Only about 150 gulls were on the river, but I quickly got onto an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. Just to left was a sleeping gull with a darker back than the surrounding Herring Gulls and apparently (albeit muddy) yellow legs. A ten minute wait and the bird woke up to show a fairly hefty bill with an extensive red patch. A quick paddle and the mud washed off to show bright yellow legs. Twenty minutes later it had a good fly around to show the correct wing tip pattern. Yellow-legged Gull, a Gateshead tick for me.
|With Herring Gull|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull|
This afternoon a trip up to Burdon Moor gave good views of the Stonechat. Although grey and windy spring is on its way with singing Skylark and the first Curlew back on the moor. 200+ Golden Plover were overhead.