Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Another day, another wader

July 29th - as I arrived at the lake this morning, I could hear the plaintive whistle of a Redshank and sure enough, there it was patrolling the western side of the spit.  A common bird, but usually only a handful of records here each year.

A scan through the gulls found a monster of a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.  It dwarfed most gulls around it, so is presumably a male bird.  At one point, a particularly small presumably female juvenile LBBG swam in front of it and the size difference was massive.  As seems to be the case with these youngsters, they are very independent, often standing away from the main group of gulls, arriving and leaving on their own.  This bird did just that and for no particular reason, took off alone and flew off SE, leaving the loafing gulls behind it.  An adult YLG was also asleep on the spit.

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