Sunday, 26 July 2015

Caspian Gull

A lazy day yesterday watching the Tour de France on the telly with a quick look out last night to see the Black-tailed Godwit at Shibdon and a Common Seal at Timber Beach.

Common Seal
A normal early start this morning at Shibdon where the 24 Black-tailed Godwit remain along with 4-5 Water Rail.

Up to Cresswell where a Barn Owl briefly patrolled by the causeway. Very quiet here today with just 2 Little Egret and 2 Dunlin. A Whimbrel flew over as I got back in the car.

Barn Owl
Quiet again at Druridge where there were 7 Snipe and 4 Dunlin. On the north pool 2 Yellow Wagtail were feeding just outside the hide.

Yellow Wagtail
Heading back home I had just stopped off at Bothal when I got a tweet that last year's Caspian Gull had returned to Amble. An about turn and luckily Steve H was still on site as all the gulls were asleep on the groyne. After a few minutes it woke up, and eventually stood up to show its long legs. Other than a few short naps, the bird showed well for the next hour or so, even going for a few short flights. Just as we were leaving it flew over-head calling- a distinctly different call to Herring Gull.

Caspian Gull

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