04.07.21 First Yellow-legged Gull of the summer

A midsummer visit from Jamie and Graham Gordon was as much about insects as it was birds. Although the changeable weather kept Butterfly and Dragonfly activity down. So with a reduced level of “nerding out” it was a mixed bag of local and off piste Sussex birding. The avian highlight was a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at West Rise Marsh here in Eastbourne, excellently picked up by Jamie at considerable range as it approached. Where these early south coast birds come from who knows, perhaps the French Mediterranean coast. A loan returning Curlew also flew over there.

My first juvenile large gull of the year, the local Herring Gull chicks are still yet to leave the rooftops.

Other highlights were just general invertebrate stuff, local Glowworms at Jevington, White Admirals & Silver-washed Frittilary butterflies at Abbots Wood plus some good bits at Ashdown Forest including Brilliant Emerald and Golden ringed Dragonflies. There were also family parties of Redstart, Woodlark and Tree Pipit there too.

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