Sunday, 24 June 2012

Shoreham & unfamiliar CR gull (24 June 2012)

Started at Widewater where an hours seawatch produced 29 Gannets, 4 Fulmars and 8 Sandwich Terns.  Also 4 Little Egrets and the pair of Mute Swans with 5 cygnets.  Two Turnstone at Shoreham Fort with 200+ gulls but no colour-rings in evidence.  Better luck on the Adur by Shoreham Airport with a North Thames Herring Gull and an unfamiliarly colour-ringed Lesser Black-backed Gull.  Also 5 Dunlin and one each of Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover and Curlew - more waders than I saw at Pagham yesterday. 

North Thames Herring Gull US8T on the River Adur at Shoreham Airport
Lesser Black-backed Gull 9P7 on the River Adur at Shoreham Airport
initially thought to be from a Lithuanian scheme, it wasn't, they suggested Estonia but it isn't theirs either.  Enquiries are continuing but it seems likely it has come from much closer to home.  It had - Guernsey.

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