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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Another great morning

With the forecast for Wednesday looking so poor, and the sun shining brightly again this morning despite the early frost, I just had to go and take advantage of the bright sunlight at Allerton.  Not many gulls on arrival and certainly nothing of note, and many of them drifted off towards the tip.  Still it was pleasant sitting in the car listening to singing Hedge Accentors, Reed Buntings and Tree Sparrows calling, and Long-tailed Tits working their way up and down the hedgerow.
Hedge Accentor

Long-tailed Tit
Some loud shots at the tip, presumably bird-scarers, brought most of the gulls on to the wash-pit, including two Iceland Gulls, an obvious 1st-winter, and a 2nd-year.
Iceland Gull, 2nd -year

No raptors for the first two hours, but then two Red Kites and up to six Buzzards circling on thermals at some height above the site, their presence only given away by their constant calling.


A small selection of other gull photographs, taken in flight as they commuted between the main tip and the wash-pit area where I was parked.
Black-headed Gull, adult

Herring Gull, 1st-year

Herring Gulls, two 1st-years and a 2nd-year

Lesser Black-backed Gull, adult

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