|A close-up of the adult Ring-billed Gull in Gosport, a regular returning bird. Where does it go in summer?|
|With the presumed demise of the returning winterers in London and Westcliff-on-Sea, the Gosport Ring-billed Gull is now the only regular bird left in the South-East. Indeed, the species has become rarer nationally in recent years.|
|Ring-billed and Mediterranean Gulls: how often do these species from different continents meet up?|
|Unexpected: this second-winter Iceland Gull was a real bonus bird.|
I headed west from Gosport to take the M3 home, making a short detour en route to take in the Dark-eyed Junco currently residing in the New Forest at Hawkhill Inclosure. I had to wait a while for the bird to appear, as it seemed to be roving around a large clearing with a flock of Reed Buntings, but in the interim several Common Crossbills (including a song-flighting male) and Eurasian Siskins were nice diversions. Eventually the bunting flock reappeared and with it the junco, which then came in to feed for a few minutes. It's the third I've seen in Britain but the first for more than 20 years, and the most photogenic.
|The first-winter Dark-eyed Junco at Hawkhill Inclosure - a smart bird.|
|European Shag at Staines Reservoirs, feeding actively ...|
|... and then photographed in flight as it headed off elsewhere on the reservoir.|