This afternoon myself, the better half and Bob stretched our legs around the local duck feeding area of South Marine park lake. After viewing a Rat or two around the tree'd area along with the usual stuff bird wise here in this type habitat it was time to do the 'once around' viewing the inhabitants and visitors on this lake.
A 'white winged' adult gull was hanging out with a few Black headed gulls on the lake bathing here, the first thought was Mediterranean gull . It became apparent this gull was not a typical adult Med. gull even with the naked eye views we had.
This adult birds wings,tail- as a Med. gull , white winger.
Body size- as a Black headed gull
Head ....more interesting! shape and size of a B.H. gull including the bill. Hood pattern as black headed but! a good degree darker colour wise along side the other black headed gulls for comparison. The birds hood was about 3 quarters complete summer plumage wise.
Another mix to the flock here..lol
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Really nice to hear Skylarks singing again here, along with a fair few passing through north on this visit.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Needless to say I left with a huge grin on my dish after this experience and wet my lips for more of the same.
Sunday, 2 February 2014
So after a quick once over around the Cockcrow area next, I had the bright idea of having a short visit to Chester-le-street riverside....( daft lad strikes again!) The above shot shows the river level at this regular waterfowl feeding area today, most of the Swans etc. still there but unfortunately the seating arrangements and riverside path were a little damp.
Saturday, 1 February 2014
Otter sign was found not too far away from where the fish was found with old spraint and anal jelly marking a flat surface. Me thinks more investigation needed in this area.
Note to myself.. take the bloody small digi out Every time!