Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Glaucous Gull and Water Pipits

Yesterday on the Otter my first Willow Warblers of the year with a number of birds feeding on the flowering Blackthorn in the early evening sunshine.

Today the clear highlight was finding a presumed 2nd Cal Year (1st Winter) Glaucous Gull in the early evening. Although I only had binocular views it seemed to show a dark iris from the photos and a dark tipped bill with no hint of a pale tip. Typically for the Otter, it was completely random and present with a relatively small number of gulls and then flew off and headed east along the coast after just a couple of minutes. It was a particularly striking white plumaged bird and quite similar to the last bird I found here on April 9th 2018

Also today, two Water Pipits coming into summer plumage were present in the morning.

Glaucous Gull - Otter Estuary, presumed 2nd Cal Year / 1st Winter

Glaucous Gull - Otter Estuary, presumed 2nd Cal Year / 1st Winter

Glaucous Gull - Some flecking on the Undertail 

Glaucous Gull departing the Otter Estuary

Willow Warbler, Otter Estuary

Water Pipit - One of two birds present today

Peacock Butterfly on Goat Willow



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