Monday, 14 September 2009

Gull update

On the Burn tonight, the YLG again present and showing very well. Appeared just after 18:00hrs, went first for a drink then to beach; thereafter very busy, preening, running back to wash, and moving around amongst the roost, but later on more docile and still present at dusk 19:30hrs. Quite a distinctive individual and easy to refind. Apart from characteristic mantle shade, also rather diminutive, particularly for a YLG, but must just be a small female.

Also on the shore, the Med shown above and a juv Med again, both unringed.

Finally, a pale-mantled dark-beaked large gull appeared which I dismissed as an aberrant Herring, but now wish I'd not been so hasty...

Tried again Tuesday, with an unprecedented 5 birders present, but in flat calm and bright conditions the roost was very slow to build. A left green-ringed Med matching photos of 3LV5 appeared and displayed a bad limp (hopefully not from the rings) but the YLG did not show to 19:40hrs.

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