Another day, another year tick! This time it was a dainty LITTLE GULL that I found hawking for insects over in Stint Corner late afternoon. It was in a transitional plumage, moulting from 1st winter through to adult-hood so it still had the black W on its wings and the black markings on its head yet it had a lovely pink breast and there were only black markings in the outermost tail feathers. In fact this last feature meant that superficially the tail gave a rather wedge shape impression which got my heart racing as I tried to turn it into a Ross's Gull but eventually I was able to make out the actual tail shape and calmness was restored.
|A truly rubbish record shot but it spent almost all its time flying and only settled long enough for me to take this one photo.|
Apart from that on the floods there were just the two OYSTERCATCHERS and the two SHELDUCK as well as three Gadwall. It's very quiet on the floods now.