Thursday 21st February: Glaucous Gull Again

It's been rather quiet on the Patch over the previous few days with not much to report. Various bits and bobs have included up to 6 SHELDUCK earlier in the week, a female TUFTED DUCK on the Castle Mill Stream (a Patch Year Tick) , a couple of RAVENS flying over (per Jarrod Hadfield) and a PEREGRINE (per Paul Cooper). Apart from that it's been the usual ducks, including plenty of PINTAIL still and some GOOSANDER coming in to roost.

However, today things stepped up a gear when Liam Langley and Alex Martin visited the Meadow. Firstly a STONECHAT was spotted working its way along the river. This has suddenly become quite a county rarity due to the recent harsh winters and hasn't been seen on the Meadow for a couple of years now so it's a great Year Tick. Liam also found a JACK SNIPE in Burgess Field and to cap it all the adult GLAUCOUS GULL was back in the roost again this evening.

Phone 'scoped shot of the adult Glaucous Gull (c) Liam Langley/Alex Martin

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