BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY THE FOREST OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND. GREENSHANK CONDER POOL PETE WOODRUFF

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Butterflies, Bird's, and a Gull.

Some leisure time on Sunday at Heysham had KT with me on Heysham Barrows for an hour or so to find 4 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Copper, 2 Common Blue, 2 Gatekeeper, and a Small Tortoiseshell. The only birds seen were 2 Whitethroat, with a Blackbird, Linnets and Goldfinch in flight. 

It was good to see a Holly Blue on Cotoneaster in our garden yesterday afternoon. 

Little Gull.


Little Gull. Heysham Red Nab 9 August. Pete Woodruff.

I was pleased to have found a Little Gull on Heysham Red Nab last Wednesday which I recorded as a 1st summer bird. But on closer viewing the moderate photograph of the bird, it was thought that, what I regarded as the dark wing tips of the bird, could well have been a deceptive view of the rocks on Red Nab appearing to look like the tail end of the bird giving the impression that it was the blackish primary marks of the then named 1st summer Little Gull.

Little Gull. Heysham Red Nab 9 August. Pete Woodruff.

However, since I viewed this murderously cropped image of the bird, I've had to change my views as it now appears more clearly to be the rocks joining the tail end which initially gave the impression it was an immature bird, but now looks more like a moulting adult Little Gull.

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