I got surprise when I found this 4th winter Caspian Gull at Hortonwood, Telford with 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull
This afternoon, I was on my ways back from the shops in Donnington and thought that I would check out the gulls at Hortonwood. It's kinda of hit and miss here as I found out when I looked in November before I went to Morocco and there was not one gull in sight! However, last winter when I looked there were the odd Yellow-legged Gull there. The gulls hang outt on the roofs at the south end of the industrial estate and on arrival I could see Lesser-black backed gulls. I parked and immediately found a adult Yellow-legged Gull followed by another. You can't see all the gulls as they can hide on the otherside of the roofs out of sight. I was just leaving after ten minutes and the 60+Lesser-black backed Gull got up to come back down again. With my naked eye I could pick out the 2 YLG and then I spotted what I thought might be a hybrid until I put my bins on it. Bloody ell! A Caspian Gull! It took me totally by surprise! It stayed front on for a while until pushed off only to return and settle down again. The light was crap and at 16,00, I thought I'll drive just two minutes up road to Trench Pool to see if it roosts there. It didn't but I'm guessing, that the adult Yellow-legged Gull that did roost on the pool was one of the birds from Hortonwood. There were also over 600 Black-headed Gull roosting, 2000+last night, and 10 Goosander.
Earlier on the day, there were 20 Redwing in the garden and a new species for the garden, 2 Jay. Although I did have two fly over high nearly thirty year ago.
2 adult Yellow-legged Gull
This 4th winter Caspian Gull was a surprise while coming back from shopping in the bad light and it was always distant!
There were some 60 Lesser-black backed Gull also hanging out on the roofs
Adult Yellow-legged Gull roosting at Trench Pool
At Bury Ditches nearby, I immediately heard and then saw 7 Crossbill in flight. They kept to the top of pines with 30+Siskin and the odd Lesser Redpoll and at least 3 Willow Tit moved through with a large tit flock
There were only 7 Crossbill at Bury Ditches and as you can see, they stayed pretty high. As I expected, I didn't get what I was looking for but hopefully someone else will this winter.
I saw more Red Kite than Buzzard!