Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Stubbers Green - Commoner Gulls

A drive to Northampton featured stops at Priorslee/Granville tip where I was hoping for a repeat performance of the Glaucous Gull and a picture or two this time - it didn't happen!

Stubbers Green was equally disappointing and the 1st winter Iceland Gull failed to show here! Plenty of large Gulls though including a good range of ages.

Most of the other Gulls were giving the Great black backed bruisers a wide berth - these take four years to mature to adulthood and here are examples of the latter three....

Second winter

Third winter

Adult winter

Common Gulls reach adulthood in their third year. First and Second winter birds seen here with the youngster on the right.

A couple of first winter Herring Gulls, one giving a very obliging view of the upperwing.....

If you've got this far, you're probably not interested but I had my first Shag of the year today! Shags inland are pretty good though - this one was near the sailing club in fading light at Draycote reservoir, a distant Great Northern Diver also seen here.