Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Quality & Quantity.

There was a bit of a battle between quality & quantity yesterday, but in the end quality won hands down.

Adult Mediterranean Gull Conder Pool 24 June. Pete Woodruff. 

Conder Pool struck gold again yesterday - well in my book it did - when 2 Mediterranean Gull joined the now ever present Black-headed Gull colony and gave excellent views, they were in summer plumage wearing full hoods, one an adult.

2nd Summer Mediterranean Gull Conder Pool 24 June. Pete Woodruff. 

There was a bonus to the sighting, in that one bird was ringed. Iv'e submitted the reading and hopefully the result will be an interesting history from the 2nd summer bird.

Six Common Tern included the two young, with the second adult sitting. The Black-headed Gull family including the young birds, and the second adult sitting, are all apparently tolerant of everything around them. There are 6 Avocet still present on the pool, two of which are birds sitting. 

A Little Ringed Plover put in an appearance feeding, and a Stock Dove seen again. I watched a Kingfisher fly upstream from the A588, a blue flash about an inch above the reed tops.

I made a count of 9 Common Sandpiper, seven of which were seen in the creeks, and two  on Conder Pool.


Richard Pegler said...

Definitely a 'quality' sighting, Pete. Enjoyed your photos too - especially the header with both birds. Looking forward to hearing what the ring reveals when you (eventually) hear back from the ringing records.

My very best wishes - - - Richard

Marc Heath said...

A good day when you see an adult Mediterranean Gull. What a stunner.