Spent Saturday at the farmlands doing the gulls- had a 1st winter Caspian in the week and a couple of interesting birds that caught my eye today but no further sign of the juvenile Iceland Gull that has been in the area.
Had the kids today (Dylan and Archie were back from Bulgaria so Dylan stayed over last night- after being evicted by my mum- he was up till 3am watching Marvel) and I took Sid and Iris out looking for Kingfishers on the Wandle today. Then we went back to the obs filled up the feeders, set up a camera trap for tonight, sang along to Thee Bryans, made tea in the camper van and then went Owling this evening on Little Woodcote Estate. Thinking of setting up a NatureKidz group locally- which should be fun, especially when my little one comes along in the Spring.
Here's a few pics from the weekend.
Interesting 'pallid' Herring Gull with extensive pale. Long white tongues on the inner webs in p9 downwards, white tongue tips on p7 and p6 , dark eye (unusual for a 2nd winter + bird which this appears to be), interesting tail band pattern and very pale coverts.
Interesting white headed and long winged first-winter Common Gull. This is the sort of search image that we're looking for with a 'Russian Common Gull'. Unfortunately it didn't fly so I couldn't get any open wing shots to test the Dutch Birding formulas.
Walked to the Watermeads- a place we used to hang out as kids and has recently become a public access nature reserve (we used to have to break in).
Hoof Fungus I-SPOT ID
Bracket fungi sp?
Milkcap / Brittlegill sp?
Birch Polypore I-SPOT
Gadwall on the Wandle- not a common bird on this stretch of the regional park
Clouds of midges (Winter Gnats?) today in the mild conditions
Sid's solution to the bug problem
We spoke to the local fishermen- they'd been catching Brown Trout, Chubb and Dace (above). I think Dace is a fish tick!
Watermeads and the Wandle - also had a couple of Chiffchaff.