Monday, 15 November 2010

Caspian headlines on the tip

Caspian Gull at Rainham - one of seven gull species on the tip today.

I spent a very enjoyable couple of hours with Andy Tweed and Phil Street at Rainham this afternoon, working through the gulls on the tip from afar. The highlight was this Caspian Gull - seemingly a third-winter - but there were at least three Yellow-legged Gulls up there too, along with another in Aveley Bay. I thought I glimpsed a second-winter Caspian briefly on the tip as well, but lost it in the throng. The gulls are back in good numbers now, and it all bodes well for the forthcoming gull workshop with Martin Garner in early December.

An adult Yellow-legged Gull prepares for take-off.
Best of the rest were two Marsh Harriers, including the semi-regular adult male, a Short-eared Owl, 86 Common Redshank, three Ringed Plovers and two Eurasian Curlew. All this was at the Wennington end, with no time to cover the reserve proper on this occasion - maybe next visit.

A fraction of the gulls present on the dump this afternoon.

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