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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Kumlein's Gull at last.

I was going to leave the Iceland Gull round-up to the end of the week, but this evening's visit to Farnham produced a 1st-winter Kumlein's Gull, present for 15 minutes or so, before the roost took to flight, and unfortunately it did not return.  This was by far the darkest most coarsely marked of all the immature Iceland's over the last 10 days or so, with a dark bill with only a hint of a paler base, brownish tertials, pale brown primaries with off-white edges forming neat chevrons.  No other Iceland Gulls there this evening, nor at Allerton this morning.  However, at Allerton there was a Ringed Plover there, and a Bar-tailed Godwit flew north over the site. 

The Iceland's this week consist of just the one presumed 2nd-year Iceland Gull at Allerton tip on Monday 27th.    No visits on 28th, and then Allerton tip again on 29th, with an adult, two 2nd-year and a 1st-year Iceland Gull.  700 Herring Gull, 30 GBBGull.

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