Thursday, 10 March 2011

Annual MEDITERRANEAN GULL spring passage through Wilstone

05 March: After failing to find a Mediterranean Gull in the Wilstone roost for the last three weeks until yesterday, a different adult was in the roost this evening. Today's bird was almost in full breeding plumage (lower picture), whereas Fridays was in transition having a speckled hood and white around the bill (top phone 'scoped picture).
In previous years this is the best time to see Mediterranean Gulls in the roost, as I guess they are starting to move back to breeding sites which probably explains different individuals on consecutive nights.

This morning the Water Pipit was between the Jetty and Cemetery corner and the Goosander remaining. (David Bilcock)

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