Friday, 20 April 2012


20th April - I made a quick stop this afternoon before the school pick-up and found Stan B by the bench who said that he had had a Cuckoo calling 15 minutes earlier.  A few minutes later and right on cue, it started up again, calling from the north eastern side.  This is a fairly typical arrival date for me for Cuckoo and always a nice bird to hear in Spring.

Yesterday evening, Mick M, Alan S and myself found a 2cy Herring Gull with a red darvic on its left leg.  After a bit of effort through Mick's 60x lens, we eventually read it as LX4T.  This fits the coding and colour of the North Thames Gull Group and they have replied saying that the gull was ringed at Pitsea Landfill on March 10th, just under 6 weeks ago.  A map is shown here:

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