Saturday, 5 January 2013

Amwell Gulls

Back down to Amwell again this morning. Hoped to pick up the recent Med Gull and the Woodpecker.
Left a bit earlier than usual, it was very dull and drizzly although reasonably mild.
Parked the car and encountered the usual Goldcrests in the ivy hedge. Met up with Tony and Tony Hukin who had just come from the Bramfield Hawfinches. Had a scan and the usual chat-not much to see although there were large numbers of gulls present. Shortly after Bill arrived we picked up the Med Gull fairly close to the watchpoint and often obscured by the reeds.

 We all went up to Tumbling Bay meeting up with Jay in the process. Some heard a Chiffchaff in the Hollycross track and Jay said he had seen the Lesser Spotted around an hour earlier. We staked the wood out for a long time but with no success. Hopefully the colder brighter conditions next week will be more suitable.
Jay had gone back to the watchpoint and along with Phil had picked up a 3w Yellow Legged Gull. Got some pretty good views of it-the Med Gull was still present but must have flown soon after as we eventually lost it.

 The Bittern also put in an appearance on the far side. Watched it fish for a long time before it walked out across the reed bed cut out.

 Called in at Bramfiled on the way back. No sign of any Hawfinch since Tony's early visit. We did have a few flocks of Golden Plover over, plus singing Nuthatches.

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