16th September 2014 – A Yellow-legged Gull.


Sunset behind Belle Tout lighthouse.

A late evening visit to Shooters Bottom. A decent passage of almost exclusively Barn Swallow (in contrast to the big House Martin movements recently) continued from my arrival at 17.30hrs until shortly before sunset. A handful of Yellow Wagtail also on the move east. A Merlin buzzed along the cliff top east invoking loud disconstination from the Jackdaws. Seem to be a few more Kestrel about 5/6 seen in surrounding area. A few Chiffchaff in the bushes. A number of Gulls came to the cliff tops including at least 1 (Although I had flight views of possibly up 2 others) 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull.


1st winter Yellow-legged Gull.

This bird shows all the features consistent with this age class, solid tertials with minimal fringing concentrated to the tips, most of the wing converts appear more solid centred then on Herring Gull, mantle fully moulted contrasting with a more solid brown looking wing. Square looking head, whiter head with a slight mask around the eye, thick, blunt tipped, all dark bill.


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