Friday, 24 February 2012

A Visitor from Pitsea

24th February - very little of note today, although a Skylark over south was a patch year tick.

The Shelduck had moved on and no waders could be found.  A 1w Herring Gull bearing an orange darvic ring on its right leg appeared on the spit.  It was just too far for me to read, but with the aid of Alan S's 70x lens, it was no problem - AW1T.  This turned out to be a bird ringed at Pitsea landfill just 6 weeks ago on January 14th.  There have been sightings of birds from this site before - I just wish some of its rarer visitors could make it over here - the Slaty-backed Gull from last year springs to mind!

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