|variously plumaged gulls included this very faded individual|
|Greater Black-backed Gull looking more attractively plumaged than usual|
|North Thames Herring Gull on the far breakwater - too far to read, it didn't stay long enough for me to get any closer|
|North Thames Herring Gull TV6T|
Saturday 15 June. The forecast of a string SW wind and recent sightings of Manx Shearwater and Storm Petrel saw John King and I heading west to Selsey Bill for a seawatch. Moderate expectations but little seen resulted in a very disappointing session from 06:36-11:05 which produced a Shag, 115 Common Scoter, a Sanderling and 2 Arctic Skuas. Of note at Church Norton were 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Mediterranean Gulls, 3 Little Terns and a Cuckoo (heard only) while there were 10 Avocets and 20 Black-tailed Godwits on Sidlesham Ferry. An impromptu stop at Ivy Lake produced a superb Hobby which made the trip worthwhile, 250+ Swifts and single Sand and House Martins.