Today was a gull day starting with the first winter Bonaparte's Gull at Helston. I wanted to get a decent flight shot but failed. And when a Hawk jet took off from Culdrose, that ended my hopes. I went to Hayle and was shown a juv Iceland Gull by John Thomas. I then found another one close by only to be flushed by three Buzzards.
Luck seemed to be changing though. I ventured over to St Gothians and found a second year Iceland. I better not say 2nd winter now as the gull police will shoot me down. This bird was sporting a pale iris, grey mantle and losing quite a lot of the coffee brown colours of a juv. I moved on from the island area and found a Little Ringed Plover at the western end of the reserve. It soon flushed and spent a lot of the time flying around calling. There was also a decent fall of a dozen Pied Wags.
|Iceland Gull at St Gothians|
|Record shot of Bonaparte's Gull at Helston|
|Purple Sandpiper at Penzance|
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