Wednesday, 14 March 2012

First Summer Med

14th March - a quick visit this morning to check for Spring migrants and in cold conditions none were to be found.

I picked up a 1st summer Med Gull in flight around the SW corner, with its distinctive bandit mask.  It was carrying something in its bill and being chased by a horde of Black-headed Gulls.  Eventually, it landed on the near spit where the other BHG were congregated and dropped what looked like a stick.  It only remained for about 5 minutes and then seemed to depart to the north.  I don't usually see this age of Med Gull this time of year, they are often adult or sometimes 2nd summer, but this is their passage period.

Comparison to 2cy BHG

The regular Bar-headed Goose was also back on the spit with a few Greylags following its winter migration to the Jubilee River at Marsh Lane near Dorney.

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