don't think there's much to be done in the absence of a ring.
This Greenshank looks like it was enjoying the torrential rain about as much as I was. There were five off Mudbank today which is the most I've had in ages.
Another quite dark Lesser Black-back.