Friday, 10 October 2008

A Mostly Boring Post

Seemed to be fairly quiet this morning, with the sea producing very little; a couple of adult Common Gulls and the odd Common Scoter and auk sp. passing. Plenty of stuff moving about 5 miles out, just a little too far though! Lower Bruckland Ponds gave a Lesser Redpoll over and Colyford Scrape showed two Ruff (one up!). The estuary revealed nothing much of note but this colour-ringed Herring Gull.

This is the second Herring Gull I've seen this autumn bearing a yellow ring with green script, but can't seem to find where they are coming from! This one read '0407'.

Rewinding the clock to last night (Thurday evening). I'd been at work all day so wanted to make the most of the 45 minutes of light left. A look through the Gulls on the estuary revealed this really dark Lesser Black-backed Gull.

It wasn't a hefty one though like most darker-backed birds seem to be, but a real slim one

And here's a rather pants video of it, but you can see it's mantle colour compared with a Great Black-backed Gull and size compared with that immature Lesser Black-backed Gull to it's right.

Also last night, the Cattle Egret roosted on the Borrow Pit - Seaton Marshes, with Little Egrets.

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