Thursday, 11 February 2016


Back down to Rufforth for more gulls. A significant drop in the number of gulls meant that we only had 4 Caspian Gulls (3x 1st winter and 1x 2nd winter). What were excellent were the white-wingers with one Glaucous Gull (1st winter) and a superb 5 Iceland Gull (2x 1st winter, 1x 2nd winter, 1x 3rd winter and a smart adult). Also several oddities and hybrids, plus a few adult Lesser Black-backed Gull. There were flyovers from Buzzard, Red Kite and Sparrowhawk.

1st winter Caspian Gull
On the way back home I popped into Boldon Flats, where I got excellent views of the Green-winged Teal. There was also a drake Pintail.

Green-winged Teal

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