Wednesday 21st March 2012
Following a tip off from Doug about an Iceland Gull seen at nearby Bicton College Lake, East Budleigh on Sunday and Monday, I have been checking it regularly over the last few days and after a number of blanks, today came up trumps! I must admit, it has never really been on my radar as a place for white-wingers, but this morning I was treated to a fine 2nd winter (3rd cal year) Iceland Gull (pic1) looking very like a bird seen on the Axe in recent weeks - See here
However, a second visit to the lake this afternoon, produced a second bird, this time a 1st winter Iceland Gull (pic 2) and presumably the bird I had on the Otter a week ago.
A visit to the Otter today produced nothing out of the ordinary, but the very obliging drake Red-breasted Meganser remains on the Otter, Reed Buntings and Cetti's Warblers are singing and Shelduck numbers continue to increase with 15 birds yesterday.