|Shame I chopped his tail off!|
|Blurred! But shows his long legs|
Just before midday, a large flock of Golden Plover came in from the east. They circled around quite high for several minutes presumably thinking about landing, but never came very low and then flew off west. They then returned, circled around again before departing W/NW. I find it quite hard to accurately estimate these large flocks, so took a photo and counted them on the computer - not the most interesting job! I had thought about 600 - 700 birds, so a counted total of 741 means I wasn't too far out, though I usually under estimate. These large flocks of Goldies when they occur seem to be about now up to the end of the year.
|741 birds in here|
Aa adult Herring Gull with a white darvic and black code A4HH appeared. This bird has been seen before at LMGP, but not since spring 2010. It was handled by the RSPCA as an orphan from Worthing ,West Sussex and was in the centre there for 32 days, released on 15/08/2006. It has been seen at Springfield Farm landfill on 19/07/2008 and 04/02/2011 and at LMGP on 03/10/2010. I await further details of any subsequent sightings.
Last but not least - I met 2 older gentlemen who I don't know, but who appear to watch LMGP occasionally, often mid-week. In chatting, they mentioned to me that about this time last year they had seen 3 'yellow-billed' swans on the lake that they had identified as 2 adult and a juvenile Whooper Swan. Being only casual birdwatchers, they had never reported their sighting. Amazing! wild swans are rare at LMGP and you think a site is well-watched, but obviously things get through, seen or otherwise!