The floods have receded and are now at around the optimal size. With this in mind I decided to brave the arctic northerly winds to check out the gull roost for the first time in quite a while. My efforts were duly rewarded with an arctic gull in the form of a juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL. It was there on the floods reasonably early and gave nice close views as seen from the river towpath on the west bank. There were several Common Gulls and at least one YELLOW-LEGGED GULL also in amongst the throng though numbers weren't particularly large.
It was nice to see the Golden Plover back, about fifty in number with a tag-along DUNLIN in amongst them. I didn't check the duck today but yesterday there were at least 17 PINTAIL and 6 GADWALL in amongst the usual Wigeon and Teal.
The Glaucous Gull on the floods this evening