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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Gulls Gullore

2nd winter Iceland Gull at Newlyn Harbour

   Last night I stayed at Alma's and Bru's and this morning Nigel Wheatly picked me up at 09.00. We made the short drive to Sennen to get Martin Elliot. From Martin's kitchen window there were good numbers of gulls including 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls.  Martin also told that there has been a 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull in the cove, but there was no sign of it this morning. First stop was Hayle and with in minutes Martin picked out a 1st winter, 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull and an adult argentatus Herring Gull in amoung the 100's of large larus gull on the far side of the estuary. If you what to know anything about gulls, then Martin's the man. Many of his illustrations of laridae have been featured in many books, magazines and journals.
  No white-wingers, but there's been two at Newlyn Harbour. Here Nigel got to 2nd winter Iceland Gull and good views were enjoyed by all. We dropped off Martin in Penzance and then went to Marazion hoping to see the Bittern that's wintering there. However, all we saw of interest was Paul Dukes who told us that he retired after years of doing tours with Cygnus on the 1st January.

2nd winter Iceland Gull at Newlyn Harbour

Juvenile Herring Gull

We heard 2 Cetti's Warbler and this Chiffchaff with Willow Warbler legs at Long Rock Pool, Marazion

  Yesterday I had my last look at Priorslee Lake before I headed back home. A small group of birders were hoping that the Ring-billed Gull hybred would return, but all that was on show was the juvenile Glaucous and adult Yellow-legged Gull. A Dunlin landed on the ice very briefly and small numbers of Lapwing flew SW

Juvenile Glaucous Gull

Adult Yellow-legged Gull

Great-crested Grebe dancing on ice

1 comment:

  1. A great set of pics, this weather is certainly causing a stir amongst the birds. I just hope they are not perishing out there.