Thursday 12th January

A distinctly colder feel in the weather this afternoon for my visit to the Meadow. Today there were 2 RUFF about, along with 3 DUNLIN and 3 REDSHANK and a single SHELDUCK. High overhead the golden plover flock was wheeling, numbering perhaps 500 birds, though they didn't come in to land while I was there. In the gull roost it was noticeable just how many of the herring gulls have now got their clean white heads which makes it all the harder picking out the good stuff though this evening I did manage to find the first definite Meadow YELLOW-LEGGED GULL of the year showing off its gleaming yellow legs in the evening sunlight.

The first yellow-legged gull of the year for the Meadow

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