Sunday, 27 January 2019

Gulls Gulls Gulls

At Work in Ipswich i found a Stag Beetle Larvae, incredible creature.

A week later in another Garden in Ipswich 22 Waxwing came and found me, feeding just meters from me, infact the berries were being knocked of the tree onto me as i was working underneath. Pictures taken with my phone thats how close they were.


Last weekend back on patch Group of 45 Common Scoter with 5 Velvet Scoter and a single velvet North past Corton old sewage works. Also 16 Red Throated Diver.

Sunday headed back to Sizewell to meet up with friends. Before they arrived i found 3 1st winter Caspian Gulls feeding on the outflow. Then checking the Sizewell Railings i spotted a Dark Gull with a pale head. It resembled a Juvenile American Herring gull. I took a couple of shots and then spotted my friends to go and get them on the bird. Before i could say anything to them Justin stated he thought he had an AMERICAN HERRING GULL... Well snap independently identified, We put it out as a possible as they aren't easy to identify and then tried to wait to see the wings and tail pattern unfortunately it flew before we could check. Luckily Justin did get a video which luckily enough showed the tail pattern and unfortunately clinched the id with help of a couple of Gull Gurus as just a 1st winter Northern (Larus argentatus) Herring Gull. it looked so close too and would have been a lifer but not to be this time. Still a very educational bird gave us a little bit of excitement for a short time.

Last pic by Justin Carr.

I did manage to see the 1st Winter Iceland Gull this week. A Kittiwake was the only other bird of note here. A Flew past Bittern at Minsmere finished the day nicely.

During the week i finished work a tiny bit earlier meaning i had a little bit of light left in the day for birding on the patch. a Firecrest showed nicely calling continuously for a a short time on the Western edge of CNSW.

Yesterday a trip over to Cley for the day and jammed in on a Glaucous Gull and GBBG that was feeding on a seal carcass.

A Walk around Sheringham had me digi binning a purple sandpiper. I didn't take my scope.

Lastly a walk around the patch had Tree Creeper, Bullfinch and 37 Skylark.

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