Up early this morning and off down to Shawell more in hope than expectation of seeing the Ring-billed Gull that was co-found by the Tea Boy. Plenty of larophobes and others who have to work for a living (sorry Dave and Neil – I know you work) drifted through. Skev was first to show – and first to sensibly bugger off home – followed by Carl Baggott, Tea Boy and Bob Duckhouse.
When I first arrived a nice adult Caspian Gull dropped onto the balancing pool with a few other ‘big’ gulls. Everything soon buggered off and strangely then nothing seemed to settle – a lot of birds favouring a smaller pool further south. We soon discovered why as two birders had taken the footpath that runs alongside the pool and, employing the kind of fieldcraft they’d picked up from Bill Bailey’s Birdwatching Bonanza, walked up the bund walls and were stood out in full view. A message via RBA or boredom finally drove them off and a few gulls started to settle. Despite people checking all the pools and the tip the Ring-billed Gull wasn’t seen by the time I gave up at 11.30.
This leaves me still needing R-b Gull for my County list having been to casual about the Rutland Water bird a few years ago.