Friday 13th July

Another evening visit to the Meadow which is still heavily flooded with the river also at the top of its banks. The conditions are too flooded for the shore-line waders such as sandpipers and plover but the long-legged waders such as godwits are well suited and there are now three BLACK-TAILED GODWITS on the floods. Four noisy OYSTERCATCHERS flew in calling as I was leaving. In the gull roost the 2nd summer MEDITERRANEAN GULL was still about and there was also an interesting "ghost" black-headed gull which is nearly all white apart from some colour on its head - presumably it's a partial albino.

Videograb record shot of the partially albino black-headed gull

Some footage of the Med. gull this evening

Mary Gregory reported a BARN OWL (a year tick) in Burgess Field late afternoon.

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