Little Marlow GP is my local birding patch in South Bucks. This is a record of the birds seen during my regular visits. It includes record photos of many of my sightings, but I am not a photographer, so do not expect good quality images!
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Saturday, 3 March 2012
More Spring Movement
3rd March - I received a call this morning from regular Alan S saying that he had a flighty Curlew on the spit, which had already flown off north but returned. I was unable to visit until late afternoon and was not optimistic that it would still be there. So I was pleasantly surprised that when I arrived at 4:30pm, the Curlew was busy preening in the south bay of the spit. I moved to the viewpoint to take a record shot and some 5 minutes later the bird made several alarm calls, took off and flew north and didn't return, so fortuitous timing. A fox was roaming the spit scattering the large congregation of gulls, so this may have caused the Curlew to move on. It looked relatively short billed, so was probably a male and it also had a fairly distinct pale central crown stripe.
distinct pale crown stripe
The gull roost numbered some thousands of birds this evening, with huge numbers of Common Gulls. I don't like to try and count these, as it seems too difficult, but there must have been around 3,000 Commons this evening. The number of LWHG is now much reduced, but Jim R managed to find a red darvic ringed adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, code KB3T in front of the island. This will probably be a North Thames Gull Group bird, as it fits their coding and I have sent off for information. Jim also located an adult Med Gull at about 5:45pm, which soon lost itself amongst the Common Gulls. It had quite an extensive black hood, but still had a whitish forehead and various other white spots. To me it appeared significantly more advanced than the adult last Saturday, but they can change quite rapidly.
As I was leaving, a Tawny Owl called from the field next to the car park and was nicely silhouetted in a tree before flying off to hunt.