Med Gulls seem to be departing the Cornish strongholds fairly quickly right now. Those big numbers recorded during the winter have dwindled. I saw just one bird, a second winter, at Swanpool, Falmouth on Saturday.
Monday, 24 February 2014
Last week the variety of gull species moved up one more bar in Cornwall. A first year Laughing Gull was seen all-too briefly at Marazion beach. As much as I would like to have seen it, I just couldn't get away last week. When I heard about this bird, I was a bit disappointed in not finding one myself as it was pretty obvious one would turn up somewhere after those big gales. Given how dark they are, they should not be too difficult to find! For the time-being I'll post a shot of a similar individual I photographed in Cape May last year.
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Perhaps up to a thousand assorted gulls were feeding today along the beach at Marazion. I saw two adult Glaucous Gulls and one Kumlien's Gull, though two of the latter were reported this morning. At least five Kumlien's have been seen in the county with the other three in North Cornwall. At least six Glaucous Gulls have been seen in Mount's Bay alone. Med Gulls were surprisingly thin on the ground with just an adult and a second year bird seen today. Presumably they have all moved back towards their breeding grounds. A few Kittiwakes and Lesser Black backs were involved today but the lion's share of gulls were Black-headed and Herring. February is of course a big month for migrating gulls but the massive gales have clearly pushed a lot more in to Mount's Bay.