Wise Birding Holidays

Saturday, 16 April 2011


Saturday 16th April
Looks as if my friend the Bonaparte's Gull has now departed the Otter as no sign this morning and the black-headed gulls it was associating with are down to just 2 birds today. However, 2 Whimbrel heading north up the estuary and at least 6 singing Cetti's Warblers were the main birds of note. Well, until I scanned the sea! Whilst scanning the sea, I picked up a fairly distant Glaucous Gull sat off-shore by a small fishing boat. Cursing the fact that I was not on that boat, somewhat unbelievably, the boat then headed for Budleigh Beach and the Glaucous Gull followed! I made a few calls and then quickly cycled up the seafront to be confronted with this brute of a 2nd winter Glaucous Gull and a fine patch tick! Looks as if the Otter and Budleigh are currently a magnet for rare and scarce gulls - long may it continue!

First View!

Final Views!

1 comment:

  1. Another great find and a nice sequence of photos! Make it a Great Black-headed Gull next please!