The easterly wind also presumably had an impact on an increase in Caspian Gulls present today. A couple of weeks ago we drew a blank, and in my absence last week Steve A only had two. So the six present today was the peak count this year, and brings the tally for winter to over 40 individuals (more than 2013/14 despite a reduced number of visits due to 'tyre pressure'). Today's haul included a slick 3rd-winter, a rather solid-looking, bleached 2nd-winter with reduced P10 mirrors and four 1st-winters of differing sizes and darkness.
|Bird 1 - 1st-winter Caspian Gull|
|Bird 2 - 1st-winter Caspian Gull; a small and rather dark individual|
|Bird 3 - 2nd-winter Caspian Gull; a bleached and solid looking individual with very small mirrors to P10|
|Bird 4 - 3rd-winter Caspian Gull|
|Bird 5 - 1st-winter Caspian Gull|
|Bird 6 - 1st-winter Caspian Gull|
One thing is for sure, Steve A and I have drawn the short straw in terms of the Iceland Gulls that have turned up this winter. That's if that's what they both are. Slightly older and more straightforward was an adult Great Black-backed Gull that had been ringed as a chick in southwest Norway in July 1994.
Good pushes of Lesser Black-backed Gulls this time of year is typical, and amongst the decent number of adults, were a couple of NTGG ringed birds and a couple of intermedius types. A dozen or so adult Med Gulls were back too, with several paired up. Looking forward to next weekend!