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Sunday, 19 February 2012

Time for some gulls

With all these white-winged gulls having being pushed into the UK in some numbers, and hearing of an Iceland Gull at Nosterfield, I decided to give one of the gravel pits near Knaresborough a grilling last night.  The pit closest to the golfcourse and part of the Farnham complex is well placed to watch in the evening light, and attracts several thousand gulls to roost.  Surprisingly, there were far fewer of the larger gulls that were present a month or so ago, but there were at least 40 Herring, 1 Greater Black-backed, 300 Common Gull and 3000 Black-headed Gulls.  Despite scoping the flock for 90 odd minutes, the best I could come up with was an adult Yellow-legged Gull and two adult Kittiwake, which unfortunately were far too far away to photograph.
So while talking about gulls, it does allow me to add a photo of the Glaucous Gull I saw in a flooded field south of Boroughbridge, on 16 April 2009.
Glaucous Gull, Allerton Park, 16 April 2009

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