The loafing gulls are obviously building in number - I counted 220 birds, but more were flying in and there was some toing and froing, so an estimate of at least 250 birds. Many of these are immature Herring Gulls, with the odd adult, LBB Gulls are represented by many more adults, presumably local breeders and immatures. When I arrived, most of the gulls were standing in 2 groups on the southern side of the spit, so were relatively easy to scan. I suppose that something had just spooked them. They soon flew back to their normal position on the eastern side and promptly sat down to roost when they are more difficult to scrutinise amongst the vegetation. On the initial scan I picked out 3 2s Yellow-legged Gulls - 1 of these kept apart from the rest of the gulls and chose a position in front of the island. This is where the bird was that I took a snap of the other day and I think it's the same one, as it has very faded greater coverts but has replaced one of the central feathers - this can be seen in that photo and those below:
|Looks like a bit of a brutish male in this shot|
There were lots of Swifts flying over the lake. At least 50 on view at any one time, so undoubtedly more. A Hobby also arrived with them and started feeding.