Friday, 25 January 2008

Gulls and waders

There was a larger than usual number of gulls at Foreness today, including a large contingent of Common Gulls on the sea and on the pitch and putt greens. The lawns held groups of Herring Gulls and Black-Heads.

This juvenile Black-Headed Gull showed unusually bright orange-yellow bill and legs. The one in the middle shows a middling colour legs, with the full adult red on the right.

There were again two adult Mediterranean Gulls, one now confirmed as being the green-ringed regular visitor to these lawns.

The high tide wader roosts this week held maxima of 5 Purple Sandpipers, 42 Grey Plovers, 24 Curlew, 5 Ringed Plovers, 198 Oystercatchers and a welcome return to 147 Sanderlings. The Turnstones were difficult to count as usual (they keep moving) but some 80-odd have found a new roost site with the Purps on the pumping station wall.

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