Saturday, 3 January 2009

Glaucous Winged Gull Mega

Yesterday morning I went to Amwell. I failed to see a number of the species that I had seen earlier in the week, but i did see a Chiffchaff in the willows over the river Ash, and a female Goosander, presumably one of those that had been present at Hertford for several weeks.
Nice to meet a number of old friends, including a couple that I had not seen for quite some time.
Today I joined the throng at Teeside. Colin and I arrived at Cowpen tip at 10 am to see about a thousand birders lining the roadside scanning th huge gull flocks swirling around. Some managed to see an adult Glaucous gull (Colin had it perched on the tractor that was turning the rubbish over). Suddenly rumour spread that our target was further round on Cowpen Marsh, and when Lee Evans ran past it was clear we had to move.
Luckily the bird in question, Britains second Glaucous Winged Gull was still on view , showing very well, but too distant for photography. At one point, it was the sole bird on the ground, and showed all the diagnostic features a very distinctive bird.
We left just after 11 am, and with no targets nearby decided to return home via Pitsford Reservoir.
The north end was partially frozen, but six Smew (three drakes) were present. The south end was clear of ice and we found the Slavonian Grebe, but there was no sign of the Black Necked Grebe.

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