|This adult Mediterranean Gull landed very close to the ringing area. Interesting to note how the hood develops ...|
|... which is different to this second individual, another adult that I found as proceedings drew to a close.|
Gull-watching is so often a solo activity at Rainham, and with the exception of Andy Tweed and a couple of the other regulars, there is rarely anyone else to chew the cud with. So yesterday morning it made a pleasant change to team up with the North Thames Gull Group for their ringing session on the landfill. The cannon-netting had already taken place by the time I got there, and Paul Roper and colleagues were beginning to process a catch of 411 gulls - more than half of them Herring (both argenteus and argentatus), plus four other species. Here's a few highlights, including Caspian and Yellow-legged Gulls, from a productive morning.