Med Gull Fest

After Cantley we continued on to Great Yarmouth… surely Yarmouth is enough? Between the Piers we found a flock with at least 34 Mediterranean Gull in… that is by far the biggest flock of this exquisite Gull I have seen in Britain. Or anywhere for that matter. There were a few colour-ringed birds in the flock that I will talk about when I have the ringing results.

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull

A few other gulls were knocking about but very few Black-headed Gull. A nice Common Gull was cruising up and down the beach.

Common Gull

Common Gull

Not much else around but this Dunlin dropped in and I guess because of the harsh conditions was surprisingly tame.

Dunlin

After a late lunch we headed off to Stubb Mill for the roost. On arrival we found we’d just missed a couple of Cranes but with plenty of bugling from in-front and behind I was confident Leigh would get another lifer. Sure enough a farmer went past on his quad bike and flushed two Common Crane which put on a good display. Plenty of Marsh Harrier were coming in to roost as well as four Merlin including two stunning males. A snow storm looked to be coming in and we were frozen daft so we decided to leave at 16.30 just as Alan Davies and Ruth Miller of  The Biggest Twitch arrived with a tour group. After exchanging pleasantries we left then to get the best out of the remains of the day.

A cracking day all round.

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2 responses to “Med Gull Fest

  1. If you think Med Gull’s are nice have a look at this presumed Laughing X Ring-billed http://www.anythinglarus.com/2011/04/hybrid-ring-billed-x-laughing-gull.html Glad to see your finally coming over to the “dark side” and getting stuck into gull’s John.

  2. thedrunkbirder

    Ooh yer date! As they say in Leicester.

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