|Polish Black-headed Gull TUXR on the Adur saltings|
its appearance on the Adur were the first sightings since it was ringed as an adult in June 2016 at Zbiornik Przykona, Radyczyny, Turek, 60km NW of Lodz
|gulls on the Adur at dusk|
|adult Yellow-legged Gull on the Adur|
|the white-headed bird in the centre looked as if it might be another Yellow-legged Gull|
Monday 09 December. Another visit to Worthing with Megan in the morning and in the late afternoon I took Cookie down to the Adur. Despite a decent low tide there were very few gulls or waders present . Either something had spooked them before I arrived, although there was no evidence of bait-diggers, or they preferred elsewhere in the light winds. 12 Sky Larks on the riverbank were unexpected.
Sunday 08 December. Megan and I took Cookie up to Mill Hill. For the second trip running no thrushes at all were seen, also no pigeons and only one Robin with a Kestrel the only other notebook entry, and that a pretty desperate one. I took Cookie to the Adur for low tide. Over 1000 gulls were present between A27 and the railway bridge. They included a white colour-ringed Black-headed Gull standing on the edge of the water with only characters UXR visible. Three Herring Gulls were ringed, local A6XY (more details my recent Yellow Ring Day posting, here, although it was a white ring) and two from North Thames - red N5MT and another I couldn't be sure of. An adult Mediterranean Gull was also present while Grey Wagtail and Rock Pipit flew over.
|a selection of gulls on the Adur|
|adult Mediterranean Gull on the Adur|
|double rainbow over the Old Toll Bridge|
|the very heavy shower than caused it caught us out on the riverbank|
|rubythroat in the back garden of the white house?|
Friday 06 December. Dreadful weather, Megan and I took Cookie to Buckingham Park where a Coal Tit was a pleasant surprise.
Thursday 05 December. I took Cookie to Goring Gap after dropping Megan in Worthing. The tide was out with no gulls in the fields. A few waders included 20 Oystercatchers, 10 Ringed Plover, 8 Grey Plover, 10 Turnstone, 14 Sanderling, 5 Dunlin and 8 Redshank.
|Cookie on the beach at Goring Gap|