Following the excitement of the Kumlein's Gull on Thursday, another visit to Farnham Quarry on Friday was a complete let down with only 15 Herring Gulls by 17:00, and a couple of hundred Black-headed Gulls. A good count of 70 Goldeneye, of which 18 were adult males, and some of the female/immatures were showing signs of male feathering, also a male Pochard and six pairs of Gadwall were of interest.
A morning visit on Saturday 3rd March to Allerton tip produced an adult and at least two immatures, probable 2nd-years. I was joined shortly after by Paul Irving and another birder who picked up an adult Caspian Gull. Had scope views before many of the flock took to flight. I went back again in the afternoon to see if the Caspian had returned but had no luck with any of the scarcer gulls, and due a heavy rain shower had my lights on...and left them on when I got to the tip. Doh, flat battery.
|Rainbow at Allerton|