As some of you will be aware I am pretty much out of action on the birding front at the mo with a knee injury. That said it's improving and my garden birding has been very good of late...but that's for another post.
I'm glad TS has been keeping an eye on Captains because on the 19th January not one but two patch scarcity dropped in there for a short while. These being a Great Black-backed Gull and a Common Gull. There have only been 2 previous patch records of Common Gull since 2007, both on fresh plough with large numbers of other Gulls and (recorded by JK and TMH). Great Black-backed Gull is equally scarce with only 2 flyovers previously recorded.
Also present at the pool were 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and the usual 40 or so Black-headed Gulls.
Common Gull (leftmost bird)
Photo by Tony Smith
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