Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Priorslee - Caspian Gull!!

More than a bit of excitement yesterday with news of a Ring-billed Gull plus (a few days later than I predicted) TWO adult Caspian Gulls being reported at the lake! I Managed, together with a few of the locals to get over and see one of the latter during the afternoon but no decent images to speak of!

A return during lunchtime today eventually turned up possibly the same bird out on the water....

A brief flight onto the ice thankfully allowed a glimpse of the primary tip pattern - almost identical to the earlier Stubbers Green bird see in November

On the ice, sadly with other Gulls obscuring a clear view but enough of the typical features visible to clinch Caspian Gull.

A Pink-footed Goose by the Severn at Leighton added another year tick to bring, without too much fuss, a final County year tally of 169. Quite happy with this, considering I've concentrated most of my efforts elsewhere this year!

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